drank Maharaja Chai Oolong by Teavana
254 tasting notes

During our last trip to Teavana, this is the one choice that got away from me. I was trying to add an herbal to our cupboard, but ended up with yet another chai!

Mixing this up in my 3-cup pot, I used 2 tablespoons of tea with 2 tablespoons of Sugar in the Raw. I did forget to set a timer for the steep, so it had a good 15-20 minutes while I was working on laundry.

My first sip was an eye-opener. I don’t know if it was the over-steep or the mix itself, but this is actually fairly spicy. I had to add twice as much milk as usual to balance it out. I love a spicy chai, so that’s the biggest plus for this tea.

While I was initially surprised that I could find the oolong leaves (I’ve tried some of their other teas and sometimes the leaves are indistinguishable) they didn’t seem to affect the taste of the tea. I couldn’t even detect a hint of it.

While I do like the spiciness, this is one of their more expensive chais, and since they all seem to taste pretty similar I’m probably not going to go back to this one. It’s tasty, but not quite enough to justify the extra cost.

Boiling 8 min or more

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Feel free to browse my cupboard if you’re interested in swapping, but all the mate and pu-erh in our household is my husband’s.

For swapping purposes, please note the apple allergy. Thank you!

I tried to limit my cupboard to teas that were 1oz or larger, but that was a gorgeous failure in terms of swap communication. It’s all going back up.

Okay, I just feel wrong trying to grade things without a rubric – it’s too inconsistent! So, here is the grading breakdown:

0-50: Dump it!
50-60: I might finish the cup
60-70: Possibly finish the pot
70-80: I may keep this on hand
80-90: Cupboard space guaranteed
90-100: Poetry may be involved!


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