This is a queued tasting note.
Saw this one up on QTT’s site and instantly knew I needed it just because of the name. Damn literary teas dragging me in ‘cause I’m a big ol’ nerd…
Seriously though; I love Edgar Allan Poe and if there’s any of his works that could translate really well to a tea format it’s The Cask of Amontillado since that’s focused around a drink. So I was really excited to see how this one works, despite it being a Chai. And it’s good! Great, in fact. Even if this wasn’t Poe themed I think I’d genuinely love it, but the fact it had such a mulled wine like flavour on top of being based around an actual wine is just really perfect.
Seriously, I’d say the bulk of the flavour is medium bodied, smooth and enticing red berry/red fruit notes and citrus complimented by undertones of Chai spice. The fennel and clove stand out from the general “chai spice” flavor as well, and as those are two flavours I really like so it’s an even bigger draw in for me. It just feels masterfully balanced and very easy to sip on/relax to. All of the flavours are well rounded, and there’s no unpleasant bitterness or astringency.
Easily one of best Chais I’ve had in a long time.