Review: David’s Tea Coco Chai Rooibos

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Thumbs up!"For those of us that like a spice load that packs a punch in our chai blends, this one is a winner. It is spicy, yet decadent. "
Laura’s Teaview: 9/10
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davidteacoco_chai_rooibos1"If you’re into spice-based chais, this one is for you. It’s got a smooth base of caffeine-free, antioxidant-filled rooibos, and a satisfying kick of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and piquant red peppercorns. Plus there’s a strong hint of coconut, for a slightly exotic twist. Try it straight up or infused in hot milk for a truly fabulous chai latte. It’s the kind of thing you get addicted to." --- David's Tea website.

Wow, this smells totally amazing! It smells like a full-fat chai tea latte that you might get at one of those coffee shops that makes a tasty one. This is by far the best smelling chai blends that I have come across, and that is a tall compliment as I am a chai girl. Typically, I tend to avoid rooibos based chai blends as I am a firm believer that chai is best paired with black tea (Assam specifically). My dry sample is nicely done and has lots of coconut shreds, chai spices, and red peppercorns. I do like my chai spicy and this smells like chai spice heaven. My excitement to taste this is heightened by the fast that I have been looking for a coconut chai where you can actually taste the coconut and the description alludes that might be the case here.

I prepared this first with just the blend and a little sweetener as milk or cream often will drown out some of the flavor profile and I wanted to get a sense of it first. Wow, this does pack a pretty nice spice load. It also has an aftertaste of coconut that lingers in your mouth after the liquid is long gone. I do not think that I would recommend this blend to the spice sensitive as my tongue was left tingling from the peppercorn and ginger. There is something about the blend that almost reminds me of a spiced whiskey. I suspect that is the peppercorn addition to the chai spices.

For the second half of my cup, I decided to add a bit of milk to the blend. It tamed the blend a bit, but it is still nice and spicy. Lots of ginger biting my tongue. The red peppercorns add interest to the blend, but not in the same burning way that black pepper does. The only bummer about adding milk to the blend is that the coconut is pretty much drowned out by it. Oddly, the whiskey quality remained.

For those of us that like a spice load that packs a punch in our chai blends, this one is a winner. It is spicy, yet decadent. I like the whiskey-like quality to the chai. This is very well done and a new favorite of mine. While I have a ton of chai blends in my current tea stash, this one will definitely be in a future order from David's Tea.

— To purchase David’s Tea Coco Chai Rooibos, 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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