Strawberry Bliss Chai
If you pay any attention at all to the side bar (or hiding window if you read this on your mobile), you’ll notice the total number of teas on the list keeps fluctuating. This is because the T2 offerings alter slightly throughout the year as they discontinue old blends and introduce or reintroduce others. So, in an effort to keep up, I update my own list as often as possible, and it’s a bit sad to think there are some teas that will never get an outing. I have one of the last boxes of Orange Zing, but it’s not on offer anymore, so there’s no point trying to squeeze it into the blog within this year.
One thing T2 do that is a mixed blessing is turning limited editions into regular orange box teas. This was a stroke of genius in the case of Jade Mountain, but not so much with Strawberry Bliss Chai.
Not a single one of those words accurately describes the assault in a cup I tried earlier this year as a limited edition, and now I feel compelled to include because some bright spark welcomed it into the orange box fold. Let’s break it down. There is only the faintest, faintest hint of strawberry in this cup. It is drowned out by the battle royale that is cardamon, ginger, cloves, pepper, and chilli. Who said, “Hey, let’s mix up all these overwhelming spices and toss a fairly mild fruit in there, and name the tea after the fruit.”? That person needs a lie down. These flavours are a celebrity roast in your mouth, with zingers flying all over the place. Very much not the idyllic picture of ‘bliss’ you might expect. And to top it all off, it’s a green base. No. Just no. I have made my opinion of green based chai fairly clear. Stop chai-ing to to make green chair work.
To make matters worse, the limited edition popcorn chai released in winter, that tastes like a caramel nutty dream, has not made its way in the permanence hall of orange fame. Who is making these decisions? What is the deal? I’m suitably unimpressed.
Strawberry Bliss Chai: 1/5
Enjoy with: a knife fight, or another equally pleasant activity.