30 Tasting Notes
woo-hoo, just got back from Grocery Outlet where they’d gotten four, new, high-end bagged teas for $1.99 each! The first one I’m trying is Woman’s Dong Quai Tonic by Yogi Tea, which is pretty nice! It smells wonderful, and I taste the anise (which I love to add to loose tea mixtures), as well as the cinnamon bark, and a little ginger or pepper because it’s a little spicy. I added it to the system as a new tea with the name listed on its current packaging, though it’s also listed on Steepster with what looks like older packaging as menstrual tea, however, my victorian inclinations prevent comment on that. Anyway, shout out to Grocery Outlet!
As a Bay Area resident, I am happy to present and review this local company, finally making tea fairly traded to connoisseurs after hundreds of years of British economic colonialism. Zawadi Karibu Spiced Chai is a mild tea that gets the job done. The flavor is earthy and spicy without being overwhelming. I have been drinking it with sugar and soy milk, and it has been a joy to keep refilling the cup. Additionally, as the box mentions, I don’t seem to get the jitters that black tea and caffeine can sometimes give me. This unique tea is complemented by its easy pre-packaging, which is both convenient for the user and accessible for anyone to try. It is perfect for the season, and I’ve been keeping my snowman mug full.
Don’t miss the website for this company where sippers can read about the impact of colonialism on access in the tea trade of England, India, and the rest of Europe and the Middle and Near East, fair-trade in Kenya, and the Kenya AIDS Intervention/Prevention project.
It certainly has a strong almond smell and taste, but little vanilla, and really nothing that exciting going on. Might pair well with some cookies. I think it’s funny that the manufacturer suggests a strong brew could withstand pairing with milk, because milk challenged all vanilla notes in my cup. The brew is really rather weak.
It certainly does have whole tomato pieces, and while the brew isn’t as luscious as the box picture suggests, it does make a slightly spicy tea. The problem is that it has little flavor otherwise. I normally take my black tea with milk and sugar, and this tea makes that experience more like a supercheap cup of tomato soup. I won’t buy it again, but it wasn’t bad to try at $1.99 at Grocery Outlet.