Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Top 5 Teas post and this time around I’m going to be focusing on chai. I’m so glad that you all enjoyed my first post for this series so much and I hope that will be the case for this post as well. After My Top 5 Earl Grey blend the second most asked for Top 5 from me is Chai! Because I talk about just how much I love it here on my blog. So I thought it was probably best to focus on the most asked for ones at the start of this series and then move onto different things after that. If there is a certain kind of tea or tisane you would like me to focus on next month let me know in the comments and I’ll make sure I do that next.
1 – Thai Chai | Adagio Teas | I know its probably quite surprising to see that my number one chai isn’t a classic chai or a Masala Chai but in recent times I’ve really just been enjoying Chai blends with a bit of a twist more and this one is deffinelty my favourite. This is a black tea based blend with cinnamon, ginger, coconut, cardamom, lemon grass and natural coconut flavour and its absolutely phenomenal. I was sent a sample of this by my very kind tea friend Becca and I think I finished it in less than a week. Because one I started drinking this I simply couldn’t stop going back to it, it’s creamy, sweet, spicy and citrusy and all of its ingredients pair perfectly together. I enjoy this on it’s own but it makes an absolutely delicious latte and that’s mostly how I drink this. I haven’t had this for a while now as I’ve been on a tea buying ban as you all know. But I think I might have to break my tea buying ban soon and treat myself to some more of this because I need it back in my life.
2- Choc Chip Chai – T2 Tea | Are you surprised to see another T2 Tea in one of my top 5’s I know I’m not. They have been a favourite Tea company of mine for a long, long time and this was one of the first chai blends with a twist I ever tried. I tried this for the first time when I did a Chai Workshop at their Meadowhall branch as a stove top chai latte and ever since I have loved it. This is my favourite Chai blend to make a indulgent stove top chai latte with, with the amount of pain I’m in right now It’s not very often that I get to make stovetop chai lattes but when do get a good (ish) day this is the blend I reach for so this is deffinelty a treat blend for me and has me hoping for more good days in 2020. It’s a black tea based blend with cloves, star anise, cinnamon, ginger, orange blossom, cardamom, artificial chocolate flavouring (2.5%), natural and artificial flavouring & despite the fact that this had artificial flavourings in it it’s an absolutely delicious blend and no elements of it taste artificial at all. Somehow it managed to be chocolatey, creamy, citrus and smooth all at the same time. The spices are well blended and pair well with the black tea and all of the other added elements If I do want the tea to be a bit stronger I just add a little more non flavoured black tea and that normally does just fine. It works best with milk and honey deffinelty and will always be one of my favourite. I hope T2 keep this stocked forever.
3- Persian Chai – Debonair Tea Co | No if you’ve been reading my blog posts over the last few months you’ll know that I tried this blend towards the end of 2019 and I review it for my Let’s Talk Tea series (you kind find that review here). Spoiler alert if you haven’t read that review yet I absolutely loved this tea and I finished the sample they sent in probably around 3 days I think. This is a Chinese Rose Congou Black Tea (54%) based blend with Spices (39%) (Ginger, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Fennel), Rose Petals, Lavender and it’s absolutely delicious. I love this on it’s own and I love it as a latte I could literally drink this blend and this blend only for days on end. It’s extremely well blended, well balanced and makes a latte that is to die for. Once my tea buying ban is over I’ll deffinelty be stocking up on this and I’m going to try using it for a boba tea base because I think it would work perfectly I also think this would be great to bake with especially with things like chocolate.
4- Vanilla Chai – ICHAI | honestly can’t even begin to put into words just how much I love the taste of this blend. In the past when I’ve had Vanilla chai’s the vanilla just hasn’t been strong enough and I’ve been really disappointed by that because you expect a strong vanilla note from something dubbed a vanilla chai. But this blend was far from a disappointment the vanilla is the star of the show and instead of overpowering everything else it paired perfectly with the cinnamon and the malt notes provided by the black tea. Once steeped I couldn’t pick out the cloves in the flavour profile at all which isn’t really a bad thing if you ask me. I’m so glad that ICHAI were able to make the vanilla the star of this blend and keep it all natural I’ve seen a lot of companies use artificial flavouring for vanilla teas and it just isn’t the same. I reviewed this blend quite a while ago now and just after reviewing it is when I started my tea buying ban so I haven’t been able to have it since sadly since I reviewed it ICHAI have stopped making it so I’ll never be able to have it again which makes me so sad, Mostly because I don’t think I’ll ever find a vanilla chai as good as this one ever again. (If you have any recommendations send them my way please – though it will take something special to take this one out of my top 5)
5- Pumpkin Chai – Tealish Teas | This is another Tea that I tried & reviewed for my Let’s Talk Tea series in 2019 and it is by far one of the best Pumpkin Chai’s that I’ve tried so far (even thought there is no actual pumpkin in it). I think that’s because there are so many layers of depth to it an sweet notes that I deffinelty wasn’t expecting the first time I tried it. Of course like all the others on this list this is a black tea based blend but it also contains carrot pieces, orange peel, apple, cocoa pieces, safflower, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, clove, nutmeg, pepper, star anise, natural flavours. The carrot does kind of give this a pumpkin(ish) note and while I could have done with that being a bit stronger the way that this blend wins me over is the spiciness and the cocoa and apple it all works together perfectly and makes a killer latte. It’s a little bit too much for me on my own but as a latte it balances out and adding milk really brings out the cocoa note too which is great. If you’re looking for a ”pumpkin” chai with a twist I would deffinelty recommend giving this a go. If you want to read my innital review of this which is a bit more in-depth you can find it here.
So there you go you know all know my Top 5 Chais! If you are a huge Chai fan like me let me know in the comments what your top 5 Chais are I love hearing about all of the different teas that we all love and you my even help me find a new favourite Chai in the process. Even though this is only my second post of thus series I really am enjoying putting these posts together at the end of each month. I can wait to do them all year. They will all be so fun to look back on when December rolls around. I have an idea for my last top 5 of the year and I really can’t to see if it will work out. I hope you are all enjoying this series as much as I am if you have any suggestions for the Top 5 I should do next let me know.
As always if you have any questions about any of the teas feature in this post either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and Ill answer them all as quickly as possible.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley