This week I was delighted to receive my second shipment from Tea Runners (I blogged about my first shipment here.) This month featured four wonderful selections. Today I’m reviewing the Black Masala from Sahpat Teas included in the shipment.
From the package, this is another award-winning black tea with a “spicy south Asian kick to it,” as well as ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and black pepper.
I love Masala and was so excited to receive this one. When I opened the package I got the best spicy aroma and I couldn’t wait to brew it up. This one was super smooth, with a full bodied flavor with lots of spice. I had mine with just a touch of honey, but I’m sure it would be delicious with milk as well. Usually I share my samples with my friends, but I am tempted to keep this one all to myself!
From the package, Spiced Apple Chai contains black tea, cinnamon bark, ginger root, cardamom, orange peels, cloves, and apple pieces.
Spiced Apple Chai is available in a variety of sizes: sample for $3.00, 3oz for $8.00 and 16oz for $24.00.
When I opened the package I smelled both the sweet apple and the savory spices. I love a good spiced tea so I had high hopes. The tea itself tasted wonderful – lots of apple cider-like taste, with a heady kick of spices. I will definitely be adding this to my rotation. It’s a perfect blend of tea, fruit and holiday spice!
From the website, Cardamom Cinnamon contains cinnamon, ginger, carob, cardamom, chicory, pink peppercorns, star anise, cloves and cassia oil.
I ordered the Tasters Tin which was $4.50 for 1oz, but the blend is also available for $11.50 for a 5oz tin and $31.oo for a 1lb bag.
When I opened the tin I got a spicy smell that reminded me of the holidays. Once brewed I got the cinnamon and the pepper. The tea was mostly cinnamon flavored, and I found myself missing the body of a black tea underneath. I think this one would be a great substitute for those who would prefer herbal spice teas.
Another tea I picked up on sale in my last order from Teavana was the Mulled Pomegranate Cider. I have a feeling this was a holiday tea, but it’s still cold here in January and February, and I thought I might enjoy it.
Mulled Pomegranate Cider contains cinnamon, apple pieces, hibiscus flowers, carob bits, ginger, grapes, elderberries, pomegranate seeds, black pepper, black currants, raspberries, cardamom, cloves, red currants and blueberries.
Mulled Pomegranate Cider is available for $6.99 for 2oz and $55.89 for 1lb.
When I opened the package I got a strong berry smell with a bit of the mulling spices. When it was brewed it smelled more of hibiscus and spice. The taste was interesting – it reminded me of mulled wine with the cinnamon and spice and the darker berry flavors. I would drink this as more of a dessert tea, and to warm up on cold nights.
Last year for my birthday I received a gift card to Teavana from a generous co-worker. I’d been sitting on it for a while, trying to decide what to order. A few weeks ago I got an email advertising a sale on quite a few teas so I decided to bite the bullet and order some. On the list of things I wanted to try was the world famous Oprah Chai.
Oprah Chai contains cinnamon, black tea, ginger, carob pieces, pepper, chicory root, red rooibos, cloves and cardamom. It is available in 2oz increments for $14.98.
When I first opened the package I was blown away by the chicory root and all the intense aromas. While brewing however, I could smell each more distinctly. I didn’t add honey or milk to mine, but I have to admit it was a nice strong chai with a good full spicy flavor. I’m sometimes skeptical of products that carry celebrity names, but this was a good tea and I would definitely buy it again.
I’ve been thinking of taste testing to find the best chai, much like I did for Earl Grey a while ago. Stay tuned for that in the coming months!
When I podcasted earlier this month with my friend Liz, she surprised me by giving me some tea from a tea shop semi-local to her in St. Joseph, Missouri – Simply Tea. She brought me a delightful sample of Christmas Tea (and this will be the last gasp of the holiday season!)
Christmas Tea contains black tea with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, orange peel and ginger. It is available in a variety of sizes: 2oz for $4.95, 4oz for $8.95 and 8oz for $15.95.
When I first opened the bag, I got the strong smell of ginger, and the brewed tea was delightfully gingery with a bit of the other flavors mixed in. This was definitely a little different than any of the other holiday teas I bought this year, and I really enjoyed it. I guess I’ll have to try and check out Simply Tea the next time I head north.
From the site, the blend contains Indian Black Tea, cardamom seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and vanilla.
It’s available in a variety of sizes: sample for $2.00, 4oz for $7.00, 8oz for $12.50, and 1lb for $20.50.
When I first opened the package I smelled the delicious spices. Once brewed, I got more of the strong black tea smell. I decided to drink my chai with a little milk and honey. This wasn’t a super sweet chai, but was very smooth and the spices mild. It was a delicious afternoon treat.
A few weeks ago, on Ravelry, I was part of an interesting discussion about Masala Chai. This discuss was primarily about how Americans refer to chai as chai tea. But the Hindi word for tea is chai, which makes the American version redundant. The correct name for the spiced tea that we Americans refer to as “chai tea” is actually masala chai.
From the packaging, this blend contains black tea, cinnamon, ginger, cardamon and cloves. The site also suggests adding milk and honey for full flavor.
When I first opened the bag, all I could smell was cardamom and cloves. I thought it was really interesting that the ginger is thrown in looking like puffs of tumbleweed. The smell was still spicy. I have to say that I was a little disappointed in the taste. It was good, but it was primarily black tea and I think I wanted a bit more of a spicy bite to it. I’m definitely going to experiment with milk and honey, and maybe brewing up a bit stronger batch. I will say that the masala chai definitely puts me in a fall mood. Bring on the chill!