Star Anise Masala Chai from Blue Lotus Chai

AniseChaiChai Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Blue Lotus Chai

Chai Description:

Our new Star Anise Masala Chai is absolutely delicious! It has all of the signature BLC spices, with star anise contributing deep, but subtle licorice notes.

Learn more about this chai here.

Taster’s Review:

OK … do you guys remember when I first reviewed the Original Masala Chai from Blue Lotus Chai and I suggested in that review that they add some Star Anise or Fennel to the chai for some licorice-y notes?  Well, guess what?  They took my advice!  (Those people at Blue Lotus Chai … they’re smart cookies!)  And they contacted me after they perfected the blend … and sent me some of it to try!  And I’m sure it’s no great surprise:  I love this stuff!

I like this Star Anise Masala Chai from Blue Lotus Chai even better than the original Masala Chai, and I’m not just saying that because I suggested the Star Anise.  I’m saying because I love that hint of licorice-y snap that the additional spice adds.  It’s just a hint of licorice-like taste.  It doesn’t attempt to compete with the other spices, instead, it blends in there harmoniously, creating a very enjoyable, exceptionally well-spiced cup of chai!

This is delicious iced too.  Instead of adding the full 4 ounces of water to the chai, I’ll add some ice cubes to the blender along with the chai mix and milk, and blend until the ice cubes are obliterated.  It’s like a frosty cool, iced “frappe/freddo” type of beverage you might get from the local coffee shop without having to pay five bucks a cup for it.  YUM!

The spices here are good and strong – just like in the original Masala Chai from Blue Lotus Chai – spicy, peppery and sweet.  I love the balance of spices in this chai because one spice is not stronger or heavier than the others … I taste a little bit of cinnamon, a little bit of clove … a little bit of ginger, black pepper, nutmeg and cardamom too.  And then there is that delightful licorice-y tone from the Star Anise!  LOVE!

This is the PERFECT chai … I love love love it.  I might … even like this better than my Masterpiece Chai.  And that’s saying something … because … well, that was a masterpiece!  (Even if I do say so myself.)   Next suggestion for the brilliant minds at Blue Lotus Chai:  How about a Chocolate Rose Chai!

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