Tea Maine is a tea company located in Winterport, Maine. (Online sales @ https://www.teamaineia.com/)
Greetings! It sure has been a while since I’ve been able to sit down and write something like this. A lot of interesting and uninteresting things have happened in my life and between the old blog and this new one. I hope that, dear reader, will be patient as I reestablish the flow of things and attempt to rekindle old connections, and perhaps create new ones along the way. This blog heavily features tea, but also other ramblings as well.
(Old blog can be found: here.)
So let’s talk about tea:
I have known about Tea Maineia for a little bit now but I don’t often find myself in that part of the state, but I recently discovered that a local tea shop also sell bags of their tea (and they also sell some online) so I picked up a few. I found that they carried some pretty traditional favorites but also some exciting ones that definitely peaked my interest. I should mention that I feel like some of the flavors are rather experimental, and not your everyday teas. (This doesn’t mean that they are bad however)
When I first read “Chili Chili Bang Bang” I thought, “You had me at Chili” and immediately went out and got a bag. I’ve always been a huge fan of spicy food and thought this was bringing that element to a new format.
Ingredients Listed: Green Tea, Chili Pepper, Lemon Grass, Apple Pieces, Coconut, Orange Safflower, Natural Flavors.
Instructions: 1 1/2tsp per 8oz. Steep at 120°F for 2-3 minutes.
Honestly it smells fantastic. Sweet fruity notes with a bit of earthiness. Maybe a little bit of coconut hidden in there. A bit flowery but not too strong. Pleasant. It definitely does not smell spicy though.
The flavor is interesting and kind of unexpected if you consider the ingredients. I mostly taste green tea with a hint of lemon grass, the spiciness sneaks up quickly and peaks early. I enjoyed it however, I think a lot of the other ingredients are amiss and don’t add any complexity. Maybe if the green tea was removed and it was treated as an herbal tea or if I steeped it as an herbal tea while risking the delicate flavors of the green tea leaves. I do taste some hints of coconut though.
Despite its tiny shortfalls, I think its honestly a fantastic experience and enjoy drinking it a lot. I enjoy the green tea flavor mixed with the subtle hints of coconut and lemon grass followed by a slight tingling burn of the chili pepper.