REVIEW: JusTea – African Chai

JusTea - African Chai

Tea: Kenyan black tea with organic African spices (fennel, clove, coriander and liquorice root) and organic rose and safflower petals
Sample provided by: JusTea
Retail price: 100 grams for $15 / 150 grams for $23
Link to African Chai on JusTea website

Dry leaf:
– The dry leaf is wonderfully aromatic

– It is a beautiful tea. Whole spices and flower petals are visible – and there is an abundance of spices and petals

Infused tea:
– Like the dry leaf, the infused liquor is highly aromatic

– The infused liquor is smooth and comforting. The flavours of all the spices really shine

– It doesn’t have the bite of Indian chai

Conclusions/tips:
– I am not a chai expert, but I don’t know if the addition of the rose and safflower petals is necessary. I do not taste either – and honestly I’m glad I can’t taste the rose.. I’ve spent some time in rural Kenya and I can’t imagine that rose and safflower petals would ever be used in their chai

– Try making this tea on the stove with a pot. To the pot, add half a litre of milk, half a litre of water, the amount of tea you want for one litre of liquid and bring the pot to a light boil. Remove the pot from the hub, cover, and let the tea steep in the pot for five minutes. Add sugar or honey to taste. From my experience, Kenyans like the spice taste strong, and the liquor very milky and sweet. Lastly, get yourself a mandazi to eat with the chai

Score:
4.25/5

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About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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