Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Hari Tea
What is your body made of? In the most elementary sense: earth, water, fire, air, and ether. You probably don’t think too much about them, but if they get out of balance, you feel it. How do you feel? Why it’s elementary, my dear. Enjoy life in balance with black tea and just the right exotic blend of chai spices.
The aroma of this tea is delightful – I just love the scent of a well-blended chai! Spicy, heady, almost intoxicating! That’s what I’m getting from my teacup as the fragrance wafts from it.
The flavor is very nice. It is a nicely balanced spiced chai: it doesn’t taste too spicy, the spices taste warm and inviting, and the flavor of the black tea is present in each and every sip. It is well-rounded and has a spicy-sweet taste rather than the often overdone spicy-hot taste. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some zesty hot spices, but, I really admire how Hari Tea balanced the spices here so that they’d be warm and invigorating, but not too spicy. It allows for some of the natural earthy tones from the spices as well as the tea to express themselves – something that I don’t often experience with a spiced chai blend.
This tea also comes in the neatest little cotton muslin bags that appear to be hand sewn. Normally, I’m not a fan of bagged tea, but, I do like these bags. Because they’re made of fabric rather than paper, there is some “give” to the bag so that the tea can properly expand.
I find the tea to be quite soothing while it seems to restore me from the inside out. A very pleasant experience, indeed! I did not try this chai as a latte, mostly because I found it quite delicious served straight. A little milk or cream would give it a very pleasant creamy taste and make it almost dessert-like and I do enjoy a good chai latte! Perhaps next time!
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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