Review of Bigelow Constant Comment Black Tea

One of the teas that I like enjoy during the autumn and winter months is chai. I find it a comforting tea that I associate with Christmas. On a trip to America I found it quite difficult to get a cup of tea. So I have to admit being a little surprised when I was offered Bigelow Constant Comment tea as an option. It was completely different to any of the other teas that I had been offered so of course just I had to give it a try. Now the good thing I noticed about being in America was that you tended to get given two packets of tea. This meant one to have after my dinner and one to take home.

Now onto the tea itself I liked the simplicity of the packaging, with the bold red colour with a black strip scheme to the top with constant comment to the centre. I checked the back of the packet where the ingredients were listed as black tea, rind of orange, sweet spice and natural flavour. The tea is also labelled as being gluten free and there is no may contain warning.

On opening the packet I have to admit to being a tad surprised. There was a fairly strong sweet spice aroma coming from the teabag with a faint undertone of citrus noted. On undertaking my famous close up sniff test the sweet spice aroma remained the same but the citrus element intensified. I placed the teabag in my cup and added the hot water. It didn’t take long for the tea to infuse with the water resulting in a light/medium brown colour. On infusing the tea the predominant aroma was the black tea but both the sweet spice and orange were fairly strong. The aroma remained the same on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea I have to confess to being surprised. It tasted like a nice every day black tea however the sweet spice and orange added a chai element to this tea. This impacted more on its flavour than I had anticipated and as a result made for a much nicer drinking experience. I gave the tea another try at home to ascertain if it tasted any different with freshly boiled water and in a nice teacup. It’s aroma and flavour were just the same as I remembered.

So would I recommend this tea? Yes I would it is nice to have an everyday black tea with a chai twist. The overall combinations of aromas and flavours complimented each other nicely. I liked everything about this tea which I have to admit being pleasantly surprised. So thank you Bigelow for producing a nice black tea.

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Review of Tesco’s Finest Chai Tea

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. As the nights are now drawing in and autumn has well and truly arrived I decided to find some new chai teas to try. As I was picking up a few essentials in Tesco’s I saw a packet of their finest chai tea so decided to give it a try.

Onto the packaging I liked the design of the packaging with the red, white and yellow symmetrical patterns against the black background. It certainly caught my attention. Onto the ingredients black tea, ginger root (10%), cinnamon (8%), Ginger (7%), cloves (2%), cardamom (2%) and allspice (2%) are listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is a no may contain warning.

On opening the box I was greeted by a sealed foil package containing the teabags. I like this as it keeps the tea nice and fresh. On opening the packet I got a delightful aroma of cinnamon intermingled with all spice. I was unable to smell each of the other individual elements to this tea but combined they complimented the cinnamon and the allspice. The aroma of this tea did not change on my close up sniff test. However, on smelling an individual teabag it weakened but was still present.

I placed the teabag in my teacup and added freshly boiled water. The teabag soon infused with the hot water and it changed a medium brown colour. I let the tea infuse for 4 minutes as I have my tea medium weak and milk free. I was soon hit with the aroma that I associate with a nice chai tea. The aroma from the black tea was slightly overtaken by the cinnamon and the allspice. There were faint undertones of the other flavourings but I was unable to distinguish these individually. The aroma slightly intensified on my close up sniff test with a hint of cloves and ginger noted. On sipping the tea it tasted like a nice every day black tea with definite undertones of the cinnamon and ginger, clove and all spice noted. If I am honest I struggled to taste the cardamom but this didn’t really matter. The aroma and flavour of this tea just reminded me of Christmas.

So would I recommend this chai tea? Yes I would. Its aroma and flavour make for a nice everyday chai tea that it is perfect for the colder weather. So thank you Tesco’s for producing a nice every day chai tea that I can enjoy.

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Review of Twinings Chai Tea

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. A few fellow tea bloggers had recommended that I try Twinings chai tea. I saw a packet in a local supermarket so decided to give it a try.

Onto the packaging I liked the purple theme with a picture of a lady dancing in the right hand corner. I especially liked the little cut out swirl design at the bottom allowing a sneak preview of the tea envelopes inside. It is described as having warming flavours of the spices of India. Onto the ingredients black tea, ginger root (10%), cinnamon (10%), and flavourings (8%) are listed. On a personal noted I wish that the actual flavourings were listed in more detail. No allergens are highlighted and there is a no may contain warning.

On opening the box I was greeted by 20 individual tea envelopes. I like this as it means that you place one in your bag and have it on the go. Or as an alternative when you politely decline an everyday tea. On opening the tea envelope I got a delightful aroma of cinnamon and ginger intermingled with another flavouring which I would describe as being like all spice. The aroma did not change on my close up sniff test. I couldn’t wait to give this tea a try.

I placed the teabag in my teacup and added freshly boiled water. The teabag soon infused with the hot water and it changed a medium brown colour. I let the tea infuse for 3 minutes as I have my tea medium weak and milk free. I was soon hit with the aroma that I associate with a nice chai tea. The aroma from the black tea was slightly overtaken by the cinnamon and ginger. There were faint undertones of the other flavourings which still reminded me of all spice. The aroma slightly intensified on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea it tasted like a nice every day black tea with undertones of the cinnamon and ginger and all spice noted.

