Our Masala Chai tea combines premium organic Assam black tea leaves with warming cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and other fragrant spices. This tea is finely balanced to create the perfect aromatic blend for you to enjoy black, or as it has been traditionally enjoyed, with milk and sugar.
Ingredients: Organic Black Loose-Leaf Tea, Organic Cardamom, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Cloves, Organic Ginger
Leaf Type: Chai (Black)
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Serving Size: 1-2 teaspoons per 8oz serving
Water Temp: 200°F
Steep Time: 5-7 minutes
My first experience with chai wasn't anything particularly memorable. It was sometime in the late 90s and Starbucks had recently opened a store in University City. I skipped school one afternoon to drive into the city with a group of friends so we find out why everyone was making such a fuss about Starbucks coffee. At the time it seemed like everyone was talking about it. I wasn't much of a coffee drinker back then, but didn't let that hold me back. I was the first one brave enough to place my order and ordered chai because it sounded exotic. I had no clue what I had even ordered; I assumed it was coffee. After a few sips I decided it wasn't for me and traded drinks with my best friend who had ordered a caramel Frappuccino.
I didn't give chai another thought until 2012 when one of my friends from Pakistan got married. The night before the wedding I was invited to her parents home to help celebrate and after dinner they served the best cup of chai I'd ever had. It was nothing like the weak cup I'd had during high school, it was sweet, creamy, and bursting with flavor. That one cup reawakened my interest in chai and I quickly learned how to make my own.
Today's tea is a Masala Chai from The Persimmon Tree Tea Company, it's one of a handful of Fair Trade blends that they offer. While chai is traditionally served with milk and sugar I find that I prefer this particular chai plain because I can taste the spices more clearly. It's very heavy on the cinnamon and cloves with only the barest hint of ginger and cardamom. These flavors seem to get lost once I add milk and sugar so I typically double the amount of loose leaf when I serve it traditionally. I decided to make one more cup last night and found that I had run out of milk again. Instead I made this with half and half which gave it much more body. I loved how thick and creamy it was, so I may considering making all of my chai this way; it's much better than using whole milk.
My Rating: 74/100
Would I order this again? Probably Not. I prefer a chai that doesn't lose its flavor once milk is added.
In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that The Persimmon Tree Tea Company has provided me with tea for review. As always, all opinions are my own.