Tea review: Rooibos vanilla chai

Happy Halloween! When I was little, Halloween was one of my favorite holidays. I loved getting dress up and waiting for it to get dark so I could go door-to-door asking for candy. This afternoon I enjoyed some tea and a scary book, but tonight I have to work. Adulting sure isn’t as fun as being a little kid! But I may get to pass out some candy while working from home, so that will be nice! And of course, Freedom was getting in the spirit today.


Doesn’t he look cute? Anyway, today I’m reviewing a fall tisane tea that is not pumpkin spice, because I am not the biggest fan of that anyway, but rather a tasty caffeine-free chai. Chai teas are my favorites for fall, they are good as lattes, but I really enjoy them on their own. The flavors are soothing and spicy.


I am always happy to find a caffeine-free option of a typically high caffeinated tea, because caffeine kind of makes my anxiety worse so I try not to have too much of it. This Adagio rooibos vanilla chai is wonderful. It’s everything you’d want in a chai tea, but without the jitters.

Ingredients: rooibos tea, ginger root, cinnamon bark, cloves, cardamom, orange peels, natural vanilla flavor.


To prepare, steep this tea for ten minutes for the most flavor. The first flavor that stands out to me in this tea is the peppery cardamom, followed quickly by ginger root. It’s spicy, and that makes me happy! Cinnamon blends well, and orange peels bring a tart citrusy element to this blend, which is brought together with sweet rooibos and the taste of vanilla. This tea steeped to the perfect shade of orange for today!


A side note here, I dried this clay tea pot with a towel once, and now some of the fibers are stuck to it! If anyone knows of a way to get them off, please let me know in the comments 😦


If you enjoy chai black tea, the taste of this is pretty similar. You’re missing the taste of black tea, but the spices are the same and rooibos brings a new, more relaxing element to the mix for your late-night or afternoon chai enjoyment.

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