70

This is pretty mild for a Chai. I find it interesting that there are no cloves in this. For me, cloves are the first spice I think of when I think of a Masala Chai. The two primary flavors here is the chocolate and the cardamom. There is also a good amount of cinnamon and vanilla. The ginger adds a very subtle spiciness at the end of each sip. The nutmeg is not really there, I don’t think. The 4 primary flavors is chocolate, cardamom, cinnamon and vanilla.

I think they made the spices really mild in order to give the chocolate a chance to shine through – which it does. It’s very dessert-like and more decadent than a normal Chai. The flavor reminds me very much of LU Bastogne cookies.

This tea actually reminds me of a tea from Kusmi Tea called “Spicy Chocolate” which is a black tea flavored with chocolate, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger.

The tea base here is a blend of Chinese and Indian black teas. It doesn’t say anything about CTC pellets on their website or on the tin, but it looks like the Indian black tea in this is a CTC, like their regular Chai. The tea also has a stronger body than usual – medium to full in body. The CTC pellets together with the ground cinnamon and nutmeg makes a dust that settles on the bottom of the tin (the whole leaves settle on top), which doesn’t look very good. So you have to dig deep in the tin every time you make a mug of this tea, in order to get some of those dusty parts on your spoon. I don’t know if it’s supposed to be this way, but it is very unfortunate in my opinion. You’d need a paper filter when you make this tea so the dusty parts don’t end up in your cup.

Overall, this is an excellent and flavorful tea with lots of chocolate and spice notes, but the dust in the tin detracts from the aesthetics of the tea, unfortunately.

Dry leaves, appearance:
Whole black tea leaves and dusty CTC pellets mixed with cinnamon chips, ginger root, cardamom seeds, cardamom pods and ground cinnamon/nutmeg.

Dry leaves, aroma:
Sweet chocolate and vanilla notes with the warmth and spiciness of cardamom and cinnamon.

Liquor:
Dark brown

Packaging:
4 oz. loose tea tin.

Flavors: Cardamom, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Ginger, Spicy, Tea, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 275 ML
ashmanra

Any chance the dust is vanilla bean specks? I thought Vanilla Comoro was dusty and didn’t drink the “ dregs” but they turned out to be vanilla and now we fight over them…

Martin Bednář

I never had this tea; but I think you may be right ashmanra, as they are indeed small.

Andreastt

ashmanra: I don’t think it is vanilla bean specks. It only says “vanilla flavoring” on their website so I don’t think there is any actual vanilla in it. The dust looks like very small CTC pellets mixed with brown and yellowish dust (ground cinnamon and nutmeg). It’s a shame that there is so much dust in it but it’s still a very tasty tea.

Andreastt

Martin Bednář: It’s a nice tea. I would recommend it if you like masala chai and chocolate. But the spices are mild compared to a regular chai and the chocolate makes it more dessert-like.

White Antlers

Vanilla prices are currently through the roof due to climate changes which are causing weather changes. It takes 4 years for vanilla vines to fully mature, then the plants only bloom for one day and they must be pollinated by hand on the same day. The pods need almost 6 months to cure after harvesting. The trend for ‘all things natural’ also put a big demand on vanilla bean farming and upped prices. All this to say that I doubt Harney & Sons is able to add real vanilla/vanilla beans to this tea and still sell it at a not exorbitant price.

ashmanra

White Antlers: I expect so, and I wonder if Vanilla Comoro might be getting no bean specks right now. I bake a great deal so I make my own vanilla. Years ago I paid $16 for a batch of beans. Then I really balked when it went up to $50 but bought the big pack and six bottles of vodka and made enough vanilla extract for about three years. That $50 pack of vanilla beans is now quite a lot more expensive, so I am glad I swallowed my outrage and bought it when it was $50.

White Antlers

ashmanra I rarely bake but I am hoarding about half a dozen vanilla beans and a few small bottles of bourbon vanilla extract.

