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Numi Organic Golden Chai Spiced Black Tea Review
A Spicy and Very Tasty Organic Chai Black Tea
Summary : If you like chai teas, or those teas that have some "kick" to them, you'll definitely like this tea. What I especially liked about this spicy black tea is that pepper isn't used to spice it up. Thus, this tea has no "peppery taste," a trait found in many other chai teas.
Review : Life would be just so boring without spicy things, don't you agree? I mean, where would we be without peppers, cinnamon and other spicy things? No spicy things means bad Thai Restaurants, boring Mexican Restaurants, forgettable salsa and dreary chili.
And so, at midnight, I found myself in the mood to celebrate the New Years with a spicy tea. I dug through my Numi Sampler box and came across their Chai Tea, with the long name of Golden Chai Spiced Assam Black Tea.
Here is how Numi describes this tea : "Throughout India, chai stalls are a meeting place for provocative tea and conversation. From its homeland in China, cha has journeyed as chai, thé, and tea, recreating itself in every land. Numi's golden brewed, organic Chai fuses rich cultures in a complex and hearty Assam black tea. Indian cinnamon and mild green cardamom evoke a warm balance with the vitality of Chinese ginger. The peaked, sweet aroma of Turkish anise exhilarates memories. Reminisce in aged tradition with an inspiring cup of Golden Chai."
This tea description is straight from the "Numi Playbook," which attempts, usually successfully, to make the tea seem exotic, mysterious and somehow rare. Like I've said before, whoever writes up Numi's tea descriptions deserves a very big raise.
Now, while I did not find myself reliving "exhilirating memories" while drinking this tea, quite truthfully, I had zero complaints about this tea. You see, Numi accomplished a pretty neat trick with this tea...creating a perfect blend of spice and flavor in a black tea.
All too often, many chai teas have incredible amounts of pepper added to them to make the tea spicy. I like pepper, don't get me wrong, but as pepper is strong it tends to overwhelm whatever other flavors are present in the tea.
Numi neatly avoids this problem by not using any pepper whatsoever. Instead, cinnamon and ginger is used to produce a moderately spicy tea that has just a wonderful flavor. The flavor is a mix of typical chai tea flavor, along with a strong flavor of cinnamon and just a hint of ginger. And it all somewhow blends into a very nice and pleasing taste.
Overall, if you enjoy Chai teas, you almost certainly will love this one. And if you are new to Chai teas, this tea is a perfect one to use to start experimenting with them...as the tea is neither too spicy not "peppery" like many other chai teas are.
Recommendation : Yes. This tea has an excellent flavor that nicely combines black tea, cinnamon and ginger into a very pleasing flavor. Anyone who enjoys chai teas will love this tea I wager. This tea also makes for a find introductory chai tea for anyone who has never tried one before.
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