Vanilla Chai Spiced Black Tea
Black Loose Leaf Tea
Brewing: 1-2 tsp per cup ~ 100°C ~ 5-7 mins
Country of Origin: Cederberg / Mekong Delta / Kerala. South Africa / Vietnam / India.
Cup Characteristics: Rich and gently spiced, warming and soothing character.
Infusion: Deep red-brown.
Ingredients: Black tea, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, black & white pepper, clove, calendula petals, nutmeg, and natural organic flavours.
Antioxidant Level: High.
Caffeine Content: Medium.
A wonderfully rich black spiced tea.
Try adding steamed milk to make a chai latte.
Malabar Coast spices and Creamy Madagascar vanilla notes mingle with a lively ginger finish accentuated by cardamom. This Black tea is wholesome and warming, a real indulgence in a cup. As a serving suggestion, a drop of milk and a touch of sugar brings out the vanilla creaminess.
Not only do the spices added to this tea make for an interesting brew, they also add additional health benefits. So it tastes good and does you good. When the British introduced tea to India it was not popular with the local population as a drink. However, the idea of a tea break was so enticing that the workers found a way to make the beverage their own. Often the tea, spices and milk were all added to a pan and left for long periods to infuse.
Add milk or sugar to taste. This can also be made into a chai latte by adding steamed or frothed warm milk to a strong short brew.
Iced Tea Brewing Method
- Make as for hot, but add extra tea - when the tea has cooled a little pour over ice. It is important to make it a little stronger as the ice will water it down.
- Alternatively, you can place the tea in a jug and add cold water. Leave to infuse for a few hours (or overnight in the fridge) strain and enjoy. Cold brewing will give a smoother taste.