Sweet & Spicy Pecan Chai

Tea type
Chai Honeybush Rooibos Blend
Black Pepper, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Cloves, Organic Ginger, Organic Honeybush, Organic Natural Flavoring, Organic Red Rooibos
Nuts, Nutty, Pecan, Cardamom, Clove, Ginger, Pepper, Rooibos, Spices, Spicy, Peppercorn, Sweet
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine Free
Edit tea info Last updated by Shae
Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 30 sec 10 oz / 302 ml

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Tea of the Week for November 2, 2015!

I’m not the biggest fan of rooibos on its own. I mean, I like it OK and I’ve been known to enjoy many a rooibos blend but I’d really prefer a honeybush over a rooibos blend. But even better than either a rooibos blend or a honeybush blend is a blend with a base of both these leaves! So here it is, folks: an organic honeybush/rooibos blend serves as the base for a sweet (think candied) pecan flavor that’s been spiced up with some cinnamon, ginger, clove, pepper, cardamom and nutmeg.

And since I’m dedicated to creating tree-nut-free teas (with the exception of coconut), there’s no pecans in this blend. Instead, I tossed in some salted sunflower seeds to bring just a wee bit of salt to the party. I can’t actually taste the salt, but I think that the presence of the salt helps emphasize the flavors of this blend.

It’s really good. Sweet and zesty with spice. My husband chugged about two cups of this tea in no time flat!

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To Brew: I used my Kati and added a heaping bamboo scoop of tea to the basket and added 12 ounces of nearly boiling (195°F) water to the tumbler and let it steep for 10 minutes.

Mmm! This is really tasty. The pecan flavor is evident. There is a pleasant sweetness to this and the warmth of the spices comes through toward the tail of the sip and lingers in the aftertaste. I like the combination of the honeybush and rooibos, it enhances the nutty flavors.

As I mentioned in the description of this tea, I’m hopeful that people don’t read too much into the “spicy” part of the name of the tea. This isn’t a super spicy tea. There is a nice balance of sweet and spice and the spice flavors do develop as I continue to sip. Every once in a while, my palate will discover a rather distinctly spicy note and it will perk up and take notice.

I don’t notice a lot of salt from the sunflower seeds, but I think that the itty bitty touch of salt that is in there seems to help define the flavors rather than add a definitive salty tone to the cup.

Overall, this is warm and delightful – a really nice blend to cuddle up to.

Ingredients: organic honeybush, organic red rooibos, organic spices (ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, black pepper & nutmeg), salted sunflower seeds and all-natural, organic flavorings.

Steep: 1 1/2 tsp of tea to 12 oz. 195° water. Steep 6-10 minutes. Allow tea to cool 6 minutes after brewing for best flavor.

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Review for an unopened package of this tea that looks like it was a freebie in an order; I was quite worried because it contains sunflower seeds, but by some miracle (possible because it remained sealed?) they smelled just fine. I’ll be trying to keep this tea on hand to sip down within the next short while.

Initial sip is nutty with some distinct pecan notes, but unfortunately, I’m getting the sharp pungency of rooibos that I’m not a fan of, and even worse, I’m getting the scratchy throat feeling that happens to me with rooibos (although not consistently). Also, not really any spicing to speak of, which is interesting (there was a cardamom pod in my infuser!) Wish I’d tried this 6 years ago, but I suspect the rooibos would have affected it for me back then as well.

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Another older one, but of 52Teas under Anne some time after the transition.

Benefits from extra leaf which I used to finish it off. With the extra leaf and the slightest bit of added sweetness and a bit of milk, the sunflower seeds maybe maybe maybe become more like pecan. Maybe. And a lovely final cup it was.

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I stand by my previous note – with dairy added, this tastes like a creamy pecan milk. So good. I’d love to see this one come back one day.

Flavors: Nutty

195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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This tea smells just like a batch of freshly-baked gingersnap cookies – seriously, it’s giving me a craving for those cookies. It tastes quite a bit like gingersnap cookies too; lightly spicy with a hint of molasses. There’s also a hint of cardamom that you wouldn’t normally taste in a gingersnap, though it works so well in this tea I’m almost tempted to try adding a bit to my cookie recipe next time. I think the rooibos based really works in this tea’s favour for once (I’m not a red rooibos fan). Tonight I’m drinking it plain but I bet it’ll be great with milk too.

Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This is the sample that came with my recent order. Thank you!

Sipdown 15 of 2016. Sample. Purchased 1/2016 – Finished 1/2016.

Count me in as a new 52teas fan girl. Everything I have has been pretty awesome, and damn can they do a mean chai! This rooibos blend is one of the best rooibos chai’s I have had. It has enough umph to go well with milk, it is sweet but not too sweet, and there is something mixed in with the base that rounds it out really nicely. If you are looking for a caffeine free chai, this is the one!


Could you taste pecan?


Not really. If anything it was the natural nuttyish taste of the rooibos.

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I finished the very last of this. There wasn’t quite a teaspoonful left so I augmented with a pinch of plain Ceylon. Quite tasty. A little sweet, but not that annoying artificial sweetness. Just about a perfect cup. I haven’t had a tea from 52Teas that I haven’t enjoyed. When I finally do get down to my Twenty Teas tea chest, one of the revolving teas will always be one from them.


I keep reading “twenty teas” and honestly… I have no idea how I’d do it, except that most of my favourites are hard to get or from companies that don’t exist any more. So in theory, that will make it easier. Right?

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Right! I figure I’ll be rotating teas. (in the event that I ever actually get down to 20!) Because there are a lot of teas that I freaking love, and I’m sure to find more keepers as I go on. But really, at this point my mythical Twenty Teas tea chest is just that. Mythical.


Hehe. :) I started writing up a list, and it kinda went like…
1 sheng
1 oolong
2 shou
2 chinese black
2 assams
5 flavoured black
etc. :D That’s about how specific I can get, really.

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