Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Chai-Wallah’s
A blend of our organic chai spice and Fair Trade Organic Green Tea from Korakundah Estate in Nilgiri, South India . Korakundah was the first certified organic Nilgiri tea estate. Established in 1922, the garden has become one of India’s premier organic tea estates. Tigers, panthers and elephant herds are spotted regularly in the dense jungle surrounding the pristine garden. This chai is smooth and mellow unlike its Assam stablemate! The chai should not be boiled or simmered but steeped otherwise it will reduce the beneficial properties of the tea.
Mmm! This is GOOD! The spice is strong and zesty! The pepper and ginger are the most prominent of the spices, but, they do not overpower the balance of spicy tastes.
The green tea base is a bit lighter in flavor than you’d experience with a black tea chai, but then, that’s to be expected. It has a fresh, lightly vegetative taste to it, and I think that the tea is nicely complimented in this blend of vibrant spices.
I have tried this chai a couple of times now. The first time, I tasted it without milk and I liked it a lot that way. The spices were very lively. The second time, I decided to go latte, and it is also very good as a latte. The spices are muted a little by the milk, but the peppery kick can still be tasted. The green tea’s vegetative qualities are enhanced a little by the addition of milk, which I found interesting.
Both ways are tasty, but I do think I prefer it non-latte, just because more of the spices are highlighted that way. Which ever way you choose to serve it, this is a chai I would highly recommend to those who enjoy spicy chai teas! It’s yummy and makes me happy! And the fact that it’s 100% Organic and Fair Trade – well that’s something to really smile about!