Himalayan Masala Spiced Black Tea Blend from Nepali Tea Traders

NepaliChaiTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Nepali Tea Traders

Tea Description:  

An authentic medley of black tea lightly spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves and other spices traditional in Nepal.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This is a different chai!  Usually, when I think of a chai, I think of a very strong black tea base with spices that are equally as strong to create a robust, full-flavored cuppa that is ideal as a latte.  This isn’t that chai.

That’s not to say that I dislike it.  On the contrary, I’m actually quite enjoying this Himalayan Masala Spiced Tea from Nepali Tea Traders!  It’s different, sure, but, I like the warm, cozy flavor of this tea.  It’s a lovely tea to enjoy on a chilly afternoon – like today!

The black tea base is lighter than I’m used to in a chai – but it’s smooth and crisp.  I’d categorize this as a medium-bodied tea, it’s a little crisper, and a little lighter than an Assam or a Nilgiri which are the teas most often used as a base for a chai.  This base is more reminiscent of a Darjeeling, but perhaps a little more substantial.  It has some lovely fruit notes to it that meld beautifully with the warm spices.

The spices here are consistent with the body of the tea – that is to say that the spices aren’t overpowering the tea base.  Instead, since this is a slightly lighter bodied tea, the spices are not as strong.  I get gentle notes of cardamom, ginger, cloves and cinnamon.  It’s a cozy, comforting combination of flavors that is reminiscent of a spice cookie.

I didn’t go latte with this blend because I felt that it would overwhelm the lighter character of the cup.  And because it is a little lighter, if you’re one who automatically adds sweetener to your tea before tasting, I’d suggest tasting this one first.  It has a gentle sweetness to it and it’s really good without anything added.

A really lovely chai – this is one I’d recommend to those who tend to shy away from chai blends because they find them to be too spicy.  This one might be more to your liking – it’s a warmly spiced blend, but not what I’d call spicy.  It’s quite delightful.


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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