Leaf Type: Black (Darjeeling)
Where to Buy: Teabox
An exclusive in house creation by our master blenders. For this blend, lemon grass and fennel are mixed with aromatic Darjeeling black tea to create a medley of flavors.
The citrusy perfume emitted by the lemon grass is quite heady and gives a fresh twist to the chai. A must try for all chai lovers.
Learn more about this tea here.
This Darjeeling Masala Chai from Teabox is another ‘questionable’ use of the word “chai” – yes, I know that chai means tea (and I know that I’ve said that on more than one occasion too!) but we’ve come to embrace the word “chai” as a spiced tea – and those spices are generally a combination of the usual spices: cinnamon, ginger, cloves and cardamom – sometimes one or more of these is omitted and other spices like pepper or nutmeg are added.
This “chai” has none of the usual spices and instead has fennel seed and lemon grass. But what really piqued my interest about this particular chai is not the substitution of spices but the fact that this is a Darjeeling base! I can’t recall having tried a chai with a Darjeeling base before. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t, just that I can’t recall.
So, I was certainly interested in trying this chai. And while it isn’t at all what most might think of when they think “chai” – this is really quite good. I may call into question the liberal use of the word chai by Teabox, but this is still a really tasty tea!
This isn’t really a ‘spicy’ tea, but it does have some warm notes from the fennel. The fennel is both sweet and gently ‘spiced’ with notes of licorice. It adds a certain comforting warmth to the cup. The lemon grass adds a hint of bright, citrus-y flavor to the cup and a light creaminess to the Darjeeling which has a crisp flavor.
It’s a lighter bodied tea, it would make a nice afternoon tea. I like the fennel and lemon grass with the Darjeeling, they certainly add some interest to the woodsy, floral tones of the Darjeeling base.
Overall, a very interesting tea. I don’t know that I’d call it a chai, but I suppose it’s alright if Teabox does. I enjoyed it, regardless!