Company/Brand Name: Stash
Name: Holiday Chai
Category: Black Tea Blend (Seasonal)
Form: Tea Bag (Paper)
Origin of the Leaf: Unknown
The Leaves: Not applicable because the leaves are finely ground and hidden inside the typical tea bag exterior
Additions: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger Root, Allspice, Clove, Gingerbread, Rum, Nutmeg Flavors
Flavor: A spiced black tea, where the nutmeg flavor seems to play the leading role
Overall: A mixture of spices that seem to hide the flavor of the black tea, rather than compliment it.
I admit, I’m not a big fan of Chai flavored tea and therefore have not made many attempts to drink it. In all, I have only drunk two types of Chai tea, other than this one, all of the bagged variety.
I guess I should explain why I don’t like Chai tea just to set the stage here: It’s too spicy.
Of course, that is the point of Chai and why I presume that so many people select it as their tea of choice.
Knowing this about myself, I did try to approach this tea review with an open mind and did drink several cups of the Holiday Chai to get a good feel for the tea’s overall flavor.
I’ll be honest, I’m still not impressed. The spicy flavors in this tea seem to be chaotically mushed together to cover up a poor quality black tea.
If I were to have an expectation for Chai, I would want the flavors to be crisp and distinct; coming together in a dance of spice and enhanced by a creamy, robust black tea.
Perhaps I am asking for too much. Although, I’m starting to think that I might actually like Chai if I could find the combination I had just described. But, it is not to be in this version of Chai tea.
In addition, to not being impressed with the overall flavor, I was disappointed to not experience any gingerbread or rum flavors, which the label on the box claims to be present in this tea blend: “A warming winter drink infused with gingerbread and rum.”
Unless, of course, that strange acidic taste is the rum…not having tasted pure rum my entire life, I guess I am not one to question the rum flavor. But, I do love gingerbread and I certainly didn’t experience that flavor in this chai tea.
What I did taste, without a doubt, was nutmeg. It really stole the show.
Just to make sure I was on target, I rummaged through my spices and took a taste of nutmeg straight from the jar and bingo, definitely nutmeg. That could be the reason I am not a fan of this version of Chai, I like nutmeg behind the scenes, not as the lead actor in my food and drink.
So, if you love nutmeg, this may be just the tea for you!
This chai tea comes in a cardboard box and each tea is sealed in a foil packet.
I followed the directions printed on the box: “Bring fresh water to a rolling boil. Pour hot water directly over the tea bag in a pre-heated pot or cup. Brew 3-5 minutes or to desired taste.” Since the directions didn’t specify how much water to use, I went with the general guideline of one cup.
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