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drank Choc Chip Chai by T2
3500 tasting notes

March Mad(Hatter) Tea Tournament!
Round #1 – Match #4    T2 – Choc Chip Chai  VS.  Simpson & Vail – Shanti Yoga Herbal

Odd spicy blends today!   Oof, one of these I couldn’t even resteep, which is rare for me.  The Choc Chip Chai has an offputting flavor to me that I will just never get used to, and might even give me a headache.  The closest I could describe it is like a vile black licorice.  I think they add chemicals to this blend, and it is NOT chocolate.  The Shanti Yoga is an easy win, as anything paired up with the Choc Chip Chai would be, really. Shanti is a thoughtful, complicated delicate mix of flavors.   I’m not steeping up the Choc Chip Chai again.  Ever.  Though I noticed some enjoyed it from the teabox!  Winner:  Shanti Yoga Herbal.
2021 sipdowns: 28  (Davids – Monster Mash)

Leafhopper

Yuck! Companies always seem to put licorice in herbal chais for some reason.

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Leafhopper

Yuck! Companies always seem to put licorice in herbal chais for some reason.

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
birdandblendtea.com
teavivre.com
52teas.com
svtea.com
harney.com
angrytearoom.com
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing
fusionteas.com
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
Octaviatea.com
Davidstea
eco-cha.com
what-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
Mandala
verdanttea.com

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
aquartertotea.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
theteamerchant.net
joysteaspoon.com
tealiciousllc.com
Rivertea
Specialteas

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. (Or as evidenced by the great computer hiatus of 2019, something happened to my computer.) :D

Happy sipping!

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