Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tea Review: Masala Chai (San-Cha)

Masala Chai
Type: Flavored Black
Origin: India
Product Description:  A much loved traditional Chai that has long captivated travelers across India. The dry creaminess of this tea and spices blend known as chai is splendid. Slight hints of ginger and cinnamon, with an overall halo of the popular Asian spice cardamom. The sheer pleasure of this tea experience engulfs the drinker and transcends him into a world of happiness.  Our Master Tea Taster has personally curated this balanced blend that is thicker on mouth feel.

Temperature: 208° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry leaf blend has a bold spicy aroma with cardamom and ginger most evident.

The red-orange infusion has a sweet and spicy aroma with a flavorful, spicy taste and moderate astringency.

This masala chai blend is flavorful without any one spice overpowering the others, though cardamom is most evident in the aroma.  Steeped at 3 minutes, this tea can be enjoyed without milk.  I also tried this with milk (as intended) and it turned out very well.  Second and third steeping lose much of the spice, but still produce a fair cup of black tea.  The stone fruit aroma of the subsequent steepings suggest that the base tea is likely Assam.  

This tea was received as a gift from a third party.

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