24 June 2013

Masala Chai (Tea India) [By @cinabar]

To a lot of people tea means a regular cup with English Breakfast style leaves. But I have developed a taste for some more exotic teas, and now my ultimate favourite teas are the spiced ones. I have an unrivalled love for cinnamon and any tea that has similar notes, gets my vote. I even have a bottle of cinnamon syrup for coffees and hot chocolate!
Last November I tried out Tea India’s Cardamom Chai and thoroughly enjoyed it, so when they asked recently if I’d like to try their Masala Chai, I couldn’t resist giving it a go. This Masala Chai is heavier on the cinnamon than the cardamom variety, so I knew it would go down well.
The box is beautifully decorated, with an ornate tea pot design on the outside, and bright red box on the in. The tea if foil packed for extra freshness too.
I put the tea bag in my mug, added a little sugar and poured on the boiling water. This released the flavour, and the spicy aroma of cinnamon filled the kitchen. I let it brew for a few minutes before adding the milk.
This is a lovely warming drink; there is a decent amount of ginger and cinnamon that shines through, with the black tea just underneath. Its feels soothing and warming, the flavours are rich and strong, and the sugar enhances the taste of the spices perfectly. The fragrant flavour has a little kick of a peppery aftertaste, which does make this just a little bit unique. For me this is an everyday drink, just the perfect cuppa to sit down with at the end of the day, when you don’t want the stronger caffeine hit from coffee. If you haven’t tried Chai, and you want to know what the fuss is all about, this is where you should start.
By Cinabar

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