Rooibos Masala Chai from Blue Lotus Chai

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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