I’m pretty sure that it’s a mandatory requirement that to be a blogger you have to like tea. I’m not a massive tea fan I’ll admit, but the occasional cup does make me feel all warm on the inside now and again in replacement of my beloved coffee. I have quite the collection of fruit tea bags which I always buy thinking the flavours are going to be amazingly awesome, but they turn out to lack quite often. During my regular food shop the other day I had my usual browse of the drinks to brew section and came across some new tea’s from the Tesco Finest range – Vanilla Chai and Chocolate Tea…. Yes, CHOCOLATE tea… ?!
I do understand that the concept of having chocolate tea probably derives from a mocha. But I doubted that a chocolate flavoured tea would be as nice, regardless of it being Tesco’s Finest. The ingredients are simply Black Tea and Cocoa. I’m going to admit, I’m pretty ignorant to what tea bags usually contain, but I thought cocoa would just kind of seep through the mesh? I dunno.
I’ve tried Chai tea before and really do like it (apart from Costa’s new Chai tea, it’s a bit too ‘Christmas’ flavoured for my liking, read Christmas as cinnamon) I’ve just finished a box of the Tea Pigs Chai Tea, which despite containing lot’s of lovely herbs and spices, took an age to brew to gain any flavour from it. I was going to buy the Tesco Finest Chai tea but then spotted the Vanilla variant so thought I’d live on the edge with that instead.
I popped two bags into each brew, my cup is on the rather large size. Despite this high dilution though, the flavour was very strong so I’ve been using just one bag since! I always usually add two, especially if it’s a fruit tea as the flavours are so subtle. But these ones are quite a concentration of flavours which is always a bonus.
You can have these tea’s with or without milk. I like to add milk though as I’m a bit of a wimp. The Vanilla Chai is really really nice. The flavours are like a normal Chai tea but slightly sweeter and in this version you can definitely taste the ginger a little bit more than usual, I will definitely be buying another box of these when they’re gone. The chocolate tea wasn’t so much of a taste sensation. It’s kind of like a really sickly strong flavour. It’s got a very strange after taste and doesn’t sit well in my stomach. I’ve given it to a few people just to see if they noticed it wasn’t normal tea, and they did, and they didn’t seem to be very big fans.
You can pick these up for around £1.20 a box at your local Tesco. I think the chocolate tea, despite being the most unusual in the range is one that you wouldn’t be missing anything by not trying it. I will be sticking to my mocha’s I’m afraid. But Vanilla Chai – oooh get in my belly and hug me from the inside on these cold autumn nights, you little hotty you.