We are extremely excited to offer this *hot* new organic herbal tea. Naturally caffeine-free, this loose leaf tisane packs a punch! With an herbaceous nose of rosemary, citrus, and ginger, its aroma reminds of a fragrant cocktail. But, once it is consumed you’ll be surprised by the warming and lingering heat! The liquor starts off mellow and sweet and then WHAM -- the chili sets in to become the predominant flavor and you are not drinking a simple herbal tea, but along for a spicy, hot thrilling ride! Add a little honey to create a sweet and spicy organic tea concoction.
Ingredients: organic South African green rooibos, organic ginger root, organic lemon peel, organic rosemary, organic cloves, and organic chili pepper
Serving Size: one teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Aubrey Says: So many herbal teas can start to taste the same, with only a few flavors that really dominate. With this herbal tea, I am delighted that we can offer something really unique.
Sarah Says: Two words... "HOT LIPS"
Posted by JA on 2nd Dec 2016
This tea on its own is soothing and delicious. For a lighter flavor, brew for a shorter time using one tsp per 8 oz. I like this tea a bit stronger! I love how much the different flavors come out with a longer brew time and a slightly larger portion of tea (1.5 tsp/8oz). If you need head or body soothing to heal from cold symptoms, it's fantastic with a splash of honey as well.
We keep this tea stocked permanently. It is THAT good!
Posted by Yen-Wen on 14th Oct 2016
This is the tea not for my everyday craving. It's unique and an acquired taste. I can't really pin point exactly which ingredient is center core because the taste is like the combination of all tastes.
BUT I must say my body LOVES IT when I have some cold symptoms. I reach out to this unusual remedy and I feel soothed. I even purposely made a strong cup just for kicking the cold!
My taste buds wants to give it a 4 stars, it's not my favorite for daily drinks. ( it's not bad taste at all, not something challenging) But my body wants to give it 5 stars when it comes to helping me when I don't feel well.
5 stars for health purpose!
Posted by Kara on 26th May 2016
Although I'm not a fan of ginger, I am a fan of chili and spicy foods so out of curiosity I ordered a sample of this tisane. I actually found it enjoyable, not too gingery and it was mildly spicy (to my tastebuds). I don't think I need to order a full-sized bag yet I am happy to have enjoyed a tea with a ginger base.
Posted by Cori on 19th Mar 2016
I love the mild heat of this tea, but the flavors weren't really there. It is pretty bland tasting.
Posted by Jo on 23rd Jan 2016
we bought this because, well, we couldn't NOT try it. We love spicy stuff around here. However, it seems that we really don't want to drink HOT hot (or iced) tea. LOL!!
I did try it when I had a stuffed up head cold, and it did help a bit with that, but I really don't think I ever need another cup. Sorry!
Posted by Deca on 7th Jan 2016
I ordered a large package of this tea after reading the reviews, and looked forward to tasting it. It is a wonderful combination, fragrant and of obvious quality ingredients but after a few days I couldn't drink it anymore because of the chili- incredibly acidic. The same happened to my husband and my mother in law. We are not "hot" Food people, more like "mild" to no heat so I think even though the tisane isn't too spicy it did affect us. My 20yo daughter can tolerate it, but only after a meal. Definitely not for us!
Posted by Alise on 7th Sep 2015
It's recommended to start your morning out with warm water, a little lemon, ginger, and cayenne to neutralize the body’s pH, stimulate the circulatory system, detox your system, and start your morning energized. This spicy little number will do the trick and its so much easier than squeezing lemon and cutting up ginger when you are trying to rush out the door. I am so excited to discover this great find! I will be adding this yummy, spicy, energizing little gem to my morning routine.
Posted by BHealthy on 18th Apr 2015
If I could leave rate this 10 stars, I would! It's spicy but not overpowering. I drink it all day long.
