Spice With Black Tea from Chai Wallah

Tea Type: Chai
(Black Tea Base)

Where To Buy: Chai Wallah

Product Description:

Fair Trade Organic Rembeng Estate Assam tea is the perfect match for our organic chai spice. A robust full-bodied CTC tea favored by chai drinkers in India for its strong malty taste even when blended and boiled with chai spice, milk and sugar. Street chai wallahs tend to use the less expensive fannings or dust tea when making chai as they get a better return on their endeavors.

Tasters Review:

If you are looking for a mighty strong Chai – give this one a go-around!  It’ll put hair on your chest! (As my Grandfather used to say). And if it’s not strong enough as-is this wonderful company has SPICE ONLY options available and you can add as much additional spice as you want!  BUT…this is a mighty strong chai on it’s own tho!

Spice With Black Tea from Chai Wallah has a DARK Brown almost coffee brown-on the verge of-black look to it after infusing.  The spices are in full force!  I can taste the Black Pepper first then the Cardamom followed by the cloves, ginger and the Cinnamon isn’t as strong as the other ingredients.

This one I may try additives with…on future attempts.  As many of you know I drink all of my teas plain – even Chai.  I like to taste the natural “as-is” flavors without any interruptions.  But after I do know what the natural taste tastes like I’m not opposed to experimenting!
Regardless…this is a strong and hearty chai!  What a Wake-Up Call!  Sturdy and loud!  It sure has attitude…and I LIKE that!

Chai from Supple Skin Boutique

Tea Type: Chai

Where To Buy: Supple Skin Boutique

Product Description:

Chai has long been attributed to its healthy properties. With herbs that naturally promote digestion and balance you can’t lose. Our Chai tea is a burst of spice and ginger aromas that you will love.

IngredientsBlack teas, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom, peppercorn, star anise, shatavari, natural flavors

Tasters Review:

This is a nice, direct and to the point chai with the addition of Shatavari also known as Asparagus!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asparagus_racemosus

I would classify this as a medium strength Chai…both in black tea strength and in spice strength.  I can taste a lemon/orange type citrus hint as well…eventho I do not see citrus in the list of ingredients!

I really like this especially after sitting at room temp for a few minutes!  It’s unique!, the leaves have a sweeter-than-I expected aftertaste, and for the simple fact it has Shatavari in it makes it intriguing for me!

If you are interested in different kinds of chai try this one!  It’s a good cuppa!

Coconut Kukicha Masala Chai from Yogic Chai

Tea Type: Green Tea/Chai

Where To Buy: Yogic Chai

Product Description:

Product Details

Herbal Properties:
– Kukicha Tea: Popular among the macrobiotic community. Kukicha is a powerful antioxidant* and is very low in caffeine, in fact the lowest in caffeine of all traditional teas.

– Cardamom: A household spice that is commonly used to support digestion without increasing Heat.* It has expectorant and diaphoretic actions. (sweat inducing)* The mucus forming properties of milk are neutralized when cardamom is added to it.*

– Cinnamon: This warming spice is traditionally used in cold formulas as an expectorant and diaphoretic (sweat inducing).* Due to its warming property, cinnamon is known to promote digestion.*

– Cloves: An energizing herb,* cloves are an effective stimulant and aromatic for the lungs and stomach.* Cloves are used extensively in Ayurvedic herbology.

– Ginger: In Ayurvedic and Chinese herbology, Ginger is known to have heating, cleansing, toning and stimulating properties.* Ginger promotes digestion, relieves abdominal discomfort, dispels chills and it is also useful for relieving respiratory complaints due to phlegm and arthritic conditions due to coldness.*

– Coconut: Coconut, says vaidya Mishra, Director of Maharishi Ayurveda’s Product Research and Development, is considered a divine plant in vedic tradition. Whenever you perform a sacred ceremony like a yagna, havan or puja, a coconut must grace the occasion.

  • This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Tasters Review:

Coconut Kukicha Masala Chai from Yogic Chai REALLY surprised me!

For one…I never would have thought of flavoring kukicha with these chai ingredients but now that it has been done I am glad it was done and I think it’s genius!

The Cardamom and Cinnamon are NOT overly strong at all…they are wonderfully content sitting in the background!  As are the Ginger and Clove. The primary flavors are the Kukicha and Coconut which are bold!

As for the aroma it’s a coconut-twig-toasty-nutty-slightly coffee bean-type scent that I have never sniffed before!

This is very creative..a unique blend of flavors  and a daring and bold move! And a successful one, I might add!! This exceeded my expectations and was a wondrous surprise!

Mint Chai from The Chai Cart

Tea Type: Chai

Where To Buy: The Chai Cart

Product Description:

Mint Chai is an herbal blend of fine black Assam tea, mint, ginger and lemongrass. This unique blend makes this tea bold and refreshing at the same time. The soothing aroma of the mint lingers as you slowly sip this tea.
Enjoy with or without milk.

