Ginger Chai- Chi Whole Leaf

Tea type
Chai Rooibos Blend
Ingredients
Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger Root, Rooibos
Flavors
Cinnamon, Cloves, Earth, Ginger, Rooibos, Vanilla, Spicy, Tea
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Caffeine Free
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Not available
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Average preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 11 oz / 325 ml

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  • “A sample from Chi Whole Leaf. I remember these arriving a while ago, but for some reason I never got around to trying them, and then stuff happened and I’m only just getting back on track. It’s...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Thanks to Chi Whole Leaf for the samples! This was easily my favorite of the bunch. It’s a light and spicy chai, with the dominant flavors being cinnamon, ginger, and anise. I used a milk...” Read full tasting note
    91
  • “I’m happy to say that of the 5 teas that Chi Whole Leaf offers, Ginger Chai was my favourite. The strongest thing I tasted of this tea was the rooibos, oddly enough, rather than the ginger, cloves,...” Read full tasting note
  • “Water: 6oz Leaves: Tea Powder Steep: Instant Aroma: Ginger Color: light rust orange Taste: Upon adding the powder to the cup my first thought on it’s appearance was it looked like taco seasoning...” Read full tasting note
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From Chi Whole Leaf

A soothing blend of South African Rooibos, paired with Indian Ginger along with organic Cinnamon and Cloves.

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17 Tasting Notes

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2004 tasting notes

A sample from Chi Whole Leaf. I remember these arriving a while ago, but for some reason I never got around to trying them, and then stuff happened and I’m only just getting back on track. It’s pretty cold, rainy and miserable today, so I figured ginger chai would be a good thing to have. I’ve never tried powdered tea before, other than matcha (and that only recently), so I’m intrigued to see how it works out. I used 1/4 tsp of the powdered leaf, and used an electric whisk to mix it into a cup of hot water. I added a splash of milk to round things off because, well, it’s chai!

The dry powder smells wonderful – very cinnamon-heavy and reminiscent of those lebkuchen biscuits my family typically buy at Christmas. To taste, it’s thinner somehow than I was expecting. The hot water seems more prominent than it would with a normal loose leaf tea, which surprises me a bit. I was expecting maybe a thicker mouthfeel if anything, given that the powdered leaf is actually in the cup as opposed to just infused and removed…

The flavour is interesting, too. I’m not sure that I really get ginger, per se. I definitely get cinnamon – and quite a sharp cinnamon at that. It’s not as sweet or mellow as I would have liked. There’s a lingering spiciness/heat at the back of my throat that could be ginger, but it doesn’t really taste like ginger usually does. The most prominent flavour, for me, is rooibos. It’s a little woody and earthy, and while it pairs pretty well with cinnamon/ginger in my head, it’s kind of taking over things here. I’m going to be honest and say I’m a little half-hearted about this one. The flavour isn’t quite what I wanted it to be, although the spiciness comes out more and more with successive sips so it’s not a total fail. I liked trying something new, and the whole leaf powder is definitely an easy and convenient concept. No waiting around, no infuser to clean and wash. It’s perfect for a busy morning. I wouldn’t add this particular flavour to my cupboard in any quantity, but I have four other Chi samples left to try, so I’m hopeful that one of those might be more my thing.

ETA: One thing I did realise as I got towards the end of my cup is that the powder doesn’t stay mixed. Most of it, in fact, appears to be sitting at the bottom of my mug in a kind of waterlogged sludge. Not good if you happen to inadvertently swallow a mouthful, let me tell you.

Preparation
Boiling

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669 tasting notes

Thanks to Chi Whole Leaf for the samples! This was easily my favorite of the bunch. It’s a light and spicy chai, with the dominant flavors being cinnamon, ginger, and anise. I used a milk frother to blend the powder into cold rice milk. The powder stayed suspended in the rice milk very well – only a small bit of settling at the bottom. I like that this is caffeine-free, so I can have it with dinner. It goes especially nicely with spicy Thai food. Yum.

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987 tasting notes

I’m happy to say that of the 5 teas that Chi Whole Leaf offers, Ginger Chai was my favourite.

The strongest thing I tasted of this tea was the rooibos, oddly enough, rather than the ginger, cloves, or cinnamon. But like I said above, it’s fruity and peppery. (Perhaps the pepper note was just the ginger in disguise.) I think that the spices are helping to smooth out the rooibos.

