Monday, December 24, 2012

The Tea Spot Red Hot Chai

Country of Origin: South Africa
Leaf Appearance: small, needle-like shape and reddish color
Ingredients: rooibos, ginger root, cinnamon, cardamon and cinnamon, ginger & vanilla flavor
Steep time: 7 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: mesh infuser and ceramic teacup
Liquor: brick red

This blend is part of The Tea Spot's Holiday Brews collection. As soon as I opened the packet, I was hit with lots of spicy aroma. It was sweeter and softer than your traditional chai. The vanilla complimented the rooibos really well and helped to hide the rooibos aftertaste that I'm not a big fan of. There was still a slightly earthy flavor and the spice was everything that it should be. Cinnamon was definitely a dominant flavor the the ginger and cardamon shined through as well. Overall this was really good cup of tea that would make a perfect late night sip since it's caffeine free. A latte style drink might be night but I probably wouldn't add just straight milk to this.

You can find out more about this tea here.