Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post this time around I’m going to be reviewing Steenberg’s Chilli Chai. Steenberg’s very kindly sent me a box jam packed with amazing teas and tisanes to try (there’s an unboxing over on my blog if you want to know what they sent before I feature them on my blog) when the box they sent arrived at my house and I saw the size of it I was so surprised because it’s was huge and I really wasn’t expecting anything nearly as big and to top it all off the box as full of different blends. I’m very thankful that the tea over at Steenberg’s were so generous and I really can’t wait to try all the blends they sent. Because I’ve been loving chai so much I had to try this blend first I don’t think I could have waited much longer to see whether I was going to love this blend or not.
Spicy – Savoury – Malty – Damp Wood – Red Peppers | Strong Cinnamon, Cloves, and Chilli – Very Light Cardamom Notes | Notes from The Tea Are Present but Not Strong.
This blend has an aroma that I was expecting at all normally chai blends have a relatively sweet aroma but this one is rather savoury probably because of the chilli and it has a slight red pepper note to it. The strongest notes in the aroma are the spices and the chilli and while I was expecting the spices to be the star of the aroma I was expecting the chilli to come through as much as it did. I won’t lie it did make me worry a little bit because I’m such a wimp when it comes to chilli and the last thing I wanted was to not enjoy this blend because the chilli was to strong for me.
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I had my fiancé, and both try this blend at the same time because I wanted to see how different our initial opinions on this blend were going to be. Because he loves chilli and spicy food and I can’t really deal with spiciness at all we were bound to have incredibly different opinions on this blend.
Like I said I’m not a huge fan of chilli so I was really worried that it was going to be to strong for me and that I wouldn’t enjoy the blend overall because of that When I took my first sip at the front of my mouth I got no chilli at all and the malty notes from the black tea paired with the cinnamon made for delicious combination, but then it got to the back of my mouth and my throat and the chilli emerged and it was far to powerful for me and because of that I only 4 sips of the 150ml cup I brewed for the tasting session. Don’t get me wrong initially I found this delightful it was just that powerful hit of chilli in the back of the mouth that I couldn’t deal with, if you’re not a huge wimp like me when it comes to chilli then you will probably love this. I even tried adding a little bit of honey to mellow out the chilli and while it didn’t work it did bring out the cinnamon a little more.
This is what my Fiancé had to say about this blend ‘’I liked this blend because of how unique and different it is. Because of the endorphin releasing properties of the chilli, it really makes you feel alive and good when drinking it. This tea is perfect for the coming winter months and has enough of a punch to keep anyone warm during those long cold nights. It’s complex, spicy and my kind of blend’’ – T
Overall Teacup Rating: 4/5
If you want to find more about Steenberg’s or purchase this chilli chai for yourself, you can do both here. As always 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 again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley