As a tea blogger I am on the constant look out for new teas to try. I have tried a few chai teas but tend to have these in the colder months as I associate the aroma and flavour with Christmas. I had a fantastic time at the FES.TEA.VAL London and spent a while with Pure Leaf. I felt truly spoilt sampling their teas. It was a lovely warm day yet we somehow got talking about comfort teas in colder weather. My to go tea is chai. One of the lovely ladies kindly offered me a cup of their chai to try which was not available to sample on the day. I of course graciously accepted their offer.
Onto the packaging I liked the simplicity of the packaging. It was clear allowing you to see the variety of ingredients which make up the tea inside. To the front centre is a simple brown label with the brand logo to the top and the type of tea underneath. Sometimes simple is the best.
Onto the ingredients Kenyan and Ceylon black tea, spices (46%) (cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, chicory, pink peppercorn, clove, black pepper) and marigold petals are listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning. On smelling the newly opened jar I got a delightful subtle aroma of cinnamon and ginger intermingled with clove and peppercorn. The aroma intensified slightly on my close up sniff test. I was looking forward to giving this tea.
The tea was placed into an infuser on my behalf and freshly boiled water was added. The tea was left to infuse with the freshly boiled water for the recommended 3 minutes and changed a medium brown colour. The aroma from the tea changed once it had infused with the hot water. The aroma from the black tea became more predominant with undertones of ginger, cinnamon and clove noted. On sipping the tea I was worried that the black tea would impact on the other elements to this tea. This was not the case. The black tea was the strongest flavour to this tea with subtle undertones from the ginger, cinnamon and clove noted. After a few sips I discovered the chicory and peppercorn but was unable to taste the floral component to the tea. All of the elements to this tea complimented nicely. The spices were definitely more subtle when comparing to other chai teas that I have previously tried. That said its strength was perfect for someone who likes their tea medium weak and works well milk free so great for me.
So would I recommend this chai tea? Yes I would. Its aroma and flavour make for a nice everyday black tea. The aroma and flavour from the spices are fairly subtle and would be more suited to someone who likes and a nice everyday black tea with a slight chai twist. So thank you Pure Leaf for producing a nice every day chai tea that I can enjoy.
Disclaimer: I received this tea in return for an honest review. All of the opinions are honest and my own.