|Name||Made by||Price||Where bought||Rating||Comments|
|Chilli Chai Herbal Infusion||Whittards||£3.95 for 20||Whittards||****||
The picture on the box suggests that you'll pretty much be getting a cup of chilli-flavoured water. The reality is a little more complex than that, but it's a fresh, simple taste with a nice tingly aftermath. This was the first chilli beverage I tried, and I would have been content to stick with it if the price tag had not encouraged me to branch out.
|Sweet Chilli||Higher Living||£1.99 for 20||Holland & Barrett||*****||
Liquoricey, cinnamony and, er, cocoa-y, this was both the cheapest and my favourite of the bunch. I found it slightly addictive, to the point where I'd arrive at work already craving a hit. The flavour continues to get stronger even after the bag is removed.
|Fairtrade & Organic Raspberry Chilli||The London Tea Company||£1.50 for 20||Sainsbury's||*||
This one took a while to get going and I didn't detect much chilli, but once it's brewed for a while the sweet/tart/tingly taste is quite pleasant. I'd prefer a mug of Ribena, though.
|Sweet Chili Mexican Spice||Yogi Tea||£1.99 for 17||Whole Foods Market||**||Nice, strong flavour, but there's much more liquorice than chilli going on here - a bit too much for my taste. I liked the snippets of yogic wisdom on the teabag tags.|
|Chilli Chai||Teapigs||£3.99 for 15||Whole Foods Market||***||
The most expensive tea I tried, and loses points for calling teabags 'tea temples'. OTOH, you can actually see little seeds and pods and bits of dried, chopped THINGS in there, which is nifty. I didn't go a bundle on the flavour, though; too cardamomy, like eating a Lush bath bomb.
Further recommendations invited! Still not a fan of any other kind of flavoured-hot-water beverage, but you can try to convince me if you like.