A while back a friend was heading into Banff, and since I knew I couldn’t make it there as early as I would like to – I asked her to pick up a few of my favorite teas, along with a few for a gift. While I asked for Rooibos Massala Chai, she instead brought me back Redbush Chai. (Which I think is listed on the Banff Tea Company website as Rooibos Chai.)
The website lists the ingredients as: “Rooibos, cardamom, cinnamon, peppercorns, citrus peel, ginger bits, star anis, cloves” making this a nice and spicy, warm tea. The spiciness is not too strong though – and served with milk and sugar (as I usually have chai) I find it mellow and warming. Because it’s a red tea, there is no caffeine, so it’s a great evening tea. The previous Rooibos Massala Chai I nicknamed my “sweet dreams tea” since it seemed that most of the time when I drank it shortly before bed, I’d end up having interesting and enjoyable dreams. (Must be all of those spices!)
There are lots of other Rooibos Chais out there, but this one is very mellow – more mellow than a few others that I’ve tried – so I bet that if you are new to Chai – that this might be a nice, gentle introduction. Because it’s so mellow, it also makes it all the nicer as an evening tea, or to go with other flavors (for your meal perhaps).
Just as a clarification – mellow doesn’t mean lacking flavor… the tea is very flavorful, but it’s not ‘spicy’ the way many chais are.
As with most of the teas I drink, I found that this one was nice straight (without anything added) but I like it even better prepared as I usually have chai – with milk and a bit of sugar. There’s something about chai that just really begs me to use white sugar instead of sweetener too.
Since the tea is nicely potent, I steeped up more of it that was left over from my hot tea, poured it into a pitcher and put it in the fridge over night. With a touch of sugar or without, it’s lovely iced… and maintains the mellow flavor.