Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Shanti Tea
Om Chai is a blend of black tea, cardamom, and cloves, which produces a simple, lightly spiced, and excellent afternoon tea. It is our simplest blend of spiced Indian tea; but in simplicity comes great flavor. Similar to the essential nature of [Om], our Om Chai captures the most basic fragrance, flavor, and essence of spiced chai, and thus enhances the spiced tea experience.
This is one of the most mild chai blends I’ve ever had the opportunity to taste. The first thing that came to mind when I tasted it was “where’s the cinnamon and ginger?” – because this blend doesn’t have any cinnamon or ginger in it.
But that’s not a complaint. It is what it is – and this is a solid, delicious black tea blend with cardamom and cloves. It is not a typical chai, but that isn’t a bad thing. It is a really nice change of pace from the typical spicy chai.
The black tea base is strong and invigorating. It has a nice malty taste to it – and because of the malty character, I suspect it is Assam tea or possibly a blend of teas that includes Assam. Because of this, I caution you to not over-steep it, because it will become bitter (wanna guess how I know?)
But when steeped correctly, this is really delicious. I love the warm, woodsy-rustic tone that the spice brings to the cup. The spices are not overbearing – the flavor of the tea is the star of this show – and that’s quite alright.
It is a very soothing tea . . . calming! (Perfect to sip while listening to your child practice playing the recorder. I love her, I think she’s very talented, but, the recorder? Well, that’s another thing all together.)
This is delicious with a drizzle of honey and a splash of milk – and equally as nice without the additions. A very nice cup of chai, indeed!
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!