Chai Vanilla from Empire Tea Services

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Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Empire Tea Services

Description of Chai:

High elevation Tea blended with aromatic Sri-Lankan Spices. Can also be used in a coffee maker. Directions enclosed. Micro-blended. Ceylon tea and Sri Lankan (Ceylon) Spices make a great combination. We are the only company that offers Ceylon Chai.

Description of Chai Vanilla:

The same authentic Chai with added Vanilla flavor.

Taster’s Review:

I really love the vanilla accent in this chai.  It lends such a deliciously creamy, sweet taste!

The dry leaf is a traditional, finely ground blend of leaves and spices, almost like an espresso coffee grind!  While much could be (and has been) debated about the quality of tea derived from whole leaf vs. cut/ground leaf, it has been my experience that some of the very best chai that I’ve ever tasted are brewed from finely ground leaves and spices such as this.

The flavor of the tea is robust!  It really surprised me to learn that this is a Ceylon base, because it has such a bold, strong flavor.  It certainly isn’t the wimpy Ceylon tea that I have sometimes encountered.  This tea has the gusto needed to hold its own with these strong spices.

The spices are blend very well.  So well, in fact, that I am finding it difficult to discern one note from another!  The medley of spices have unified into one “super-spice” which provides a very pleasant smoothness to the cup.  The addition of the vanilla further enhances that smooth quality. While this isn’t the spiciest chai I’ve tasted, it is certainly one of the smoothest!

This is a chai I would recommend to those who would like a mildly spiced chai, or perhaps someone who might be looking for an interesting vanilla spice tea.  I recommend drinking it hot with a dollop of honey (I actually used turbinado sugar in my cup, and I like the way the molasses notes meld with the spice) and a bit of steamed milk.  Froth it if you like a foamy top.  This is an absolutely delightful way to start the day!

Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of “Gramma” and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

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!

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