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Nothing soothes the nerves at night like a nice warm cup of tea. I usually have a mug full of goodness before bed each night, as it helps make me sleepy. Unfortunately, while I do enjoy the multitude of herbal teas available on the market, many decaf tea teas just don't do it for me. They often have aftertastes that are bitter, metallic, or just plain wrong. Not wanting to abandon the idea of a good cup of tasty decaf tea, however, I've decided to just keep on plowing through my options. Bigalow's Decaf Spiced Chai Tea will be the first on my list of permanent pantry residents.
Upon ripping open one of the individually wrapped tea bags, I inhaled a strong whiff of cloves. This worried me a little, because while I do like the taste of clove, I don't love it. Undeterred, if slightly miffed, I poured some hot water over the bag into a mug and let it steep. I did the requisite sugar/milk addition and took a sip. It tastes delicious! The flavor of tea, cloves, and cinnamon are all harmonious - nothing overwhelms the other. I could taste a few other spices that I couldn't pinpoint, but they just add to the flavor. Most importantly, what this tea didn't have was any nasty decaf funkiness.
Each serving (8 ounces of tea brewed from 1 bag) provides no calories, carbs, sodium, etc, though most people would add some sort of sweetener and dairy to this. A box of 20 cost me $2.50, which works out to just around 12 cents per cup of bliss. I'll be buying Bigalow's Decaf Spiced Chai Tea on a regular basis, and I hope that their other decaf teas are half as good as it is.
(Another Chai tea that's a favorite: Celestial Seasonings Original Indian Spice TeaHouse Chai).