Chai-otic Good started with a survey.
Not the first tea so inspired, and likely not the last.1
A blogger had reached out to me, asking if I wanted to provide some tea in exchange for being featured on her blog for a month.
The offer required some thought. Mister Tea and I were burned a few times early on, when we let our enthusiasm overtake pragmatism. We’ve learned that such offers require research2, and a decent amount of interaction with the person making the offer.
She was willing to send a couple of writing samples, and we chatted a bit about tea in Twitter DMs.
In the end we decided to give it a go, and I asked her to fill out our Tea Survey, so that I would be better able to choose teas for her
Reading over the survey I thought that a green tea chai would be a good choice for her. The central choice, really, as my plan was to pick some specifically to her flavour preferences, and then some to potentially expand her palate beyond what she had experienced so far.
There was one small issue.
We didn’t have a green tea chai.
We had more than 15 chai blends, but had somehow managed to skip making one with green tea.
In the end I decided I wanted to make two green tea chais, one light, one dark. This was the first of the two. I’d recently added Green Kukicha to the toolbox, and it was the brightest green I had yet experienced.
My first test of it had led to many thoughts of fruit teas, as it did not seem like it would overpower fruits with more delicate flavours. I wasn’t sure how it well it would play with the stronger chai spices, but if I was going to make a light green chai and a dark green chai, Kukicha was our best option for the light.
The combination worked far better than I had feared, and the result is a less intense chai than most of our others, with a fragrance so lovely I almost wanted to just sit and breathe it, rather than drinking it.
The naming was swift, though just a touch dangerous to this intrepid blender of tea.
One of the things that has been happening over the last year or so is that my mind keeps trying to design characters for our tea ingredients.3
In the brainstorming for name thread for this tea, I had mentioned that this tea seemed younger or more optimistic than our other greens – playful without being overly reckless.
The conversation that spun out of the thread generated several different ideas4, and it also caused the creation of a new Tea Naming rule.
One of the lovely humans on Twitter who kicks ideas around with me suggested “Chai-otic Good.”
As sometimes happens, I was just taking a sip of tea as I read it.
I did not quite irrigate my sinuses with St. John’s Verity, but it was a close thing.
Given my thoughts regarding what characters from game and story might be represented by this tea, were they to be a chai, the name was perfect.
So we kept it.
It also allows for another tea that salutes one of our favourite leisure activities – gaming. Which made choosing props for the photos lots of fun.
And the new Tea Naming rule? We’ve decided that if a naming suggestion almost kills me, we should probably keep it.
Now for the basics:
Organic Ingredients: Green Kukicha, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cardamom. All are organic.
Batch Size: 6.6 ounces, approximately 187 grams, and will make at least 50 servings of tea.
Options: Loose Tea (Sample, Bag), Teabags (Single, Sample, Bag)
- Certainly not the last, as there are many pages of tea journal with notes for teas from surveys.
- Though sometimes research doesn’t help. The Doctor Who Wedding disaster taught us that.
- Triggered by a conversation on Twitter where it was suggested I could write stories for teas, using the characters of their ingredients – or even compose teas based on the sort of story someone asked for. It is a deeply fascinating idea, and while I haven’t let my mind really run with it yet, it has led to mental notes on what character elements certain ingredients would have.
- Including more for other new teas. Of course.