From the Amazon rainforest & popular for its invigorating energy and antioxidant content. Spiced with ginger root, cinnamon, cardamom, clove & lemongrass. Contains matteine which delivers a bit of a buzz & significantly suppresses the appetite.
Leaf Type: Chai/Yerba Mate blend
Where to Purchase: Tea Market
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Suggested Brewing Tips:
Serving Size: 1 teaspoon per 8 ounces
Water Temp: 212°F
Steep Time: 4 minutes
I've spent the past few days traveling through Oklahoma on my way to Kansas City for The Midwest Tea Festival. It's a rather backwards route, considering I started out in Saint Louis, but my mom and I decided to go visit family before ending our trip in KC. This is a route we take nearly every year, although we've decided to shake things up a bit and stop in Tulsa to visit the Oklahoma Aquarium and Tulsa Children's Museum before heading to Oklahoma City to visit with my cousin and stop by Pops on Route 66. I've been busy this week updating my Instagram feed, so make sure you check it out to see what else we've been up to.
With so much going on I nearly forgot about my last review before the tea festival. I may have been slightly distracted by the 600+ varieties of soda at Pops. Tea may be my beverage of choice, but I do have a terrible sugar addiction that Pops is really good about feeding. Anyway, when I wrote out my blogging schedule for the past month I decided to save the Tea Market, a local Kansas City shop, for last. Now I'm glad that I did. With all of the rain Oklahoma has had lately things have been on the chilly side and the Tea Market's Spicy Chai Mate is just what I needed to keep warm.
Unlike most chai this tea does not use black tea for a base and instead uses Yerba Mate, which has a higher caffeine content and a slightly toasted flavor. I've really been enjoying the strong flavor of cardamom mixed in with the citrus from the lemongrass and toasted notes of the yerba mate. The flavors are different than I'm accustomed to seeing in a chai, but they're delicious— especially the cardamom. If you've tried my Blueberry Cardamom Smoothie recipe, then you already know how much I love cardamom.
The extra jolt of caffeine has also been a welcome addition, I am after all on an extended road trip with a three year old. This tea is what has been keeping me going (and going and going.) Has anyone else noticed the resemblance small children have to the Energizer Bunny? I've had a hard time keeping up! It doesn't help that the cooler temperatures have made me want to snuggle back into bed with a good book and a heavy blanket since I didn't think to pack anything warmer than tank tops and shorts. What in the world is going on with the weather in Oklahoma this year? Last time I passed through it was in the high nineties. At least there is tea to help keep me warm until the weather changes again (which I'm sure is about two seconds from now.)
My Rating: 85/100
Would I order this again? Yes. This tea may have some unconventional ingredients, but it's a great twist on the traditional chai most of use are accustomed to.