214 Tasting Notes
Gaiwan, 195 F, 4 min steep. Not a bit grassy. Aroma and flavor of wood, nut, and a fruitiness like a Darjeeling — could this be the muscatel flavor? Somebody else try this and post your answer. Whatever it is, I love it! Plus a bonus: a colorful, gorgeous dry tea, so the visual aesthetic is there, too. Stalky (lots of stems) though. ’Tis “The Leaf, the Stem and me.”
Adds a touch of mint and ginger to white tea. I added a drop of light agave nectar. Good for those who would like to drink white tea for its health benefits, but complain that it lacks flavor. Bag will go a 2nd round, too! P.S. Given a chance, most palates can learn to distinguish the mellow flavor of good white tea.
Any time you mix hibiscus and rose hips, the result is somewhat predictable — bright and tangy. The lemongrass and other flavors are present enough here to make it more interesting, and the attractive red color is always a plus in an icy glass. Why some folks add lemon, baffles me.
Here in Texas, we’ve had more than 50 days over 100 degrees F already this summer, and it’s that hot right now. But I love this double spice chai so much that I cranked up the air conditioner and enjoyed it hot, or at least warm. It just doesn’t taste as full, creamy and spicy when I ice it down!