Cool Coconut Rooibos Chai from Big Tea House

cool_coconut_chaiChai Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  Big Tea House

Chai Description:

Enjoy the fun and spiced infusion of chai gourmet loose leaf tea infused with the exotic flavor of coconut!

Learn more about this chai here.

Taster’s Review:

Wow!  The name of this tea led me to believe that I’d be enjoying a somewhat tame version of a masala spice chai but this tisane has got some kick to it!  Sure, it’s got the sweet, creamy coconut notes to soften the flavors a little but I’m still getting a lot of zesty flavor from this chai blend.

I love the coconut’s role in this blend.  It’s a creamy note and together with the spices, it evokes thoughts of a chai latte without the addition of dairy.  The coconut adds a pleasant sweetness too and I like the way the sweetness contrasts with the spices.

The spices are lively.  The ginger and pepper are the most prominent of the spices and the heat seems to bring out the spicy side of the cinnamon, making it more of a ‘hot’ cinnamon than a sweet cinnamon.  The cloves and cardamom add depth to the flavor.

The flavor of the rooibos is not easy to discern here, but I’m alright with that.  I do taste a very delicate earthiness from the rooibos and this complements the earthiness of the spices.

To steep:  I used 195°F water and steeped the leaves for 10 minutes.  I usually use a little extra leaf with a chai, so I used a scoop and a half for a 12 ounce cup.  A warm and flavorful chai.  If you want to go latte, use a little more leaf and a little less water so that the infusion is strong and doesn’t become to diluted by the addition of milk or cream.  But I found that with the coconut flavor, this doesn’t really need milk or cream to taste latte-ish!  A little bit of raw sugar does enhance the flavor of the spices nicely though, so I recommend adding just a half teaspoon of sugar to your cup!

Citrus Blast Flavored Iced Tea from Southern Boy Teas

Citrus BlastTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Learn more about Southern Boy Teas here.

Taster’s Review:

I was pretty sure that I’d enjoy this iced tea flavor from Southern Boy Teas … I mean, citrus and black tea?  These are two flavors that just go together … much like iced tea and summertime go together.

And this is really refreshing.  It definitely has a big BLAST of citrus flavor, but I appreciate that I’m tasting more iced tea than citrus fruit.  And not surprisingly, the citrus notes are quite complementary to the flavors of black tea.  Like I said before, these are two flavor profiles that just work.

This tea is not overly tart, the tea balances out the tart flavors and lets some of the sweet notes of the citrus flavors come through. For me, I think that the lime is the most prominent citrus note that I taste, but I also taste hints of lemon and orange.  There is also a grapefruit-like note to this and I like how all these flavors meld together into a “blast” of citrus:  all the citrus notes work together to create a very harmonious tasting, refreshing glass of iced tea that seems to disappear from my glass quickly.

And while citrus flavors and black tea DO work together well, I find that this is not just “lemon” or “lime” or “orange” flavored iced tea.  It’s a medley of flavors so that makes it just a little different from an average pitcher of iced tea.  I like that I can count on SBT to deliver not just tasty iced tea, but something that’s a little outside of the box.  Something a little different, something a little unexpected … SBT not only keeps my palate cool and refreshed but happy too!