It’s no secret I am a fan of chai tea. What’s not to love? The nudging wake-me-up from the black tea leaves? The donkey kick of spices? All of it embraced with velvety steamed milk? Yum, yum, bubblegum.
But, a little while ago, I was trying to find a tea that could be drunk at night-time without keeping me up until wee hours. I’m a little susceptible to bouncing off the walls if I have caffeine too close to sleepy-time. My monkey mind needs no excuse to leap around and chatter when I am supposed to be snoozing. This tea, Coco Chai Rooibos, another genius combination from the good folks at David’s Tea is a perfect solution.
Coco Chai Rooibos is, as the name suggests, a delicious chai tea made with rooibos instead of black tea. No caffeine! Rooibos (sometimes called red bush tea) is not a tea at all, it’s more of a shrub, a “broom-like member of the legume family”. In this tea rooibos has been paired with all the usual suspects that make up chai – cinnamon, cardamom, ginger – and then some extras like red peppercorns and coconut. It’s spicy with a little bit of sweet. I’m pretty pleased with myself because this tea is great for summer (coconut makes it kinda “tropical”) and perfect for winter (spicy and warming). So I think I may have just covered both hemispheres there. Smug look on face.
The only problem is that David’s Tea stores can’t be found on the lower half of the world map. They seem to be Canada only at this stage. Hmmm. I’d share mine with you except that there’s only a few spoonfuls left in the tin and I’m feeling a little possessive. Not to worry. With the amount of tea I am purchasing from them I am sure they are on the verge of massive global expansion.