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Made this one on the weekend; it was a abrasively astringent but the flavour itself wasn’t all that bad – definitely a sweeter chai, and in terms of spices I think the ginger was the most apparent one. I don’t know that it was inherently ‘vanilla’ in any way though??

Thank you to VariaTEA or Kittenna for sharing – I don’t actually remember which of you this one was from…

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From the weekend.

Very, very bready tasting but in a “boring white bread” kind of way, and atop a really flat/dull tasting generic black tea/Red Rose type of flavour. No maple to be found.

It was a sad mug.

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Had this one with my lunch last week; it was something that was shared with me by VariaTEA and I thought it was alright the first time I tried it but not amazing.

This time around, I actually liked it a little bit more. I do think the maple note is pretty flat/mellow and not super authentic but the tea was creamy and did have some buttery and bakey pastry type elements. It was smooth overall, and not unpleasant to drink even if the flavours were a little flat/lacking life.

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Thank you to my lovely tea twin VariaTEA for sharing this with me!

I had it as a morning mug of tea today, with a little bit of cinnamon flavoured honey added in as well. It was a pretty nice cuppa – medium bodied with a light, and almost woody, maple note with a malty and bread-y tasting black tea base that leaned into the cookie notes. It’s not the best maple flavour I’d had before but it’s also certainly not the worst. If I had any criticism it’d be that I think it’s a little bit bland tasting overall. The slight hint of cinnamon was quite a nice addition, though.

Thanks for sharing!

VariaTEA

Yeah, this wasn’t my favourite but I figured it was one of the few teas I had you hadn’t tried before. I have it in my swap box but maybe it would be good with some of the chaiwala chai sprinkles…

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Voting Day!! It took me almost an hour but I did it. Never has the process been so slow so I blame London. It is done now and I have since returned home and made a latte. Unfortunately that didn’t go as planned either since the milk didn’t seem to want to froth and then I waited too long and the whipped cream melted.

So now I am drinking the maple themed latte in honor of the election but similarly to Adagio blends, I feel like the base used by this company is low quality because the teas I have had from there have all been sort of muddy. A lot of maple flavor but muddied maple.

Sil

So weird….Ian was laughing at me because I was like we need to get to vote before dinner…don’t want to dal with crowds… yeah. No line up, 30 seconds. Hahaha

VariaTEA

This seems to be everyone’s experience except for me and my one friend who is also here in London. I blame London

Sil

Yeah well what do you expect….you’re in London ;)

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Sample from variatea….since the furnace is out and my kid appears to want to sleep for 20 hours a day, I have time to drink tea. So I thought I’d try to get through a couple samples. This one isn’t much to write home about. Boring base, some chai like spices but the vanilla appears to be on vacation. Lol. Glad to try it as it’s someting I would totally want to try…but that’s about it.

gmathis

Sometimes utility outages are a blessing in disguise. A random non-weather-related lapse in electricity resulted in more together time with my son than I’ve had in months.

Sil

Agreed! Glad you got that opportunity. :)

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I made this as a nutella latte and it just has such a muddiness to it. Perhaps I should have gone with a snickerdoodle latte because I think this needs more sweet than nutty/chocolate. It is just a mess of flavors. Also, I reviewed the tes time on yell and the shop got a bit defensive which I dont like. I gave them a solid review and 3/5 stars, nothing particularly harsh I dont think so it was a bit awkward to get the response back. I suppose they can defend themselves though.

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I’ve been trying to figure out other teas to try with the EG hot chocolate recipe I have been enjoying. Most of my teas are in smaller sizes so that limits my options to the few I have in large quantities and can spare a TBSP of. This is a tea I have plenty of and since it is fairly flavorful, I thought it could hold up to the richness of the milk, cream, and bittersweet chocolate.

Unlike the EG which has a citrusy brightness to play against the dark chocolate, the chai here is adding to the chocolate and making this rather fudgey. It is interesting but (1) I think I could use one ounce less chocolate and this would still be good and (2) I think I prefer the EG version.

I have a lot of Candy Cane Crush so maybe I should try that next…

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My sister recently moved to Waterdown, ON which has a large tea house on the main street. That is one of two tea houses. So when I went to visit my sister last weekend, we decided to try one. Honestly, I have never been more proud of my sister and brother-in-law.

My sister and I went and when we sat down, she immediately commented on how the tea was not stored in light-proof jars (the jars were clear glass). Then they brought the tea in tea pots with no way to strain the leaves from the pot. She also noted all the teas were brewed at 195F. I was so proud because she knew that these were all wrong. Then, I bought this tea and another, Maple Cream Cookie, and she watched as they used a tin to measure a small amount of tea and then dumped the tin in a bag and then used the same tin from measuring this tea for measuring the other tea.

When we got back to the house, my brother asked how the tea was. We said it was alright but they made some mistakes and he immediately responded with “did they brew the teas at the wrong temperature?” When we said yes, he then asked “and did they leave the tea bags in the pot too long?” Honestly, the fact that they both knew this stuff was so delightful. Means they are absorbing some of my passion which is nice.

As for this tea, I made it as a latte because it is a vanilla chai and really what other way is there to make this tea?! It’s good but not amazing. It’s sort of the generic muddiness that you sometimes get with chais with just a bit of vanilla flavor. It is creamy and nice but there are much better options out there.

tea-sipper

Oh gosh, and this all was at an actual tea house?!? how how how

tea-sipper

alright, as a tea person, you seem to be giving them too much of a break. haha. :D

VariaTEA

Tea people don’t seem to be their clientele and I feel bad ripping into a little shop in a small town. I think I make it clear to tea people that this isn’t quality while still being nice and fair for those who don’t actually care about the tea part of high tea

tea-sipper

Yeah, I wouldn’t want to do that either…

VariaTEA

Plus I like to save my 2 stars for places that are bad and my 1 stars for places where the people are assholes lol

tea-sipper

AH okay. Seems rational!

Mastress Alita

The majority of High Teas I’ve gone to actually brew the teas “free floating” (Victorian style) in the pot with a cup strainer, since it is expected you will be adding milk and sugar (British-style) to the cup as it gets bitter/astringent. It isn’t my favorite way of drinking tea either, but it just seems to be a cultural thing of High Tea. Since that isn’t my preferred way of drinking tea, I usually ask if they are serving their tea the “Victorian way” or using bags or some other method that allows me to remove the leaves after steeping, and if they are using Victorian style, then I select an herbal tea, since I know those will taste fine sitting in the pot for a long time.

VariaTEA

I went to another high tea today and they used pots with filters that could be removed but the filters were hot and even if we got the filters out, we had no where to put them. I have been to many and most just throw the leaves in the pot which for some reason is more bothersome to me when it’s done at a tea shop which is all about tea as opposed to a hotel. They should know better lol.

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