Posted by Unknown on 2nd Apr 2015
This tea might raise the dead. You certainly won’t sleep through a cup of it. When I saw this on the Arbor Tea site, thought, “Really? Chili peppers? Rosemary? Sounds more like chutney than a tea. I couldn’t quite imagine how it could be appealing, but it also sounded too novel and exotic not to try, so I ordered a sample pack, and I’m very glad I followed that whimsical impulse. As bold as the flavors are in it, they are remarkably well balanced and complimentary, and even more remarkable is that they are in no way overpowering. I only brew and drink one cup of this at a time, usually at night due to it being an herbal tea with no caffeine, but I enjoy every sip and don’t feel like I need to wash it down with anything or cool my mouth down afterwards with a palate cleanser like one might have to do after eating spicy food. I can’t say that I drink it often or that it is one of my favorite teas – just can’t do that with a no-caffeine herbal – but I can say that I’m glad I have this on hand and say that I enjoy pulling it out and brewing it up for a novel flavor experience from time to time. It’s such an unusual tea that it might even make for a conversation piece. If you’re curious about this tea but not quite sure, I encourage you to get a sample and give it a try because you’ll know right away if you like it – I doubt there’s any gray area here – and at the very least you’ll enjoy smelling it. If you don’t end up drinking it all, you could use the remainder as a potpourri.
Posted by OKBlond on 31st Jan 2015
Purchased as a sample 1st; immediately go back on line to purchase the largest bag available after that 1st cup! This is probably one of the best herbal Tisanes I've ever had! I through in a few pieces of dried ginger root into my infuser (I love ginger!). Hope they never discontinue this! It's awesome!! I make refrigerator tea for my husband with this every night. I make my own tea bags; add a couple TBS's of tea, few pieces of dried root, fill up his 20 oz to go tea container, throw in my homemade tea bag with a spoon of honey & tah dah!! Next morning he has his tea to take to work!
I'm completely impressed with everything I've purchased from Arbor teas! There's no doubt this is a class act company with high quality teas; you can see it in the infuser!
I love Arbor teas! Absolutely LOVE the plum Oolong, the Marsala Chai's both regular and decaf, along with quiet a few of the fab black teas.
If you like ginger with a little kick! try this; you'll love it!!
Posted by Patricia on 13th Jan 2015
Lots of flavor here. Love the warmth and spice, but there is also a lovely sweet undertone. Great tea for a winter evening.
Posted by Bonnie R. on 6th Jan 2015
This was bought for my husband, he went absolutely nuts over this blend! I'm back to buy a large bag before the sample runs out; he's in love!
Posted by Tammy on 11th Dec 2014
Let me start by saying I do not like spicy food. However, I just had to try this. I took the suggestion to add a little honey and I have to say that I love it. I tend to have problems with my sinuses and cold and this works wonders. I also agree with another reviewer who said this works great as an afternoon pick me up.
Posted by Robin K. on 10th Dec 2014
If you love ginger, you must try this tea! It smells like ginger snaps baking. The taste is very gingery, quickly followed by heat, with a peppery finish. The sensation in your mouth is similar to a sip of cognac, -very warming. A second steeping loses much of the heat, but maintains a nice ginger flavor. I'm not a big fan of herbal teas, but I could see keeping some of this on hand.
Posted by Jason S. on 6th Nov 2014
This tea WILL warm you up if your cold.. Also if your suffering from seasonal allergies or a sore throat, this is definitely a tea you want to have close by. It truly works better than anything for opening my head, easing my tummy, and soothing my throat. The ginger makes this tea pop with aroma and flavor. This tea is definitely worth trying.
Posted by Nadia B. on 19th Sep 2014
This has a nice kick! I was looking for a spicy cool-weather tea other than just chai teas. The spiciness is strong enough to keep you wanting to sip more. It has a really good ginger & lemon taste at first, followed by a hot kick after. Would purchase this again for sure.
Posted by Susangrin on 10th May 2014
really incredible tea that wakes up your taste buds and makes them smile. By far the most flavorful herbal tea I've ever tried. Very addicting. I'm truly in love with this tea!!!
Posted by Janet Binion on 22nd Apr 2014
If you love hot, spicy food like I do, this is your herbal tea. I am a fan of Irish Breakfast tea, the strongest, black tea I've found, so my taste buds respond to most herbal teas with the sensation that they're better than plain hot water, but only just. Now my taste buds can rejoice in this blend of ginger, citrus, rosemary and the punch of chili late in the day without my staring at the ceiling half the night wishing I hadn't had that last cup of tea.
We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.
There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.
Quantity of tea: one teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Water temperature: use water that has been heated to a full rolling boil (212° F)
Steeping time: 5-7 minutes
Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Tip #2: Herbal teas, unlike tea from the plant camellia sinensis, do not get astringent with longer brew times. So if you happen to steep longer than 7 minutes, don’t worry! Your herbal tea will gain more flavor, but it will never become astringent!
Learn more from our How To Guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!