Coco Chai No. 5

Tea type
Black Chai Blend
Ingredients
Assam Black Tea, Cardamom, Cloves, Coconut, Ginger, Natural Flavours, Red Peppercorns
Flavors
Cloves, Peppercorn, Astringent, Cardamon, Clove, Coconut, Cream, Ginger, Drying, Pepper, Spices, Raisins
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
High
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 16 oz / 473 ml

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  • “The ferry ride from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay was brutal this evening! I picked an unfortunate time to travel back as there were 100km/h winds expected tonight. Lots of sailing cancellations and a...” Read full tasting note
  • “This is just ok for me. It’s coconut chai, but it’s just ok coconut chai. It seems to me that they just couldn’t commit to either. It’s not spicy enough to be a chai and there’s just really not...” Read full tasting note
    67
  • “Thank you for this sample Bluebird Tea Co. Once steeped this smells like spicy cocoa, very peppery and rather dry. Flavour is similar to the smell, very peppery and dry with hints of cocoa and...” Read full tasting note
    68
  • “This was one of the free samples I recieved in my latest order. Since they were kind enough to ship to Canada FREE with their last promo (I wasn’t sure if it was UK only), I feel I should make sure...” Read full tasting note
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From Bird & Blend Tea Co.

All the classic chai spice with a dash of coconut to boot!

When asked what she wore to bed, Marilyn Monroe famously replied ‘five drops of Chanel No.5.’ We’re not sure about getting you into bed with blonde bombshells, but five drops of Coco Chai No.5 will definitely satisfy your taste buds with its delicious loose leaf blend of spices and smooth coconut.

Indian Assam tea, ginger, cardamom, cloves, red peppercorns, coconut, natural flavour

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14 Tasting Notes

932 tasting notes

The ferry ride from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay was brutal this evening! I picked an unfortunate time to travel back as there were 100km/h winds expected tonight. Lots of sailing cancellations and a huge foot passenger build up. And to think I used to like wind storms.

So, tea! This is a backlog as I had it eight hours ago. Bluebird Tea Co. provided this as a surprise free sample and it was surprisingly good (I drank it way too quickly). Like Zhena’s smooth and flavorful Coconut Chai I had a few days earlier. Like that bagged tea, I wouldn’t mind drinking this every once in a while either. I wish I had another hot cup available after that ferry trip.

I prepared it one of David’s Perfect Tea Mug- half full of boiling water for a three minute steep, and an additional three minutes after it was topped up with milk.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
JustJames

i didn’t know the wind was THAT strong! i can tell you the rain was going sideways and actually went THROUGH our stucco and leaked around the widow sill though, lol.

hopefully the tea gave you a sense of sani-tea. ;-P

Cavocorax

I think we both got the same samples in the latest order! :P
And glad you made it over ok – that sounds like it’d be frustrating.

Bonnie

After what we had here in Colorado, I sympathise with you!

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1040 tasting notes

This is just ok for me. It’s coconut chai, but it’s just ok coconut chai.
It seems to me that they just couldn’t commit to either. It’s not spicy enough to be a chai and there’s just really not that much coconut.

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1379 tasting notes

Thank you for this sample Bluebird Tea Co.

Once steeped this smells like spicy cocoa, very peppery and rather dry.

Flavour is similar to the smell, very peppery and dry with hints of cocoa and coconut. It is leaving my mouth rather dry though for some reason which is a shame considering the overall taste is nice.

It tastes very similar to something else but I cannot recall what…one of Yogi’s Chai’s I believe.

Overall this Chai is not one for me. While it tastes nice it misses some Chai elements for me such as the clove should be stronger in my opinion, and also it left my mouth bone dry in between sips. I would drink it again but would not buy it.

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1789 tasting notes

This was one of the free samples I recieved in my latest order.

Since they were kind enough to ship to Canada FREE with their last promo (I wasn’t sure if it was UK only), I feel I should make sure I review their teas (honestly of course) here and on their site to help spread the word. They made my day. :)

Anyway this was a tea that I frankly wasn’t too excited about. I like some chai’s but don’t go out of my way to get them (aside from Pumpkin in the fall!). This one was really good! I need to get past my biases or whatever it is as I miss out on teas that I end up enjoying!

There is a nice smooth Assam base that I can taste lurking below the blended flavours. It has the nice chai spices that you would expect, but the coconut steals the show with the strong flavouring and the creamy mouthfeel it provides.

Would I make an order for this? Possibly. It was really well done. I’d recommend it to others too.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Mike Turner

Glad we made you day! It was a bit of an accident on my part to be honest but when I realised I thought I’d go with it! – In future I might knock off the cost of domestic shipping to make it super cheap to keep it fair…

Cavocorax

That makes sense! I think if you even offered a discount for international customers when you do free shipping for the UK that people would still jump for that. (Speaking as someone who did just that when Andrews & Dunham had $5 shipping for one day only).

I really love your company and the adorable bluebird branding/packaging. I wish I could do more to support you but it’s harder with an ocean between us. :P I did leave reviews on your site though since I appreciated the free shipping.

Mike Turner

Thanks very much. Canada is a place that we both love, and had every intention to be living in (we came home to start Bluebird as visas don’t let you start a new business out there), so it makes us very happy when we get to send orders out there!

