Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around it features The Lewisham Tea Company and their Chai Of Tanzania blend. As you all know my journey so far with The Lewisham Tea Co has been a great one, the first of their blends I tried was delicious and I’ve looked forward to trying another blend of theirs ever since. You all know I love chai so when I saw they had included this blend in the package they sent I was so eager to try it, because I’ve tried a lot of different chai blends over the years but I’ve not tried any chai inspired tisanes so I was intrigued to see how this rooibos based chai blend was going to work.
Here’s what The Lewisham Tea Company has to say about this blend over on their website: “Introducing our Chai tea of Tanzania, this bold blend of green honey bush leaves, cardamom pods, rose blossom leaves, orange and vanilla bits all combine to help boost blood circulation, sharpening your mind and focus.”
Ingredients: Green Honeybush, Orange, Cocoa, Cinnamon, Ginger, Vervain, Cardamom Pods, Cloves, Rose Pepper, Vanilla, Rose Blossom Leaves
Tisane Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this tisane two ways: On it’s own (hot) and with a teaspoon of honey added (hot). Normally I would try any chai blend I try with both milk and honey added but when doing my first steep I did notice just how light it brewed up so I made the decision to not try it with milk as it just seem like it wasn’t going to stand its ground once something heavy-ish like soya milk was added and I didn’t want to waste any tea doing something I know wouldn’t work. Out of the cups of this tisane that I have had so far I think my favourite was definitely the one I had with a little bit honey added. That’s not to say that it isn’t nice on it own, it absolutely is but the addition of a little honey just lifts the orange, cocoa, cardamom and vanilla and gives them more of a chance to shine.
On it’s own the honeybush base was the stand out with slight hints of orange, cinnamon, and cardamom but not much else to be honest. Lots of the ingredients didn’t come through much at all but I’m sure that if I steeped this for much longer they would start to come through much stronger and that definelty something I will try doing with the other bags I have of this in the coming days. This seems to me like one of those blends that would just continue to get better the longer you steep it. The honeybush base it absolutely beautiful though and while I do wish the other notes were stronger I thoroughly enjoy the floral, lightly roasted honey like note of the honeybush and I think it was a great choice for the base of this blend as is is very relaxing to drink.
The addition of the honey works well to amplify the natural honey notes from the honeybush as well as amplifying some of the other ingredients and giving them chance to be seen. Bringing them to the front and stopping them all from being background notes and almost after thoughts when it comes to this blend. For a blend like this thought, considering chai is in it’s name I really would have loved for the spice notes to be much stronger as I was surprised by how light they were in the blend. To me this could be much better balanced if a little bit of work was done on it to really showcase the best elements of a chai it would be a perfect night time blend.
Just because this blend is caffeine free and doesn’t mean it has to be light in terms of the spices. It seems to me like they were overlooked a little when putting this blend together but it’s something that could be easily fixed, as I do really enjoy what I could pick out of this blend flavour profile both with and without added honey. It’s incredibly smooth and easy to drink and perfect at the end of the night when you are trying to relax. I don’t think I could envision myself re-purchasing this in the future unless it happens to end up getting re-blended. If you are a lover of honeybush and looking for something to help you relax toward the end of the night this is definitely worth trying but if you’re looking for a chai with lots of oomph and stronger spices this is not the blend for you.
Overall Teacup Rating: 3.9/5
If you want to find out more about The Lewisham Tea Company and purchase some of this blend to try for yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll do my best to answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*The tisane featured in the post was gifted to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for.*