Today is a bad migraine today, and it is seriously hitting my GI with some nasty nausea and IBS. A bad winter storm blew in last night (high winds and frozen rain, no snow… at least not yet) but I’m fairly positive the barometric pressure is the cause… I’ve always been a walking barometric therometer, heh. I’ve mostly been nursing Lipton Soothe Your Tummy tea (my local store stopped carrying that one, noooooooooo!) but thought I’d try the advent tea now that I’ve slept with a warm cat against my belly most of the morning. I’m hoping it will be nice and gingery as ginger is one of the main things that helps calm my GI when it’s being a butt.
It smells nice in the cup, which is a plus (some tastes/aromas go wonky for me when my head is poof). I do smell spices, but it smells a bit sweet as well… I think I am picking up ginger and pepper in the aroma, and perhaps a bit of citrus and coconut. The flavor is like a more nuanced lemon ginger tea, which actually makes for a great sick tea and was exactly what I was hoping for, and I’m even getting some burpage of that painful trapped air out of my belly as I sip. It’s a lemony base, but definitely waxing into dry hay/herbaceous lemongrass rather than bright, citrusy lemon or pithy lemon zest, that is smoothed a bit with a more subtle coconut sweetness. The spices are the most dominent note, I taste the ginger and peppercorn most prominantly, though I can also pick up a bit of the cardamom as well. I’m not distinctly tasting the cinnamon or clove against the other flavors, and I’m not sure if that was packet distribution or just the place my taster is at with my current head-state. The tea is warming but not burny-spicy, which is the exact spot I like a chai, myself. While I seem to have no boundaries for tart/tangy flavors, I am very spice sensitive!
Not my favorite white chai, which goes to Art of Tea’s Winter White Chai (which I haven’t had in my cupboard for years since they only sell it in 4 oz. bags, which I hate, but I recently restocked during Black Friday this year since Todd said he’d split the bag with me… sorry Todd, after the mail system is back to normal I’ll split the bags and get that out!) But, still a perfectly respectable white chai. I got lemon-ginger, and I needed lemon-ginger, so I’m satisfied. It’s soothing. I just don’t want to think about what the workplace is going to do about me calling out on a week with holiday at the moment…
Flavors: Cardamom, Coconut, Ginger, Herbaceous, Hot Hay, Lemongrass, Pepper, Smooth, Spices, Spicy