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Tazo Chai Organic Spiced Black Tea
A Very Tasty and Rather Spicy Tea!
Summary : A spicy black tea with some kick to it, that's for sure. This is a great tasting tea for anyone who likes a "spicy tea."
Review : Please here my confession. I really don't like "straight black tea." I find myself having to adds tons of things to a straight black tea to actually like it. As such, I had been doing my best to avoid drinking black teas for about a month or so. But alas...my tea selectioin was growing and I kept finding myself with an ever-growing assortment of black teas. Chai teas in particular. So...I found the courage on one December evening and sampled my first ever Chai Tea from Tazo.
I'm glad I summoned up this "little bit of courage", too. This tea really was a very, very happy surprise. All the more so since I had no idea what to expect from the tea, as this was my first "chai tea."
The Chai tea from Tazo contains the following ingredients : black tea, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, cardamom, cloves and star anise. This particular tea is also organic...hence it's name...Chai Organic Spiced Black Tea.
After having had this tea, I feel kind of like a dimwit...having done my very best to avoid tasting this, and other chai teas, simply because it was a "black tea." So scold me if you want...I deserve it. But that is all now ancient hisotry...water under the bridge as you might say.
Tazo's Chai tea, right out of the wrapper, did announce to me that this tea was not your "standard black tea." You smell cinnamon. And you absolutely, definitely smell the pepper. This tea most definitely says "I'm different." Which, for a "different person like me," is always a good thing.
Once brewed, I really was amazed at the "punch" that this tea possesses. It was tasty. And it was most definitely spicy! This is good...since I'm a spice-a-holic. Truth be told, up until this lonely and cold December day, I had no idea that you could even find a spicy tea beyond the odd cinnamon tea here and there that was suppose to be spicy but never really was.
Yet, while spicy, this tea is anything but bitter. It's spicy...but smooth somehow. The tea glides down nicely, no choking or puckering required.
So what about additives? I drank this tea three ways. The tea tasted great "staight up" with nothing added. I then added honey, and noticed absolutely nothing. And finally added some milk, and the only thing that changed was the color of the tea, from a dark orange to a milky orange. But I really detected no shift in taste.
In other words, if you try this tea, you can leave the additives in your cupboards and refrigerator if you want to. This tea tastes great right out of the bag, with nothing else required.
Recommendation : Yes. This is the first chai tea I've tried, so I can't compare it yet to other Chai teas. But I most definitely liked this tea. And if you like spicy teas, particularly those with pepper and cinnamon in them, I can't help but think that you will like this tea too.
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