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This was an X-mas gift from my parents so I didn’t really have the heart to tell them that I normally don’t care for red rooibos teas. And really, it isn’t that bad – this blend lacks the strong woody rooibos flavour that I so dislike and it actually mixes quite well with the spices. It’s a fairly mild and un-ojectionable tea all together.
I got this when I was passing through the Ten Thousand Villages store on Granville Island. http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/
I wasn’t terribly thrilled with Just Us’ chai tea, but this sounded interesting and I’m a huge advocat of fair trade, so I went for it. And I’m glad I did. This isn’t a mind-blowing tea, but it’s a sort of pleasent, solid sort of tea that doesn’t pretend to be anything more than it is. It’s secure in its sexuality and all that. ;)
The smell of this tea is of lemon but without lemon’s sour bite – it’s like lemon candy or lemon syrup. The taste does have a bit more lemoniness, but it’s evened out with a sweetness that keep it from being mouth-puckingly sour.
I think this tea would handle milk and sweetener pretty well so I’ll have to try it out next time.
Amount: 1 teabag
Water: 1 flavia cup full of hot spigot water
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes
Leaf Smell: Black Tea, spice
Tea Smell: Black Tea, a bit of spice
Flavor: smooth black tea, couldn’t find the spice
Aftertaste: cinnamon, then slightly bitter
Liquor: dark brown, barely could see through to the bottom of the cup
There was a film of oil on top after brewing, overall a solid black teabag, but not as spicy as I was rooting for.
Post-Steep Additives: none
Resteep: was a little weaker and a bit more bitter but very drinkable, it also colored to a nice dark brown
Just FYI, lugging heavy shopping bags around in bitterly-cold, windy weather when you don’t have a car, does not = ‘Fun’. This chai might not be particularly strong, but its mild spiciness warms me up quite pleasently and, when paired with a bar of Lindt Orange Dark Chocolate, makes a truly decadent snack. ;)
I picked this up at the Ten Tousand Villages craft fair last weekend. It’s a non profit organization that sells fair-trade products from all over the world. The things they sell are all handcrafted and there some absolutely gorgeous and unique things for sale – plus it all goes to a good cause, the money going directly to the artisans and helping to improve their lives. Here’s a link to their website (I hope this doesn’t count as spam):
Anyway, so I was attracted mainly by the fact that this tea is fairly-traded and organic (which is always a good thing as well) and not hideously expensive. It’s not a bad tea by any stretch of the imagination, but the spices are rather weak, almost an afterthought to the tea instead of the main event.
The black tea base itself is pleasently smooth and flavourful though, which is a nice change as I’m used to crap teas being used for chais.