Tricky review, this one.
First off, it’s a white chai. I’m a new convert to white chai’s, where my partner decided all he drinks is white tea. So, I had to figure out a way to combine my love of chai with something he’d drink.
This fits the bill…. sort of.
I mean, there’s ALSO black tea in here, and then…. big crescendo… there’s also COFFEE.
C’mon tea lovers. It’s a macchiato.
Still, I’m all… what?! Tea AND coffee. Sacriledge!
Next up in the melange of weirdness? It has an odd assortment of ingredients. Apple was the strangest for me (I’m not sure how it fits, other than perhaps as a natural sweetener), although the rosehips also made me go… hmmm.
Now I really want to try it.
Yep, yep, yep.
First cup was straight tea, nothing added, no sweetener.
All I can say is… this tea surprised me.
It DOES taste like a macchiato. It’s definitely cardamom-heavy (bring it, I love cardamom), and I can also taste the coffee. The black tea gives it a bit of depth, and then the apple sweetens things up so I really don’t need sweetener. Although, I’m definitely adding some the next steep. Just to be sure. ;)
First cup, second steep was surprisingly similar, with some added Krisda (stevia + erythritol mix). I still craved the creaminess of a macchiato.
Darn that’s hard to spell correctly. Macchiato.
Second cup, I added heavy cream + Krisda.
OMG. This is goooooood. Like I could drink this all day and still gulp it down in one sip, gooooood.
I think, perhaps, for me…. this reminds me of a coffee my former inlaws used to make every morning. They’d grab their locally-roasted beans, grind them up with some cardamom, and then brew their coffee.
This tea, drink, whatever you want to call it at this point (it’s a bit of everything, isn’t it?) reminds me of that feeling, that moment, that….. ah….
It’s a hit for me, and a surprising one. I didn’t think I’d like this so much that I’d want to buy more.
I mean, I drink TEA people, not coffee…
1 DAVIDs Perfect Spoon in 12 oz of water and 8 oz of heavy cream, brewed three minutes, at boiling water temperature. I
f I could, I would do this at a much lower temperature, but all I have access to at this coworking space is instant boiling water. Ah, first world problems.