Masala Chai

Tea type
Black Chai Blend
Ingredients
Aniseed, Black Pepper, Black Tea, Cardamom, Cinnamon Chips, Cloves, Ginger Pieces
Flavors
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Caffeine
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Edit tea info Last updated by MissB
Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 12 oz / 354 ml

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  • “No ratings yet? This has a cut-tear-curl black tea base, so it isn't one of those chais with only spices in the blend. I steeped for 7-8 minutes just after boiling the water, but there isn't as...” Read full tasting note
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    Tea Sipper 1533 tasting notes
  • “My first cup of this is the quick and dirty western way, because I’m pretty tuckered today. I’ve saved enough of the sample that I will be able to do the traditional brewing method as well. The...” Read full tasting note
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    Starfish 95 tasting notes
  • “My quest for the perfect Masala Chai is always ongoing. I like the strength of the spice in relationship to the base. It all seems to be well balanced. My problem is that the spice blend is too...” Read full tasting note
    Dexter 752 tasting notes
  • “Yum. What a great blend. Have been drinking nothing but ceylon+milk+sugar, so mixing it up today with chai+milk+sugar. :P ” Read full tasting note
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    Ozli 299 tasting notes

From Zen Tea

Chai hails from India and masala chai literally means “spiced tea” in Hindi. A robust and full-flavored black tea blended with traditional Indian Masala spices with full notes of cardamom, ginger, and clove that are zesty and stimulating. Masala Chai should be brewed strong in a pot with 2% milk(or soy milk) and sugar(honey).

Price: $11 / 100g

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9 Tasting Notes

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1533 tasting notes

No ratings yet? This has a cut-tear-curl black tea base, so it isn’t one of those chais with only spices in the blend. I steeped for 7-8 minutes just after boiling the water, but there isn’t as much flavor as I expected. Not as much flavor as Zen’s rooibos chai OR their Energizing Chai which I absolutely love since magically there is also pu-erh and yerba mate in that blend (also, chocolate!) but it is SO SPICY. I have no idea how it is that spicy if the spices have to share the spotlight with other ingredients. But even though this was steeped for 8 minutes, the black tea base doesn’t get astringent at all. I would much rather buy the Energizing Chai blend. Anyway, this isn’t terrible but I didn’t really make it the REAL way. It’s one of those chais that will get lost among the similar chais I have. I haven’t found the perfect chai yet, but I would say Zen’s Energizing Chai is close to it… but that one may be cheating/isn’t a genuine chai since it has pu-erh and yerba mate in it. Yes, I spent this review talking about the Energizing Chai more.

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My first cup of this is the quick and dirty western way, because I’m pretty tuckered today. I’ve saved enough of the sample that I will be able to do the traditional brewing method as well.
The picture of this tea is an exact representation, there’s heaps of spices. I had a taste of the full strength version before pouring milk into it, and it was amazing (too strong sans milk thought). Now that i’ve added sugar and milk, it’s lovely. Now knowing what I do, I would have extended my steeping time (which is what Zen recommends, and I always find them to be so bang on about steeping times and methods that it’s almost unsettling. Does Kenneth have a camera in my house, to see exactly how I like my tea? I wouldn’t be surprised) by a couple of minutes. I cut it off at 4:30min as there is/was a decent amount of the ctc base tea in it, and I didn’t want it getting too astringent. I needn’t have worried.

Alright, despite how tired I am, my curiositea (oh bad tea puns! how I enjoy you…) got the better of me, and I’ve prepared a cup on the stove.
It was delicious this way too, but I think I need more practise at stovetop brewing. Okay, I know I do. I scalded the milk. Twice. Lesson learned, do not prepare stovetop tea while tired and distractible.

I’m planning on continuing my search for my perfect chai (and knowing me, I’ll end up with 3 of them), but I wouldn’t be surprised if this is what I settle down with.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Mikumofu

there can never be enough tea puns!

Miss Starfish

look to the right if you want more haha (my profile) ;)

Mikumofu

haha, those are some great ones! and nice color scheme :)

Miss Starfish

Happy it made you smile :) and thanks!

Tea Tipsy

I still need to find my perfect chai, will try this sometime

Miss Starfish

Definitely give it a shot. I was almost disappointed as I had expected a long search before finding my chai match (I quite enjoy the “hunt”), haha! ;)

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752 tasting notes

My quest for the perfect Masala Chai is always ongoing. I like the strength of the spice in relationship to the base. It all seems to be well balanced. My problem is that the spice blend is too heavy on the anise for me. Nope don’t like the licorice taste to this one.

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299 tasting notes

Yum. What a great blend. Have been drinking nothing but ceylon+milk+sugar, so mixing it up today with chai+milk+sugar. :P

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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410 tasting notes

My dessert tonight consists of this chai blend brewed in 2 full cups of sunflower seed milk, 2 teaspoon of raw cocoa powder, a cinnamon stick and a few drops of maple syrup.

Can you feel how good this is?

Out.of.this.world. Traditional chai with a twist.

This blend is good in itself, excellent balance between cardamom, clove and ginger. I like that the clove isn’t overwhelming.

But with the added ingredients slowly simmered on the stove top, it gets elevated to the 10th power!

Yum, yum, yum…

TheTeaFairy

Veronica, seriously, next time I have people over, I’ll prepare a gigantic cauldron of this and serve it after dinner instead of boring coffee!

Dexter

Sunflower seed milk? really? Didn’t know that was available. Interesting. Your add ins sound really good.

TheTeaFairy

Dexter, they sell it at a whole food store I go to. It’s nutty and really good. Since I don’t drink real milk, I alternate with all the vegetal milks I can find!

Dexter

I don’t have whole foods here, and I’ve never seen it – but then again look what happened with the frozen cherries – will have to keep my eyes open.

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Even oversteeped, this is a delicious chai. I was a bit concerned with my oversteeping, and yes, there was a (slightly) bitter quality to the tea as I drank it. I still downed it however as it’s what I consider to be a very traditional chai: heavy spice, low heat, sweet and delicious.

Thanks to Zen Tea for this free sample!

1.5 tsp in 12 oz.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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