Review: Indonique Spiced Chai

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Thumbs up!"Mellow, mild and subdued... I enjoyed this chai tea quite a bit, it just wasn't quite as spicy as I'd anticipated."
Vanessa’s Teaview: 7.5/10
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indonique-spicedchai.jpgIndonique’s Spiced Chai was a delicious, sweet, and creamy treat. I prepared the chai just as directed on Indonique’s website by heating on my stovetop 1/2 cup of milk, 1/2 cup of water, the chai tea blend and sugar. The bits of tea leaves in the blend were fairly small, and were complemented by spices typically associated with chai: cardamom, cloves, and black pepper (which differentiates this “Spiced chai” blend from Indonique’s other chai blends). Since cardamom, cloves, and black pepper all have very strong, distinct flavors, I was prepared for a very spicy cup of chai. It turns out that the tea’s spiciness level fell far short of what I expected, although this isn’t necessarily a completely bad thing (as I have had learned that over-doing it on cloves and cardamom an really ruin a cup of chai). The black pepper flavor was virtually undetectable, and I must admit that until I read the Indonique website (which was after I drank the tea), I had no idea that black pepper was even an ingredient in this tea. As I sipped the creamy blend and thought about how I would review this tea, a series of similar words came to mind: mellow, mild, subdued, subtle, smooth. I think that perhaps the 1:1 ratio of milk to water really affected how much the spices came through. Perhaps preparing this tea with 2:1 ratio of water to milk would have allowed for the spicy flavors to come through a bit more. Unfortunately I used up all of my sample on my first cup, so I was unable to actually experiment further with different rations of water and milk. I did enjoy this tea, but wish that the clove, cardamom, and pepper flavors developed just a bit more. Still, I think that this blend has potential to please a wide spectrum of chai lovers, because it seems to me that one can adjust the amounts of milk and sugar to produce the spice level to one’s personal taste. Even though this chai was just a bit too mellow for me, I thoroughly enjoyed it and can say that Indonique’s Spiced Chai is a high-quality blend. I would definitely be interested in sampling more of their products.

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Review: The Necessiteas White Strawberry

Hibiscus Tea, Safflower Tea, Strawberry Tea, The Necessiteas, White Tea No Comments »
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Thumbs up!"A breezy and subtle blend that doesn't overwhelm with flavor but gets the mixture just right. Delightful and delicious."
Lea’s Teaview: 7.5/10
Other Teaviews: David_A gave it 8.5/10
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necessiteas-strawberry-whit.jpgThis breezy, subtle tea brews up a pretty, rose-colored cup. The smell once brewed, is wonderful. It smells exactly like fresh strawberries. I can’t say much about this blend, except that it’s pleasant all around.

The pretty color and the amazing scent is complimented with fresh and simple flavor. The white tea is very delicate, and so is the strawberry flavor-though not so much that you can’t tell it’s there. Usually I like stronger flavors coming through, but they just really got it right with this one. It’s airy and somehow crisp, and would probably be good iced as well. I’d recommend this tea to anyone that appreciates white tea, whether they like flavored blends or not.

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Review: The Necessiteas Pomegranate Oolong

Oolong Tea, Pomegranate Tea, The Necessiteas, Ti Kuan Yin Tea 1 Comment »
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Thumbs up!"The pomegranate flavor here is fruity and pronounced, and I really enjoyed the brew... though the flowery aroma from the leaves was a bit off-putting at first."
Lea’s Teaview: 7/10
Other Teaviews: Stephen gave it 7/10, Shane gave it 7/10
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necessiteas-pomegranate-ool.jpgI’m picky about pomegranate tea. Out of those I’ve tried, I’d say half of what I’ve had is good, and the other half undrinkable. I’m pleased to say this is another good one.

When I initially smelled this tea, I was put off. It was a bit too flowery for me, and it even made me reluctant to take my first sip. Thankfully, that smell doesn’t translate to the taste.

The oolong tea is comparable to a mild, pleasant green tea, and the pomegranate flavor is fruity and pronounced. The taste of this tea made it easy for me to get over the smell, and somehow tones it down a bit.

