Masala Chai

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Black Chai Blend
Aniseed, Black Pepper, Black Tea, Cardamom, Cinnamon Chips, Cloves, Ginger Pieces
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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec 12 oz / 354 ml

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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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1496 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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743 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

Boiling 8 min or more

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412 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? 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…


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!


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


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!


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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1146 tasting notes

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.

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

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