Chai Tea - A mini blog
A popular here at Nelson & Norfolk, Chai Tea is a fantastic choice for those looking for a full and flavoursome brew! Today's blog features some history on Chai and why it should be one for your basket! It has just as rich a history as it does taste!
When it comes to history, ancient masala chai (meaning "spiced tea") can be found over thousands of years spanning from royal beverages to herbal medicine. It is said that masala chai’s history began thousands of years ago in an ancient royal court. There are stories that the court was located in what is now India, while others attribute masala chai to Thai origins. Regardless, it is said that a king created it as a cleansing, vivifying beverage. Even early on, masala chai was made with a wide range of spices and prepared with many different methods. It was served either hot or cold. At the time, the spicy-sweet drink did not contain any tea leaves and was caffeine-free.
As you expect, black tea is the main body of this blend, however ingredients are added to enhance the taste. Chai can include a number of different spices in its blend however there are usually some common ones that feature. Cardamom is probably the most common ingredient, which would then be followed by some mixture of cinnamon, ginger, star anise and cloves. The great thing about a chai is that each one is different and everyone has their favourite combinations!
The best way to describe a traditional chai tea with a splash of milk would be smooth, spicy and creamy. The mix of spices sit high up in the flavour but they don’t hide that full bodied black tea taste you all know and love! Milk is recommended with traditional chai and I would not disagree as it really sits nicely with the spices and gives you a warm and hearty blend.
If you’d like to check out our collection of Chai’s click here!