Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Pumpkin Chai

Tea: Pumpkin Chai
Vendor: Tea Chai Te
Price: $2.50 / oz
Vendor Description: All the spices in your typical pumpkin pie are called upon here to recreate the same effect in liquid form. This chai has cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, clove, nutmeg and black tea.

Leaf: The leaf consists of small orthodox looking black leaf. There is a noticeable amount of clove in the mix. There are lots of small other bits added in that I couldn't as easily identify.

Infusion Mix: 6 oz milk, 6 oz water, 6g chai, 2tsp honey, 3 minute boil

Infusion: The chai has a very sweet chai aroma to it. The cloves are very prominent and the flavor is very sweet and milky. There is not much of a pumpkin flavor, but there is a light amount of pumpkin in the aroma

Rating: 4/10

Conclusion: This doesn't show the pumpkin side of the chai very well. Aside from that it feels like a clove dominated chai. Most of the flavoring feels like the milk and the honey, as opposed to the chai spices and the tea. Personally I would prefer a bolder chai that is less dominated by chai.

1 comment:

Stacey said...

agree 100%. These are "hand-mixed" chais, and in the past this one (which used to be my favorite,) was much richer, with a stronger black tea flavor, more pumpkin and ginger. When brewed, it smelled just like homemade pumpkin pie.

This batch turned out to be surprisingly lackluster, with entirely too much clove in the mix, and a bit of harsh peppery flavor, not enough to BE pepper, just enough to make the brew rough.

Thanks for the review.