Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Indonique
Our secret blend of rich Indian black tea and spices including cocoa. Chocolate Chai is sure to become your families new cold weather tradition.
This is one of the best chocolate chai teas that I’ve encountered. Here’s the reason – I can TASTE the chocolate. I mean… REALLY taste the chocolate.
The Nilgiri base is smooth and stays in a harmonious balance with the spices and cocoa. I’m not tasting even a hint of bitterness, nor am I detecting any astringency to this cup.
Nilgiri is an excellent choice for chai blends because it has a deep, robust flavor but is a little less tempermental than a typical Assam might be – which can get bitter when left to brew too long. A Nilgiri will allow the tea drinker to steep a little longer to get more flavor out of the masala spices without worry that the tea base will become bitter.
This chai gets its chocolate-y flavor from cocoa powder – which is evident when you look at the dry leaf, it looks as though it has had an ample dusting of cocoa powder.
The cinnamon is the most prominent spice in this blend, but it doesn’t present itself as a hot, spicy cinnamon. There is a mild to warm spice note in the background, but with this tea, it’s really all about the chocolate – and in the opinion of THIS tea reviewer, that’s just the way it should be!