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Probably exactly what you’d expect for Kashmiri Chai
This is very likely the holy grail of Chai. “Chai”, I’m sure a lot of people don’t realize, is just the word for tea in Hindi, Farsi, and I’m sure a number of other languages in that part of the world. Like how Allah is just Arabic for God – it’s not ‘the name of the Muslim God’, and how yoga is a very general term, literally meaning ‘union’ or, ‘to yolk’, and is a part of the name of many, many different kinds of Yoga, most of which have absolutely nothing to do with contorting ones body.
But like Yoga™, we’ve brought the word Chai™ to the western world, twisted and abused it, and turned it into something it originally was not.
This tea right here, is probably what it originally was. Back when the word first came to our shores, I’d guess in the 60s and 70s when India was a very popular destination with the younger crowd often going there seeking spiritual enlightenment (though a lot of online references discuss it coming to the western world via Britain in the 1800s – but I think they’re referring more-so to the Indian style of tea than the word Chai) – this is probably what they were referring to when they talked about chai, or at least something very similar.
This tea is a VERY heavily spiced tea, with traditional Indian spices – “Organic cinnamon, Organic cardamom seeds, Organic ginger, Organic cardamom husk, Organic clove buds, Organic marigold flowers” – all on top of some “Organic green tea.” The dominant flavours though are the cardamom and clove by far. I think to be a slightly more traditional Indian masala chai it would probably be made with black tea (maybe the green is what makes it ‘Kashmiri’?) – but I’m honestly not sure it would taste all that different as basically all I can taste is the cloves and cardamom anyway.
This is absolutely an incredible tea – but it is not something I could drink every day, at least not at two Perfect Spoons per 16 oz. of water.
It is delicious – it is something I can absolutely enjoy – it’s probably not something I’ll restock – and I wish I did not buy 150g of it – but, it is a very drinkable tea, and if cloves and cardamom are your thing you’ll be in heaven for sure.
I will probably try this again using just one Perfect Spoon per 16 oz. of water, and I imagine that will make it a lot easier for me to drink, and drink often. I’ll update this review when I do – but for now, I need a break from this for a while.
Another thing that could make this a lot easier to drink (but not one I’m willing to try) would be cutting it with a whole lot of milk – that would reduce the spice substantially as well.
Have you tried this tea? What did you think? Do you drink it black? Or with something in it? Let us know in the comments below!
Until next time, happy steeping!