One of my favourite teas at the moment has to be chai. I drink it most days as I find it a comforting drink to enjoy on a cold day. So when I received an English Tea Shop gift box full of a variety of teas I couldn’t wait to try the chai tea. I personally liked vibrant orange colour scheme to the packaging, with a picture of a teapot to the bottom with the teas ingredients integrated to the design.
Onto the ingredients list organic Ceylon black tea (46%, organic cinnamon (12%), organic cardamom (8%), organic cloves (6%), organic nutmeg (6%), organic mace (4%), organic ginger (4%), organic liquorice (4%), organic mace (4%), organic ginger (4), organic liquorice 4(%), organic star anise (4%), organic fennel (2%), organic orange peel (2%), and organic black pepper (2%) is listed. There are no allergens highlighted and no may contain warning.
On opening the packet the teabag emitted a fairly faint aroma that I associate with a chai tea. This was much weaker than I had anticipated especially when compared to other chai teas that I have tried. I was able to distinguish the aroma of the cinnamon and cardamom with a hint of black tea noted. I really struggled to smell the other elements to this tea. This didn’t intensify on my close up sniff test.
I placed my teabag into my teacup and added the freshly boiled hot water. The water soon changed to a medium brown colour. It took a couple of minutes for the teas aroma to develop once it had it was quiet weak. Its aroma reminded me of a quality every day black tea intermingled with a hint of subtle hint of cinnamon and cardamom. I was unable to distinguish the other elements to this tea. This didn’t change on the my famous close up sniff test. On sipping the tea, it was definitely one of the weakest chai teas that I have tried. The Ceylon became more the predominant flavour with faint undertones of cinnamon, cardamom, and clove noted. I struggled to taste the multitude of flavours to this tea just like the aroma. It was a bit of a let down when comparing its taste to other chia teas that I have tried. It was certainly one of the weakest that I have tried. I didn’t even get that warm comforting feeling that I get when I drink a chia tea. Very disappointing really.
So would I recommend this chai tea? Sadly not. It just seemed to be a weak tea in terms of both aroma and flavour. I’m afraid that I won’t be buying this tea. Sorry English Tea Shop but this tea just wasn’t for me.