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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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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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The dawning of a new day evokes the need for a delicious cup of tea. Every time I try a new tea I become conflicted. My love affair with Winter White Earl Grey drives me to drink a cup every day. Yet, my desire to sample new flavors pushed me to brew a cup of Ginger Peach Green Tea.

Come with me on my journey with this flavored tea. Ginger… peach… green tea… what a combination of flavors!

 

Composition: A green tea with ginger, natural peach flavor, Japanese Matcha, and soy.

Dry Visual:Nothing spectacular – this is not a loose tea. The leaves are fairly green, but very crushed. There is evidence of small white off-white flecks which I assumed to be ginger.

Dry Aroma: Very aromatic the smell of peach dominates. I could not help but sniff the tea bag several times prior to brewing – I was reminded of the delicious nectar found in ripe, juicy, sweet peaches. However, the aroma during steeping changes. While peach is still prevalent, the ginger emerges. 

Flavor: A flavorful brew, the ginger dominates this tea. Unfortunately, the ginger tastes nothing like the sweet, juicy, with a distinct yet surprising spicy kick I am used to when eating fresh ginger. Instead it is almost bitter.  I tasted this tea both with and without sugar. While, the Ginger Peach Green Tea is not my tea of choice the addition of sugar did go a long way to balance the bitterness of the ginger. Just not far enough.

Liquor: The liquor was a light peach colored hue.

Brewing Time: 3-5 minutes recommended. I brewed for 5 minutes.

Manufacturer: Stash Tea
Caffeine: Yes

Ginger Peach Green Tea left me flat. So as not to ruin my normal tea ritual that I thoroughly enjoy on a daily basis, I cleansed my tea mug and palate and brewed a fresh cup of Black Currant tea. One thing I noticed, I am not sure that I really enjoy tea with ginger. If you have experienced a delicious ginger tea let me know. I would love to try it.

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