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cayenne pepper – The Year of Tea

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Episode 174: Kenyan Chai

I’ve gotta say…I’m really a fan of this Kenyan Chai from Zoomdweebie’s. This blend includes black tea from Kenya and it’s mixed with ras el hanout, a savory, pungent spice blend used in North African cuisine.

Ras el hanout is filled with great aromatics (cumin, ginger, cinnamon, etc.), and the unique mix of spices gives a really complex taste to this blend. It’s great hot and fantastic as an iced tea. I love how tea can take you around the world from just a single cup! I just wish I could buy more of this particular blend.

Episode 179: Flaming Chocolate Maté

I haven’t had a roasted yerba maté in quite a while, so I dug through my collection and picked out this old chestnut from Zoomdweebie’s — Flaming Chocolate Maté. While I’m not usually one for chocolate teas, the mix of roasted yerba maté, cacao nibs, and cayenne pepper intrigued me.

If you like a sweet and spicy tea, this one is right up your alley! It’s well-balanced and not too hot, but if you’re looking for a comparable taste without the heat, check out Teavana’s My Morning Maté. (And then you can add cayenne pepper yourself to your liking!)

Episode 274: PGB

PGB is an acronym for Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster, that famous quaff from Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Zoomdweebie’s has taken a stab at re-creating this drink in tea form in this lively blend.

I like it! You definitely get strong flavors of cinnamon and lemon, and the aftertaste is slightly spicy with just a whisper of bourbon. Zaphod Beeblebrox would be proud!

Episode 346: African Bird Pepper Tea

I’m a sucker for spicy food, so when I read the description for M&K’s Tea Company’s African Bird Pepper Tea, I knew I had to try it. According to them, this is a mix of Chinese black tea (keemun congou), cayenne pepper, and bird’s eye chili pepper. Bring it on!

To me, it’s not that spicy. But you probably shouldn’t take my review for it because everyone’s got a different tolerance for heat. I will say that the mix of cayenne and bird’s eye chili counteracts any maltiness from the keemun congou and makes for a pretty nice breakfast-style cup of tea. And if you want to punch up the flavor, you can always add more cayenne to the mix. I like it!

Purchase M&K Tea Company’s African Bird Pepper Tea