On Tea: Cloves Forever

The Tea: Rooibos Chai, Numi.
Caffeinated: No
Water Temperature: 212° (boiling)
Steep Time: 5-6 minutes
Milk/Sugar: Neither – others can add sugar and/or milk as they so desire.
Ingredients: Fair Trade Certified™ rooibos, cloves, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom
~All ingredients are organic.~
Aroma: Cloves for days!! Reminiscent of gingerbread cookies.
Taste: The clove is very strong in this tea, followed closely by allspice, which gives it a rather bitter aftertaste. Though the smell of the cloves is amazing, it does not translate well to the flavor and is simply overpowering. I couldn’t taste the rooibos at all – just the spices. It quite literally tasted as if I bit into a whole clove, which I do not recommend if you’ve never done so before.  On second thought, milk might have helped to cut the bitterness…
Would I venture to buy a whole box?: No, the clove flavor was too strong for my tastes.
Overall score: 2/5 stars

-MC

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