Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"This chai experience is just about as authentic as it gets."|
I have been on a bit of a chai kick lately, so my sample of Chai-Wallah's 100% organic Chai Spice with Black Tea really hit the spot. Just looking at my sample got me very excited to prepare this tea. This tea is h-e-a-v-y on the spices; no skimping here. By volume, I would estimate that the spices (ginger, cardamon, cloves, cinnamon, and peppercorns) account for at least half of the blend. The black tea leaves are Assam leaves from the REmbeng estate. I prepared my first cup using boiling water and after steeping, I added a nice splash of milk and a small spoonful of sugar to make sure I was sampling this tea exactly the way it was meant to be enjoyed. This chai experience is just about as authentic as it gets. I have never been to India, but drinking this tea made me feel just a few steps closer. The tea packs a potent punch of spices, but it is not overly potent so as to become offensive or harsh. The ginger and the cardamom are clearly the dominating players in the blend, but that is not to say that the cloves and cinnamon go unnoticed. I also experienced a nice peppery finish courtesy of the peppercorns. The black tea base is a bit muted by the spices, but still contributes a malty quality that is a good background note for the spices. This is a fantastic chai- the spices are well-blended and the end result is a thoroughly enjoyable cup. I must also comment that the Chai Wallah website states that produce prices have been raised due to a poor cardamom harvest and increased costs of fuel and shipping. Still, however, I found the prices of this product to be beyond reasonable (for example, 4 oz goes for $7.75 and 8 oz sells for $14.75). Overall, this is a top-grade chai and I would openly recommend this to others. Pure deliciousness!
— To purchase Chai Wallah Chai Spice with Black Tea, 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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