72 Tasting Notes
I blended this with “Strawberry Lemonade” from Teavana (~5tbs total in a liter, then added a liter) for a very light iced tea to bring to an Italian-style dinner. The fruit blended fairly well, the lemongrass and lemon rind coming enough to the fore-front to bring delight to the guests. Pair it with a meal that would typically call for white wine- it balances out most hearty meals that aren’t steak-and-potatoes-heavy.
What this isn’t: a traditional chai. The spices are great, but they are a completely different blend from a typical masala chai. The coconut and lemongrass lack the body typically associated with a good chai, and it won’t really warm you up that much. I have yet to try this with milk and sugar though, so I might be wrong.
What this is: delicious. This reminds me so much of Solonese food that it holds a special place on my shelf. On its own, it is quiet but rich in a far less assaulting way, and I almost don’t want to mix milk and sugar to it, in fear of losing that subtlety.
I’m going to keep trying it until it’s gone though, in hopes of hitting a good balance. If you add sugar, be sparing- my typical two packets of Sugar in the Raw to a cup will be too much for most people.
Teavana’s Rooibos Chai smells spectacular, but is a little weak for a chai. However, blending it with their Masala Chai (which isn’t my favorite, but works in a pinch) made for a fuller blend with a more subtle blend of spices- a new favorite from my small collections of Chais.
This is honestly the best tasting Iced Tea I’ve ever had in my life. I brewed 3tbs of each to ~5 cups of water, then added 5 cups of cold water and chilled, and then added Sugar in the Raw to taste. It’s incredibly refreshing, and while none of the fruits are identifiable, they make the tea sweet-tasting without actually being sweet. I will be buying more of these teas :)