Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"a wonderful chai blend with potent, high-quality spices"|
The Persimmon Tree Tea Company is one of those companies that seems to get better the more I get to know it. This is probably about the fifth or sixth tea I am reviewing for them, but I have also put in two different personal orders and have been very pleased. Their rooibos vanilla chai is a take on the traditional chai. It features the standard clove, cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger, but replaces black tea with the rooibos and then also adds in vanilla and orange. I added six ounces of boiling water to about 1. tsp of the tea to produce a reddish and mostly transparent liquid. The spicy aroma wafted off my glass, a sign of the pungent spiciness soon to hit my taste buds. I have to say that by appearance of the dry blend alone, I wasn't expecting too much from this tea, as the spice pieces were all pretty small and unimpressive. But wow, there is some serious spicy flavor going on in this tea. For those that love, and I mean really love, robust chai spiced, this tea will guarantee to please you. The clove, cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom are all easily discerned, but I would say that the latter two are perhaps the most noticeable flavors. The vanilla flavoring is, in my opinion, mostly overpowered by the spices, and it is most noted in the rear of the sip where I could detect a mild sweetness that took the edge of what might be considered a harshness from the ginger and cinnamon. The strong spices are muted and the vanilla flavor becomes more apparent when milk and sugar are added in the traditional style of masala chai. I used German rock sugar and almond milk, and that combo made for a delicious dessert tea that I would highly recommend. Overall, this is a wonderful chai blend with potent, high-quality spices.
As a final note, the Persimmon Tree Tea website features a short video demonstration about incorporating this tea into a chai martini and I recommend you check it out if you are looking for your next impressive cocktail!
— To purchase The Persimmon Tree Rooibos Vanilla Chai, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.
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