This herbal tea is sometimes referred to in our office as the blend with an identity crisis. Why? Well, what else do you call it when you have a mix that combines the mellow character of Rooibos, with the sensual spiciness of Masala chai? Is it relaxing? Is it a pick me up? Or is it both?
Confused? Let us explain. Rooibos is well known to be one of the most relaxing hot beverages one can brew. The needle shaped leaves of the Rooibos bush, (Latin: Aspalathus linearis) produce a caffeine free drink that is noted by nutritionists and health consultants the world over for its soothing character. Masala chai, with its base mixture of ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, clove, and black pepper, is generally considered to be one of the more overtly spicy examples of all blends.
Interestingly the mixture of these two distinct characters gives this chai a lovely sense of balance. Think ying and yang, night and day, or Simon and Garfunkel (although they did split up I guess).
Brew yourself a cup, sit back and it will all start to make sense. As with all chais, the complex character of the blend can be wonderfully opened up when prepared with warm soy, or whole milk. Enjoy the complications of this herbal blend!
|Ingredients||Rooibos, Ginger, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Black + White pepper, Clove, Nutmeg|
|Product of:||South Africa|
|Region(s)||Cederberg / Kerala|
|Makes Great Iced Tea||No|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Amount)||Not Available|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Temp)||Not Available|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Amount)||Not Available|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Time)||Not Available|
|Western Method (Water Amount)||8.45 fl oz / 250 ml|
|Western Method (Water Temp)||212 F / 100 C|
|Western Method (Amount)||1 Teaspoon|
|Western Method (Time)||5-10 Mins (to taste)|
|Steeping Notes||Turn your Chai upside down a few times. The powdered spices can settle at the bottom during transit.|