Monday, February 20, 2012

Stash Tea Red Chai

Country of Origin: South Africa (presumably since the base tea is rooibos)
Leaf Appearance: bright red, needle-like
Ingredients: organic rooibos, cinnamon, clove, ginger root, natural cinnamon flavor, natural clove flavor, natural cardamom flavor
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker
Liquor: bright reddish brown, very clear

This tea was incredibly aromatic. The smell filled my kitchen as it was steeping. It had all of the warm, spiciness you would expect from chai but the rooibos added a woodsy sweetness. For some reason, carrot cake kept coming to mind as I sipped. The flavor was not exactly the same but I think that the combo of cinnamon and rooibos are very similar to it. I don't think it would stand up well to milk as you might do with a traditional chai but honey or agave might make a nice addition. This blend would be a great alternative for late night chai cravings or for those with caffeine sensitivities. I would definitely recommend this tea.