Review: Yogic Chai Original Masala Chai

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Thumbs up!"Yogic Chai Original Masala Chai makes an Original flavour with fairly Un-Original ingredients."
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originalchai.jpgYogic Chai is not the sort of place I’d normally shop. Nothing against them, I just don’t buy into the Herbal medicine thing. Some herbal remedies work, some don’t, and the ones that are born out to work rarely do so based on the underlining principals of the religious traditions that bore them. The good, the bad, I trust the guys with the double blind studies myself, the gents who needn’t put disclaimers on their “medicines” stating that they are not in fact intended for Medicinal purposes. I say none of this to belittle, insult, or otherwise dig at the (apparently quite nice) people at yogic chai, just stating my biases. I can’t review the health claims, mostly because I could never do so accurately. To really review the health claims I’d need a couple hundred subjects, a few hundred more for a control, several hundred crates of their Masala Chai blends, and some sort of Masala Placebo.

Mmmmm… Masala Placebo…

What? Where was I Oh, yeah, A while back the proprietors of Yogic Chai, Ricardo & Angela Da Costa, asked us for feedback on why we wouldn’t buy from them. The biggest reason cited was the website, it was an exceedingly busy, quasi-blog-like affair. I’d just like to give a hearty pat on the back. Their site now has a clean, simple interface that reduces what they had to just what they need. On to the Chai.

As they are now giving out one free sample a month, I figured what better choice than a Traditional Masala chai. Making my first foray into their selection with something like their Lemon Grass Mate Masala Chai seems a bit like reviewing a steakhouse on their lemon chicken. Sure I ‘could’ do it, but I don’t think it would give me an honest perspective of a company that focuses on traditional, and non-traditional, Indian tea blends. One nice touch was the little card with preparation instructions, ingredients, and a bit about the blend. The ingredients are fairly traditional for Masala Chai, namely: Assam, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Ginger, and Cloves. I can completely believe the claim that their blends are prepared to order, so can everyone at my apartment complex actually, for you see, the mailboxes now smell, possibly irrevocably, but certainly strongly, of Indian spices.

As per the card, you should always obey cards don’t you know, I simmered the herbs in the water for about 4 or 5 minutes, then added milk and simmered an additional 2-3 minutes, I followed this with a dash of honey to sweeten. Admittedly, I could have been more academic and made the blend sans additions, but this is Masala Chai and I would prefer to review it for what its supposed to be. Again the freshly ground herbs pay off and my entire apartment smells like tea, which sort of fits. Now the real, and only valid test, the taste. Hard work always pays off, and only by adding that little bit of effort have they taken something as common as their ingredients list is, and turn it into something so wonderfully uncommon.

The herbs hit you in the way only really good chai can, they remind me of spiced rum, or Hot chocolate in a way. Their warming, and enticing, they burst on the tongue in arrays of spice, and sensation. Assam is normally something I can’t stand, and yet in the tasting I can tell that only Assam could be tasted through the waves of Cinnamon and Cardamom. Its a very front of the face sort of flavor, really working hard at the front of the nose, and the center and tip of the tongue. It reminds me of Gingerbread cookies, and cinnamon sticks in mugs of hot cocoa, and all sorts of other wonderful middle class childhood memories I saw on Holiday specials. I have a strong and abiding sensation that I’ll be doing a little more looking around their site, and a little more ordering, and a little more research as to why my spell check keeps reading the American spellings of words as incorrect… Bloody British spell check…

— To purchase Yogic Chai Original Masala Chai, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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One Response to “Review: Yogic Chai Original Masala Chai”

  1. Yogic Chai Says:

    Thanks for the review Troy.

    I would like to clarify a few things:

    1) Any herbal or nutritional supplement, must have on the label “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”

    Under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), the above disclaimer must be displayed on the product label because current laws do not require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to evaluate the efficacy of specific dietary supplements.

    2) I am sorry to hear your disbelief of Traditional Herbal Medicine.

    One thing that is important to recognize though is that most if not all of the pharmaceuticals that we use today, like aspirin or the heart medicine “digitalis” and the asthma-aid “ephedrine” are all derived from herbs.

    Pharmaceuticals are nothing but a single extraction of a particular element within a single plant.

    The problem with extracting a single element from a plant is the side effects. All plants in their whole form have the potential to be used therapeutically and also carry within them the necessary elements to counteract any side effects.

    The nutritionaI/herbal supplement industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. I understand that there are many companies who have taken advantage of the fact that the product does not have to be tested in order to have a claim to market their product and capitalize in one of the most rapid growing industries, but there are also companies out there with integrity who have created great products that have helped lots of people.

    I would highly recommend a book on Traditional Chinese Medicine called “The Web That Has No Weaver” by Ted J. Kaptchuk for those of you who would like to learn more about it. Also “Perfect Health” The Complete Guide to Ayurvedic Living by Deepak Chopra

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