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.