Tag: star anise

Episode 094: Maharaja Chai/Samurai Chai Maté

Teavana sometimes sends out these sample packs that include a mixture of two tea blends and rock sugar. Are these blends better than the sum of their parts? Let’s find out with this Maharaja Chai/Samurai Chai Maté blend!

These two blends have a lot of the same ingredients, but Maharaja Chai brings oolong and chicory to this mix. The overall result tastes like a muted Samurai Chai Maté. For the price, you would probably do better just buying twice as much Samurai Chai Maté.


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Episode 256: Fire Ginseng

If you want a spicy, peppery cup of tea, then look no further than Rishi Tea’s Fire Ginseng. This is a lively blend of Korean red ginseng, cinnamon, ginger, licorice, pepper, and star anise. Add some orange peel and orange oil to this mix and this is practically potpourri!

Taste-wise, this is VERY strong with all these flavors, so if you’re not a fan of strong blends, you might want to pass this one up. But if you’re up to the challenge, this is a tea that’s packing some serious punch!


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Episode 291: West Cape Chai

Rishi Tea’s West Cape Chai is inspired by the West Cape province of South Africa. This lively blend is a rooibos chai with cinnamon, cardamom, star anise (look at that pod!), ginger, black pepper, fennel, peppermint, clove, and ramón nut. You don’t see that every day!

Even with this great mix of herbs and spices, the tea is just kinda middle-of-the-road for me. The peppermint and ramón nut add nice sweet and nutty components to the blend, but not so much that they really change the overall flavor. Your mileage may vary.


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Episode 304: Witches’ Brew Chai

It’s Halloween, and since I’m too old to go trick-or-treating and don’t have any kids, I’ll settle for this Witches’ Brew Chai from Zoomdweebie’s. This is an eerily spicy blend of lapsang souchong, cumin, clove, ginger, cinnamon, star anise, and nutmeg. It’s not eye of new and toe of frog, but let’s take a sip of this brew and see how it is!

Two words sum up this blend perfectly: smoky cumin. I figured I would taste more clove or ginger since those inclusions are big and present in the dry blend, but the pine tar aroma of the lapsang souchong and the dry cumin really kind of drowned out the other spices completely. A little bit of milk does improve the taste a bit, but not by much. NEXT!

Episode 311: Teas’ Tea Chai Tea Latte

I’m no stranger to chai blends at all, but one thing I haven’t tried for the show yet is a bottle chai tea latte. Teas’ Tea’s Chai Tea Latte to the rescue!

It’s a really well-balanced beverage! The cinnamon and star anise stand out the most, but the milk and black tea are in perfect proportion and not too overwhelming. And the ingredients are nice and simple too. It’s a winner!


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