PETALI TEAS ROASTED ALMOND CHAI
Brand: Petali Teas
Type: Rooibos (It’s marked “Chai,” but because it’s not on a traditional black tea base, I’m not sure if I’d really call it that? Anyway, it’s mostly rooibos.)
Ingredients: Rooibos, ginger, licorice root, cardamom, star anise, cinnamon, black pepper, apples, almonds, beet root, essence.
Aroma: This tea is an absolute delight straight out of the tin. It’s extremely aromatic, and has a very sweet, rounded aroma that is strongly reminiscent of bakery. I feel like I want to take a bite out of this tea! (That would be really gross though don’t do that). It’s not exceptionally spicy-smelling. The almond is really apparent, and the black pepper shows up as an aftertaste in the back of the throat.
It’s practically potpourri, and I suppose you might not like it if you don’t like really in-your-face aroma, but I really love it.
Steep Time and Temp: 7 minutes, boiling
Flavor: I enjoyed the part of this cup of tea on its own, then added milk (even though I’m still a little dubious about whether or not I’d call it a chai, I thought it would be appropriate).
The tea is smoother than I expected, and it also has a kind of oily mouthfeel that I’m not really sure I like. It feels almost slippery. Still, it has a nice flavor on the finish, with just a hint of spice - despite its almost overwhelming aroma, this is pretty mild as spice teas go. It is definitely more rooibos than chai. This is a super cozy, comforting tea, and would be great for sick days and winter weather. Still, like any tea with cinnamon, it has a tendency to numb your tongue after a while if you steep it long enough. :/
I added milk when I had only drank about 1/4th of the tea … and everything went to shit. Milk COMPLETELY washes this tea out (and I brewed it pretty strong - about an ounce and a half of tea to the mug rather than the one ounce they suggest). I could barely even tell that it was tea anymore. This tea cannot be drunk the way you’d drink a normal chai - and that’s pretty disappointing to me, because chai is the only tea I enjoy milk with. :c
Final notes: I enjoyed a cup of this with honey this morning (no milk! >:c) and it was really, really nice. I definitely suggest sweetener with this, and I usually take teas plain. Honey would be better than sugar - it complements it much better - and if you must use sugar, try to get your hands on turbinado!
I’m gonna rate this tea a 7 out of 10. I wish I didn’t have to use so much tea to get it to the strength I like, because it was pretty expensive. :/ Still, it’s beautiful in the tin and really cozy and nice, so I’m still pretty fond of it.