How is Chai Cart Different from other Chai Companies?
Make sure you Read The Story HERE!!!

Tasters Review:

I just received this one today and tore it open right away.  This isn’t uncommon for me to do, mind you, I’m so eager to try new teas…I usually can’t stand waiting!

Many of you know my trials and tribulations with chai.  Either the spices are too strong, not strong enough, one or more ingredient is stronger over the others and distracts me from fully enjoying my cuppa…the list goes on and on!

I swear this specific chai was made especially for me.  Well, that’s my story and I am sticking to it, anyways!  The spices are PERFECTLY done to my liking and it has MINT…lovely, lovely MINT!  You know how I LOVE mint!  It’s not over the top mint…it’s JUST RIGHT!

Many of you know I drink all of my teas plain including chai.  This is perfect plain but the company states it’s great with or without additions.

I love the fact that it’s organic and Fair Trade!  I LOVE the concept of this company!  Their customer service is wonderful!  Their website is very nice!  I wish I lived near San Fran…I would be a daily customer to the cart!  In the meantime, I am completely enjoying this CHAI piece of art!  YUM!

I’m declaring this my FAVORITE Chai to date!

Autumn Melody from Sanctuary T

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Sanctuary T

Product Description:

Feel golden even on a cold and rainy day with this week’s Autumn Melody, a blend of ginger, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg and black assam tea leaves!

Tasters Review:

When I saw the dry mix and the list of ingredients the first thought I had was…that’s a whole-lotta-cardamom!

BUT…I still tried it!  I’m a tough cookie!

One thing I will say…I’m glad this didn’t have cinnamon in it!

The aroma isn’t very intense…mostly nutmeg and black tea and I was OK with that!

The color is a nice medium brown.

The Cardamom and Cloves are just about neck and neck taste-wise and the nutmeg is LOVELY!   For me…I think this NOT having Cinnamon and the fact the nutmeg really shined thru is what I LOVED about it!

This one surprised me and in a good way! The Nutmeg was perfect for this!  I was very glad I could taste it with the rest of the ingredients that were present!  The Cardamom wasn’t overpowering – which was a surprise – too – based on the amount my eyes saw in the dry blend!  I’m not complaining – this is just an observation…I ended up REALLY liking this Autumn Melody from Sanctuary T!

Holiday Fruit & Spice Blend from Mark T. Wendell

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Mark T. Wendell

Product Description:

A blend of select black tea leaves with orange pieces, bits of cranberry, ginger and cinnamon. A winter season favorite that is now available year-round.

Tasters Review:

 

I know Anne already reviewed this one about 2 weeks ago but I figured since the timing is right – being the holidays and all – and because this exceeded my expectations – I thought I would write about it as well!

Holiday Fruit & Spice Blend from Mark T. Wendell is better than I thought it would be!   Sure, it smells just like you assume it would but this is a tasty flavored black tea…juicy cran and the spices are just-right!  The draw for me on this one – is that the spices seemed to have been Taylor-made just for me!  Okay…maybe not…JUST FOR ME…but the spice is done nicely and not over the top and the cranberry flavors are exceptional!

I’ll Be Home For Christmas from Adagio Signature Blend by Rachana Carter

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Adagio

Product Description:

I have combined mostly creamy chestnut, buttery caramel, and spicy cinnamon to warm you up this holiday season. Enjoy a hot steaming cup with your best of friends and family. May it help stir up warm and found memories of Christmas past and help create new memories to come. Give it a try with some milk and sugar/sweetener. Just be sure to heat up the milk first. Enjoy!

Created by: Rachana Carter
Contains: chestnut, caramel, cinnamon

Tasters Review:

I thought it was the perfect time to say THANKS AGAIN to Rachana Carter for sending me some of this specific Signature Blend of hers that she blended over at Adagio.

I found the more I drank this one…the more I enjoyed it!  And now I am out of my stash!  All good things really do come to an end, don’t they!?  Anyhow…here are some of my findings…

The aroma is very light but warming.  What I can smell of it is the Chestnut and a tad of caramel.  I’m not smelling much cinnamon – but I’m fine with that…as I think many teas tend to over-do it with the cinnamon.  This was a great happy-medium with black tea, spices, and other flavors.

It infuses to a pretty dark brown.

I really like the fact that the Black Tea taste is upfront and the flavors are on the assist.   The flavors play nice together.   They circle around in your mouth nicely, too.   I can taste the Chestnut and Caramel pretty much equally and the cinnamon acts as the caboose.

I like it! The cinnamon is JUST RIGHT…it’s really all you need.

A little spice is OH SO NICE this time of year!  This one had me grinning from Ear-To-Ear!

SororiTEA Sisters wish you Holiday Cheer!

 

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