Review: KTeas Autumn Afternoon Chai

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Its OK"As much as I like Autumn Morning, I'm less impressed with Afternoon, but that's often my experience with decaffeinated teas. It affects the flavor, no matter how well it's done. This isn't a bad chai; there's a lot to be said for the generous helping of natural spices that provides the majority of this tea's character. But the tea base left me wanting. "
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kteaslogoKTeas' Autumn Afternoon is the decaffeinated version of its very tasty Autumn Morning chai. Described as "a lighter "chai" tea in the style of Western India," it contains decaffeinated green and black teas, cinnamon bits, whole cardamom pods, cloves, orange peel, and natural vanilla flavor.

Dry, Afternoon compares well with its caffeinated counterpart. It is packed with bits of dry spices and has the same powerfully sweet chai aroma. The tea leaves are dark and broken, but unfurl into good-sized torn green and black pieces.

I steeped a rounded teaspoon of the dry tea in 8 oz. of 212F for four minutes, which produced a light golden brown liquor with a light, spicy fragrance. Straight, it was spicy and astringent, with only a hint of bitterness. The teas were not as smooth as the caffeinated version, and came across as a bit harsh with the spices.

Because it is a chai, I broke my usual "no adulterations" rule and stirred in some half and half and a teaspoon of organic sugar. It did enhance the richness of the spices, but that harsh edge was still there, leaving a little bitterness at the back of my mouth in the finish.

As much as I like Autumn Morning, I'm less impressed with Afternoon, but that's often my experience with decaffeinated teas. It affects the flavor, no matter how well it's done. This isn't a bad chai; there's a lot to be said for the generous helping of natural spices that provides the majority of this tea's character. But the tea base left me wanting.

— To purchase KTeas Autumn Afternoon 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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One Response to “Review: KTeas Autumn Afternoon Chai”

  1. jamie Says:

    Very curious! My experience was exactly opposite yours. I preferred afternoon to morning…Interesting given that the one is decaffeinated.

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