Masala Chai Blend from The Persimmon Tree

MasalaChaiTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where To Buy:  The Persimmon Tree

Tea Description:

Our Masala Chai tea combines premium organic Assam black tea leaves with warming cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and other fragrant spices. This tea is finely balanced to create the perfect aromatic blend for you to enjoy black, or as it has been traditionally enjoyed, with milk and sugar.

Learn more about this blend here.

Taster’s Review:

It’s Chai Latte time!  Mmm!  While chai teas tend to be my autumnal go-to cuppa, I enjoy a good masala spiced chai blend any time of the year, and I’m really enjoying this Masala Chai Blend from The Persimmon Tree.  It’s warm and spicy and dee-lish!

While the spices are strong in this blend, I like that I am having no trouble tasting the bold flavor of the Assam black tea base with this tea.  It is a rich, malty Assam and the sweetness of the Assam is a nice contrast to the zesty spices.  The tea is a little on the astringent side, so I would recommend steeping this for 3 to 3 1/2 minutes.  I steeped it for 4 minutes and I’m finding it to be a little astringent.  Not too bad, but I think a little less time to steep would still produce a flavorful result with less astringency.

The spices are comprised of the “usual suspects” – cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and ginger.  I think that they’re nicely balanced here.  I taste a good amount of cinnamon and cloves, but the peppery taste of the ginger and the warmth of the cardamom also are detectable.

This is delicious served straight up, although I would recommend a little sugar or honey to accentuate the spices.  I have always been one who thinks that spices need a little sweet to bring out the best flavors in the spice.  (Sugar and Spice makes everything nice.)  But for a real treat, add a splash of warmed milk (almond milk is really good in chai!)  The spices aren’t diminished by the addition, and the creaminess of the milk seems to elevate the drink to a whole other level.

Or you can make an iced drink by brewing the chai extra strong and then blending the cooled tea in a blender with some milk, honey and ice.  Yum!

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