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Mandarin Masala Chai from Blue Lotus Chai

September15

mandarinChai Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Blue Lotus Chai

Chai Description:

Our latest variety has the lush and delicious flavors of our secret mandarin orange/tangerine blend, in addition to the masala spices that our BLC lovers find so scrumptious. A new favorite!

Learn more about this chai here.

Taster’s Review:

This Mandarin Masala Chai from Blue Lotus Chai is really different than I expected.  As I was preparing it, I kind of expected a sort of “holiday-ish” type black tea blend … you know what I’m talking about, right?  The usual “cinnamon and orange” type holiday black tea.

But this isn’t that holiday orange tea at all!  That’s not to say that I don’t like those holiday orange teas – I enjoy them!  I’m just saying that this tastes quite different from what I was anticipating it to taste like.

Before I wrote this review, I tried this tea a couple of different ways.  The first preparation – I prepared it the way I had prepared the other Blue Lotus Chai teas that I’ve enjoyed in the past, with a 1:1 ratio of hot water and steamed milk, and a heaping scoop of the Mandarin Masala Chai mix.  (The most adorable little bamboo scoop is included in the package!)  Then I stirred vigorously until the mix was completely incorporated.  Then I got out my hand held frother to give the top a little bit if a foamy texture.

It’s yummy prepared this way.  The tangerine/orange flavors together with the milk give a sort of “creamsicle” type of flavor, which is actually more of an accent flavor than a strong presence in the cup.

The spices are the main focus of this chai (as well they should be … this IS a chai!)  I can really taste the nutmeg here.  In the other Blue Lotus Chai blends, I could taste the nutmeg … but here, it really comes into its own … perhaps it’s the orange-y notes that really play to the nutmeg here to bring it out.  The pepper is well-pronounced.  The other spices are also strong … but, unlike some of those aforementioned holiday blends … this is NOT all about the cinnamon.  This is not one of those sweet, cinnamon red-hot kind of teas.  This is a chai and I taste the ginger and the black pepper … I taste the cinnamon and the nutmeg … and I taste the cardamom and the cloves!  It’s a magnificent blend of spices!  The black tea is also discernible, but, as I say … the spices are the main event here.

For my second cup of this chai, I decided to omit the milk and prepare this with just eight ounces of boiling water to see if the orange/tangerine flavors are more pronounced in just water versus the water/milk combination.

I actually prefer this particular chai from Blue Lotus Chai without the milk.  It’s still nice and spicy, but I taste the tangerine and orange notes better.  It’s brighter and more citrus-y … it’s really ZESTY like this … the spices seem to literally dance on the palate.  It is spicy and absolutely delicious!

So, there you have it … I’ve tried all five of the chai blends that Blue Lotus Chai offers … and I’ve enjoyed them all.  My favorite is still the Star Anise Masala Chai, but I would recommend all of these chai blends to anyone looking for a delicious chai!  And since autumn is nearly here (I hope so, because I’m really tired of the heat!) the time is perfect for a yummy chai!

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Our mutual love for tea and writing about it inspired us to start this blog so that we could better share this love with others.

One thing I (Anne) learned very early on in my career as a tea artist is that everyone has different preferences, and every single tea tastes differently on every single palate.  So just because one of us doesn’t happen to like a tea, doesn’t mean that YOU (the reader) will not.

We try to be as impartial as we can.  We do have our favorites.  We are human.  But we do our very best to be as fair and as honest about a tea as we can be.

You might not agree with my assessment – or with Jennifer’s assessment – of a tea.  But that’s OK… if we all liked the same exact tea – we’d only need ONE kind of tea and … wow… that sounds really boring, indeed!

What a beautiful world it is that we have so many teas to suit so many tea enthusiasts!

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