When I first saw this, I thought it had to be a mistake. When I think of traditional chai tea, I think cinnamon and anise and all those sweet, warming spices, and I just can’t imagine thyme lingering in the mix. I love thyme when I’m cooking up some hearty, savory dishes, but in tea?
I resisted trying this tea for awhile because well, fear. But finally, I decided to open my mind and give it a try. This chai is less cinnamon-y, and more vanilla-y.
As a matter of fact, it has none of the usual chai spices. But even so, vanilla and thyme? I learned that there is no reason to be scared. The thyme adds an herb-y element to the tea, but it doesn’t taste specifically like thyme. It’s like the vanilla and the thyme merge together and make this sweet, herbaceous tea that is unusual, unexpected and totally delicious! It’s mellow, and very soothing.
According to Balcony Tea’s website, the Romans believed thyme to be a mood enhancer. Believe it or not, I did feel a little happier after having this cup.
This tea quickly went from being a tea I feared to one of my favorites. It’s a very calming cup of tea to have first thing in the morning. It kind of gently welcomes you into your day.
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Balcony Tea
This is what my papa called “a signature tea”: refreshing in summer and protective in winter. We love the distinctly herbaceous, yet sweet and comforting taste of this black tea.
Black Tea – The finest Ceylon tea. Fortifying, yet refreshing.Wild Thyme – Our thyme is wild-harvested in the Mediterranean to ensure its intense aroma and taste. The Romans believed Thyme to be a mood enhancer. My family used to drink it whenever we were feeling under the weather.Vanilla Pieces & Flavour – Smooth, sweet and luxurious