Thursday, March 1, 2018

Tea Review: Devan's Legacy Chai (Chado Tea)

Devan's Legacy Chai
Chado Tea
Type: Flavored Black
Origin: India
Product Description: Chai was introduced into US mainstream culture by Devan Shah in the early 1990s. Devan enjoyed chai daily and always love spending tea time with friends near and far. To capture the essence of Devan's innovative spirit we have created a new blend to share with you. Devan was a legacy in the tea world and we hope that this tea creates fond lasting memories of Devan with each sip.

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

This blend includes black tea, green cardamom, cardamom seeds, lemongrass, and vanilla flavor.

The bright red infusion has a sweet aroma with notes of vanilla at the front, followed closely by lemongrass and cardamom.  The taste is sweet, mildly astringent and has a long refreshingly cool finish.

While a 3-minute steeping brought out results that I found most pleasant, a longer steeping of 5-minute would bring out a bit more astringency for those that prefer something bolder.   I would not recommend preparing this particular chai blend with milk or sugar as it would likely mask the flavors and you would miss out on that refreshing, almost minty finish.  

This chai blend was purchased from Chado Tea at the Northwest Tea Festival and is not currently available online.  

To learn more about the man who introduced chai to the US and inspired so many people in the tea industry, please visit Devan Shah's memorial website.

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