Red Chili from MEM Tea. . . .

To put it simply, I first picked up Red Chili tea from MEM Tea because it involved chocolate.  What can I say, I have a sweet tooth! This black tea blend is made up of a healthy dose of cacao shells, and smelled so lush and sweet in the tin I had to try it.

When I got the tea home, I really began to notice how beautiful and enticing the loose leaf looked: with shiny, blood-red ancho pepper skins, pale pepper seeds, the warm sienna tones of the cacao shells, and the dark, twisty black tea leaves.  As you might know, I’m a fan of chai teas, so I love to see lots of variety in color and shape in my blends. Red Chili is another great entry into the spicy black tea category on my shelf.

Brewed, this tea is sweet and decadent on its own, no sugar or milk required.  There are surprising amounts of both creamy vanilla and deep chocolate, all wrapped up with a warming buzz of hot pepper heat at the end of each sip. This is a great blend if you enjoy mexican-style hot chocolate, both creamy and spicy all at once.

Despite the hot pepper notes, this is very much a dessert tea, and I would recommend it even to those tea lovers who aren’t too excited about spice.  I find myself gravitating towards Red Chili tea after a meal when I want a little something devilish and sweet. It is a delicious blend for any chocolate and tea lover.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy:  MEM Tea

This beverage is smooth, creamy, and well-balanced with a pleasantly lingering heat.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Habanero Black from Pelican Tea

habaneroblackscTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: Pelican Tea

Tea Description:

Pelican Tea’s premier Orange Pekoe black teainfused generously with habanero capsaicin. The pleasant burn and spicy kick make this eye-opener a morning favorite.  Though very spicy, the heat doesn’t linger and follows the sip down your throat.  Try it in place of coffee– you may be surprised! 

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Yes, you read that description correctly.  This is a habanero infused tea. HABANERO infused tea!  I couldn’t resist! I just had to try this really unique and interesting tea.

The description says drink it in place of coffee, I’m not sure about that, but I will say this is one of the most unique teas I’ve ever tried.

First off, do not take a big whiff of the dry leaves. Silly me did and I was coughing for about 10 minutes afterwards. There are definite notes of the habanero pepper.  The packaging said to allow the tea to steep for about 5 minutes with boiled water. Usually I wouldn’t steep my black tea for that long, but I thought I would go with the instructions since this is such a unique tea.

Five minutes later I poured my hubby and I a hot cuppa of this blend and sat down to enjoy. We both allowed the tea to cool for a few moments and then took our first sip. I will say this, I don’t know how they did it, but you can not taste tea in this blend at all.  The first part of the sip you can feel the tea in your mouth but it isn’t until you start to swallow the tea do you start to notice any taste. It is a really unique experience.

Once you start to tatse the tea, there is no going back. You are tasting nothing but the habanero flavor and it is hot.  This tea literally tasted like you bit right into a habanero pepper. Very very spicy!

We both tried a few more sips of this tea, still having the same experience. Never tasting tea just the pepper flavor.  As far as a tea goes, I can’t say that I would drink more of this blend. It sounds fun, but I wish the habanero wasn’t so overwhelming so that the tea notes could pop in more. I have find myself wondering if I hadn’t steeped the tea for the five minutes, what the flavor would be but I drank up my whole sample.  I also am pondering what this tea would be like cold brewed.

Looking at their site they have a few more interesting teas I want to check out.  This tea company is one that has peaked my interest for sure!