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drank Rooibos Chai by Gathering Place
241 tasting notes

When I opened this bag and took a big sniff, my first reaction was “NOPE”, which is never a good sign. :) It’s really… spicy (duh) but like, savoury-spicy. I think I must be smelling mostly ginger and black pepper, maybe the fennel? I don’t know, I usually love ginger (in tea and in general) but there’s something about this that offends me. Anyway, let’s give this a try.

I steeped 2-3tsp in 10oz of water for 10min. Now it just smells… earthy… and a bit spicy (but again, the spiciness is lacking that sweetness that I usually associate with chai). Tasting it, it’s actually not that bad. Huh. The spices are way mellower than I expected. It has a warming quality, presumably from the ginger and pepper, but it’s not ‘hot’ the way those ingredients can be (I’ve also let it cool down quite a bit temperature-wise). I added a bit of sweetener and milk, and it’s just… meh. Not bad, but nothing I’m going to feel compelled to buy more of.

Flavors: Earth, Spicy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Lindsay

This is just making me pine for the Aromatica Thai Chai rooibos – it was also a Tea Sparrow selection, and I loved it! Hrmph.

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64
drank Rooibos Chai by Gathering Place
30 tasting notes

Honestly, don’t drink it hot. It makes quite a nice iced tea, but if you try to drink it before it cools, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

It’s around 70% chai-esque spices and 30% rooibos.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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