Another good one from Necessiteas. It doesn’t floor me, like the strawberry cheesecake and strawberry banana does, but it’s an eventual repurchase.

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Review: Adagio Casablanca Twist Green Tea

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Thumbs up!"Wonderfully-blended, this is a mint tea that's just about perfect for relaxing evenings or as a quick pick-me-up when you're sick."
Cindy’s Teaview: 8/10
Other Teaviews: Stephen gave it 9/10, Shane gave it 8/10, Nicole gave it 9/10
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casablanca-twist-adagio.jpgFor some unknown reason, my allergies and asthma have been acting up more than normal for the past couple of months. This was on my mind as I was deciding on a tea to sample this evening. When I opened the container and took a whiff of Adagio’s Casablanca Twist, I was pretty certain I had found a winner! Of course I know by now that a delightful aroma alone does not always translate into a delightful cup of tea. I noticed that the leaves here appeared to be smaller pieces than some of the greens I have been trying lately, and they did not appear to increase much in size once I added the hot water. But the small leaves were completely infused with the mint. If anything, the spearmint aroma increased once I added the water.

My first sip of this tea proved that the taste was every bit as delightful as the aroma had suggested. After just a few sips, the minty flavor was so relaxing that I actually felt like I was breathing easier. The mint is most certainly the primary taste sensation with this one. This is a little unusual to me as I usually find that the flavor of green tea is most dominant even in flavored green teas. I can see why Casablanca Twist appears to have such a devoted following. This is a tea that I would describe as comforting when not feeling your best I can see that it is also a great green tea to have on hand for anytime, but I can especially see it being a relaxing blend for evenings.

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Review: The Necessiteas Strawberry Banana Green Tea

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Thumbs up!"Fruity, sweet and mellow... this is hands down one of the best flavored green teas I've had in a long time."
Lea’s Teaview: 9/10
Other Teaviews: Stephen gave it 8/10, Troy gave it 8/10, Vanessa gave it 6.5/10, Katie gave it 7.1/10
Your Reviews: 10/10
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necessiteas-strawberry-bana.jpgThe aroma of this tea is fantastic! My fiancee walked into the kitchen as I was steeping it and immediately asked what kind of tea I was brewing. The scent is fruity, sweet, and mellow.

I usually brew green tea once for one minute, and once for three. Some just taste bitter if you brew for a full three minutes. I tried this one at one minute first and I could tell this one would do better if steeped longer. I tried again (and even accidentally oversteeped it by one minute), and it was wonderful.

There is no bitterness, even with being oversteeped. It’s an added bonus that this tea isn’t at all temperamental.

The slight tartness of the strawberries blended with the sweetness of the banana is really satisfying. I imagine this would be a refreshing iced tea also.

I will definitely be purchasing more of this. It’s one of the best and most smooth green teas I’ve had in a long time.

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Review: SpecialTeas Almond Cookie

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Thumbs up!"The almond and cinnamon flavors take center stage here in a blend that would work wonderfully as a dessert accompaniment."
Cindy’s Teaview: 7/10
Other Teaviews: Rebekah gave it 5/10, Vanessa gave it 9/10
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specialteas-almond-cookie.jpgThe dry leaves of this tea are very attractive to the eye. The large slivers of almond are a pleasant addition to the subtle aroma of cinnamon. The aroma of the brew was nearly identical to that of the leaves. My first taste was a bit of a surprise to me as I was actually expecting more of a sweetness. Though it wasn’t quite as sweet as I had initially expected, I took a moment to think back to the windmill cookies that this tea has been compared to. I do remember those windmill cookies and they were not overwhelmingly sweet either, so the comparison is actually quite accurate. There was no indication of a strong black tea base, which was actually a plus in this case. The delicate tastes of the cinnamon and almond were able to take center stage.

This ends up being a very nice tea to have available for those evenings when a little something with just a touch of sweetness is desired. It would probably also be a nice accompaniment to a rich dessert as the tea could provide a welcome contrast. All in all, quite a pleasant cup that I will probably be ordering more of in the near future.

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