I love that chai is the mingling of the world’s tastes. It’s the tea culture from China; the spice from India; and the English’s ability to spread and co-mingle the two.
It’s impossible to untangle chai from its history. Britain colonized India around the time America escaped it. It was called “the jewel in the British crown” because it was so profitable. The English used their property in India and Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) to grow tea for its citizens in order to lessen their dependence on China.
The English’s obsession with tea fused with India’s love of spice, and here we are.
Hope & Glory has made an excellent example of the genre. This chai is beautiful. It’s spicy, rich, and zingy. It’s a great pick-me-up.
I find it comforting that at least one lovely thing came from hundreds of years of fraught cultural relations. Chai is a reminder that every cloud has a silver lining.
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Hope & Glory
A full-bodied blend of organic Ceylon black tea and spices, Masala Chai derives from the Hindi literally meaning ‘mixed-spice tea’. Spices such as cardamom and cinnamon have been expertly blended to give a warming, rich blend of flavours and a sweet aroma.