Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Culinary Teas
A traditional chai tea with the addition of creamy vanilla.
YUM! I know I’ve said it often, but I do love a good chai. I fell in love with Chai well before I really discovered loose leaf tea, as it was my favorite beverage at the cafe in Borders Bookstore (I miss Borders!) Shortly after that, I started discovering loose leaf tea, and the rest is history … but my love of chai continues even though I’ve fallen in love with other teas too. (I hope chai isn’t the jealous type!)
What is nice about this particular Chai blend is the addition of vanilla, which gives it a chai latte taste even without the addition of milk (although, I’m sure a splash of steamed milk wouldn’t hurt). It tastes creamy, rich and sweet – DELICIOUS!
The black tea base is a blend – I suspect there is some Assam in there, although I don’t know that it is an all Assam base. Perhaps a blend of Ceylon and Assam? It has a bold taste to it and hints of malt in the background. Very rich and solid background of flavor from this black tea blend.
The blend of spices used in this blend includes ginger, cardamom, coriander, cinnamon, cloves and black pepper. It is very well balanced. No one spice overpowers the others – it is a very cohesive combination of flavors that creates an overall flavor of warm spice rather than strong individual spice notes.
It is the vanilla in this particular blend that offers a stand-out performance, and I think that’s appropriate. This chai delivers what it promises. Smooth, creamy vanilla and deliciously warm chai – and it is a perfect cuppa for this chilly autumn afternoon.
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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