I recently got my hands on some Tea Pigs Chilli Chai (after reviewing their lovely Chilli Tea), this time instead of not knowing what to expect i was expecting big flavours and a tasty tea.
To be honest, i wasn’t disappointed, from the moment i opened the packet and the strong smell of cardamon and cloves filled the kitchen, i knew i was in for a treat.
The actual packaging is very similar to the the Chilli Tea packaging although i noticed that this one said bio-degradable tea temples on the front, which is good as it means i can chuck these in my compost bin….although i couldn’t quite tell the difference between the two materials so maybe the others are bio-degradable too
Anyway i boiled the kettle and dropped a tea temple into mug favourite mug, left it for 3 minutes then had a taste, the first thing that hits you is how smooth the tea is, it has a lovely velvet feel in your mouth and is packed full of flavour, you can definitely taste the whole cardamon pods, cloves and then you get a bit of chilli tingle, not as much as in the chilli tea, but you still know it’s there..
Chilli Chai is 27p per cup if you buy it in the tea temples which i think is quite a fair price, it’s not something you could drink all the time but is a world apart from the cheaper fruit/herbal teas you can buy.
I’m in two minds which of the two teas i prefer, the Chilli Tea has more of a kick with a lovely hint of orange, the chilli chai is a bit more complex and more about the cardamon.
Chilli Up North Verdict: Lovely punchy tea with big cardamon and clove flavours – 8/10 (Heat 2/10)