Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: 52Teas
If this doesn’t warm you up on a cold day, you better check your pulse.
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I think I’ve mentioned this before here – at least once! – but I love red hots. They were definitely one of my favorite candies when I was a kid. I loved that spicy cinnamon flavor.
So, I have to admit that I was slightly disappointed the first time I brewed this. It was a delicious chai, but it didn’t have the spicy hot cinnamon flavor that I wanted. But, I’ve come to realize the fault was not with the chai, but with me. I was a bit distracted, and before I took a moment to sip it without additions, I added some warmed, frothed milk to it to make a latte. The milk – unfortunately – muted the spicy cinnamon flavor. Delicious, but not quite what I expected from a “Red Hot Chai.”
So this time when I brewed this tea, I decided to go non-latte, and see what happens. It is MUCH better like this. I can now taste a bit of the red hot-ness going on. Very cinnamon-y! I can taste the other spices here too, however, they become more of a supporting cast to the starring role of the cinnamon. Especially nice is the cardamom, which brings in a hint of citrus-y flavor which accents the cinnamon nicely; and the anise which offers a whisper of licorice-y flavor in the distance. This isn’t a strong flavor, but I like how it teases the palate as I sip. The black tea base is also discernible amid the strength of the cinnamon, providing a solid, robust flavor.
Overall, a very tasty chai. It isn’t my favorite chai from 52Teas (still loving the Gingerbread Chai, Frank), but, it is quite enjoyable and definitely has a cinnamon kick!
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!