White Chai from The Persimmon Tree

White ChaiTea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where To Buy:  The Persimmon Tree

Tea Description:

Our white chai is perfectly blended with white tea, chai spices, lemongrass, coconut, fruit pieces and peppercorn for a delicious bold taste. It comprises sweetness from the fruit pieces fused with a bold kick from chai spices and peppercorn.

Learn more about this chai here.

Taster’s Review:

Wow!  OK, so take everything you know about chai and throw it out the window, because this will challenge your thoughts on what chai should be!  This is a deliciously different chai!

After reading the above description, my first thought is that this tea has a lot going on.  But everything is nicely represented in this cup.  I’m not getting too much of anything and it all works together surprisingly well.

Because it’s crafted using a white tea base, the flavors are kept to that level.  That is to say that the flavors here are blended skillfully so that the delicate flavors of the white tea are not overpowered.  And yes, I can taste the white tea!  It’s got a fresh, light, airy taste with hints of a hay-like flavor.  It’s subtle, yes, but the other flavors of this cup are also kept on a subtle level so that the white tea doesn’t get lost in the mix.

And that’s not to say that the “chai” here is a mild chai, either.  This chai has some kick to it!  The ginger is zesty, the cinnamon is well-defined but not overdone.  The cardamom and clove and pink peppercorn offer warmth.  The “usual chai ingredients” have been utilized here (along with pink peppercorn which is not what I’d classify as a “usual ingredient.”)

With another tea type used as a base, the level of spices used this blend would probably seem a bit on the mellow side, but when combined with a white tea, it becomes rather invigorating and bold!

Then you get the fruit flavors:  coconut, pineapple, apple and lemongrass.   Yeah, I know lemongrass isn’t technically a “fruit,” but because it adds a nice, lemon-lime-ish flavor to a tea, I’m calling it a ‘fruit flavor’ for the purposes of this review.  These sweet fruity notes add a touch of tropical flavor to the cup which is quite enjoyable.

I find myself especially appreciating the coconut because it adds a touch of “creamy” to the cup and because this is a white tea, I didn’t want to go latte with this chai.  But I do still like a touch of creamy to most chai blends, it just seems to make it taste a little more indulgent.  I like that the coconut adds a little bit of that “latte” creaminess to the cup without overwhelming the blend.

It’s a very unique spin on the traditional chai, one that I enjoyed quite a bit!

To brew:  I used my Kati Tumbler (I prefer not to steep chai blends in my Breville because the spices impart their essence in the tea maker that are difficult to remove without soaking in baking soda) and put 1 1/2 bamboo scoops into the basket (remember, I like to use a little extra leaf with a chai as well as with a white tea!) and added 12 ounces of water heated to 170°F.  I steeped it for 3 1/2 minutes.  Perfection!

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