Indian Spiced Chai

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Country of Origin: Sri Lanka
Region: Nuwara Eliya, Dimbula, and Uva
Shipping Port: Colombo
Grade: OP – Orange Pekoe
Altitude: 5600 – 6400 feet above sea level
Cup Characteristics: Good body with strong Indian spice notes.
Infusion: Coppery bright – especially enticing with milk
Ingredients: Premium Black Tea, Cardamom, Cloves, Coriander, Cumin Seed, Sweet cumin seeds, Curry leaves, Lemon Grass, Rampe leaves


Chai is so prevalent in India and Sri Lanka that it could be called the ‘National drink’. It is very common to see the ‘tea wadis’ serving their chai to the walk-by street traffic. In North America we have the coffee carts, in the sub continent and Sri Lanka you have the ‘wadis’. Paint the following picture in your mind: the tea wadis cart has that ‘well used’ look (read – bashed, dented), quite often with a charcoal fire going keeping the water boiling so steam and smoke are rising, an old evaporated milk can full of sugar, another bashed and dented can with the masala chai spices, an eclectic collection of semi -clean mugs and glasses and a wizened chai expert deftly pouring back and forth from great heights, tea with spices and milk, combining the two ingredients. Once combined it is normal to add a fantastic amount of sugar for that real chai experience.

Chai is brewed with milk and a mixture of spices. Each recipe can be different depending upon the spices used. Indian spiced chai is often referred to as Masala Chai. The word ‘chai’ literally means tea (different languages use various forms of this word – for example Portuguese call it ‘cha’, Hindus call it chai, and in Chinese the sound of the symbol for tea sounds very much like cha.) and ‘masala’ is the word for the mixture of the various spices – hence Masala Chai.

Often a lower quality tea is used to make ‘chai’ as it is thought the spices will cover-up any deficiencies in the tea. We do not believe this and prefer to make our dry tea chai mix from real Indian spices and high-grown Ceylon tea. The quality of the tea elevates this chai to a new level.

Hot tea brewing method: As with all top quality teas, scoop 2-4 teaspoons of tea into the teapot (make the chai a bit stronger than you would normally make tea). Pour in boiling water that has been freshly drawn (previously boiled water has lost most if its oxygen and therefore tends to be flat tasting), steep for 2-4 minutes (to taste), stir (virtually all the leaves will sink), pour into your cup, add lots of milk, and sugar to taste. Alternatively brew the tea in hot milk, this take a bit more effort but it tastes great!

Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold milk. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold milk. Garnish and sweeten to taste.

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Smells sweet but tastes a little bitter but not bad. You can taste the spices and they are strong but in a satisfying way instead of it being distracting.

Cofftea Ya know, I don’t really like lemon grass in my chai, but the cumin and curry has me quite interested! And I’ve never heard of Rampe leaves. But what I’m really coveting is their chai spice mix.

Onion family? Weird:)


i’m curious now…


Okay…AFTERMATH…I can totally taste the onion-funkiness-like thing in the aftertaste…ek!


yikes…i’m out.


I’m still game. But you know me, I have to try anything- infact, that just makes me even more curious!:)


worth a try…LOL

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The Tea Nation has this orange spice black tea and it is superb. I only wish I could buy it easier. The only place I know that sells it is Ollies and they run out regularly. (:

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