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48 tasting notes

I received this in my October Tea Club subscription box. It was a tea I’d been eagerly anticipating and had held off ordering, knowing it would be arriving this month. However, it was a bit of a let down. I didn’t taste the coconut whatsoever and, as a Chai, it simply wasn’t spicy enough for me. I adore Bird & Blend’s Guarana Chai, so I had high hopes for this one, but it just lacked that spicy kick I was craving and just felt a bit wishy-washy. I have a fair bit of this left, so I may try mixing it with another Chai and see if I can up the spice!

Flavors: Cloves, Peppercorn

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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1528 tasting notes

Work – 3:00 PM

This is one of the blends from the Bird & Blend subscription box this month. I’m not a huge chai fan, but I do enjoy them occasionally.

The base tea here seems fairly brisk, and there is a bit of astringency. The spicing is actually quite mild for a chai, which I like. I can taste cardamom, ginger, and clove (in that order). The coconut is also fairly mild, about in equal measure with the spices, and it’s creamy and sweet. My tongue feels faintly tingly from the ginger, which becomes the strongest note in the aftertaste.

Overall, I enjoyed this one. It’s not something I would order, as I’m not a chai drinker. Also, I wish companies wouldn’t put actual coconut in their teas – it goes rancid so quickly and ruins the whole blend. I’ll make sure to drink the rest of this in a timely manner.

Flavors: Astringent, Cardamon, Clove, Coconut, Cream, Ginger

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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117 tasting notes

Spicy, with a very peppery bite. It was dry and not my favourite. Decent, but nothing I’d seek out again. Glad to have tried it though.

Flavors: Drying, Pepper, Spices

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27 tasting notes

You can smell the different spices that went into this chai clearly, but once steeped, they are not overpowering the base black tea. This resulted in a nice flavor blend and I really enjoyed drinking it.

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2889 tasting notes

Additional notes: I’m always surprised by how well this older-than-the-hills tea turns out. It just melds together. The coconut is hardly noticeable in this ancient blend, so I’m glad it isn’t ruining the tea yet. But the coconut lends a sort of smoothness to the spices. I love the blend of spices here… it’s the perfect amount of everything. It’s always a really good cup and because it’s a really old tea, I always expect it to be terrible.
Also, I LOVE all of B&B’s chai blends and now they have a few more.

I thought I would be getting to newer teas, but with worrying about too much chlorine being in my tap water at the moment, I don’t want the chlorine either ruining teas or my inexperience with steep times from boiling water in a pot on the stove ruining teas either. So it is irritating I’m not getting to the newer teas I also couldn’t get to reviewing during my internet hiatus… but I will gradually get used to steeping teas from the stove and start the newer teas again.

Flavors: Raisins, Spices

Mastress Alita

I only use a fridge pitcher to filter my water, not anything that hooks to the pipes/faucet. I watch the internet YouTube show Good Mythical Morning and sometimes they do a segment where they put random things through a water filter pitcher — I can remember which one they were using without finding the exact episode (and I’m at work so I can’t play it/listen anyway) but it made Mountain Dew come through clear white. The same brand of that fridge pitcher they were using from that episode may have a tap version, may be worth researching. GMM or Good Mythical Morning + water filter may bring up the episodes.

tea-sipper

Whoa, thanks for the tip — I’ll have to find that.

Tim

Wow I used to watch that show, didn’t know that water filters could do that. We use one though. I will have to watch that episode, and now for some reason I want to know what filtered Mountain Dew tastes like.

Mastress Alita

Now that I’m not at my (actual librarian) job I can do the research legwork at home. So there were three episodes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGLZoBFKvNk <— (the Mountain Dew one)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDbDdA35ZFM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pP_ZaC7aK20

The water filter pitcher they are using is the “Zero Water Pitcher” (not a sponser). This is their product page:

https://www.zerowater.com/zerowater-products.php

It does not appear that they make an on tap/pipe version, only different kinds of fillable pitchers that filter water. I’m using a pitcher to filter the water I use in my tea kettle, though I’m using the PUR brand one. My issue isn’t chlorine though, just hard water water in these parts.

Tim

Thanks! will check it out!

Tim

Haha, awesome. watched all of those. Well, I definitely feel like water filter pitchers are more than just a gimmick now.

tea-sipper

Awesome, thanks again for your research. I WAS thinking of getting a Zerowater. Originally when I saw the Mountain Dew bit I thought they really had poured water in it instead of Mountain Dew! But they they started throwing all manner of things in there.

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436 tasting notes

The cloves, cardamon, ginger, pepper and coconut are all apparent in the scent of this tea, with the first three being the most dominant. At first sip, the spicing seems pretty mild. The base tea is smooth, with sharp fruit and malt, and seems to overpower the spice. The spice is there in that I can feel the cooling sensation on my tongue, but outside of a with of cardamon I can’t really taste them. This could be because of several reasons, the first being that this is an old sample sachet, the second is that the spicing is purposefully mild, or it could simply be that the base tea does not work well in this concept. If it is designed this way it fits with the Indian stereotype of British descended tourists in which we are all seen to not be able to take the heat. Thanks for the sample Bluebird Tea, but this one just doesn’t work for me.

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