Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Brothers Apothecary’s – Chai Awakening blend. They very kindly sent me this an another of their blends to try around the start of February and I’ve been so eager to jump into doing tasting session with them because I’ve never actually had a tea with CBD in it before and its not often things in the tea world are new to me because I’ve been tasting and reviewing blends for so long now. Of course out of the two blends I was sent I had to review the chai first .. did you all really expect anything different from me?
Here’s what the team at Brothers Apothecary have to say about this blend over on their website: ” A much loved favourite, our CBD Chai Tea will help brighten mind & soul without excessive caffeine. Crafted with simple ingredients like ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves & nutmeg, each cup provides a deep, earthy, warm, and tantalizingly exotic chai. A touch of vanilla rounds out each sip with light sweetness guaranteed to delight! (EST – 60MG Full Spectrum CBD per bag)
Ingredients: Ginger Root, Cinnamon Bark, Darjeeling Tea, Hemp, Assam Tea, Cardamom, Cloves, Anise Seed, Coconut Milk Powder, Chrysanthemum Flowers, Nutmeg, Vanilla Bean, Vanilla Flavouring, Tapioca, Maltodextrin and Acacia Fiber.
Tea Tasting Notes
I’ll be honest with you all I was very hesitant when I went into doing this tasting session anything with CBD in it has never really appealed to me at all the smell of hemp really isn’t my cup of tea and when I opened this bag that pretty much the only fragrance I got from it with a very so slight sweet spicy note in the background. It really did put me off trying this and I had to put the bag of it down for about ten minutes before I started steeping it. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this at all because of that initial impression that it made on me but taste was the hemp element definitely calmed down once I started steeping which I was very happy about. However my tasting session with this tea didn’t go too well mostly because I thought this tea would be much more spice heavy and well balanced with just a hint of the hemp bit it was the complete opposite.
With this blend having both Assam and Darjeeling in it I was expecting it to have quite a strong black tea base. Assam is normally quite strong and robust but I didn’t get that at all from this blend. I had to steep this for around 7 minutes just to get the colour you see in the above picture and normally I wouldn’t dream of steeping black tea for that long but without a longer steep this would have been so weak. with the list of the usual chai spices in it I expected quite a nice spicy hit from this blend but all I got was an ever so slight cinnamon note and a clove aftertaste and I honestly couldn’t pick anything else out. The added coconut milk powder added somewhat of a nice smooth sweetness to this but honestly it was all just rather lack lustre when it came to the actual chai element.
The hemp element was probably the strongest and most noticeable part of this blend. I thought that it had become a bit more subtle when I started steeping as it fragrance definitely did but taste wise it was just as strong as it was in the initial dry fragrance and its just not something I personally enjoy. That’s completely down to my personal preference and if you enjoy the smell and taste of hemp you would probably enjoy this more than I did. I however wanted this to be a chai blend with a hint of hemp and I got what I can only describe as the complete opposite.
I did add a little bit of soya milk to this to see if it would make it a little bit easier to drink but as you can see from the picture above the base of this blend was nowhere near strong enough to hold milk and it overpowered pretty much every element of this blend other than the hemp meaning this just ended up tasting like slightly sweet milk with a strong hemp note. So if you at going to try this for yourself and you enjoy hemp / CBD teas I definitely would just recommend having this on its own and not adding a single thing to it. For me the bag it was in as well were much too small and the one I used for this tasting session actually ended up splitting open meaning I had to put it in an infuser so I’d recommend using bigger bags or less of the blend in each one.
Pardon the pun but this was just not my cup of tea so I probably wouldn’t repurchase this going forward. Plus it didn’t end up reacting with the medication I take for my migraines very well so it would be pretty irresponsible for me to do that even if I did enjoy this blend. However remember what I always say when I end honest reviews like this. Do not let me personal tastes and opinions effect you. What isn’t my cup of tea might just end up being your so don’t let me opinions stop you from trying this. If you’re looking at using CBD products, it might be worth looking into this.
Overall Teacup Rating: 1.8/5
If you want to find out more about The Brother Apothecary and purchase some of this tea so you can give it a chance 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 quickly as I possibly can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberly
*The tea featured in this post was gifted to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*