CREATED BY: CARA MCGEE
No brother, I have not been eating more cake. I’ve been drinking it.
Inspired by BBC’s Sherlock, which I am in no way affiliated with. This is created purely for my own enjoyment.
The predominant scent at first sniff is the chocolate, but if you stir the mix a bit the scents of chocolate and chai blend marvelously together, reminding me a little of subtly spiced chocolate (have you ever had chili chocolate? It is a fantastic thing.)
I steeped my first cup for 5 minutes and drank it black. The subsequent two cups were also taken black, but steeped at about 4 minutes. Once steeped, the chai really comes to the fore, the vanilla and rooibos lending the spiciness a sweeter air, the chocolate notes growing a tad denser. The taste is smooth and for all that chocolatey aroma, the rooibos vanilla chai is the lingering flavor, and the cream adds a nice fullness and, well, creaminess, to the cup. Given all the orange peel in the picture above, one would think it would really impact the flavor, but as it is, it’s only the gentlest zest and citrusy freshness in the cup.
The fourth cup I added milk and about 3/4 teaspoon sugar. I’m usually quite unscientific about how much sugar I add, but given the sweetness of the chocolate and vanilla in this blend, I didn’t think I’d need too much sugar for it. Blends containing chai really are so much better to me with a little milk added, I can’t explain why (though traditional chai preparation features milk, so….) That hint of spice just goes so well together, and this blend is just so creamy and deliciously warm with the additions.
I gave this blend 4 out of 5 stars. You can purchase it here.