The focus of todays Hē Chá Tea Spotlight segment is our Traditional Masala Chai Black Tea.
Our Traditional Masala Chai is true to it’s name, traditional. How do we know that it’s a traditional recipe? We import this blended tea directly from Assam, India. Our source in India purchases the spices from neighboring communities and farmers. The spices are then hand-cut, and hand-blended with the famously robust black teas from the Assam district. Since the spices are purchased fresh, and much of the processing of this blend is done by hand, there is only a limited supply of this tea for export. Hē Chá Tea is very proud to be able to offer this product, and truly appreciate the relationship that we have began to build with our source in India.
This Traditional Masala Chai blend has won several awards in China and the U.K., and it is gaining international attention. In addition to these facts, this blend is gaining recognition using pure, unflavored Assam black tea leaves. There is no flavoring added to the tea. This product is pure orthodox black tea, hand-blended with green cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves, ginger root, and cloves. The use of pure black tea and fresh, all natural spices provides a high quality infusion (liquor) that is easy to see in the cup (See photo below).
In the interest of indulging our more information hungry readers, Hē Chá Tea is happy to provide the names of the estates in the Assam district of India where our orthodox black tea is sourced from. Our black tea is from the second flush harvests from the Methoni, Lattakoojan, Sewpur, Khagorijan, Halmari, and Hattialli Estates. The black tea used in this blend is 100% orthodox method tea! There is no CTC tea used whatsoever. The use of orthodox leaves allows for multiple infusions of the same leaves. Not familiar with the Assam district? See the photo below, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Upon opening a container of our Traditional Masala Chai, you will notice the long orthodox tea leaves and the large pieces of ginger root, bay leaves, and green cardamom. The invigorating aroma of these spices, along with the cloves and cinnamon, is sure to spark your senses. We are confident that you will also feel the freshness of the spices, and the clean, unflavored smell of tea. Again, one of our focuses at Hē Chá Tea is to provide products that are as clean, pure, and natural as possible, with no flavoring oils added. Of course, this is not always possible, as some teas require these flavoring oils (i.e. Earl Grey). We do not feel that a Traditional Masala Chai should be artificially flavored, and so we are proud to offer this pure blend.
We suggest that our Traditional Masala Chai be brewed using the following parameters. Use one teaspoon (about three grams) of dry tea leaves for every eight ounces (225 ml) of water to be used in your pot or mug. For example, if you have a large pot that will hold thirty-two ounces (950 ml) of water, then you will want to use four teaspoons (about 12 grams) of dry tea leaves. Bring the water to a boil, then remove the kettle from the heat source. Pour the hot water on the tea leaves, and allow the leaves to steep for three to four minutes, then remove the leaves from water using a mesh colander, or any type of straining device. For a more brisk, full bodied taste, steep the tea leaves for up to five minutes. Finally, please note that these tea leaves may be reused at least two times over a twenty-four hour period.
The first thing you will notice about our Traditional Masala Chai is the glowing reddish-amber color of the liquor. It is quite clean and transparent, forgiving some grains of cinnamon that squeeze through most filters, indicating purity and the lack of flavoring oils. The aroma of the liquor is very nicely balanced and layered, as each ingredient can be felt individually, and yet dance perfectly together. It is powerful, yet not even close to overwhelming. The liquor is full-bodied, characteristic of Assam black teas, and has a smooth, well-rounded texture. The spices are masterfully blended in perfect proportion to one another, creating a clean and balanced taste, which is difficult to find in most chai products, again the result of using fresh spices and unflavored tea. The Assam orthodox black tea compliments the spicy tastes with a robust, malty sweet taste. As the liquid rolls over your tongue, you will enjoy each layer of taste.
It is our sincere hope that you will enjoy our Traditional Masala Chai in it’s most basic form. However, if you like a creamy, sweet, and spicy beverage during the cold winter months, our Traditional Masala Chai is perfect as a base tea in a Chai Latte! Rather than us giving a specific recipe, finding one that perfectly matches your preferences is as simple as typing “Chai Latte Recipe” into a search engine. There are many different recipes out there, so experiment with a few to find your match.
Currently, our Traditional Masala Chai black tea is available in one ounce twist top canisters, and being served at reputable coffee shops, bakeries, and other businesses in and around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You may also find this product on Amazon. We will soon be offering four ounce retail packets, also. Check back often, or simply subscribe to the Hē Chá Tea blog, for up-to-date information regarding our products, locations, upcoming events, and other news.
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