Empress Chai

Tea type
Black Chai Blend
Ingredients
Chinese Black Tea, Cinnamon, Citrus, Clove, Pink Peppercorn, Thyme
Flavors
Cinnamon, Malt, Sweet
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
High
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by Arby
Average preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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  • “Saved the last tiny portion of this from the tea box. When I smelled and first tasted it, it reminded me of a weaker hot cinnamon sunset from Harney. As it cooled, my opinion has changed. It...” Read full tasting note
    89
  • “Discovery Tea box – Tea #14 Definitely a different chai here! It has thyme and pink peppercorns which isn’t usually included in every chai, but what the strongest fragrance and flavor is the...” Read full tasting note
    72
  • “This tea was in the TTB and I thought I’d try it as a nice morning tea with vanilla soy milk. This tastes like a cinnamon black tea. The dry leaf smells strongly of cinnamon and the brewed tea...” Read full tasting note
    65

From Queen Mary

This Queen Mary signature chai tea is warm blend of chai spices with cinnamon, peppercorn and thyme. As cozy as it is fragrant, this black tea will bring delight to any chai lover.

Ingredients:
Queen selected Chinese black tea, cloves, citrus peel, thyme and pink peppercorns. Contains caffeine.

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3 Tasting Notes

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422 tasting notes

Saved the last tiny portion of this from the tea box. When I smelled and first tasted it, it reminded me of a weaker hot cinnamon sunset from Harney. As it cooled, my opinion has changed. It definitely has that familiar cinnamon flavor, but it also has greater complexity from its other ingredients. I’m pretty tired of hot cinnamon sunset since I find it one-dimensional, but I could drink this empress chai again and again. Too bad there was only one cup’s worth in the box! I mostly avoid chai these days since I usually find them boring and unremarkable, but I’m happy to say that this tea is quite a good one.

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Discovery Tea box – Tea #14

Definitely a different chai here! It has thyme and pink peppercorns which isn’t usually included in every chai, but what the strongest fragrance and flavor is the cinnamon. I don’t think there are actual cinnamon pieces (cinnamon isn’t even listed on the bag) but it’s the type of cinnamon that most reminds me of Harney’s Hot Cinnamon Sunset tea. I’m sure the pink peppercorns really lend to that sort of flavor too, as to me they mostly have a sweet quality. But wow, the mug just keeps getting more and more like that cinnamon as it cools. The black tea is medium bodied. When I drink a chai I really love a completely black cup, but that is generally impossible.
Steep #1 // 1 1/4 teaspoon // 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 12 minutes after boiling //2 minute steep

gmathis

I love the notion of peppercorns in tea (it’s just fun to say: peppercorns!), but haven’t yet had one where their presence was obvious, other than visually.

tea-sipper

Yeah, I’m not sure if I can pick out flavor of actual peppercorns in any tea.

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This tea was in the TTB and I thought I’d try it as a nice morning tea with vanilla soy milk.

This tastes like a cinnamon black tea. The dry leaf smells strongly of cinnamon and the brewed tea tastes of cinnamon. I can’t taste any clove or peppercorn. It is interesting that they put thyme in this tea, but unfortunately I don’t taste it at all. The base is malty, but unremarkable.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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