Review: Teavana White Ayurvedic Chai Tea

Chai Tea, Cinnamon Tea, Clove Tea, Coconut Tea, Lemongrass Tea, Pepper Tea, Teavana, White Tea Add comments
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Thumbs up!"It was remarkably gentle for a masala chai, as one would expect a white tea to be. Along with the hot-sweet-spice three-way punch, citrus raised a hand in "hello"; the lemongrass contribution."
Geoff’s Teaview: 7.7/10
Other Teaviews: Shaiha gave it 8.1/10, Samantha gave it 7/10
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teavanawhiteayurvedicTeavana presents a white tea blended with - in their own words - "spicy bursts of cinnamon, cloves and black and red pepper tempered with sweet coconut and delicate lemongrass." I don't think coconut is considered an Ayurvedic herb, but what do I know? I'm white, I've never studied the Vedas. Closest thing I know about Ayurvedic traditions is what my "dosha" is (Kapha/Pitta). And I know in some schools, leeching is considered a good thing. Ooookay.

Wow, I got off topic.

The dry mix was beyond colorful. The herbs I could make out easiest were lemongrass and pepper. Chunks of cloves were present on closer inspection, but the white tea was a little difficult to discern. What leaves I did find didn't look like any white I've ever seen. That said, it smelled delicious, almost like Hot Tamales candy from a movie theater concession stand.

According to the tea profile prep, 1.5 tsp of tea was to be used per 8oz of water. Water temp was not to exceed 175F and needed to be steeped for two minutes. I went with their instructions precisely.

The infusion was exactly as Hot Tamale-ish to the nose as it was in dry herb form, and that was even before putting my nose to the cup. The peppers were unbelievably strong. I wondered if they really needed to go with two kinds of pepper. One would've sufficed plenty. Along with that, cinnamon came up second providing a sweet-spice aspect to the aroma. The rest...well, what rest? Those two alone took over. The liquid itself was a standard pale green-yellow, pretty par for a white tea.

What surprised me was the taste. It was remarkably gentle for a masala chai, as one would expect a white tea to be. Along with the hot-sweet-spice three-way punch, citrus raised a hand in "hello"; the lemongrass contribution. Definitely worth drinking, but if I had one grip - and it's kind of a big one - a little ginger couldn't hurt. Probably sacrificing the black pepper to make room for the root would work. It just doesn't seem like a true masala chai without ginger. Or cardamom...but I wouldn't want my tongue to explode. I'd probably need leeching then.

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