Winter Chai

Tea type
Chai Herbal Rooibos Blend
Ingredients
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Flavors
Cinnamon, Honey, Rooibos, Sweet, Wood, Cardamon, Ginger, Spices
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Caffeine
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Edit tea info Last updated by Suzi
Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec 16 oz / 473 ml

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  • “This is a warm, comforting blend. It would seem that my body has not yet adjusted to the change in climate, and is expecting it to warm up soon, and since that probably isn’t going to happen, tea...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Steep Information: Amount: 1 teabag / silken pyramid infuser Water: hot water spigot, 6-8 oz Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes Served: Hot Tasting Notes: Dry Leaf Smell: cinnamon, clove, red tea,...” Read full tasting note
    76
  • “Sipdown! Thank you MissB for sharing this tea with me. It is definitely a nice nighttime treat. Though I am not getting the different chai spices, I am tasting cinnamon. Lots and lots of cinnamon....” Read full tasting note
    70
  • “I’m moving to a new home this November… so I’ve been busy packing stuff and finishing as much tea in my cupboard as possible! This is one of the few herbal teas from Tea Forte that I like. Though...” Read full tasting note
    78

From Tea Forte

Classic spices familiar to chai drinkers evoke the aromas of the holidays in this crimson rooibos herbal. A edition holiday tea.

Steeping Guidelines
Steep for 5 minutes, 208°F
For stronger flavor, steep longer.

Ingredients
rooibos, cardamom, cloves, lemongrass
Caffeine Level
Naturally Caffeine-Free

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17 Tasting Notes

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4843 tasting notes

This is a warm, comforting blend. It would seem that my body has not yet adjusted to the change in climate, and is expecting it to warm up soon, and since that probably isn’t going to happen, tea has been helping.

This is sweet and warmly spiced, the rooibos aren’t too funky and I’m enjoying it. The lemongrass really brightens the whole thing up nicely.

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714 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag / silken pyramid infuser
Water: hot water spigot, 6-8 oz
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: cinnamon, clove, red tea, woody
Steeped Tea Smell: cinnamon, clove, woody
Flavor: cinnamon, woody
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: spicy
Liquor: deep reddish-brown

Last year’s winter chai review http://amazonv.blogspot.com/search/label/winter%20chai

Resteep: 6 minutes or more, not as strong but drinkable.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/11/tea-forte-teabag-red-tisane-winter-chai.html

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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4449 tasting notes

Sipdown!

Thank you MissB for sharing this tea with me. It is definitely a nice nighttime treat. Though I am not getting the different chai spices, I am tasting cinnamon. Lots and lots of cinnamon. This is like candy cinnamon hearts although not quiet as “hot” which is a shame because I think I would prefer that to the sweetness. Nonetheless, it is a pleasant caffeine free option for a cold night. Thanks again MissB for all your generosity!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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338 tasting notes

I’m moving to a new home this November… so I’ve been busy packing stuff and finishing as much tea in my cupboard as possible!

This is one of the few herbal teas from Tea Forte that I like. Though fans of chai will be disappointed because it’s hardly spicy – I can’t taste the cardamom at all. It’s just cinnamon, cinnamon and cinnamon. It’s not strong either as the base is a rooibos. A very drinkable winter tea that can really warm you up!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 45 sec

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I actually got this tea (along with two other types in a gift box) for my mother as part of her X-mas gift and she was kind enough to make a pot of it for my boyfriend and I.

I’m definitely tasting rooibos, which I’m not a fan of personally, but there’s nothing intrinsically wrong with it. It’s accompanied by a low-key, sweet, spiced taste. The spices aren’t super strong but they add a nice counterpoint to the woody rooibos. I’m also picking a distinct lemony tang, particularly on the end of each sip.

This is a great new take on chai tea; and while rooibos teas aren’t my perference, I’d definitely recommend this tea to someone else.

Preparation
Boiling
Suzi

Hmmm, I have a bag of this in my desk drawer at work. Maybe I’ll give it a shot today :)

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6770 tasting notes

Not very Chai-y in my book but that’s ok…it’s ok hot but would be better iced, at least I am thinking…which is weird because with a name of Winter Chai one would think HOT HOT HOT – Warm and fuzzy…hum…not sure…it’s ok tho.

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709 tasting notes

The last of a sampe plack given to me for Christmas by a thoughtful colleague – This tea is a treat to steep. I’ve used pyramid ‘teabags’ before but the flavour of that particular tea was weak and terrible and I ended up prejudiced against the whole lot. The beauty of the pyramid, however, is that you can see the tea inside expand and fill all the available space. Beautiful!

As for the taste, I like chai. I occasionally get one that is overpowering, but this is a nice compromise. The overpowering cinnamon smell/taste can come in if the sip is too big, but that’s become a personal issue. Small sips = delish!

Edit: downgraded the score as the cup is less tasty as time goes on, :(

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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92 tasting notes

Finished this cup in record time! Great blend of spices with rooibos, one of my favorites. Got a gift box from my mom as a gift and she also got a cute little red tea cup with an top that has a hole in it so the little tea leaf can stick out as it steeps. It’s all very cute, right down to the tea pyramid! Although I think Tea Forte is expensive, this is a really good tea and I may buy it next year since I think it’s a seasonal flavor.

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Sipdown (689)!

This is maybe my favourite of the sampler!? But it’s a hesitant maybe…

Started off ok; sweeter rooibos based chai with the generic cinnamon/ginger notes to it and a nice, strong vanilla element to the cup as well. Weirdly, it loosely gave me rootbeer float vibes at first between the cinnamon/mild spices and assertive vanilla flavour combined with the natural sweetness of the rooibos base. I left the teabag in while I drank though, and boy oh boy that was a mistake! It got sickly sweet, and the spices took on this unpleasant taste that was almost like body odour. But sweet body odour…

Barf.

Might be ok; but keep steep time short is my advice.

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2741 tasting notes

This is a rooibos chai that is extremely cinnamon-heavy. Some citrus, spicy ginger, and more rooibos. I like rooibos chais because they have a nice woody sweetness to them, but the cinnamon flavor is overwhelming and I’ve never liked cinnamon chais. I can’t taste any other chai spices (clove, cardamom, peppercorn), but the lemongrass is a nice addition. I don’t think this tea is well balanced and you taste mostly boring rooibos and cinnamon at the expense of the other ingredients.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Honey, Rooibos, Sweet, Wood

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