Hey there Teacups! I’m back again today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Tea23’s – Butterscotch Chai. I’ve been following Tea23 over on Instagram for a few weeks now so when I got an email from them asking if I would like to try out their current range of teas and review them for my blog I instantly said yes without any hesitation at all. I had a hard time decided which I was going to try first but the Butterscotch Chai stood out to me above the rest because I love chai and butterscotch. Before finding out about this blend I never would have thought to put the two together and I’ve never seen another company try it so it wins in terms of it’s uniqueness as well. I love it when companies but some uniqueness into their blends rather than just following the pack and doing everything the other tea companies are doing.Here’s what Tea23 themselves have to say about this blend over on their website: ”A sweet, aromatic, and zingy chai tea. For the best results Use fresh water at 100°C, Brew for at least 2-3 mins, Best served with sugar & something milky.”
Ingredients: Sri Lankan Black Tea (30%), Indian Assam Black Tea (27%), Cinnamon, Ginger, Fenugreek, Cardamom, Red Peppercorns, Sunflowers Petals, Natural Flavouring.
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this blend three ways: on its own (hot), With just honey (hot) and then with milk & honey (hot). As nice as it was on its own and with just the addition of honey, out of all the ways I tried this blend my favourite cup was definitely the one I had with both milk and honey. I think Chai definitely works better with the addition of milk and honey, especially when they are well balanced like this one and the spices can stand their ground against the addition of the milk. I did however have to use two bags to get the spices at a strong enough level for me but that’s because I like my chai with a strong kick. You can just use one bag and still be able to pick out those spices though.
One of my favourite things about this chai is the addition of the Fenugreek, that added a sweet, nutty element to this blend reminiscent of maple syrup and caramelised sugar and just adds nice level of depth and richness to this blend. This blend didn’t scream butterscotch to me but it has a rich creamy caramel flavour profile to it which pairs beautifully with those spices. The black tea base is just the right strength that it provides a nice base maltiness that holds everything else up but doesn’t outshine everything else in the blend. I definitely think that due to the mix of both Ceylon and Assam, had this just have been Assam I think it would have been too strong for all the other elements of this blend. You can tell a lot of thought has been put into blending this an that hard work has definitely paid off.
I really don’t mine that this blend is in bags either because over the last few days I’ve been in a lot of pain and having something quick and convenient but still of great quality like this has been perfect. Each cup is a heart warming delicious, sweet, rich and indulgent treat. Having tried some other butterscotch blends from other companies that have been artificial and tasted more like butterscotch hard candies this one is much more natural and has a similar flavour profile without it being a artificial kick in the face from added flavourings. This is definitely one I will repurchase in the future because it really has been such a comfort over the last few days when I’ve really not been feeling well at all and I would love to always have it in my cupboard to reach for all the time.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Tea23 and purchase some of this blend to try 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 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*