Tea 2 of my bagged chai trio this evening. If you’ve ever had Bengal Spice, you would probably agree that the most noticeable flavor in this is of the cinnamon. Some might even go so far as to say that this could be labeled just a cinnamon tea…and they wouldn’t be far off. However, when adding a bit of milk and sugar the cinnamon taste becomes slightly subdued which allows the other chai spices to make their appearance. It is still a tea very heavy on the cinnamon though, so if you don’t enjoy cinnamon this is not for you. Overall, this is a decent tea but once again not a typical chai.

I’m thinking this would be great steeped with a black tea in order to smooth out the spices and make it more of a traditional chai. In fact, I am thinking it would be great with Florence…chocolate, hazelnut, cinnamon chai – sounds like a good combo to me. I may have to try this later tonight.

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I am a former coffee drinker turned tea lover.

Black tea is probably my favorite type of tea, but I rather enjoy most types… I’m even developing a taste for pu-erh.

Rating Scale:
0-10: This tea is either flavorless or just plain undrinkable. I will avoid these teas in the future.

11-20: I was only able to make it through a few sips before pouring the tea out.

21-30: I may have been able to make it through the first cup but the thought of having another has me cringing.

31-40: Teas in this range are not horrible, but nothing I would seek out in the future.

41-60: Would drink if offered, but would not purchase for myself.

61-70: Okay, nothing special

71-80: Enjoyable, but I have to be in the mood for these. Probably would purchase if I found a really great price.

81-90: Pretty good tea, will probably be one of my favorites.

91-95: These teas are really excellent. I wouldn’t necessarily run out and buy more of these (just because there are so many teas out there that I haven’t tried), but I would miss this tea.

96-99: Terrific, very impressive.

100: This special rating is reserved for teas that are absolutely perfect in my opinion. I will only give out a rating of 100 to one tea per category (Earl Grey, unflavored black, dessert tea, Irish Breakfast, etc). These are teas that I really want to have around.

Perfect Teas so Far:

Earl Grey: Saint Isaac’s Blend (Russian Earl Grey) from Upton

Dessert Tea: Marco Polo from Mariage Freres

Unflavored Black: Emperor’s Red from Premium Steap



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