Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing El’s Tea Shop’s – Cinnamon Breeze Chai. El’s Tea Shop very kindly sent me a selection of their blends to try out not to long ago and I had to put reviewing them on hold while I worked through my backlog from 2019 and sadly I’m only just getting round to reviewing them. I’ve been eager to try this one since it arrived at my house and it’s taken so much will power for me not to open up this bag before this tasting session as you all know just how much I love chai. This is actually a powered tisane and not a loose leaf tea like I expected so I definitely got a bit of a surprise when it arrived here at my house. It consist of all the best Chai spices and can be mixed with black tea or just milk to create a nice indulgent treat.
Here’s what El’s Tea Shop have to say about this blend over on their website: ”El’s Cinnamon Breeze Chai Tea is an elegant blend that will be sure to warm your heart!
For years this delectable Indian favourite has laid plenty of claims to the advantages of the Chai Spices and not to mention being anti-oxidant, metabolism boosting, anti-inflammatory and digestion enhancing. Sounding like your cup of tea? This tea can be enjoyed anytime of the day but especially perfect for an after-dinner treat!”
Ingredients: ‘Organic Sri Lankan Cinnamon, Organic Ground Cardamom, Organic, Ground Ginger, Organic Ground Allspice Pimento, Organic Ground Cloves, Organic Ground Nutmeg, Organic Stevia Leaf Powder.
Tisane Tasting Notes
So what this essentially is, is a blend of ground spices so on going into this tasting session I had to do something a little bit different than I normally would for a tasting session and not try this on its own first before doing different things with it. I had to follow the instructions on the packet it came in which said to add it to milk (dairy or no dairy) or black tea (I went for both). This is not what I would normally do as I do like to try things on their own first but had I just mixed this into hot water it probably wouldn’t have worked as it was intended to. So along side this ground spice blend I used some black tea and soya milk to make a chai latte. Normally I would do this stove top but on this particularly day I just wasn’t well enough so had to take the quicker route. I whisked a heaped teaspoon of this spice blend in 250ml of freshly brewed black tea and then added hot frothed milk.
This spice blend enabled me to make quite a nice chai latte and for the most part its really well balanced I just wish I could have picked out the cardamom and the nutmeg a little bit more as this is obvious very cinnamon heavy and aside from that the only other notes I could really pick out were the cloves and the ginger. If the cardamom and the nutmeg were to be a little bit stronger this would have been perfectly balanced and it definitely would have received a 5/5 from me. I like my black tea strong when it comes to chai lattes and I was impressed to see this spice blend still shine through with the strong/robust black tea I used for the base of this. I did however notice that after maybe a minute all of the spices I had whisked in had settled at the bottom of the cup. I made sure I didn’t use to much and I whisked for as long as I could so I was disappointed to see that happen.
I understand that because ground spices are essentially solids that they weren’t going to dissolve but I expected to be able to drink this without having to stir it each and every time I wanted to take a sip. I definitely enjoyed my drink, it was delicious when I could stop the spices dropping to the bottom. It strong and gives the perfect spicy kick that I am always looking for from the different chai blends that I try, but I didn’t appreciate the sediment that was left at the bottom of my cup and towards the end it did actually become a bit too much for me because there was more spices than liquid. I definitely wouldn’t use a heaped teaspoon of this going forward as I find it just to much compared to the amount of liquid. I’ll probably go for half a teaspoon next time and try something different when it comes to the way I prepare it. I can see this being absolutely amazing to bake with and I’ll be trying that out very very soon, probably in something like carrot cake.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4/5
If you want to find out more about El’s Tea Shop and purchase some of this tisane 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 do my best to answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*The tisane 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.*