I am super excited that I got to try Tea Sparrow‘s lovely subscription service! I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the four teas they featured in their boxes for October. Pictured above is the Masala Chai, and I’m starting with this tea because chai is a favourite for me, especially in the fall and winter months. The warming spices are inviting and so, so delicious.
As anyone who’s done some exploring with chai knows, it’s one of those things where there are so many unique and delicious recipes out there. I’ve gotten to try many different chai blends, some featuring very unique ingredients, and I’ve loved virtually all of them.
This Masala Chai featured in Tea Sparrow’s October box is, in my opinion, a pretty traditional and classic type of blend. The ingredients are Assam tea, ginger root, cinnamon, cloves whole, cardamon pieces, Ginger liquid, and natural cinnamon liquid. Almost every ingredient is organic.
The dry aroma on this chai was delightful, and sweeter than expected. There’s a softness to it, and I don’t mean weakness. I mean a lack of pungency. It’s wonderful. I brewed the first cup using two heaping teaspoons for a 14oz serving (yeah, I like my chai. A LOT.).
Now, ginger is a consideration. I don’t like it when ginger overpowers a blend, and so usually I stick to a shorter steep time if I know ginger is in the mix. However, this is chai. And I like my chai to be strong, so naturally I gave my first brew of this chai a most suffocating 10 minute infusion time. Would the ginger overpower the rest of the blend? I was about to find out.
The aroma was again, sweet. That was the dominating theme of this blend. The liquor was of course a beautiful deep mahogany brown. I removed my infuser and stirred in a little milk. The first sip of this tea was surprisingly mellow and sweet. I was expecting a punch in the mouth from the ginger, but that just did not happen. What happened was a sweet mouthful of smooth, even tempered warmth.
You might not need any sugar with this blend. The clove and cinnamon flavors mingle nicely, but in balance with the cardamom and ginger. This is an expertly crafted blend. Everything just mingles will together without being overly dominant.
If you subscribe to Tea Sparrow, you’ll have gotten this tea in your October box. If not, you might want to consider joining, as the teas they send out each month are top notch! Considering giving it a try? You can try code KRYSTEASPARROW at checkout to save 20% off your first box!