Hey There Teacups! I’m back again today with another Let’s Talk Tea post this time around I’m going to be reviewing ICHAI’s Green Cardamom Chai blend. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while I’m certain, you’ll all be familiar with ICHAI and how much I enjoy their blends so I’m sure I don’t have to give them to long of an introduction. If you’re new to my blog and would like to find out more about ICHAI and some of their blends that I’ve tried you can find all my past posts featuring them here. They very kindly sent me a box jam packed with chai goodness to delve into and review for this series and I’m sad to say that this is the last blend from that box, so this will probably be the last post featuring ICHAI for a while now until my self-imposed tea ban has been lifted. (I may or may not be working on some How Do You Brew? post featuring some of their blends I’ve reviewed though so keep your eyes peeled for those)
Sweet – Malty – Spicy – Slightly Earthy – Aromatic – Moderately strong cardamom notes – Strong Cinnamon Notes.As always with ICHAI blends this has an amazing aroma that very quickly fills any room as soon as the sachet/caddy is opened its heart warming, aromatic and it instantly put a huge smile on my face. This one unlike all the others seemed be considerably heavier on the spices and it took me a while to pick out ant notes from the tea at all and because of that I went into trying this blend a little bit worried that it wasn’t going to be anywhere near as well balanced as the pervious ones I’ve tried.
Tea Tasting Notes
This blend is naturally very sweet and because of that I wouldn’t add any extra sweetener at all it would completely ruin the balance of this blend. I’ve now tried this with and without milk (oatly barista) and I think this is actually a chai I enjoy without milk for once I almost exclusively drink chai with milk these days and make it on the stove top so to be able to drink and enjoy this black was a welcome break and reminded me that I actually love chai almost as much black as I do as a latte from now on I’ll definitely be drinking it both and mixing tings up a little bit. I’ve had a lot of blends with cardamom in recently and with a lot of them I’ve never really been able to pick it out of the mic but with this one I could and it unique spicy/herbal note to this chai that complimented the cinnamon exceptionally.For those of you that simply can’t enjoy blends like this without milk don’t worry because it works just as well with it as it does without it so no matter what your preference this blend has you covered. For the most part this blend is well balanced the only way in which it falls slightly flat for me is that the tea element of the blend doesn’t come through strong enough for me if it was just a little bot stronger it would have been perfectly balanced. That doesn’t mean that its not a pleasant blend to drink because it really is and I’m looking forward to going back to it a few time before I run out of the bags and seeing if my opinion on it change.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.9/ 5 | For the most part this blend is well balanced but for me it just could have been a little bit stronger on the tea front and if it was it would have gotten a 5/5 from me.
If you want to find out more about ICHAI and purchase their Green Cardamom Chai 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 on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all soon. Happy Steeping – K