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.
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.
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.
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.
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.