Full review at: http://booksandtea.ca/2015/09/chi-whole-leaf-tea-reviews/

Kaylee

It was my favorite of the 5 too!

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120 tasting notes

Water: 6oz

Leaves: Tea Powder

Steep: Instant

Aroma: Ginger

Color: light rust orange

Taste: Upon adding the powder to the cup my first thought on it’s appearance was it looked like taco seasoning due to the light rusty orange color . Adding water it transformed into a deep dark orange tone with scent of ginger. As for taste was more so like drinking hot water w/ no flavor and a hint of bitterness.

Thank you Chi Whole Leaf for this sample

Preparation
Boiling 6 OZ / 177 ML

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7 tasting notes

This is a very tasty chai! Of all the teas so far, this one is definitely a favorite. There is a burn in the back of the throat often associated with ginger beer that I adore. I normally dislike rooibois, but this is actually really good mixed with the spices, giving it a vanilla taste with the earthy and spicy cinnamon and cloves. Overall, a very good tea and I would thoroughly recommend it.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Earth, Ginger, Rooibos, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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107 tasting notes

i like how this was powdered so finely and the flavor was also good. well, all of the flavors were good! there was not one that i did not like. i also like that they are healthy herbs. easy to prepare – just add water :)

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1719 tasting notes

I am not the biggest chai fan. Rooibos is kind of hit or miss with me. This combines both and I liked it. No additives this was very mild with no rough edges. The clove, cinnamon, and rooibos play well together. Next I added a little sweetener. This made the ginger really jump out and heat up the cup. It was a little too intense for my taste. Next I added a splash of milk, because chai, you know. This was my favorite method. Very balanced.

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1363 tasting notes

Thank you Chi Whole Leaf for this sample.

This is not a review, ok well it is but it’s a pre-review. Tomorrow I aim to sit and review each of these properly, not to mention thoroughly. As for now out of the five samples received this is the one I am the most eager to try for two reasons. 1 – I LOVE ginger. 2 – I LOVE chai.

So a quick taste of this as I cannot wait any longer. Well, I’ve only had the sample for a couple of hours. It shows the power of temptation.

Anyway, back on point. This is sooo easy to make. 1/2 a teaspoon with boiling water, splash of milk and a thorough mix. Oh and I added sweetener today, just some calorie free stuff. Simple, takes seconds.

The mix smells spicy, not over the top spicy but it gave me an ‘ooph’ moment when I opened the little sachet.

In terms of flavour I must say….I AM LOVING IT! So much so that I am truly considering buying more, even though money is tight and I vowed not to buy any more tea. (Though after saying this I realize yesterday I placed an order with Siam Tea). Super naughty of me!

The ginger is mild but spicy and lingers in the after taste, and as for this being a Rooibos blend it’s actually very clean tasting. I can tell it is Rooibos but it’s mild in terms of flavour, it adds some body and sweetness above the chemical, herbal tones. Also says this one contains clove which I can pick out towards the after taste. Refreshing, spicy yet still subtle.

Yes. I do love this one. As I drink it more and more I can see myself taking this with me to friends houses and such for ease of making and transporting.

No rating today, shall wait until tomorrow. But for today, thumbs up.

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6277 tasting notes

Sipdown (127)!

Finishing this one off cold and whisked into cashew milk ‘cause I thought that would possibly make for an interesting iced chai type drink. It actually tastes really good; way better than the hot version did. It’s sweet and creamy with cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon notes that combine in a way that makes me think of Christmas baking?

However, I’m encountering major problems with getting the powder to whisk nicely into the cashew milk. No matter what I try it instantly separates and seems to float up to the surface of the cashew milk creating this gross mess. Nice taste, but not worth the fuss.

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2019 tasting notes

Simply due to the season, I’ve been trying my Chi Whole Leaf samples chilled. Still a couple to go, but this is my favorite so far. The rooibos and spices play nicely, with nobody obnoxiously clamoring for attention. Cold, it has a little bit of a root beer vibe to it. I can see this as a lovely latte when the weather cools down, and there’s a lot to be said for the ease of prep. No muss, no fuss, stir and get on with it!

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