I got this at HomeGoods, thinking that I’d give it a shot. I do love most chai at any rate. I was not expecting it to be this good of tea. I love it as a latte with some honey. It smells amazing and no one flavor is really overpowering.
“Cooked on the stovetop. I like this chai with honey. Some chais I find the molasses element of raw, turbinado sugar to be most complementary, but this one loves honey. It isn’t the most...” Read full tasting note
“LiberTEAs sent me some of this – thanks so much!!! This is a mighty fine chai! I really like this! The black tea is STRONG and the spices accompany it very well! ...” Read full tasting note
“I was thrilled to find this at TJ Maxx today! An 8 oz. bag for only $6.99. I figured I’d give it a try because the base is Assam (which I love), and it smelled good through the bag. The black...” Read full tasting note
“Yum! Chai! I have enjoyed two cups of this today – the first was non-latte, the second, latte. I like it served either way but prefer this one as a latte. The milk makes it a creamy treat....” Read full tasting note
Chai is an integral part of life in India and simply translates to ‘Tea’ in Hindi. Calling it ‘Chai tea’ is considered redundant. In India, ‘Chaiwallahs’ (tea vendors) are present at street corners brewing basic black tea with spices.
500 Mile Chai
The tale of ‘500 Mile Chai’ originates from the many late night truck drivers stopping at small Chai stands ‘Dhabas’ on the highway and asking for really strong, sweet Chai to help them drive long distances (in a humorous tone – ‘for another 500 miles’).
Choice of the Leaf
The grade of tea commonly used for Chai is known as ‘Cut, Tear and Curl (CTC)’, representing a heavily rolled leaf pellet with very low moisture content. It is ideal for boiling, which is the traditional way to make Chai.
Once the leaf has been optimally boiled, adding milk and sugar provides a delightful ‘Golden Glow’.
We hand blend the black tea with organic spices – ginger, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon.
Chaiwallahs in India offer chai in simple kettles and small tapered glasses. ‘Kasoras’ (Chai Cups) made of low fired clay are also famous for imparting a distinct ‘Earthiness’ to the brew. After drinking, people will typically throw away the kasoras.
Flavor Profile: Strong, malty, spicy.
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For a non-chai drinker, this tea was purchased largely for my steeping mug when I wanted to carry tea to a meeting without a teapot and the associated mess. It serves that purposes especially well as you can sweeten it to taste and it does not taste foul after steeping for a while. An almost floral smell, it has a bit of bite but pleasant tasting overall.