Masala Chai

$ 12.00

Tasting Notes: Deep, burnt-umber liquor with bold black tea tannins, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and peppercorn for a delightfully spicy and warming cup.

Our offering of this classic-style chai is composed of the highest quality ingredients blended to achieve the traditional flavor of Masala Chai. Bold and spicy black tea is supported by ginger, cardamom, and peppercorns. Brew it strong with milk and honey for a traditional chai. (Hint: At our tea bar, our customers love this spicy chai with Cinnamon honey!)

Masala Chai tea is also available as a mini tea tin

A Brief Etymology of Masala Chai

Masala Chai has a complicated socio-political history that continues to evolve even almost 80 years after colonial rule ended in India. Part of this complicated history is confusion around and appropriation of the word "chai" into English.

In Indian languages, "chai" directly translates to "tea," so when we say "chai tea" we are all essentially saying "tea tea". (Tea drinkers familiar with Chinese and Japanese may note the similarity here to "cha" or "ocha".) The keyword in the name "Masala Chai," then, is not "chai," but rather "Masala" meaning "spiced". Masala can be any combination of spices with the most common being cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and black pepper (some family recipes are really spicy and even call for mace!). 

Our collection of "chai" pull from many traditions and use descriptors like Masala, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Golden Dragon, Spiced Orange, and Saratoga Red to indicate the different spice mixes used and "chai" to indicate they are mixed with tea (or, in the case of Saratoga Red Chai, with rooibos).  

You can learn more about the political and cultural importance of chai in this excellent Epicurious article by Leena Trivedi-Grenie.

You can also learn more about this popular drink, how we talk about chai in the shop, and the caffeine in chai on our blog!

Looking for a decaffeinated spiced chai? Try our naturally caffeine-free Saratoga Red Chai.

Ingredients: Black Tea, Ginger, Black Pepper, Allspice, Cardamom, Pink Peppercorn, Cinnamon, Clove, & Nutmeg

Scented teas should be brewed according to the base tea leaves. White and green scented teas may be brewed at 185 degrees for 3 minutes. Black scented teas may be brewed at 205 degrees for 3-5 minutes. We recommend to brew chai teas at 205 degrees for 5-7 minutes to yield a strong cup that will hold nicely with honey and milk.

About Scented Tea

What is Scented Tea?

Blended or scented tea, as opposed to herbal tea, is based upon the leaf of the tea plant, camellia sinensis. Other ingredients such as flowers, dried fruits, and essential oils are then added to achieve the desired flavor.

Health Benefits of Scented Tea

Congratulations, if you are drinking tea, you have already chosen an incredible, healthful beverage. Tea is considered in many cultures to have medicinal properties. All tea comes from the same plant family, camellia sinensis and therefore all types and styles contain the same components that contribute to significant health benefits. Influence of the varietal, growing conditions, production techniques and your own brewing practices play a role in the antioxidant and caffeine levels in your cup. Blended and scented teas are no exception. So enjoy a cup of tea, any tea, and know that you are drinking health.