This Caramel Chai Rooibos is pretty good for a Teavana chunk o’ food blend (a relative judgment). I find the various flavors to mingle together pleasingly, and there are several—it’s not just a big blast of rooibos and blaring cinnamon, which seems to figure heavily in many of the herbal blends.
I prepared two glasses in a Bodum cylinder using about four times the prescribed amount of dried “stuff”, and I let it steep good and long—maybe 8 minutes? Fortunately it was still hot when I stopped—in fact, right at my threshold “must drink” temperature. I cannot stand lukewarm beverages, so I had to drink the two glasses somewhat rapidly. The reddish-brown liquor was rather sweet, so those candied fruits may have leeched some sugar into the juice. I did not find much in the way of caramel flavor here, to be honest.
I had picked up some of this blend at the chai sale during the fall and am just now getting around to trying it. I probably won’t buy it again (at least not at regular price…), but I’ll enjoy one or two more large servings prepared as this one was—steeped extra strong and extra long.
This might be a good choice for a dieter who wants chai but no caffeine and prefers to skip the cream. I am somewhat curious about how many calories I just consumed… (not usually an issue since I favor pure teas and do not adulterate them). Well, I’m pretty sure that this infusion contained fewer calories than a soda!
Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Fruity