drank Scarlett by Bristol Chai
7 tasting notes

This one came to me as a surprise. Like most of Bristol’s, this chai is quite interesting. It has a rooibos base, with right from the start made me wary. I am not quite fond of rooibos in general, to be honest. However, as soon as I opened the bag, a very pleasant, fruity and spicy smell filled my senses. I hadn’t looked at the ingredients yet because I like to make my idea first and right from the get go, I picked up orange, cinnamon, clove and the unmistakable smell of rooibos. Once infused, it was definitely very cinnamon and clove-forward, with the orange flavoring giving it a nice finish, surprisingly not “fake” for flavoring. The cardamom and pink peppercorn are pretty faint, I could only taste them when I brewed it with no added milk or brown sugar. All in all, a pleasant surprise. This is a chai I’d reach for after dinner since it’s caffeine-free. Definitely the best rooibos chai I’ve had.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange, Rooibos

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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I’m your average late 30s guy, I’ve been a tea drinker for almost 20 years, back when it was still an “old grandma’s drink” (Red Rose, anyone?) and even before the whole “tea revolution” started kicking in with companies like DavidsTea and Teavana.

I have diverse tastes but my tea of predilection is wulong (oolong). I also dig pu’ehr, usually the shou varieties. Chai is also a favorite in the cold season. So yes, I tend to go for the deeper, more oxidized and intense flavors. I’ll have white, black and even the odd rooibos. However, green tea and me don’t get along so much, except in rare cases.

Don’t expect pretentious, high-strung reviews/notes from me, I definitely consider myself an avid tea enthusiast but not a connoisseur or expert.


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