Saturday, September 11, 2010

Rishi Vanilla Mint Chai

Vanilla Mint Chai, Organic Fair Trade ChaiAccording to Rishi this tea consists of pu-erh tea, organic vanilla, organic peppermint, organic cinnamon and organic licorice root. The dry leaves were a mix of blacks, greens and browns. There was a faint minty aroma to them. I prepared this tea by bringing 1.5 cups of water and 1 cup of milk to boil, adding the leaves and then let it simmer for 5 minutes. I never sweeten my tea but it would be easy to add a bit of agave or your sweetener of choice.

This tea is not a traditional chai so I tried not to judge it as such. It was very rich and creamy tasting with vanilla being the dominating flavor. However, I do think it could have used a bit more kick to it. Perhaps some cardamom to balance the sweetness of the licorice? It was still a very enjoyable cup of tea. The nights have been chilly here in New Jersey and it was the perfect warm-me-up drink. I would definitely recommend this tea.