Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: TeaSpree
Spicy, lavish and decadent, go round the world in a sip.
Ingredients: organic black tea, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, clove and black pepper.
This is a delicious yet mild chai.
The strongest flavor of this cup is the flavor of the black tea base, and that’s just the way it should be. It is a bold, smooth tasting, organic black tea. While it does provide a strong presence in the cup it doesn’t overwhelm the spices, instead, it works with them to provide a well-rounded, full-bodied flavor.
The strongest spice flavor I taste is the ginger, followed closely by the black pepper. Even though these two spices are the strongest spices in the blend, I wouldn’t consider this cup to taste overpoweringly peppery. It has a nice peppery taste, certainly, but I don’t find it to be too strong, and even the meeker tea drinkers out there will probably enjoy this chai.
The cinnamon weaves in and out of the sip, and I like how it enlivens the sip with a sweet yet spicy taste. The cloves and cardamom are not particularly strong in this cup, although they do offer a nice background of warmth.
Overall, this isn’t the strongest chai that I’ve tasted, but, it is still very good. This is one chai to which I wouldn’t recommend the addition of milk, although I do recommend a drizzle of honey or a sprinkling of turbinado sugar. The milk overpowers the spices here, but the sweetener helps to enhance their delightful complexity.
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!