Chai: The Masala Tea
Chai originated in India and dates back to the 16th century, where it was enjoyed in courtrooms and gardens by emperors. The Indian chai is a refreshing aromatic drink made by perfectly blending milk, tea leaves and spices like cardamom, ginger, tulsi (holy basil), and cinnamon in unique combinations. These masala teas are a great palate pleaser for even the pickiest tea-drinkers.
The Indian Chai Journey
Masala chai tea leaves are produced in 3 regions in India; Darjeeling, Assam and Nilgiri. The loose leaf chai tea produced in the different regions offer a rich distinct taste when steeped.
Darjeeling chai when steeped produces a light-coloured infusion and a fresh, flowery aroma with a musky, yet spicy flavour.
The Assamese chai grown near sea level, has a bright colour and a malty flavour, making it the perfect breakfast tea.
The Nilgiris tea, however, is more intense and has a much stronger aroma than the Darjeeling and Assamese tea.
Fresh Healthy Tea at Your Fingertips
The Indian chai tea with all its spices makes a healthy beverage anyone is guaranteed to enjoy. With the antioxidant-rich, black tea as its base, chai works well at preventing cardiovascular ailments. Adding lime and cardamom to Chai will not only boost its flavours but also help improve digestion, blood circulation and respiratory problems. Apart from this, chai tea is also enjoyed in different variants; cardamom chai tea, chai latte and vanilla chai tea are a few popular variants of the Indian chai.
We take pride in our chai collection that included the best India chai teas like Kashmiri Kahwa or Kashmiri chai from the north, Kolkata Street Chai and Assam Masala Chai from the east, Bombay Cutting Chai from the west, and Wayanad Cardamom Chai from the south.
For more information on Chai teas read more on our blog “Still Steeping” https://blog.teabox.com/