Tag: clove

Episode 206: Rooibos Chai

One thing I love about rooibos is how well it takes on other flavors. But will that carry over to a bagged tea? Let’s give Numi Organic Tea’s Rooibos Chai a shot and see!

I gotta say — this has some complex flavor for a bagged tea! Strong notes of clove and ginger with a nice light finish of cinnamon and allspice. Because rooibos is used as the base, it tastes a bit lighter than your average chai, which means it would really be good iced. I’ll have to get some more of this!


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Episode 291: West Cape Chai

Rishi Tea’s West Cape Chai is inspired by the West Cape province of South Africa. This lively blend is a rooibos chai with cinnamon, cardamom, star anise (look at that pod!), ginger, black pepper, fennel, peppermint, clove, and ramón nut. You don’t see that every day!

Even with this great mix of herbs and spices, the tea is just kinda middle-of-the-road for me. The peppermint and ramón nut add nice sweet and nutty components to the blend, but not so much that they really change the overall flavor. Your mileage may vary.


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Episode 298: Pumpkin Chai

When Fall rolls around, everything pumpkin spice flavored starts popping up in stores. So I figured it would be a good time to break out this package of Pumpkin Chai from Zoomdweebie’s, a mix of black teas flavored with black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, ginger and pumpkin.

There’s a slight creaminess from the pumpkin, but the clove is really really prominent in the resulting brew. If it’s too strong, try adding some milk or cream to bring everything together!

Episode 304: Witches’ Brew Chai

It’s Halloween, and since I’m too old to go trick-or-treating and don’t have any kids, I’ll settle for this Witches’ Brew Chai from Zoomdweebie’s. This is an eerily spicy blend of lapsang souchong, cumin, clove, ginger, cinnamon, star anise, and nutmeg. It’s not eye of new and toe of frog, but let’s take a sip of this brew and see how it is!

Two words sum up this blend perfectly: smoky cumin. I figured I would taste more clove or ginger since those inclusions are big and present in the dry blend, but the pine tar aroma of the lapsang souchong and the dry cumin really kind of drowned out the other spices completely. A little bit of milk does improve the taste a bit, but not by much. NEXT!