Hey there Teacups, I’m finally back after not being able to post for a few days! I’ve really missed writing and I was going to wait until the new week starts to start posting again but I’ve been really excited to write this post for a while and now and I just couldn’t wait to post it any longer.
For today’s Stateside Steeps post I’m going to be reviewing Harney and Sons’ – Chocolate Chai Supreme, a tin of which I was very kindly sent by my amazing friend KJ who has an amazing tea YouTube Channel that I urge you to check out as soon as you get the chance. I’ve been wanting to try some Harney and Sons blends for a while and as a lover of both Chai and Chocolate Teas (when they are done right) I was really interested to see what this blend had to offer.
Here’s what Harney & Sons themselves have to say about this blend over on their website: “All-new but an instant favourite, our Chocolate Chai Supreme combines the flavours of a classic chai with rich chocolate and vanilla. We begin with a base of blended Chinese and Indian black teas, then add all the necessities for a delicious chai—ginger root, cardamom seeds and pods, cinnamon (ground and in chips), and nutmeg. Finally, we swirl natural chocolate, cardamom, and vanilla flavour through the blend, creating a one-of-a-kind tea experience you won’t soon forget.”
Ingredients: black tea, ginger root, cardamom seeds, chocolate flavour, cardamom flavour, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom pods, cinnamon chips and vanilla flavour. Contains natural flavours.
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this three ways: on its own (hot), with just honey added (hot) and the lastly as a latte with both honey and hot frothed milk added. Out of them all my favourite cup was definitely the latte, I enjoyed it on its own but it was a touch too astringent for me and there was a definitely something missing as it just seemed a little off balance. I could tell that the strong black tea base was definitely stopping some of the spices from being able to come through and was muting the chocolate a little bit but luckily just the addition of around a teaspoon of honey seemed to help to give everything a little more balance.
Once I added that honey the spices were definitely able to come through a little more, the most prominent of them are the ginger and cardamom, while the cinnamon and nutmeg were a little more subtle but I was still able to pick them out clearly. I’m a huge fan of nutmeg so personally I would have loved that to be a little stronger but that’s just my personal taste. Aside from that in terms of spices I think this blend has them balanced really well, unlike a lot of chai blends I’ve had in the past which are often all clove and cinnamon and not much else.
In terms of the chocolate note in this blend it was subtly present in the aroma so I really didn’t know what to expect in terms of taste. But, it’s actually quite a prominent note, normally when it comes to chocolate blends they chocolate note can come across as very dark chocolate esque but in this one it’s perfect bridges the gap between dark and milk chocolate and its a nice mix. Once you add honey it definitely brings the chocolate note forward but it doesn’t really seem to change the way that it tasted overall. The vanilla note is subtle but definitely present and does a great job of making this feel more indulgent.
Adding in milk definitely works to stop the black tea base from being too strong and luckily the species are strong enough that they stand their ground against the addition of the milk. The chocolate note thrives once you add in milk but the darker elements of it are definitely muted and it becomes much more milk chocolate, but it’s still delicious and I love the creaminess that the milk adds to it. Having this as a latte is the perfect sweet treat and is sure to satisfy any chocolate cravings. When I want an extra treat I like to finely grate chocolate over the foam, not too much but just enough to really solidify the chocolate flavour in this blend. This is definitely one of the best chocolate chai’s I’ve ever tried and given the chance I will definitely purchase some more of this in the future.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.8/5
If you want to find out more about Harney & Sons or purchase some of this blend to try 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 any best to answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley