On this magical night in honor of children everywhere of every age (that should be fast asleep before Santa’s sleigh arrives), we present our very popular and very decaffeinated blend: “CHAi CHAi” Christy.
Named after my niece Christy when she was around 3 years old because she loved a spicy brew, and because we didn’t want her to have caffeine to energize her more than she already was. She’s now 12 and about 2 belts away from achieving her black belt in Tae Kwan Do and still loving a bit of spice to compliment her ninja ways: calm and focused but with the ability to break a wooden board with one: “HIYAAA!”
Rooibos as you have learned over these last 24 days is not tea but a tisane or infusion because only the leaves from camellia sinensis is actually tea–which has caffeine. Rooibos does not. It’s a shrub from South Africa and is a delightful addition to the World of Tea/Infusions.
CHAi CHAi Christy is an herbal riff on our “Naked” Masala Chai without the added stimulation from the black tea base of the later. It’s the perfect tisane to unwind on this sacred night, as one sits by the Christmas tree, mug in hand watching the twinkling lights and waiting for Kris Kringle to make his way down your chimney with bags of tea. Or perhaps as you open a single precious gift in honor of Hanukkah. Here is a breakdown of the mega health benefits in this infusion:
1. South African Rooibos – high in minerals (calcium, iron, potassium, copper, fluoride, manganese, magnesium, zinc), anti-inflammatory, relieves hypertension, aids the respiratory functions, good for bones and teeth, may help prevent type II diabetes, improves circulation.
2. Cardamom – combats nausea, acidity, bloating, gas, heartburn, loss of appetite, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, detoxifies, aids cardiovascular health, controls cholesterol.
3. Ginger – combats nausea, powerful anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, aids digestion, anti-blood clotting, improved immunity and respiratory function, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal.
4. Cloves – high in minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, and zinc; contains vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin D, and vitamin K; aids digestion, antibacterial, chemo-preventive or anti-carcinogenic, hepatoprotec, anti-Mutagenic, boosts immunity, anti-inflammatory, aids in headache relief, gingivitis and periodontitis.
And here are some notes on this spicy tisane:
• Overview: Named for another favorite person. A warming blend of spices and rooibos that promotes an overwhelming feeling of comfort and joy, with the added benefit of no caffeine.
• Dry Leaf: Small pointy red leaves, melange of spices
• Liquor (liquid): Beautiful reddish color
• Aroma: Notes of ginger upfront with cardamom and clove wafting through
• Flavor notes: Spicy but overly peppery. Classic rooibos flavor as the base and a long finish.
• Brewing recommendation: Rolling boil / 212° Fº / 5+ minutes.
• Caffeine: No
-The Chief Leaf