Thursday, August 03, 2006

Product Review...the good, the bad and the ugly!

Honey Vanilla White Chai...It's Good!

I think this was the first time I have ever tried Chai. I don't know what took me so long. I like tea and I like spices, but somehow Chai scared me a little. I did'nt know what to expect. I guess I figured it would be a very spicy, overpowering taste. I figured wrong. I can't really compare the flavors of this Chai to the traditional, since this is my first tasting.

All I know is, that I have a coffee replacement. YES, it's that good. The aromatic spices, sweet honey flavor and soothing vanilla give me the same kind of lift that a cup of coffee would. And the good thing about it is that it has a very low caffeine content. For one 8 ounce cup, Honey Vanilla White Tea Chai has only 25 milligrams of caffeine, compared to regular drip Coffee which contains 90 milligrams. Plus white tea is good for you!

I've tried it both hot and iced. I like it both ways. The iced is very refreshing, especially now, with this oppressive heat we've been having!

I am definately not a tea expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I think Celestial Seasonings makes pretty good tea for a moderate price. I also drink the naturally decaffeinated Green Tea, which I read somewhere, has one of the highest amounts of antioxidents as compared to other green tea brands. Sleepytime is also pretty good for an herbal tea. Although, I don't like some of their fruity herbal teas. They just seem too strong and astringent. But, this Honey Vanilla White Tea Chai is the second "new to me" Celestial Seasonings Tea that I've tried and loved. The other one is Madagascar Vanilla Red Tea, known as ROOIBOS TEA.

Another reason I like drinking Celestial Seasoning Tea is that it has
inspirational poems and beautiful graphics on the box.

The poem reads:
Each Day
"Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities crept in-forget them as soon as you can. Tommorrow is a new day. You shall begin it well and serenely, and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old mistakes and nonsense."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Celestial Seasonings website describes this tea as follows: If traditional chai—black teas combined with exotic East Indian spices—has piqued your interest, this imaginative take on perfection may further expand your horizons. Honey Vanilla White Tea Chai balances the delicacy of white tea with full-bodied black tea, then sweetens the elixir with natural honey and a hint of vanilla. Imbued with antioxidants from both white and black teas, a steaming cup or a tall, icy glass may be your ticket to momentary enlightenment.

About the Tea

Scroll K Dairy

This product contains all-natural ingredients and flavors, and no artificial colors or preservatives.

Contains Caffeine-Gluten free

Ingredients: White tea, black tea, roasted chicory, cinnamon, natural honey and vanilla flavors with other natural flavors, ginger, cloves, cardamom, black pepper, nutmeg, and honey.

Do you like Chai? What is your favorite brand?


Artfully Yours said...

Mmm, Annie, here is the link for Dagoba Chocolate.It is made local here and that is how I know about it. I love all their product, esp. the chocodrops and their bars and cocoa. Check them out.

Also, sounds like you enjoy spicy hearty teas. Try the Celestial "Bengal Spice" Tea. I drink it when I am trying to cut back on coffee and my RedRoseEnglishBlend Tea. I am such a hardcore black tea drinker, lots of sugar, well...1 sugar cube and splenda these days):
Cheers Annie...

The Cookbook Junkie said...

I actually really like Tetley's Chai (that comes in the little round canister). I've had other brands that I like too. I DON'T like Stash's chai, at least not the chai green that comes in their green tea sampler. Yuck! I like my chais light on the cloves.

wheresmymind said...

I hate to say that I've only had Starshmucks Chai

Deborah Eley De Bono said...

Big tea drinker. Gave up my latte-a-day 'Bucks about four years agao but I don't sugar my tea so most chai doesn't thrill me. I'm still looking for that Madagascar Vanilla Red Tea you talked about earlier.

Anonymous said...

I like Tazo decaffinated black chai tea. It's good either hot with some soy milk or iced with a bit of Splenda or sugar. It's got a great spiciness to it. I'll have to try the vanilla honey chai, though--that's my tea issue, btw, is that it doesn't always taste as good as it smells!

barb said...

(I'm still looking for that Madagascar Vanilla Red Tea you talked about earlier.)
I must remember to tell sister moon that I am bringing some of that to her. And it's good Annie.
About the Chai - I am not a sweet tea lover so chai is just not my thing.

Jen said...

Chai is yummy

Fran said...

Will look for this Chai. Sounds yummy. My friend, Denise, makes the absolute best Chai from scratch. Don't think I can top that.

Dori said...

My favorite tea, which is highly spiced like a chai is Good Earth Original tea.