Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Tealish
Creamy, coconutty and delicious, this chai blend is pure perfection! Premium black tea, shredded coconut, vanilla, ginger root and cinnamon combine for a new adventure in chai!
Learn more about this chai here.
I was very excited to try this chai. I love chai, and I adore coconut, this tea seemed like a sure thing!
And while it is a tasty chai, I find myself left wanting just a little … more … with this one. The coconut is delicious, and I love the creamy element to this tea. And the black tea offers a good, strong flavor and a nice malty tone that melds beautifully with the creamy notes. It is astringent with a slight bitterness to it, however, I find that the creamy notes seem to soften the blow of the bitterness as I get to mid-sip. Nice.
But, it is when we come to the spices that I’m left wanting. Chai should have a certain kick to it… it doesn’t have to be spicy, but, I do think it needs to have a solid taste to the spices, and I am just not getting that from this cup. Chai should taste like it has a substantial foundation of spice to it, the spices should be the backbone of the blend. And with this cup, the ginger and cinnamon just aren’t filling the bill.
Sure, the ginger has a pleasant peppery taste to it. And the cinnamon tastes warm and cozy and delicious. But, this needs something else. Immediately, I think cardamom and cloves, as these are the “usual suspects” when it comes to chai ingredients. And I think that a little bit of cloves and cardamom would really fill in the gaps that I notice here.
This tastes a bit more like a Spiced Coconut Cream tea than it does a chai. And yes, I know that chai means tea and all that. But, here in Northern America, I think that most of us recognize chai as a spiced tea. And to be called a chai … this needs to have more spices.
Good … but not great. I think it could be great with a reworking of the recipe. As it is, it is certainly enjoyable, and is especially good when served as a latte, but, it could be so much better, and I can’t help but think that Tealish fell just short of the mark on this one.
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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