Pyramid Tea Bombai Chai Black

Bentley's Pyramid Tea Bombai Chai Black



I was in Ventura, CA last week with my best friend helping her with different errands. We went into Tuesday Mornings to get a few things and their tea rack caught my eye.  I saw a selection of Bentley’s teas and selected the Pyramid Tea: Bombay Chai Black. I had heard of Bentley’s before and quickly in-store did a Google search to find some reviews. All were pretty decent but none specifically reviewed the Bombay Chai. It was only $5.49 for a 16 tea sachets so I thought why not give it a try. Tea like this usually would cost $12- $15+ a tin.

Quick Description:

“Bentley’s Tea is proud to offer loose tea in pyramid silken sachets, the finest method of brewing a single cup of loose leaf. We only use premium estate grown tea, hand plucked using ancient methods that are thought to be the finest in the world…”

Directions:

1 bag per cup/ water temp: 195 deg/ 3 min steeping time

EVALUATION

Presentation: Very nice presentation to make a fantastic gift. The loose leaf is really surrounded by authentic silk which adds a really nice touch and acts as a great filter.

Content: The Bentley tin comes with sixteen silk sachets, however it seems there is roughly about a teaspoon of loose leaf in each one. For chai standards, this is definitely not sufficient – especially since the tea is not very strong (see “taste” below). You can definitely visibly see the ginger, cardamon and clove traces which is nice.

Taste: I’ve tried this tea 5 times this week and must say that the taste is pretty week. Even when steeping for 3 mins + the taste does not strengthen. I like my chai really black and then add cream. The taste always felt watered down and the cardamon/ginger flavor was supressed. I was trying to find the package date on the tin but was not able to find it – so I could get a better sense how fresh the leaves were. Given if it was in Tuesday Mornings – it probably was not that fresh.

FINAL VERDICT:

I’d have to the Bentley’s Pyramid Bombay Chai a 2.5 stars out of 5. Despite the length of exposure of the tea leaves, the quantity of loose leaf within each sachet just does not seem substantial to make a strong cup of chai. I can’t imagine the watered down taste would improve that much had the ingredients been fresher. If you are paying full price for this, I think you’ll be disappointed.

Lovejoy’s Tea Room was the second tea spot my brother and I stopped at. We loved it. Here is our review.

Our first impressions once we settled in…

Our final word on Lovejoy’s

We have to give Lovejoy a 🙂

Lovejoy’s Tea Room

1351 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94114-3924
(415) 648-5895

Samovar Tea in San Francisco

September 1, 2009

When I visited my brother in the bay area in mid August, we went to San Francisco and explored some tea spots. We decided to make a video guide for nextstop.com (where you can create travel guides to share with others around the world). I thought I’d share our critique 🙂

Here is when we first arrived and ordered our tea + dessert. Sorry I don’t quite know exactly what we ordered here. I’ll try to be more attentive next time 🙂

My brother started making me laugh at the end of the video…oh siblings…

Our final word on Samovar

Sorry Samovar, we have to give you a 😦 However, our opinions are based on three items we ordered on their menu so we don’t want to project this experience on everything else they have to offer. They also serve actual meals here too which we did not try. Like I said, depending on what your objective is this might be a place you want to check out.

Samovar

730 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94103-3119
(415) 227-9400
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