I had a kiddo’s birthday party weekend over the last weekend and found myself a bit behind in my reviewing of the Plum Deluxe Tea Lover’s Advent Calendar. We are a bit over halfway thru and I will say, I’m happy I was able to experience this calendar, but there have been a 50/50 toss up on the hits and misses. Day 16, I’m happy to report, was a hit!
Gingerbread Chai Tea was Day 16 and I’m not a huge black tea drinker nor am I a big chai drinker but lately I’ve found myself drawn to all things gingerbread, so needless to say, I was excited to check out this blend. For the steeping set up, I brewed up this blend with freshly prepped boiling water and allowed to steep for 5 minutes and then cooled for a few more.
First sip in and I have to say this tea was such a delight. I wish the gingerbread flavors were a bit stronger, but there is a delicious mix of spices and tea for sure. Definitely a wonderful blend to thrown in some frothed milk (which I did) and enjoy as a latte. If you aren’t a fan of spiced tea, this tea doesn’t have that smack you in the face ginger or cardamom notes that one can normally see, more a gentle touch of spiced goodness that warms the heart during these colder last few days of 2018. This is one of those teas where you wrap your hands around the mug and it feels like the tea is hugging you back.
Subtle spiced chai goodness with ginger and orange flavors leading the charge with the honeybush providing this lush vanilla background. All in all, a delicious tea to enjoy for the holidays!
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Black/Honeybush
Where to Buy: Plum Deluxe
This tea blend is part of the advent calendar but is available in the store. Click below.
Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!
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Wnter Cabin Chai Black Tea
Today’s weather is frigid cold. Like you go outside for a second and you are already regretting it. So today’s tea -Winter Cabin Chai Black Tea is perfect.
I brewed up a the entire pouch because the whole family loves chai lattes and this tea just sounded like it wanted to become a latte. First whiff of the dry leaf, I wasn’t sure if this would be a tea for me. I hoped so because this was also a tea that was offered in this month’s 52Teas Subscription Box. I had my fingers crossed!
Brewed up and allowed to cool while I frothed the milk, the gorgeous spicy aromas filled the kitchen. Typically I’m not a chai fan but today it sounded good and boy did this tea hit the spot.
Topped with froth milk, this chai delivers on a flavor that I instantly devoured. Rich robust clover flavors, hint of maybe ginger here and there along with cardamom, mixed with a soft cinnamon note and topped with the frothed almond milk. . . this latte had it all! I think there is even a smoky flavor so I’m wondering if a lapsang was used. Very well done and one I’ not sure I’d grab for often but on really cold days like today, these flavors are hitting the spot!!
Here is the official description and Mad Musings about this tea. As I have done with all of the teas, I write my review before the description and Mad Musings come out.
Winter Cabin Chai!
Tea Description: I’m not exactly sure how to explain my inspiration behind this tea except to say that I wanted to create something that evoked thoughts of a little cabin out in the woods during a winter snowstorm. Inside the cabin, it’s warm and toasty, there’s a fire cracking in the fireplace and you’re – yes you! Not me, I’d prefer no snowstorm please. Since I’m the one writing the story, you’ll be the character in the story, m-kay? You’re curled up in front of the fireplace, wrapped in a warm, fuzzy blanket and you’re roasting marshmallows. I wanted a chai that captured that story. I wanted something warm and spicy but also sweet and toasty. Something that hints of slightly charred marshmallows while still letting you know that it’s a chai you’re sipping. I wanted the spices to be in the forefront but not so aggressive that the delightful roasted marshmallow flavor is overpowered. And I think I’ve accomplished what I set out to do – try it yourself and see if you agree!
organic ingredients: black teas, honeybush, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, clove, black pepper, nutmeg,
marshmallow root, vanilla bean and natural flavors.