Friday, December 2, 2022

Tea Review: Fennel Spiced Masala Chai (Vahdam Teas)

Fennel Spiced Masala Chai 
Vahdam Teas
Type: Flavored Black
Origin:  India
Product Description: 
An energetic and lively blend of black tea with gentle sweet fennel and other exotic Indian spices.
Temperature: 208° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 2-5 minutes

The dry leaves are blended with cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, and fennel.

The dark red liquor has a sweet and spicy aroma with notes of cardamom, cloves, and fennel up front followed closely by black pepper.  The taste is sweet and spicy with moderate astringency and a refreshing spicy finish.

A 2 minute initial steep produced a delightfully spicy broth with moderate astringency.  The natural sweetness of the fennel also seemed to help bring balance to the bold astringency that I would usually expect with a CTC tea.  For the second and third infusions, 4-5 minutes steeping time kept the tea spicy and full-flavored without becoming overwhelmingly astringent.  For those who prefer a stronger brew, 4-5 minutes will do the job nicely.  I thoroughly enjoyed this masala chai blend without the addition of milk or sugar.  

This tea was purchased by me.

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