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No. 58 - Vanilla Chai Tea

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Creamy Madagascar vanilla notes dance with tingling Malabar Coast spices. A lively ginger finish is accentuated by candy cardamom.

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Chai is such an integral part of Indian culture that it is virtually impossible to avoid when traveling through any part of the Indian sub-continent. Even when fresh cold drinking water cannot be found, you will inevitably encounter a chai-wallah, or chai seller, yelling out, “chayee! chayee!”

While riding the rails in India, the call of the chai wallah can be heard at every stop proffering their delicious hot drink. It is not uncommon for a chai-wallah to board a train in the middle of the night and wake up passengers to sell chai. The chai arrives in small clay cups that customers throw from the train windows when finished!

Indian chai is typically made using a rich black tea, usually an Assam, and brewing it in heavy milk with cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and pepper. The drink produces a warm soothing effect and engenders a wonderfully calming effect on the body. We‟ve taken the soothing aspect of this blend one step further and added a dash of vanilla. This addition of vanilla adds a hint of creaminess to this tea – a fantastic addition. Brew this tea piping hot and add some sugar to help open up the exotic flavor of the spicy blend that makes up this tea. Just try and stop yourself after one cup!

Additional Information

Ingredients Black tea, Ginger, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Black & White pepper, Clove, Calendula petals, Nutmeg, and Natural flavors
Product of: India
Region(s) Assam + Kerala / Nuwara Eliya + Dimbula + Uva
Antioxidants High
Caffeine Medium
Makes Great Iced Tea Yes
Milk Yes
Sugar Yes
Lemon No
Mint No
Organic No
Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Amount) Not Available
Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Temp) Not Available
Chinese Gongfu Method (Amount) Not Available
Chinese Gongfu Method (Time) Not Available
Western Method (Water Amount) 8.45 fl oz / 250 ml
Western Method (Water Temp) 212 F / 100 C
Western Method (Amount) 1 Teaspoon
Western Method (Time) 5-10 Mins (to taste)
Steeping Notes Turn your Chai upside down a few times. The powdered spices can settle at the bottom during transit.