Reviews

JusTea African Chai

Country of Origin: Kenya
Leaf Appearance: small, dark with lots of visible spices and petals
Ingredients: black tea, fennel, clove, licorice, coriander, rose and safflower petals
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: deep reddish brown

I was really excited to finally get to try something +Jus Tea. You might remember that I recently interviewed the Bane family and that I interviewed Britta from JustTea on Episode 2 of my podcast. This tea is different from a traditional chai in that it has a Kenyan tea base and the addition of rose petals. The taste was earthy and robust with a healthy dose of spice and a surprisingly sweet finish. It had a brisk astringency but it never crossed the line into unpleasantly bitter territory. If you like your teas to have a little less bite, try steeping it for just three minutes. Cardamom is a classic chai ingredient and I found myself missing it with this tea. Other than that one small qualm, it was a very balanced and well put together blend. The base black tea was probably my favorite part so I am really looking forward to trying the other two teas that I have from them. I drank this tea straight up but it would take milk and sugar well if need be.

African Chai sample provided by JusTea.

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.