drank Sweet Chai by Love Chai
1500 tasting notes

Day Two of testing teas from Love Chai, and I decided to make another cuppa this. Today, I’m enjoying it more, but it’s still not my favorite chai.

Some things I noticed today that I completely missed yesterday:

- it’s made with the Queen of Assam tea from Love Chai, which I LOVE (just tried that on its own);

- the cinnamon is so present because there are huge chunks of cinnamon bark in it (straight cinnamon bark, too, which was odd yet lovely)

- everything in this tea is BIG. Meaning, no small, dry, brittle pieces of anything. It all seemed luscious, fresh, high-quality.

- It smells amazing as it steeps, and it’s really pretty to watch as the huge tea leaves unfurl.

Still, having said all that, it’s not my favorite. I’m not sure if it’s the big spice pieces. I find I enjoy the flavor of a chai more when the spices get muddled somehow, ie the oils of the spices get into the tea leaves prior to steeping.

Again, might just be a personal preference for flavor, although I did really like the big chunks of everything.

I wanted to love this – and I do LOVE LOVE LOVE the base tea – but it’s just not signing for me.

Package suggested 3g of tea per 200mL of water, no temperature suggestion other than “hot water”, andsteep for 3-5 minutes. I used a DAVIDs Tea “perfect teaspoon” (2.5 tsp at the time I bought it) in 16 oz of water, heated to 200F, steeped for 4 minutes.

[Note: I was gifted this tea in exchange for an honest review].

Flavors: Cardamom, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Fennel, Sweet, Thick

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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A few years ago, the obsession with tea started. The cupboard got bigger and bigger, more swaps occurred, group buys, secret rendezvous with local teapassionistas… and that’s how you end up with 500+ different kinds of tea in your home. At one time.

Almost all of the tea was given away, sold, or otherwise shared. A few relics still remain. I now travel full time with only two carryon bags to my name. One quarter of those bags are tea.

It’s still a challenge to avoid the chipmunk-like hoarding of The Teas, yet, the lightness of being from having so little compels me more.

If I have enough, I’m happy to share. If I’m in your area, I’d love to swap, meet for tea, and explore together.

As for the day-to-day stuff, I’m focused almost entirely on Love, (yes, with a capital L), Spirit/Self, transformation, travel and my writing and speaking work.

What kinds of teas do I normally like?

YES: flavored teas, fruity, dessert, chai, and spicy (REALLY spicy).

A FONDNESS FOR: all white teas, malty black teas, any herbal or medicinal teas, strange/weird teas you can only get in one place.

ALLERGIC TO: strawberries, lavender

DISLIKES: any added sugars, grains, lapsang souchong, and overly floral teas – I might enjoy a Jasmine Green every once in a while, but unless it’s a creamy floral tea (think roses in a chai, or the smoothness of a floral note in a French tea), I’ll likely pass. Earl Greys are a hit or miss with me; heavy on the cream or fruit notes and I might like it, heavy on the blergamot and I definitely won’t.





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