Review: Yogic Chai Original Masala Chai

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originalchai.jpgFor a long time, I haven't understood why people love chai (I realise the word "chai" just means "tea," but to put a damper on redundancy, I'm shortening Masala Chai for this and probably every other review I do for this type of tea). The lattes made from syrup mix are unholy and most bagged chais I've tried have been mediocre at best. I'm not the biggest fan of cloves, so I assumed that was the problem and closed the book on chai teas. Then the past few years I have tried to develop a taste for all things I thought I didn't like. It's worked so far for sushi, spicy food, and several vegetables. I thought, based on the stellar reviews they've gotten, Yogic Chai may sway me on this matter.

They emphasise the key to a good Masala Chai is freshness (as Ricardo over at Yogic Chai said, cardamom is essential, and once it's ground, the spice immediately begins to lose its flavour), which was apparent once I opened the package. The small black leaves are surrounded by huge, open cardamom pods and big chunks of the other chai staples. It smelled amazing as like I had just made it myself.

I didn't want any chance of a tame cup, so I dumped a hearty tablespoon of tea into 8 ounces of water, which I let boil on the stove for 4 minutes. I then threw in one tablespoon of sweetener and 1/2 cup of milk (alas, all we had around was 1%) and let it sit on heat for about a minute more. As it cooked, the tea lit up the kitchen with its beautiful, spicy scent. This would be a great tea to throw on right as guests arrive to make it smell as though you had been hard at work baking all day (why of course this pie isn't from Costco - can't you smell the spices in the air?).

The completed tea smells equally delicious and tastes amazing. It is bold without being harsh or bitter, complex without being overwhelming, and unique without straying too far from the recognisable chai taste. Its unprecedented freshness has made me understand why people love chai so much, though I'm not sure I'd trust buying it from anywhere else. Yogic Chai is the only source for me, and now that I have tasted Masala Chai at its best, I'm aching for another cup.

— 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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2 Responses to “Review: Yogic Chai Original Masala Chai”

  1. LMRuiz Says:

    I was not a big fan of black tea and barely ever drank it at all, I had coffee in the morning. For some reason I started to feel like no matter what I did my mornin cup o’joe was starting to taste almost stale and I kept trying different blends and different was of preparing to no avail. Well I gave up coffee and started to drink tea. I was having mostly green teas and although it is wonderful in the afternoon it just wasn’t so great in the AM. Then I stayed at my brother’s place and he had some bags of Indian Spice Chai and I tried it not bad not great either but at least it was something other than coffee in the morning. After awhile I began to research online a loose chai blend and I found Yogic Chai right out of my home state N.J. I ordered, I brewed I fell in LOVE!!! I am now a Yogic Chai fanatic. My tea cupboard has a variety of their offerings and I look forward to my morning pot of Original Marsala Chai with half and half and demerara sugar. Yes half & half I make it very strong like double the tea and just like coffee I fill my 12oz. cup and a little half & half gives it a thick, deep, smooth taste. The spices have a warm wonderful bite and the tea is rich and satisfying. You can see, taste and smell the quality and time that has gone into this product and it’s price is not what you expect to pay for something of such awesome quality. Affordable is all I can say about that. I have tried many chais on my search to find “The One” and I now hope we will live happily ever after.

    My Rating: 9/10

  2. jamie Says:

    i’m not the greatest fan of cloves either and thought the same thing about chai…your review comments made me give this tea a trial order. 🙂

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