|"Even though not all are listed as ingredients, it's a nicely suited blend of spices for the mild green tea and the vanilla sweetens the harmony. "|
Naughty or nice, to get to the matter of the brew, The Necessiteas happily includes the brewing instructions on the package as infusing one teaspoon of tea with cooler than boiling water for three to five minutes. After a four minute steep, the tea sweetly calls. Like the dry tea, the spiciness draws on cloves and fennel more so than cinnamon, yet brewing draws out the vanilla, that is such a lovely complement to spice. The spiciness doesn’t have zing and it’s more cooling than warm, in a way, from the elemental notes of the cloves. Yet, the anise, fennel and ginger do have some earthy and herbal glow to balance the spice that it does remind me a little of pumpkin pie spice. The flavour has just as much ease, with a soothing spiciness to the light to medium body. A touch of floral from the rose and vanilla accentuates the fennel’s herbaceousness and unifies the spices well, which similar to the aroma, pick up more of the cloves flintiness. The other spices still sing lightly in the background for a sense of mixed spice permeating the sip, to also be a bit close to pumpkin pie, although the tea seems a bit simple. It may be in part, that the green tea doesn’t make a strong stand against the spices with just a mild viscous flavour that’s almost oil or buttery flavoured but not quite. As such, the tea has a light finish with little aftertaste. Yet, the tea is pleasantly sweet with a bit of a different blend.
As is often the case with chais, the leaves rustle up a second cup, although a third doesn't really seem to have enough going on. In the second, the vanilla continues to weave some lovely sweetness into the bouquet with a lighter, leafier, flinty spiciness. In the cup, the spiciness is milder than the first but fuller bodied, which is a bit of a surprise as spices often come out more once warmed up. The flavour falls mostly on the cloves and fennel with less of a rounded spiciness or flavours from the green tea and no aftertaste but it remains enjoyable.
While The Necessiteas Green Chai sips more nice than naughty since the spices have more of an herbal temperament than a fierce one, it is fitting for the mellowness of the green tea. Although, not including all of the ingredients in the tea’s description is a bit naughty for buying teas online, the tea’s warm sweet swing still makes for an easy going brew fit for any mood.
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