In recent years, chai has become a mainstay of the British tea cupboard, with many varieties on offer. The word ‘chai’ itself is Hindu for ‘tea’ and comes from the Chinese word ‘cha’. In the West, we now use the word chai to refer to many variations of spiced tea.
Originating on the Indian subcontinent, chai traditionally combines cloves, ginger, cinnamon, fennel, cardamom and pepper- this blend is what we would refer to as ‘Masala Chai’ (literally translated as ‘spiced tea’). However, there is no definitive recipe for masala chai and many tea stalls and families in India will have their own ratios of spices and tea, with many boiling the tea with milk and sugar.
Luckily, we have a range of chai blends to help you discover this amazingly versatile blend.
Masala Chai-With your first sip you should be transported to the colourful, aromatic spice markets of India. With your second sip you will probably be wondering why on earth you haven't been drinking this before.
Gingerbread Chai- Smooth vanilla rooibos with little pieces of cinnamon and kibbled ginger combine to make a warming, delicious caffeine-free brew.
Chilli Chai- Chilli and traditional chai spices combine to make a tea with a kick. The heat brings an extra dimension to the spices- this is a tea for the adventurous!
Volcanic Chai- Not for the faint-hearted, this infusion of spice and chilli packs a real punch. Perfect for those who love something different and brilliant if you have a cold!
Red Chai- A traditional chai with a caffeine-free rooibos base, perfect for those who want spices and sleep.
Interested in making your own chai creations? Why not check out our recipes?
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