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Episode 131: White Ayurvedic Chai

One common note you’ll find here on The Year of Tea is that I really like ayurvedic teas. These types of teas generally include a mixture of herbs and spices (licorice, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, pepper, cardamom) and give a sweet yet savory taste. Teavana’s White Ayurvedic Chai is no exception!

Flavor-wise, it’s very much like a lighter version of their Samurai Chai Maté. That’s not a bad thing, but it makes it hard for this tea to really stand on its own since the delicate white tea flavor is lost in the midst of all the spices.

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Episode 132: Christmas Cookie White Tea

It’s beginning to look a lot like…a hot summer. (What, did you think I’d say Christmas? This is one of the hottest Mays on record!) Normally I’d brew up a big pitcher of iced tea — and I still might — but today I decided to try Zoomdweebie’s Christmas Cookie White Tea.

This brew smells strongly of those vanilla spice cookies that you get around the holidays, and it lends itself really well to the delicate white tea base. Next experiment: try this tea with some actual Christmas cookies!

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Episode 136: Sweet Oolong Revolution

Sweet Oolong Revolution is a fruity herbal tea blend from Teavana with flavors of cardamom, cinnamon, cloves…and papaya abd pumpkin. It sounds weird, but it actually doesn’t make for a bad cup of tea! It’s sweet and spicy, and the pumpkin and papaya lends a creamy/savory note that’s pretty satisfying.

Teavana doesn’t sell this blend anymore, which is kind of a shame. I know there’s a lot of people out there who wish they would bring this back!

Episode 159: Maharaja Chai Oolong

Remember when I reviewed the Maharaja Chai/Samurai Chai Maté blend a while ago? Turns out I had a bag of Maharaja Chai Oolong in the back of tea collection. Let’s give it a try, shall we?

It’s…decent. It’s very heavy on the spices — so much so that the oolong is drowned out by the strength of the cinnamon/clove/cardamom/star anise combination. I can see why this would be blended with Samurai Chai Maté, but I’d rather have that than this. Your mileage may vary.

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Episode 196: Rainforest Chai

I’ve had my fair share of chai teas — most from Zoomdweebie’s, actually — so I guess it’s not too surprising that Zoomdweebie’s Rainforest Chai ended up in my sights. This blend is a mix of guayusa along with a traditional blend of spices found in chai tea (cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and cloves).

The pepperiness of the guayusa and the deep spiciness of the clove come together and give a bit of a dirty taste to this blend. Dirty as in…it tastes like dirt. I didn’t find that to be too bad, but I could see how someone might be turned off by that.

While this particular blend isn’t sold by this company, Stash Tea Company’s Guayusa and Chai Tea looks like a great substitute.