For those that like their chai with an extra kick, the chilli adds an extra taste dimension
Chilli Chai tea ticks all the right boxes. It warms you up, peps you up, and tastes delicious, there’s nothing else like it. This warming spiced chai kicks the cold away with a myriad of spices blended with black tea. For those that like their chai with an extra kick, the chilli adds an extra taste dimension, just enough heat to lift the spice flavours. Superb served black or with milk and a little sugar will really bring the flavours up.
Brewing the best cup. One teaspoon per cup. Boiling water, then brew your tea, 4+ mins, a little honey or sugar, with milk. Try this out as a chai latte. Brew a tsp with half a mug of water and top with whisked up milk (coconut milk adds an extra layer of taste) and sprinkled with cinnamon or ginger. Yummy.
Steep 2 tsp Chilli Chai in a mug's worth of boiling water for five to ten minutes, to make the tea base. While tea is steeping, heat a mug of milk and whisk or foam up, then spoon the foamed milk into two mugs. Pour the ready Chilli Chai over the foamed milk in each mug and top with a little brown sugar and mixed spice and serve. Dark chocolate squares on the side are optional but recommended. Enjoy!
Chai comes in many forms, simply because chai is a word for tea in numerous languages, derived from Mandarin Chinese chá. What many of us think of as chai, is actually masala chai. The word masala is an indian term for a mix of spices. So we have masala chai, aka spiced tea. Once masala chai made its way across various oceans, it dropped its first name and become lovingly referred to as just chai.
Going back to the early 20th century, although India was a big producer of tea, consumption of black tea within India remained low, until various campaigns by the Indian Tea Association to promote tea. The official promotion of tea was as served in the English mode, with small added amounts of milk and sugar. People in India added the spices, that we now associate with masala chai. The staple players being cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cardamom, fennel and pepper. For as many various regions as there are in India, there are just as many ways to make this spiced beverage. And, of course, it has now evolved.
Guideline will still include some spice but not always the black tea; spiced chai can now be with rooibos, green or white tea as a base.
black tea, ginger, cassia, cardamon,
chilli flakes, flavouring
Love this Chilli Chai. It needs a good 5 minutes brew to get the chilli kick. Well balanced, I like it black to kick start my day.
Love love love this tea. I have tried others but always come back to this Tugboat product. Spot on and great service.
Excellent service, excellent tea
I chose this to send to a couple of friends with some others and this one has proven to be a massive hit. I'm not sure if they've tried the others I sent them but they loved the spicy warmth of this. I'd definitely order again for my tea loving friends
Really spicy and very warming.A great tea anytime of the day or night