So would I recommend this chai tea? Yes I would. Its aroma and flavour make for a nice everyday chai tea. The tea envelopes give it that little extra which mean you can easily enjoy it when out and about. So thank you Twinings for producing a nice every day chai tea that I can enjoy.

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Review of Marks & Spencer Chai Teabags

I found myself yet again in Marks and Spencer food hall grabbing an emergency sandwich and having to pass their tea section to get to the tills. I fancied some chai tea so grabbed a box to try. I had recently finished my Marks & Spencer Fair Trade Christmas Spiced Tea which I really enjoyed and hoped that this may be able to replace it.
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Onto the packaging well this grabbed my attention its black design with pink four leave clovers over the top of this. It is described as having a carefully balanced blend of spices with black tea. Whilst being highly aromatic with distinctive flavours of warming ginger and sweet spice. Onto the ingredients black tea, all spice, cassia bark, liquorice root, and ginger flavouring. No allergens are highlighted and there is a no may contain warning.
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On opening the box I was greeted by a sealed foil package containing the teabags. I like this as it keeps the tea nice and fresh. On opening the packet I got a delightful aroma of cinnamon intermingled with all spice. I was unable to smell the ginger element to this tea. The aroma did not change on my close up sniff test. However, on smelling an individual teabag it had virtually disappeared.
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I placed the teabag in my teacup and added freshly boiled water. The teabag soon infused with the hot water and it changed a medium brown colour. I let the tea infuse for 3 minutes as I have my tea medium weak and milk free. The aroma from the tea was pretty smelt a lot weaker than the initial aroma on opening the foil packet which was a tad disappointing. That said the cinnamon element was still present. On sipping the tea it tasted similar to its aroma and I was unable to distinguish the various elements to this tea. It just tasted like an everyday black tea with a faint hint of cinnamon and all spice. I just didn’t experience that warming ginger that was promised on the front of the box.
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So would I recommend this chai tea? No I wouldn’t. Its aroma and flavour was simply lacking. I have tried much nicer chai teas. Sorry Marks and Spencer but this tea just wasn’t to my liking.

Review of Basilur Masala Chai Tea

As a lady who enjoys her cups of tea on a daily basis I am always on the lookout for new teas to try. Yet for some unknown reason I tend to drink very little chai tea. It always seems to lose out to my old faith earl grey. This is strange as it can be a great tea to be enjoyed milk free and is therefore perfect for dairy free me. So when Basilur contacted me and asked if I would like to try and review one of their teas I of course said yes. What I received was their masala chai blend. This was perfect timing as I had just finished my Christmas tea.
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Onto the packaging I liked its gold theme with its intricate swirl designs. It is described as being an aromatic blend with rich natural spices such as cardamom, cinnamon nutmeg and ginger with pure Ceylon tea. It states that the tea will take you through a celebrated journey of an old world charm. Onto the ingredients pure Ceylon black leaf, natural cardamom, clove, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and pepper. No allergens are highlighted and there is a no may contain warning.
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On opening the box I was greeted by a sealed gold foil package with the same intricate swirl designs as the outside packaging. This had a zip lock to the top allowing you to re-seal the packet and keep the tea inside fresh. This immediately got a thumbs up as I often re-seal tea packets with food clips which is not ideal. On opening the packet I immediately got a delightful aroma of cinnamon and cardamom with a hint of black tea noted. This was significantly stronger than other chai teas that I have previously tried. I was unable to smell the clove, ginger, nutmeg and the pepper elements to this tea. This did change slightly on my close up sniff test. I was also able to distinguish a hint of nutmeg but not the clove and black pepper.
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I placed the tea leaves into my infuser and added freshly boiled water. The tea leaves soon infused with the hot water and it changed a medium brown colour. I let the tea infuse for 3 minutes as I have my tea medium weak and milk free. The aroma from the tea changed once it had infused with the hot water. The aroma from the Ceylon became more predominant with the cinnamon and cardamom strengthening with faint undertones of clove and nutmeg noted. I was still unable to distinguish the ginger and black pepper elements to this tea. On sipping the tea I was worried that the Ceylon would impact on the other elements to this tea. This was not the case. The Ceylon was subtle and slightly understated. This was perfect as it meant the other elements to this tea could hit my taste buds. As with its aroma the cinnamon and cardamom were the strongest flavours to this tea but again didn’t impact on the other flavours. The nutmeg and pepper complimented these nicely. After several sips I managed to discover the clove and ginger which resulted in a well-rounded tea. Its strength was perfect for someone who likes their tea medium weak and works well milk free. It didn’t take me through a celebrated journey of an old world charm. However, its aroma and flavours reminded me of Christmas and it resulted nice comforting tea to be enjoyed in the winter months.
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So would I recommend this chai tea? Yes I would. I may not have been able to smell all of the elements that made up this tea blend despite this its aroma was still delightful. It was a light refreshing tea with comforting winter flavours. It was one of the nicer chai teas that I have tried. So thank you Basilur for producing a tea that I can enjoy.
Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this tea to try. All the opinions in this post are honest and my own.