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Vanilla Rooibos Chai from Yogic Chai


Vanilla Rooibos ChaiThis Vanilla Rooibos Chai is one of the newer blends from Yogic Chai.  I’ve tried many rooibos chai blends in the past and have even written a few reviews on some of the better blends.  But I think that this is the BEST rooibos chai blends I’ve ever tasted.  Now that is saying something, if I do say so myself.

As I’ve mentioned previously (and several times), I’m not particularly fond of red rooibos blends.  This is because the red rooibos tends to take on a very “unusual” sweet flavor that tends to linger in the aftertaste much the same way artificial sweeteners do.

That being said, I have found quite a few red rooibos blends that have successfully offset this sweetness.  This tea is one that manages to not only offset the sweetness, but, if I didn’t KNOW that I had brewed a rooibos blend, I would not have guessed it was rooibos I was drinking.

This tea is bursting with flavor!  First and foremost, there are the traditional chai spices – cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and cloves – which provide a delightful warmth not only to the palate, but seems to warm you all over, from the inside out.

But even more remarkable to me is the vanilla in this blend.  When it comes to vanilla chai blends, all too often the vanilla flavor is lost amid the robust masala spice.  Not so with this blend.  The vanilla is strong enough to stand its own with the spices in this blend, but not so powerful that it overwhelms the palate with vanilla.  It is truly a perfect marriage between vanilla and masala spice.

Yogic Chai describes this chai as

Herbal Properties:

- Rooibos: Commonly called South African red tea or simply red tea or bush tea, the product has been popular in South Africa for generations and is now consumed in many countries. It is a bush with fine needle-like leaves. It is high in antioxidants *, it contains no caffeine. and is found to be calming also*

- Cardamom: A household spice that is commonly used to support digestion without increasing Heat.* It has expectorant and diaphoretic actions. (sweat inducing)* The mucus forming properties of milk are neutralized when cardamom is added to it.*

- Cinnamon: This warming spice is traditionally used in cold formulas as an expectorant and diaphoretic (sweat inducing).* Due to its warming property, cinnamon is known to promote digestion.*

- Cloves: An energizing herb,* cloves are an effective stimulant and aromatic for the lungs and stomach.* Cloves are used extensively in Ayurvedic herbology.

- Ginger: In Ayurvedic and Chinese herbology, Ginger is known to have heating, cleansing, toning and stimulating properties.* Ginger promotes digestion, relieves abdominal discomfort, dispels chills and it is also useful for relieving respiratory complaints due to phlegm and arthritic conditions due to coldness.*

- Vanilla: We use REAL organic vanilla powder from India in this blend. It is quite delicious! In Ayurvedic Medicine, Vanilla is known to calm Vata Energy or excessive mental activity, combined with Rooibos and the rest of the spices, makes it an excellent blend to have at night time prior to go to sleep.

* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

I do recommend adding a small amount of sweetener to this blend as it does enhance the characteristics of the spices as well as highlight the outstanding vanilla flavor.   A splash of warmed milk also is quite nice in this tea.

One other observation about this tisane that I feel is important to note is that it is that some of the ingredients of this tea are ground rather fine.  I know this because I used my smart tea brewer to brew it, and as I started to drain the tea into my tea cup, I noticed that the stream of tea slowed to a trickle, which indicated that there was a blockage of the fine nylon mesh, and agitation was needed to encourage the tea to continue to flow into my cup.

This is not a bad thing.  I’m just saying that because of the rather fine grind, I strongly suggest using either a fine mesh strainer to strain your tea rather than the typical metal mesh strainers, or use a T-Sac or similar product to infuse your tea.   This will prevent much of the finely ground leaves and spices from from settling into your teacup… unless you like that sort of thing.

Other than this one small issue, this is the very best rooibos chai tea I’ve ever tried.  If you love chai tea like I do, you should definitely give this one a try!

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  1. Comment by January 15, 2010 @ 4:03 pm
    TeaCast said:

    A very helpful review! A lot of Chais that I have tasted are mediocre and not very full of flavor. This screams flavor to me and you have helped me greatly, it’s added to my list!!

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