Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Compass Teas
Mmmm… Doughnut Tea! It could easily be considered a ‘dessert tea’ that could help you cut your calorie and fat intake by substituting this yummy cup for your normal dessert. Scrumptious as is, but tastes amazing with a spoonful or two of our all natural Amber Sugar Gems (made of pure Cane Sugar) and a dash of milk, if you like.
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This is a tasty chai blend from Compass Teas, but, I’m just not getting Spiced Doughnut from it. It is a rich, flavorful black tea blend, but, I guess with a name like Spiced Doughnut Chai, I was expecting more of a sweet, dessert-y taste that just isn’t there.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s still really good. The black tea base is bold and full-flavored. I taste more of an Assam-like base here than I taste Darjeeling, but I do taste certain notes that hint of a Darjeeling presence in the blend. Every once in a while I note a sort of “lightness” … a bright note, if you will, that is distinctly Darjeeling-esque. But the Darjeeling is more of a presence in the background … very soft-spoken and allows the other flavors to do their thing.
The spices are pleasant … the ginger is warm but not too peppery, the cinnamon is more of a spicy than a sweet cinnamon, and I like the nutmeg in this blend. I taste the cardamom … I taste the cloves.
I am wishing for more of a vanilla taste to this … perhaps that would give it more of the sweet, dessert-y flavor that I had mentioned previously. The aftertaste has an almost “bake-y” kind of flavor so I can ~almost~ taste where they might get the idea of a spiced doughnut … almost … but not quite. It’s like almost reaching the finish line … but if you don’t reach the finish line did you really run the race? Sure. And this cup almost makes it.
It’s a flavorful tea, but, it doesn’t quite live up to the name Spiced Doughnut Chai for me. I wish it did, because the idea of a Spiced Doughnut Chai sounds absolutely divine. Close … but this one isn’t quite there yet.
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!