Arawak Chai / Pasion Tea

Back in April I went on a mom-cation with my sister.

On the island of Nassau one of my main missions was to find a traditional tea or tisane.

Thanks to Google I found two different stores that sold tea but there didn’t seem to be a specific Nassau blend at either.

I picked up a chai at the first shop and didn’t like the sales tactics used at the second shop so didn’t buy anything there. At the time when I bought the chai I didn’t know what Arawak was.

Apparently the Arawak are a group of indigenous peoples of South America and the Caribbean who, unfortunately, are believed to be extinct (though I am sure some of their heritage lives on in that of their ancestors). Why they decided to name this chai that I am unsure of though.

As far as I can tell it has the same ingredients as most other chai, though the dried cardamom and black pepper pods seem more pronounced. The taste and dry aroma are lovely. A steeping time of at least four minutes is advisable though.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Pasion Teas
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Casablanca from Soleil Tea

The scent of this tea actually surprised me as I was expecting something a little more simple. I pick up heavy spice, black pepper, fruits and flowers all just by smelling the cup. The vanilla black teas I’ve had in the past have lacked such complexity.  I take this as a good sign that this tea will taste just as interesting.

You can’t beat a classic black tea and vanilla pairing, but given the simplicity of the ingredients, I feel that it has to be done right. Sipping… I definitely pick up on a nice dark chocolate with a sweet and malty base. There is also a bit of something fruity that I can’t quite identify, but I think it’s from the Tahitian vanilla. It almost reminds me of berries? I love that the vanilla has depth and isn’t at all artificial tasting. Its sweetness blends so well with the black tea base and the light chocolate notes. Everything is nicely balanced… the black tea and the vanilla are so delicious together. I love that the black tea doesn’t overwhelm the vanilla, but highlights it instead.  If you’re a fan of black teas with vanilla and a rather complex profile, I’d highly suggest this one from Soleil Tea. YUM.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Soleil Tea

loose_leaf_tea_soleilteaDescription:

A vanilla black tea handcrafted with whole Tahitian vanilla beans and Ming Qian Yunnan gold tips.

Soleil Tea reinvents the “plain vanilla” black tea with our luxurious Yunnan Gold and whole Tahitian vanilla beans. We scent our tea in small batches for at least 30 days. The resulting cup is velvety and creamy. Decadent fragrance of vanilla weds with the rich, malty taste of Yunnan Gold to celebrate the timeless appeal of a classic blend. Holds up well to multiple steepings.

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