Chocolate Chili Chai (Chocolate Chilli Chai)

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Brand:Banff Tea Co.
Style:Flavored Black Tea
Product page:Chocolate Chili Chai (Chocolate Chilli Chai)

This tea's info last updated: Mar. 21, 2017

Commercial Description

Ingredients:: Black tea, Chili flakes, Cocoa, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Ginger pieces, Red peppercorns, cloves and flavouring.

Brewing Instructions: (from Banff Tea Co.)

1 teaspoon of tea per 6oz ‘cup’ of water, 100°C (212°F) for 2-6 minutes. To make a spicy chia latte, try heating the loose tea in a pan of milk on the stove slowly. When it has ‘cooked’ strain into cups and sweeten as desired. (we like adding honey!)

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Reviewer pic70 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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Looking at the dry tea, I was surprised that the black tea was in the form of little nuggets, rather than rolled leaves like I'm used to. Upon further reading, I think this is probably due to CTC processing (,_Tear,_Curl).

The scent of the dry tea is VERY spicy and rich. I think the most prominent note is cloves? Once brewed, the scent mellows out quite a bit. I don't appreciate any chocolatey scents either dry or brewed, it's all just spicy to me. Also, for a chai tea, the spice blend really says "Christmas!" to me, not "India!".

The taste is enjoyable - I had this cup without any sweetener or milk and it was entirely drinkable that way. The black tea base is smooth with just a bit of astringency. I could swear there's some sort of orange flavour in this tea, blending with cinnamon and cloves. I don't really appreciate any of the chocolate or the chili, unfortunately.

I like this tea, but to me it tastes more like a "Christmas Blend" than a "Chocolate Chilli Chai". Your mileage may vary. :)
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