Winter White Chai from Simple Loose Leaf

WinterWhiteChaiTea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Simple Loose Leaf

Tea Description:

A soft, delicate version of traditional Indian chai, Winter White Chai features our fine Shou Mei white tea amongst the backdrop of customary chai spices, with one surprising addition: coconut. Delicious served in the traditional chai manner with milk and sugar or untouched for a more simplistic and delicate cup.

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Taster’s Review:

I love the aroma of the dry leaf of this Winter White Chai from Simple Loose Leaf.  It smells so delightfully spicy with notes of cinnamon, clove and pepper with a high note of coconut.  My mouth began to water when I smelled it.

The brewed tea doesn’t have an overpoweringly spicy fragrance, instead, it smells warm and mildly spiced, like spice cake baking in the oven.  And that’s the first thing I thought of when I took my first sip:  spice cake!  The spices come together in a very pleasing way in this chai – they’re warm and comforting.

Of the spices represented in this blend, the cinnamon and cloves are the most prominent.  I taste a light kick of pepper from the ginger and the pink peppercorns, and there is a very gentle cardamom flavor to this too.   I think that these spices were very thoughtfully blended:  it’s a well-balanced masala chai blend that pairs well with the light Shou Mei base.

And I do taste the Shou Mei.  When it comes to white teas, I think that Shou Mei is the least delicate tasting, and I think that it was the right choice for this particular blend because it needed something that could be tasted beneath the spices and other components of this blend.  It has a subtle earthy tone, but the biggest contribution that I’m getting from the tea base is a refreshingly crisp note that enlivens the palate.

The coconut and vanilla notes work in unison to offer a soft, creamy note.  I don’t taste a really obvious “coconut” flavor, but I taste more coconut in the aftertaste than in the actual sip.  I find my thoughts debating among themselves as I’m trying to decide if I’d want more distinct coconut flavor to this tea.  On the one hand, I do like the creaminess from the coconut and vanilla; it sort of gives a “latte-ish” taste to the cup without adding milk or cream to the tea (milk in white tea?  No, that just seems wrong!) and I think that a stronger coconut presence might shift the focus off the lovely spices of this blend.  I really like the blend as it is … then again, I really like coconut and there’s that part of me thinking “more coconut might be nice.”

The lemongrass adds a very light citrus-y note to the cup.  It isn’t a strong presence, but it brings a little brightness to the overall flavor.

I really liked this Chai.  It’s light and crisp, but still pleasantly spiced.

Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of “Gramma” and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

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!

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