It’s been quite a while since I’ve had a proper Chai, aside from your typical lazy Starbucks lattes.
This sample came with my first Teavana Holiday order of 2013, a blend seemingly replacing the much lauded Samurai Chai Mate & White Ayurvedic Chai Blend.
In a lot of ways, this blend is quite similar to the latter, as they are both chai/chai blends, both come from Teavana, and both leaves contain the much potent lemongrass and tropical fruity scents.
I am actually quite curious about this sample blend, as I have had both of these teas individually before.
These leaves are much darker than the Chai Mate & White Ayurvedic blend, with a significantly consistent spicy kick added.
I do quite enjoy brewing a handsomely dark and rich Chai, especially one that emphasizes full spices next to it’s bright textures.
Teavana may have added a bit too much rock sugar, but that could also be because Maharaja Chai Oolong does not need rock sugar as it is seemingly sweetened already.
Nonetheless, the expectedly rich spices deliver with a full bodied Oolong and tropical Mate blend, which reminds me of ginger beer.
Teavana seem to know what does and does not work with blends of their premium teas, and this blend surely and soundly works.