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ashmanra

Any chance the dust is vanilla bean specks? I thought Vanilla Comoro was dusty and didn’t drink the “ dregs” but they turned out to be vanilla and now we fight over them…

Martin Bednář

I never had this tea; but I think you may be right ashmanra, as they are indeed small.

Andreastt

ashmanra: I don’t think it is vanilla bean specks. It only says “vanilla flavoring” on their website so I don’t think there is any actual vanilla in it. The dust looks like very small CTC pellets mixed with brown and yellowish dust (ground cinnamon and nutmeg). It’s a shame that there is so much dust in it but it’s still a very tasty tea.

Andreastt

Martin Bednář: It’s a nice tea. I would recommend it if you like masala chai and chocolate. But the spices are mild compared to a regular chai and the chocolate makes it more dessert-like.

White Antlers

Vanilla prices are currently through the roof due to climate changes which are causing weather changes. It takes 4 years for vanilla vines to fully mature, then the plants only bloom for one day and they must be pollinated by hand on the same day. The pods need almost 6 months to cure after harvesting. The trend for ‘all things natural’ also put a big demand on vanilla bean farming and upped prices. All this to say that I doubt Harney & Sons is able to add real vanilla/vanilla beans to this tea and still sell it at a not exorbitant price.

ashmanra

White Antlers: I expect so, and I wonder if Vanilla Comoro might be getting no bean specks right now. I bake a great deal so I make my own vanilla. Years ago I paid $16 for a batch of beans. Then I really balked when it went up to $50 but bought the big pack and six bottles of vodka and made enough vanilla extract for about three years. That $50 pack of vanilla beans is now quite a lot more expensive, so I am glad I swallowed my outrage and bought it when it was $50.

White Antlers

ashmanra I rarely bake but I am hoarding about half a dozen vanilla beans and a few small bottles of bourbon vanilla extract.

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My name is Andreas, I am from Denmark, and I am 25 years old.

I am a lover of fine teas and my favorite tea brand is Harney & Sons – which I discovered via Steepster back in 2011 or early 2012, but first tried in January of 2021.

I have been drinking high-quality teas since 2009, when I was 13 years old. The brand that made me appreciate quality teas in the first place was Kusmi Tea – which I still love. But since then, Harney & Sons has taken the number one spot for me.

I prefer black teas, or a mixture of black and oolong – both flavored and unflavored – and dislike most herbal and fruit teas.

I usually don’t care for green teas or white teas, either.

I enjoy most of my teas with a splash of milk – and almost always without any kind of sweetener.

I mostly review and rate teas I love because I think that’s the most fun, and because most of the time I buy teas I know I am going to like.

Favorite flavors:
Citrus – especially bergamot and orange.
Sonefruits – peach, plum, cherry, apricot.
Berries – black currant, strawberry, raspberry.
Dessert flavors – chocolate, caramel, vanilla.
Nuts – hazelnut, almond.
Spices – cinnamon, cloves, ginger.
Tropical flavors – coconut, guava, pineapple.
Peppermint, lavender.

Not so favorite flavors:
Sour hibiscus, passion fruit, whiskey flavor, rose, smokiness, artificial flavor, extreme sweetness, too much cardamom.

Rating scale:

96-100: An excellent tea. Close to perfect or perfect. I will definitely keep this tea in my cupboard at all times.

90-95: A great tea. I will have it in my cupboard regularly, close to always.

70-89: A good tea. I will happily have another cup of it and I will have no problem finishing the tin. I will possibly buy it again but it’s not a tea I am going to keep on hand at all times.

50-69: A decent tea. Nothing to write home about. I would not buy this tea again but I will finish it and will drink it again if offered to me.

30-49: A lackluster tea. I will definitely not buy this tea again, but might drink it again if offered to me. I will be struggling to finish the tin.

1-29: A revolting tea. I will definitely not buy or drink this tea again and I will not be able to finish the cup or the tin.

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