Review: Canton Tea Co. Canton Chai

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Thumbs up!"The blend includes Yunnan and Bai Lin Gong Fu with green cardamon, cassia bark, ginger, orange peel, cloves, and green pepper corns, a perfect balance of spiced tea."
MaryAnn’s Teaview: 8.2/10
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The blend includes Yunnan and Bai Lin Gong Fu with green cardamon, cassia bark, ginger, orange peel, cloves, and green pepper corns. The vendor suggests it has been finely tuned to create a perfect balance of spiced tea, and one should add a little milk and sweeten with sugar or honey if desired.

I tasted this tea on a cool rainy afternoon, while trying to finish a short mystery on a tight deadline. I was looking for optimism – the old I can do it attitude. The dry tea looks and smells great. Spice tea gone upscale -- the spices are diversely chunky, the tea leaves long and twisted. The aroma of the dry tea is pungent and warming.

Encouraged, I brewed 1 tsp. of tea leaves/spices at 203F for 3 minutes, according to label directions. I don’t drink dairy and didn’t have alternative products in the house to serve as creamer, so first tasting was black and unsweetened. If I was missing out on anything, sure couldn’t tell from my experience. Very smooth and rich taste from the black tea leaves. Cinnamon and cardamom taste comes on tangy. Excellent chai experience through three brewings – perhaps that’s what Canton Teas meant when they called it an “astonishingly moreish brew.” I thought they meant you’d want more but now I’m thinking they were saying the tea would keep giving the drinker more and more, through successive brewings.

The next evening I was still working to finish my mystery and was ready for the comfort of creamer and sweetener in my tea. I brewed same as above, then added soy milk and honey – sincere apologies to purists. The result was indeed comforting. I drank four cups, finished my writing project, and felt nurtured. The taste was good with additions, but tended to emphasize cinnamon and peppercorn to the expense of the more subtle flavors. Unfortunately, I blew through my sample with the two evenings’ experiments or I’d give it another try black and unsweetened. Might have to order some of this outstanding Chai.

— To purchase Canton Tea Co. Canton 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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