Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Tea Review: Bombay Masala Chai (Trudy Ann's Chai & Spices)

Bombay Masala Chai
Trudy Ann's Chai & Spices
Type: Flavored Black
Origin: India, Assam
Product Description:  The perfect wake me up tea. This tea will leave you wanting more. If you like traditional Masala Chai from India, this is the chai for you. It has a kick to it with that extra punchy spice. Perfect with unrefined sugar & cream.

The tea packaging contains a spice packet which, per the instructions, should be stored away from other teas.  This is illustrated by the bold spicy aroma lingering with the tea long after the spice packet has been removed.  The packaging also lists several preparation methods including two with hot water that I followed for this review.

This tea was purchased by me.

Temperature: 212° F (boiling)
Amount: 1 cup water, 1 teaspoon tea, 1/4 teaspoon spices
Steeping Time: 5 minutes

For this method, I measured out the tea and spices, steeped them in boiling hot water in a heat-resistant glass measuring cup (a non-porous teapot would also do nicely) for 5 minutes, then poured into the teacup through a fine strainer.  The aroma and taste were rich and spicy and rather enjoyable without the addition of cream or sugar.  With a sprinkle of sugar and a splash of milk, the astringency mellowed while the spices remained prominent.

Temperature: 212° F (boiling)
Amount: 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons cream, 1 teaspoon tea, 1/4 teaspoon spices, 2 slices ginger 
Simmering Time: 3 minutes

For this method, I brought 1 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of cream (half-and-half in this case) to a boil.  I then added the measured tea and spices along with two slices of fresh ginger to the pot, simmering for 3 minutes before pouring into the teacup through a fine strainer.  The aroma was creamy and spicy with a creamy and boldly spicy taste.  Adding a sprinkle of sugar to the cup made the spices "pop" and the results reminded me of a good slow-simmered chai.

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