Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: The Boston Tea Company
You’ll do the cha-cha over our Chai tea! Ever so popular, worldwide, Chai is a centuries’ old tradition of Indian culture. Boast to your friends about Boston Tea’s aromatic, cheery blend of black tea with sweet fragrant spices. Simply add a pinch of sugar to bring out its rich flavorful spices of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and anise seeds. Top with a generous splash of milk and sensually savor each sip!
Learn more about this chai here.
Seldom do I make chai lattes anymore, usually, when I drink a chai, I drink it straight. Sure, I still do love the creamy, spicy goodness of a chai latte, but I’ve been discovering just how lovely a chai tea is without the milk. When brewed in boiling water, and just a touch of turbinado sugar is added to enhance the spices. It becomes a lovely, warm and spicy blend that is delicious no matter what the weather is like outside – at the moment, it’s 72°F outside – a bit on the warm side and the sun is shining brightly, but, I still find this warm, spicy chai (served hot, no less!) to be absolutely refreshing.
When I first opened the package, I could smell the cardamom. It had a delicious, exotic warmth as well as a hint of bright citrus tones and I could feel my mouth start to water just from experiencing the aroma of this chai. I stood impatiently over my timer today … I WANTED – perhaps even NEEDED – this tea!
And this chai was indeed worth the wait. It is gently sweet from the turbinado sugar (I added about a half a teaspoon), but more than the sweetness I notice the depth of the enchanting spices. I like that the ginger and cinnamon do not overwhelm the cup – which is so common in chai blends, it seems – they are more of a background flavor. The cardamom and the cloves tend to be the strongest spices here. The anise is also in the background, offering its unique sweetness to the overall flavor.
I like that I can taste the tea here too. It is rich, a little malty and smooth. It is not bitter (although, I wouldn’t recommend over-steeping it, as that may cause bitterness), and it finishes with a tangy astringency. The spices compliment the black tea quite nicely, providing a cup that is robust with black tea flavor as well as invigorating spices.
I really enjoyed this lively chai, and I like that it is available in both loose leaf and sachet form. At the time of this writing, I noticed that this is currently out of stock – I hope their supply is replenished soon!