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Rooibos Masala Chai from Blue Lotus Chai

January27

rooibosmasalachaiTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  Blue Lotus Chai

Tea Description:

100% Certified organic and caffeine-free, our new Rooibos Masala Chai is appealing to a broad cross-section of customers. It has a similar taste profile to our Traditional Masala Chai, but with the delightful base of naturally sweet and nutty rooibos. Those who cannot or wish to not drink a caffeinated chai, can now freely indulge in their favorite BLC drink.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I was a little skeptical … but Blue Lotus Chai has made a believer out of me with this Rooibos Masala Chai!  It’s yummy!

As one who tends to be a bit leery of rooibos anyway, I was really kind of freaked out about trying a finely ground chai powder made with rooibos.  But, this is really quite delicious.  The flavor is warm and spicy, with a lovely nutty flavor.  The natural nutty flavor of the rooibos accentuates the nutmeg in this masala blend, and since nutmeg is one of my favorite spices, I really like how the rooibos and nutmeg work together in this cup.

The other spices are spicy, but not over the top.  I get a nice amount of peppery kick to it, a warm, delicious note of cinnamon and notes of clove and cardamom.  The rooibos is not a strong, prominent flavor in this, but it does add the aforementioned nutty flavor.

I think … if I were to offer one criticism with this chai it would be that some body is lacking in it … it just … kind of falls flat there.  I think that by following the suggested recipe on the package, the milk kind of overwhelms the overall flavor, so I would recommend instead using about half as much milk as suggested and replacing the omitted milk with water.  It makes a little bit of a thinner chai but because the rooibos tends to be thinner anyway, it works out.  And the thing I like about Blue Lotus Chai’s blends is that you can customize it to taste the way you want it to.  I also did notice that this blend was a little harder to incorporate than the other two blends from Blue Lotus Chai … this blend requires some extra stirring and some extra frothing with the hand held frother.  But, the results are worth that little extra work!

Warm, soothing and comforting … a perfect chai treat any time of day or night, because it’s naturally caffeine free!

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Our mutual love for tea and writing about it inspired us to start this blog so that we could better share this love with others.

One thing I (Anne) learned very early on in my career as a tea artist is that everyone has different preferences, and every single tea tastes differently on every single palate.  So just because one of us doesn’t happen to like a tea, doesn’t mean that YOU (the reader) will not.

We try to be as impartial as we can.  We do have our favorites.  We are human.  But we do our very best to be as fair and as honest about a tea as we can be.

You might not agree with my assessment – or with Jennifer’s assessment – of a tea.  But that’s OK… if we all liked the same exact tea – we’d only need ONE kind of tea and … wow… that sounds really boring, indeed!

What a beautiful world it is that we have so many teas to suit so many tea enthusiasts!

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