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White Masala Chai 2To be fair, I must start this post off stating that I am completely biased when it comes to Chai – I simply love it.  Even though, I do not profess to be enamored with black tea, there is something special about a cup of Chai. A traditional drink from India, I was first introduced many years ago to Chai Tea Lattes at Starbucks.  At that time I thought, who drinks tea with milk in it? Surprisingly, the taste was amazing. As my interest in tea blossomed into loose tea, I stopped purchasing the Starbucks version and began making my own with blends purchased from Harney and Sons initially and later Yogic Chai. Yogic Chai, really opened my eyes to the possibilities of Chai. Especially when I discovered White Masala Chai - the subject of today’s tea review. 

Composition: Organic Bai Mu Dan (white tea), Organic Cinnamon, Organic Green Cardamom, Organic Cloves, Organic Ginger

Dry Visual: An amazing blend of dark and green broken and whole leaves and buds. A mixture of small yellow, orange, green, and brown chunks of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and ginger. Some stems are present. Many thanks to Yogic Chai for the photo.

Dry Aroma: Sweet yet spicy – absolutely delicious to inhale.

Flavor:  Never having the opportunity to drink a cup of White Masala Chai, I was truly intrigued by what this experience might bring. I must admit that I really enjoyed this tea. Unlike a traditional Chai made with black tea (most often Assam) White Masala Chai is not pungent or powerful tasting tea. This is not to be construed with a lack of flavor. Characteristic of white teas, the tea in this brew was mild yet flavorful. The addition of the spices – cardamom, cloves, ginger, and cinnamon were definitely evident, but blended in proportion to the strength of the Bai Mu Dan. White Masala Chai is natually sweet and spicy.

A couple of things to note: There was no astringency and no sweetener is required (Yogic Chai even recommends not adding sweetener) – I did drink both with and without sugar. I preferred with sugar, because the flavor of the spices were enhanced. Additionally, milk is not recommended nor was it added – a common way of preparing Chai. The mildness of the Bai Mu Dan could not stand up against the power of milk. White Masala Chai is full-bodied or as some like to say heavy in the mouth, but smooth. 

Liquor: A rich gold hue.

Brewing Time: According to the directions, the recommended steeping time is 2 – 3 if the ingredients are allowed to come to boil  in a small pot. Unfortunately, I was at work and without kitchen amenities. Thus I steeped for 10 minutes tasting at intervals in water less than 190 degrees F.

Manufacturer: Yogic Chai

Caffeine: Yes.

If you have had the opportunity to enjoy a cup of White Masala Chai, please stop by and share your experience. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!

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My Saturday morning tea was Organic Mountain High Chai Tea. A lover of chai tea, I could not wait to taste and remininsce about my first loose tea experience. It was Indian Spice (a yummy chai tea) from Harney and Sons. So with eager anticipation, I tore open the see-through pouch containing the nylon tea sachet.

Composition: Organic Single Region Assam black tea, Organic cinnamon, Organic cardamom seed, Organic cloves, organic orange peel, natural flavor.

Dry Visual: Full of earth tones Organic Mountain High Chai contained a mixture of oranges, browns, and creams. I could not discern any additional characteristics as this is loose tea in a biodegradable nylon sachet.

Dry Aroma: Yummy! A distinct aromatic spiciness characteristic of chai teas. 

Flavor: Organic Mountain High Chai Tea was flavorful, yet a bit milder than I expected. The various spices blended together well giving a true chai tea experience. I initially sipped without sweetener and found Organic Mountain High Chai Tea to be naturally sweet. However, as a true lover of chai, my cuppa tea just wasn’t right without some sort of sweetener – at a minimum. Adding Sugar-In-the Raw enhanced my chai experience. While I would have loved to incorporate milk or cream, Organic Mountain Chai was not robust enough to add.

Liquor: A reddish-brown hue.

Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time is 3 minutes. Initially I brewed for the recommended 3 minutes, but added an additional 2 minutes.

Manufacturer: Two Leaves and A Bud

Caffeine: Yes.

If you have never enjoyed chai tea, let me first tell you that the word “chai” is Hindi for tea. There are no other teas I would add both milk and a sweetener to other than chai. The complexity in taste is amazing. Some call the concoction “chai tea latte” (like Starbucks) I usually drop the latte. Sounds too much like coffee. :-)

So, if you have had the opportunity to enjoy a cup of Organic Mountain High Chai Tea please stop by and comment. I would love to hear your experience. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!

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I think I am becoming tea logged! I have been trying albeit unsuccessfully to study this weekend (yawn) and in the midst of my studying I have been drinking tea nonstop! A lover of chai, I decided to brew a cup of Black Vanilla Chai given to me (actual gift – not a swap) by one of my friends at work. Of course it was Kim!  Needless to say for my third cup of tea today, I enjoyed the Black Vanilla Chai.

Composition: Indian black tea, ginger root, cinnamon chips, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla flavoring.

Dry Visual: Dark brown almost black tea pellets, with bits of rust colored cinnamon and yellow ginger. 

Dry Aroma: Very pungent! I was immediately hit by the smell of cinnamon and ginger followed by black tea. It was exotic!

Flavor: Black Vanilla Chai is very flavorful. One of the better chai teas I have tasted – it is both robust and spicy. The black tea was strong and somewhat bitter while the cinnamon and ginger added additional flavor to the brew. To suit my palate, I added honey and milk. (I would not drink this chai without them both.) The milk eliminated the bitterness and the honey added that special touch that in my humble opinion makes chai tea… chai tea. I normally do not like ginger in tea, but this is definitely the exception to the rule. Each ingredient, including the ginger, made Black Vanilla Chai delicious.

Liquor: Dark red almost brown – not “orangy” like rust.

Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time is 3 – 5 minutes and of course I brewed for 5 minutes. If I ever wanted to attempt to enjoy Black Vanilla Chai without the addition of milk and honey, I probably would only brew for 3 minutes.

Manufacturer: Dragonwater.

Caffeine: Yes.

Black Vanilla Chai is a very robust tea. While writing this review, I was thinking how I could brew another strong batch and possibly blend with ice cream for a tasty summer treat. If you have any Chai recipes you would recommend, please pass them my way. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!

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