Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing The Lawn Tea’s – Assam Spice blend. Not too long ago the team at The Lawn Tea very kindly sent me a big box full of their teas & tisanes to try out and review for this series and I couldn’t think of a better blend to start with than this chai. Because I’m sure you all know just how mad I am on Chai, I was eager to see what it was going to be like. I simply don’t think I could have waited longer than this to review it because before opening this I actually don’t think I had any chai blends at all in my collection as I go through them to fast so I had to get this one reviewed so I could enjoy it to my hearts content.
As you all know I shared my top 5 chai’s with you all recently so each time I try a new one I’m so excited to see what it’s going to be like and see if its going to be good enjoy to make its way into my top 5 and take a spot from another blend. It’s not very often that blends end up doing that as it takes something extra special. But every now and then I try a new blend that does. Keep reading to find out if this blend managed to do it.Here’s what The Lawn Tea have to say about this blend over on their website: “Assam Spice’ Classic Chai. Our traditional Classic Chai creates a fragrant creamy tea, using high quality Assam tea and spices.”
Ingredients: Indian Assam Black Tea, Ginger, Cinnamon, Cardamom and Red Peppercorns.
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this blend three ways: on its own (hot), with just honey (Hot) and with milk and honey (hot) which is what I normally do when I do tasting sessions with chai blends like this because I always want to make sure I taste the blend as it was intended on its own to see what its balance is like. Then, I want to see how the addition of sweetness changes that profile and then finally I try it as a latte because that is the way in which I drink my chai throughout days when I’m not doing tasting sessions, so its important to me that a chai blend works well when prepared as a latte.
The dry aroma of this blend is very spice heavy with the cinnamon, ginger and cardamom standing out the most, it smell quite natural sweet as well which is probably down to the amount of ginger in it. I was happy that I was able to pick the cardamom out in the aroma as visually in the leaves I couldn’t pick it out. Even though its jam packed with those red peppercorns, aroma wise I couldn’t pick them out at all, but I was hoping that it would become much stronger in the taste. There was a ever so slight maltiness in the background of the aroma but because its quite spice heavy it doesn’t get much time to shine.Once I added the water and started steeping the aroma changed almost immediately, the assam base was able to come through a bit more and the only spices I could smell were the cinnamon and the ginger. The cup of this I had on its own was delicious but wasn’t as well balanced as I would have liked it to be. Both my fiancé and agree that this smells and tastes exactly like Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal as the cinnamon and ginger were pretty much the only notes we could pick out other than the nice medium bodied malt note from the Assam. I definitely would have expected the cardamom to come through with how much I could smell it when it was dry and the peppercorn may as well not have been in this blend at all because I still couldn’t pick them out.
As I said this was already quite sweet on its own because of the ginger, but I had to see how this blend would change if I added just a little honey. Safe to say this became very sweet but not undrinkable, that additional sweetness made this taste even more like Cinnamon Toast Crunch which I am not complaining about. When I added in the hot frothed milk and made this into a latte that Cinnamon Toast Crunch like taste got much more prevalent because it added that creamy element you would get from the milk in a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
If you are going to make a latte with this one I would recommend using a little bit more of this blend than you would for a normal cup because you want to be strong enough to stand its ground against the addition of the milk. My favourite way to drink this is as a latte (hot), as much as I did enjoy it on its own it just shines as a latte. Even though it doesn’t really scream chai to me and the spices could definitely do with being much better balanced the fact that it tastes unintentionally exactly like Cinnamon Toast Crunch is a great thing in my books. I would definitely repurchase thing again solely for that reason but if you are looking for a perfect balanced chai this is probably not the blend for you.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.85/5
If you want to find out more about The Lawn Tea and purchase some of this blend for yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have nay questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll do my very best to answer them all as quickly as possible.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*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.*