I like this chai. Nothing fancy, just a good cinnamony chai. I’ve been on a straight tea kick lately but I switched it up this morning. This tea was a nice change. Definitely one of my favorite Masala Chais.
“I like this chai. Nothing fancy, just a good cinnamony chai. I've been on a straight tea kick lately but I switched it up this morning. This tea was a nice change. Definitely one of my favorite...” Read full tasting note
“I heart autumn. Cooler weather, colorful leaves, and chai! Chai tea and autumn are a harmonious pair. There is a warming nature to chai that helps counteract the colder weather and darker days. I...” Read full tasting note
Masala Chai Noir is a classic Indian blend of bold, fast-infusing CTC tealeaves and spicy bits of ginger, cinnamon, vanilla and green cardamom. Brewed without milk, its liquor is deep, hazy amber. The bold aroma of ginger is prevalent in its dry and infused forms. The liquor also has sweet aromas cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla and spiced apple. In the mouth, bold flavors of tannic black tea emerge quickly then meld with abundant spice flavors for a rich, full, nuanced brew that is at once traditional and accessible. Masala Chai Noir is fantastic straight, sweetened, with milk, or with both milk and sugar. Brew for slightly less time if you intend to drink it straight. For an indulgent Delhi-style masala chai experience, boil the blend for up to 45 minutes in milk, water and plenty of sugar.
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I heart autumn. Cooler weather, colorful leaves, and chai! Chai tea and autumn are a harmonious pair. There is a warming nature to chai that helps counteract the colder weather and darker days. I love chai straight: no milk, no sweetener. American Tea Room’s Organic Masala Chai has been a favorite chai of mine this season.
Sticking my nose in the bag, you get a whole array of flavors typical with chai. But the one that pops the most is the ginger. This can be a little concerning. If the ginger is too spicy and strong, it can overwhelm the rest of the flavors. But rest assured, in both the wet leaf and liquor scents, the ginger mellows out and the cinnamon/vanilla/cardamom take a front seat. I love the sweet cinnamon scent of this chai’s liquor! It’s extremely enticing. Sipping this chai, it’s a tea in very good balance. The spices from the ginger are evened out nicely by the cinnamon, vanilla and cardamom. While it’s hard to judge the black tea base with all the surrounding flavors, it’s good to my taste. Following the sip, I get some spicy ginger lingering in the back of the mouth and some cinnamon sitting near the tip of the tongue.
A good chai needs to find an equilibrium amongst the collection of flavors. This tea succeeds in finding that delicious harmony.