Review: Jing Tea Chai

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Its OK"While I can get behind a milder spice tea, it doesn't have enough depth to save it for me."
Katie’s Teaview: 6.4/10
Other Teaviews: Shaiha gave it 6.5/10, Bryan gave it 7.5/10
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I really respect Jing as they have pretty consistently provided me with positive experiences, but after having several cups of their house chai, I'm unimpressed. Things started off well enough. The leaf smelled very cinnamon focused, and after five minutes with boiling water, the scent still packed a punch.

But after that, even when I try it straight, before adding milk and sugar, it's tame. Mild and muddled, the main flavour is anise (which through a great deal of effort and Ouzo, I can now say I've moved from loathing it to not minding it.) without much to back it. I'm especially surprised to have a hard time finding the cinnamon after it played with my sense of scent so enthusiastically. It lacks kick, and while I can get behind a milder spice tea, it doesn't have enough depth to save it for me. It seems folly to call this a chai.

True to form, Jing's base tea is delicious. It's smooth and malty with a tinge of fruitiness. It's easily my favourite part of this blend. Whether you call it subtle or bland, Jing's chai just isn't for me. I still love them, though. I'm willing to just call this a fluke and move on in our relationship.

— To purchase Jing Tea 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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