I almost feel like this is the most my cupboard has swollen up to in like half a year, though not sure if that’s factually accurate. I do know that my cupboard number of “141” doesn’t factor in any of the teas I’ve received for my Sommelier course; if it did I’d definitely be over 150. I have to step up my sipdown game!
This tea comes from Liquid Proust! It’s an incredibly different, interesting looking chai and despite the presence of ginger in it I was very excited for the chance to try it out purely ‘cause it’s so unconventional. In particular, I love that there’s pineapple in this! While I’m not too big on Chai in general fruitier Chai have been better received by me, and pineapple is my favourite fruit so…
I cold brewed my sample; Chai to me is more of a fall/winter thing and I’m not waiting that long to try this so I had to find a way to make it seem more summery and “in season”. Cold prep was the easiest solution.
Initial thoughts when having my first few sips were that this was quite sweet, with a bit of a ‘peppery’ fennel sort of flavour? After I got over the initial wave of sweetness and ticklish spices I thought that there was a nice even level of pineapple, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom notes along with that sort of sweet licorice/fennel note. I wish the ingredients were more specific and didn’t just like “flavour” as an ingredient; I don’t really know how off base I am for tasting fennel (and to a lesser extent cardamom) since it’s not a listed ingredient but because of how general “flavour” is that could very well be an added flavour…
As for other elements of the blend, like the base(s), visually I didn’t really see much rooibos in the dry leaf but I definitely felt like I was tasting it more than the white tea. Red rooibos, to me, sometimes comes off as very peppery and this was something I definitely observed through much of the blend. The white tea contributed a little sweet hay flavour but compared to all of the other elements of the blend it was very mild.
The last few sips were horrible though; for whatever reason it was like all of the cinnamon had ‘sunk’ to the bottom of the tumbler and I was drinking super dry, concentrated cinnamon water. BLECK! But apart from that gross finish I thought this was quite nice and interesting. A very unique take on Chai!
Side Note: Can I just point out how much it frustrates me that the option in the flavours list is “CardaMON”! This isn’t Digimon folks; the ingredient/flavour is CardaMOM!!
Flavors: Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Fennel, Ginger, Hay, Licorice, Pineapple, Sweet Potatoes