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No! Not nearly spicy enough for a chai. It’s quite sweet, and a little better when it cools off, but not enough for my tastes. I prefer the company’s Fireside Chai, which is also a rooibos, and so much more flavorful. I won’t buy this one again.
My local “natural foods” store was having a major sale on this the other day, so I couldn’t resist purchasing a box. It’s… not bad. The rooibos base comes through the sweet, floral notes without being overly hay-like or woody. I thought the packaging promised vanilla in the mix, but I didn’t taste any. Not too sweet or chemical-tasting. Works best with a touch of cinnamon added, but no sweetener.
Disappointing. The chai spice blend is far too weak for my palate. No complexity in the flavor, either. I’ve tried steeping this for different lengths of time, which made no real difference, other than the astringency. Not a win for me.
I’m not usually a huge chamomile fan, but this one’s nice. Pale golden liquor, sweet taste without any strong chemical undertones. Can’t discern much of the vanilla/licorice notes, but overall it’s a workable evening fall/winter drink.
What an impulse purchase this was the other day – I generally prefer “winter” flavors to tropical, fruity ones. I’d half-expected to try a few sips and pour the rest down the drain in disgust, so it was a happy surprise this morning to prove myself wrong. Not that it’s fantastic – I couldn’t taste much of the green tea over the pineapple/mango-type flavoring (although the fruity aroma is fabulous). Taste-wise, it’s not all that grassy or bitter – if anything, it’s a little bland. I definitely drank it at the wrong time – this is a real afternoon one. Not bad for a bagged, supermarket tea.
Very nice. This organic, bagged green chai is heavily redolent of anise (love that black licorice scent and taste), with a slightly peppery undertone. The green tea is appropriately grassy – weaker than some, better than others – and works well with the cardamom and cinnamon. I haven’t tried this iced yet, but it’s quite satisfying hot with a very small amount of Stevia.
What a nice way to make the advent of summer heat more tolerable. Blueberry scent is moderately strong (more so when brewed for 4-5 minutes), and doesn’t bury the delicate white tea underneath a chemical apocalypse. Very much an “afternoon tea”
Bit of a guilty semi-pleasure. There’s cloying sweetness with a vague chemical odor – it reminds me of that overwhelming thing Constant Comment is infamous for, in that the scent overpowers whatever the actual tea is (supposedly this one’s chamomile). I’m ashamed to sort of, every so often, almost like this stuff – it’s a bit like drinking a candy apple.
I love rooibos tea and vanilla, but this isn’t my favorite combination of the two. Smells weird – I can’t put my finger on it. There’s a note in there that’s reminiscent of… wet wood? It’s mildly off-putting. Not as sweet as the rooibos I enjoy, with only a slight vanilla taste. I don’t completely hate it, though. I guess I’ll use this when I’m out of all of the GOOD rooibos teas in my pantry…
I’ve been loving this in the mornings lately. There’s an underlying note of – coffee? chocolate? – that meshes well with the smooth, sweet vanilla bean. Smells amazing, too. I like it well enough without any additives, but a tiny bit of Stevia and just a splash of almond milk really makes this one shine. Couldn’t help but smile at the mesh bags (if I’d grown up with this stuff in the house, my mother would have deemed it “company tea”). Surprised to find it in a supermarket (at twice the price of regular supermarket teas), but, hey – it is a full-leaf tea with a ra-ja-ja bag.
Surprisingly bland, given the rich scent in the can. I’ve tried different steep times, different temperatures, adding my own spice blends… nothing. I won’t be purchasing it again. Poor taste, no kick.