“Idris” Hot Chocolate Infused Chai from Calabash Tea. . . . .

A tea friend and I rather randomly ended up at Calabash Tea Bar & Cafe last time I was in D.C. The owner of this gorgeous cafe is an herbalist, so the blends focus on the medicinal value of tea, herbs, and spices. It started raining just as we got there, so we decided to settle in and stay a while. I’m so glad we did. We got to try several of their teas and both fell in love with this one (though really, who could resist Idris?). I ended up buying this and the anti-inflammatory Triple Goddess blend to take home.

I have brewed this tea a few times now. I always brew it hot – it just seems wrong to drink a chocolate chai iced. My favorite way to enjoy it is with a splash of chocolate almond milk, which turns this into a creamy chocolate bit of heaven in a cup. Even without any additions, the chocolate flavor is rich with a bit of the bite that dark chocolate has. The most dominant chai spice here is clove, but it is not overwhelming. I’m also picking up maltiness from the base tea, cinnamon, and a hint of citrus (though I am not at all certain that there is either cinnamon or anything citrusy in the blend). The clove, malt, and chocolate notes linger after the sip, with the clove lingering longest because of that tingling sensation clove can cause. This blend can be steeped a second time, though it loses the cocoa notes and comes out a tad watery. Some almond milk fixes that right up though.

Overall, this makes for a great fall tea that doesn’t require milk but does benefit from it.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black Tea
Where to Buy:  Calabash Tea
Description

Add an extra dash of spice makes Calabash’s Hot Chocolate Chai a delight!. This organic chai is strong, spicy, sweet and unapologetic about waking you up for a lil’ lovin’ in your cup. INGREDIENTS: The highest quality Assam Black Tea, Cocoa Powder, Chai Spices, Chocolate Buttons & lots of love.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Kaylee

Kaylee

I work in public interest. Tea is the innocuous, quirky hobby that doubles as a release valve for my high-stress job. My first serious foray into the tea world was when I joined Steepster in 2013. I learned so much from that community - and I'm still learning from them. I love to read books and blogs about tea to expand my knowledge. When I'm not nerding out about tea, I'm nerding out about Wonder Woman, Firefly, and other assorted superhero/sci-fi stories with strong female characters. Also RBG, who is basically a rock star to me.
Kaylee

One thought on ““Idris” Hot Chocolate Infused Chai from Calabash Tea. . . . .

  1. MrsPremise says:

    I’m always curious to try a new chai. This sounds like the perfect spicy, chocolate pick-me-up. I’ll have to keep an eye out for it!

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