Review: SpecialTeas Green Chai

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Thumbs up!"Sweetly spicy, cloves dominate with a nutty and fruity back up choir."
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specialteasgreenchaiPrior to requesting this sample, I'd never tried a green tea based chai tea. I thought it sounded like it was worth a try and I'm glad I did.

The dried tea is beautiful, green brown and nearly black leaves, long and twisty, with twigs interspersed along with big chunks of orange peel, lovely red orange dried rose petals, and bits of almond easily discernible. Scent wise, there's little to complain about either. Sweetly spicy, cloves dominate but don't overpower with a nutty and fruity back up choir. Mmmm. The first two tests, of the eyes and the nose, were easy A's.

I heated my water to 180 degrees, following the packet directions and treating the tea as it should be treated, since it's a green tea. Specialteas recommends a 1 to 2 minute steep. Cloves are an ingredient in this blend, and I am very cautious with cloves, since their flavor, if too strong, is a real turn off to me. I figured a one and a half minute steep should serve me well and let me get a good feeling for the flavors.

This tea brews up to a pale cider like color, in keeping with its green tea base. Very pretty, and with a smell also reminiscent of warm spiced cider. It wasn't really a surprise to me that the flavor was wonderful after all the cues. The clove taste is present but not overpowering in any sense, and I even think a full two minute steep would be just fine, even for clove-o-phobes like me. The tea is very sweet and fruity, very cider-esque. This would be a delightful tea in the autumn, around harvest time, and I feel like I'd like a hot summer's day (and not just because it's March in Maine!) to properly get the sense of deliciousness I think I'd experience drinking this in July over ice maybe with a splash of cream...MMM. And frankly, this tea is quite a treat just on it's very own, late in the afternoon on a gray sort of late winter's afternoon. I'm glad I tried this and frankly find it to be one of the better chai teas I've tried in a long time.

I will caution that this tea might not jazz up some drinkers who are looking for a more traditional, strongly spiced black tea chai. But then, if you are trying a green chai, you're probably like me and are ready to try something new in the chai department. Lovers of strongly spicy chai may find this less zingy than they would love deeply, but I'd suggest giving it a try anyway...

— To purchase SpecialTeas Green Chai, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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