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Last Updated: Aug. 7, 2015 

About Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos

Rooibos on the left, with spices on a plate to the rightRooibos, left, with spices typically used in masala chai, right. Photo by Iris, licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.
Rooibos chai, sometimes called red chai or more accurately, spiced rooibos or herbal masala chai is a blend of rooibos and spice, and can be viewed as a variant or imitation of masala chai (spiced tea) made with rooibos (usually red rooibos) instead of tea.

Rooibos chai is a bit of a misnomer, as "chai" means tea whereas "masala", the word that is usually dropped, is the word that means "spiced". This style of tea is also sometimes called herbal chai, although that term is a broader category that also includes spiced herbal blends that do not contain rooibos.

Rooibos-based chai has become popular due to the fact that it is completely caffeine-free, and yet richer in flavor than most decaffeinated teas. It has become a bit of a style in and of itself, and can be appreciated as-is rather than as an imitation of masala chai.

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70 / 100

Half-litre pot at home, made from fine rooibos leaves. Pours clear orangeish amber with no sediment. Clear aroma of rooibos, with touches of fruit and mild hints of chili. Mild but clear flavour of rooibos, with fruity touches and clear but not aggresive notes of chili. Creamy palate with an aftertaste of chili and mil...

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84 / 100
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Chai Rooibos from Yogi Tea

Style: Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos – Region: Blend
Dec. 3rd, 2018

The first thing I notice about this tea is how very strongly it smells like cinnamon, I really like that smell. The dominating taste is definitely the cinnamon and also the cardamom. This is a very intense herbal tea and I wouldn't drink it for relaxation, but I would definitely drink it other times like in the morning...

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74 / 100
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Rooibos Vibrations from Allegro

Style: Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos – Region: Blend
Oct. 14th, 2018

The dry-bag* and in-cup scents were robust and screamed "chai", which is great since I enjoy such tea. Cinnamon and cardamom stood obvious, cloves and black pepper being apparent with some concentration, the other ingredients a good deal less so. Even though ginger is the second ingredient (behind rooibos), I only co...

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55 / 100
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The aroma of this tea is almost pure cinnamon. In theory this would make it a great tea in my opinion... I love chai and I love cinnamon. Unfortunately, the flavor doesn't really match the aroma. Yes, there's a cinnamon feel to it, but it's extremely subtle, resulting in a weakly spiced chai that doesn't live up to its...

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50 / 100
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Overall A very "meh" tea. It smelled quite nice but when a took a sip it was not what I expected(in a bad way). It had almost no vanilla taste and was almost a depressing masala chai.

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Rooibos Chai (Formerly Ruby Chai)

Brand:Numi Organic Tea
Style:Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
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Brand:Equo
Style:Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
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3 Ratings
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Brand:Teavana
Style:Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Loose
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Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Loose
2 Ratings
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Spice Dragon Red Chai Herbal Tea

Brand:Stash Tea
Style:Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
2 Ratings

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Brand:Equo
Style:Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
52
3 Ratings
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Spiced Apple Cider Rooibos

Brand:Teavana
Style:Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Loose
12
3 Ratings
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Rooibos Chai (Formerly Ruby Chai)

Brand:Numi Organic Tea
Style:Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
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