Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post this time around I’m going to be reviewing ICHAI’s Ginger Chai blend (With the amount of chai’s I’ve trying recently you’re probably sick of hearing about them ha-ha). If you’ve ready my pervious posts featuring ICHAI you’ll know that I have loved every single blend of theirs that I’ve tried both directly from them and through TeaTourist so working my way through the box of blends they sent me to try recently has been such a fun adventure I’ve been able to revisit blends I’ve already tried and been given the opportunity to try so many new ones that I can’t to introduce you all to. (If you have read any of my past posts featuring ICHAI you can find them all here)
Spicy – Malty – Sweet – Well Balanced – Aromatic
Ingredients: Loose leaf black tea, cinnamon, green cardamom, ginger, star anise, cloves.
Both my fiancé and I absolutely love the aroma of this chai it’s so heart-warming and inviting my favourite aspect of it is the slight sweetness the ginger adds, and the underlying malty notes of the black tea used. Imagine if chai hard candies were a thing (they probably are somewhere) that is what this blend smells like it has the classic spicy notes of chai with an added sweet twist. Aroma wise out of all the ICHAI blends I’ve tried I think this one is my favourite and it will take something special to knock it off that top spot.
Tea Tasting Notes
Normally when blends have breath-taking aromas they tend to let me down when it comes to taste but that wasn’t the case with this one, it’s taste is just as well balanced as it’s aroma and perfectly sweet too. Normally with Chai I find I have to add honey just to make up for the sheer power of the spices used but because of the ginger in this something about them just wasn’t as powerful as powerful and they took much more of a back seat, which sounds like a bad thing, but I was actually really happy about it. Had it been any other way I would have been really annoyed as with a ginger chai you expect the ginger to be the hero and take centre stage when it comes to the flavour profile without that it really wouldn’t be a ginger chai would it.
You can tell that ICHAI put so much care and attention into each an every one of their blends and it’s clear that they have an excellent knowledge of tea and spices. To start off with I tried this on its own and while I haven’t tried it any other way since I think this would make for a great latte the natural sweetness this blend has would make it such an indulgent treat. When it comes to mouth feel it is a little bit drying towards the back of the mouth when brewed straight but I can imagine that using it to make lattes would completely take that away. Because of the natural sweetness there is pretty much no astringency to this which I find strange because chai’s I’ve had in the past have always been quite astringent this was definitely an eye opener for me and I’ll honestly be gutted when I don’t have any left. I think I have three new blends left to try from ICHAI and I’m hoping they will all be as good (if not better) than this one.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you find out more about ICHAI or purchase this tea for yourself, you can do both here. As always Teacups if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me in Twitter/Instagram and I’ll answer them as soon as I can.
Speak to you all soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley