Leaf Type: Rooibos
Where to Buy: Teamotions
Flavor Profile: Smooth with subtle spicy notes and a hint of creamy sweetness.
Ingredients: Rooibos, Cardamom, Ginger, Cinnamon, Cloves, Dandelion Root, Milk Thistle, Coconut, Black Pepper, Pink Peppercorn, Neem Leaf, Natural Flavors.
When I first sat down with a cup of this tisane, I could smell the wonderful aroma of autumnal spices and coconut. It was like autumn in the tropics! As the tea cools, though, it takes on a more herbaceous scent. The spices and coconut are still there too, but, there is also a “medicine-y” smell in the background that seems to develop as the temperature of the tea drops.
The flavor is nice. The coconut is the first flavor I notice and it remains the strongest flavor throughout – from first sip to the last. The chai spices are subdued: I can taste the cloves especially, but also the cardamom and cinnamon, with the peppers and ginger sort of laying low in the background. I don’t know if this is because the coconut flavor softens the spices, or if it’s due to the other ingredients (dandelion root, milk thistle, and neem).
The flavor of the rooibos seems to be concealed by the other ingredients and that’s just fine with me! I haven’t had much experience at all with the herbal components of this tea (again, those being dandelion root, milk thistle and neem), so I really can’t tell you what these herbs bring to the party as far as taste goes. But from what I understand these herbs provide some health benefits, and if they don’t add a horrible taste (and they don’t), why not invite them to the party? Health benefits + no bad taste = win/win in my book.
This would be an excellent chai choice for those who find the spice of most chai blends to be too aggressive. However, if you like your chai blends to be spicy, this may not be the blend for you. These spices are on the subtle side; they are smooth, warm and inviting.
Overall, I’ve enjoyed this Rooibos Coconut Chai. And the best part, as I am finishing my cup, I can feel this sense of calm and restfulness wash over me. A restorative sense of PEACE is enveloping my mind and body, and since I have to get up early in the morning… I’m thinking I chose the right tea tonight.
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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