Now, don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas – it’s my favorite holiday. I love decorating my tree (I have a very unique set of ornaments, most are handmade!) and the best part is spending time with my family and experiencing the magic of the holiday through the eyes of my kids.
But, that’s the thing! There is something that is so magical about the season for children!
I have been able to recapture some of that magical feeling – thanks to 52Teas! Today’s sampler package says “Ah, Ah, Ah! Do NOT open until December 15th” As I read this, I could almost feel Santa’s finger shaking in my direction, as if to indicate that I might get nothing but coal in my stocking if I peek!
Today’s MAGICAL Tea of Christmas is …
Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: 52Teas
This is a match made in heaven. Our traditional, hand-blended masala chai with organic cacao nibs and milk chocolate chips. So chocolatey, it should be illegal. Don’t miss out, this one is going to go FAST!
I was really excited this morning when I opened this pouch because this is one that I’ve not tried before. I’ve had their Mayan Chocolate Chai and their Chocolate Cheesecake Chai and even their Decaf Chocolate Cheesecake Chai (which, incidentally, I think tastes even better than the regular version!)
But not their Chocolate Chai. I was very interested to see how it differed from these other varieties, so, needless to say, I was very antsy while I waited for the tea to brew! If I could have made time go faster during that four minutes, I would have!
This is really good. Much more chocolate-y than I would have expected (because, well, I am a chocoholic, and I usually expect there to be not enough chocolate). The black tea is a smooth, rich base and I like the interplay between tea and chocolate here. The chocolate seems to enhance the tea and vice versa.
That being said, I feel that the spices are lacking just a little bit. I attribute this primarily to my being a bit biased when it comes to spiced chai blends; the spices just don’t taste very balanced. Perhaps a little black pepper or a little bit of cloves?
Don’t get me wrong, I really do like this tea for what it is, and I am not disappointed at all! I love the chocolate in this, and it is perhaps the best chocolate tea that I’ve tried from 52Teas. But it isn’t the best spiced chai I’ve had from them. However, it is still very delicious – an absolutely splendid tea for this time of year! – and I am very happy that I had the opportunity to try it!
Now … I am left to wonder which tea it shall be tomorrow? Ah… the anticipation!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!