|"The orange and pepper are the two notes that dominate the flavor profile to me. The first taste is mostly orange with a cinnamon sweetness followed by chai spice finish that is dominated by the pepper."|
Ok, so I bring this up a lot when I review chai tea blends, but I am a lover of chai flavors and love trying new chai blends. Mighty Leaf, unfortunately, is a company that I have had an opportunity to try a number of their blends and haven't found much that strikes a love chord with my taste buds. I am hoping that maybe chai is the blend that can do that. I find the presence of the orange in the ingredients a little intriguing, but am disappointed not to see ginger listed. The aroma coming from the sample smells pretty decent with lots of clove and orange greeting my nose. I infused this for 4 minutes in water that had been brought to boiling and allowed to cool a couple degrees.
One of my initial concerns is that this has a black tea base and when I had ordered the truffle collection from Mighty Leaf previously, I found that the black teas had a peculiar taste to them that I did not particularly care for. It could have been something in the flavoring within that collection only though. Fortunately, after a few sips of this chai, I taste none of that odd taste that I found to be present in the truffle collection.
I started out drinking this just lightly sweetened and without milk. This is definitely a mild chai that could be enjoyed without any milk or cream. The orange and pepper are the two notes that dominate the flavor profile to me. The first taste is mostly orange with a cinnamon sweetness followed by chai spice finish that is dominated by the pepper. I can taste all of the spices in here, but those are the lead flavors by my taste buds--orange and pepper. Again, this is pretty mild as far as spice goes. I did end up adding some milk towards the end and I do prefer it with milk as it tones down both the orange and the pepper a bit.
I can't really say that the addition of the orange does anything for this blend that makes it stand out to me as a reason that I would buy it. I also happen to like my chai fairly spicy and the only ingredient that has much kick to me is the pepper, which is also the one ingredient that I can live without in my chai. Overall, I didn't hate this, and there is nothing wrong with it, but I also can't call it a great chai blend either.
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