Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Two Leaves & a Bud
Chai is typically made with black tea and a variety of sweet flavors such as cinnamon and orange peel. Two leaves and a bud offers a traditional chai that starts with real Assam tea (not cheap “blending tea”) and adds cinnamon, clove, and cardamom spices. Fabulous with milk and honey! Add some frothed milk and Vanilla Sugar to make an awesome Chai Latte!
OK, I have to admit that I’m a bit biased when it comes to chai. As a tea artist, I spent about a year creating my own chai blend, and I’m quite proud of it. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t have an appreciation for other chai blends as well.
This is a fairly simple, straight-forward chai blend – a good, solid Assam tea base with the basic spices: cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. However, the simplicity of this blend should in no way indicate that this tea lacks in flavor, because it doesn’t!
The Assam tea is malty and rich, and gives this tea a bit of tooth! The cloves are very pronounced in this blend. The spices are not spicy hot, but they do add a pleasant warmth to the cup.
I enjoyed this tea as a latte (and used my handy-dandy Aerolatte Frother – which I also purchased from Two Leaves and a Bud a few months ago!), although I did not steep the tea in milk. I find this to be a rather messy endeavor, and I’d rather not deal with the clean-up. Instead, I brewed the tea in water (using a bit less water than I normally would for a sachet) and then zapped a splash of milk in the microwave to get it warm (but not too hot). I then whipped the milk into a very rich froth with my Aerolatte Frother and poured the brewed tea over the foamy milk and stirred in a drizzle of raw honey. The result is a cup of creamy goodness: warm and spiced and delicious.
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!