Rooibos Chai Tea Organic from Starwest Botanicals

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  Starwest Botanicals

Company Description:

A non-caffeinated chai tea made with Rooibos, spices and hint of stevia to sweeten it up.

Ingredients: Organic rooibos tea, organic cinnamon, organic ginger, organic cardamom, organic cloves and organic stevia.

Taster’s Review:

I really like the spice level of this particular rooibos chai.  It is very vibrant in flavor, and I also like that I can taste the individual spices.  I can taste the cinnamon.  I can taste the ginger – nice and peppery!  I can taste the cloves and the cardamom!  Sometimes with chai blends, one spice is so strong that it overwhelms the other spices – but that doesn’t happen here.  Each spice is fairly represented in my cup and I like it.

If I had to change anything about this particular blend, it would be the addition of the stevia.  Perhaps it’s just me, but I really prefer honey in my chai.  I feel that the honey brings something special to chai and gives it “the right” flavor.  I think that the stevia here is a bit too sweet and it leaves a little bit of a funky sweet after taste that just doesn’t sit perfectly on my palate.

Other than the stevia, this is a really good blend that is heavily laden with spice.  It is lovely served latte style with a little warmed, frothed milk.

One other thing I feel I should mention:  this is a very finely ground rooibos and spices blend.   I recommend using a T-Sac to brew it because the grind is so fine that it will sift its way through most wire mesh strainers – even the very fine mesh strainers – and it will clog a nylon strainer.  Because a T-Sac is made out of unbleached paper, very little if any sediment will strain through it.

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