Review of Basilur Masala Chai Tea

As a lady who enjoys her cups of tea on a daily basis I am always on the lookout for new teas to try. Yet for some unknown reason I tend to drink very little chai tea. It always seems to lose out to my old faith earl grey. This is strange as it can be a great tea to be enjoyed milk free and is therefore perfect for dairy free me. So when Basilur contacted me and asked if I would like to try and review one of their teas I of course said yes. What I received was their masala chai blend. This was perfect timing as I had just finished my Christmas tea.
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Onto the packaging I liked its gold theme with its intricate swirl designs. It is described as being an aromatic blend with rich natural spices such as cardamom, cinnamon nutmeg and ginger with pure Ceylon tea. It states that the tea will take you through a celebrated journey of an old world charm. Onto the ingredients pure Ceylon black leaf, natural cardamom, clove, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and pepper. No allergens are highlighted and there is a no may contain warning.
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On opening the box I was greeted by a sealed gold foil package with the same intricate swirl designs as the outside packaging. This had a zip lock to the top allowing you to re-seal the packet and keep the tea inside fresh. This immediately got a thumbs up as I often re-seal tea packets with food clips which is not ideal. On opening the packet I immediately got a delightful aroma of cinnamon and cardamom with a hint of black tea noted. This was significantly stronger than other chai teas that I have previously tried. I was unable to smell the clove, ginger, nutmeg and the pepper elements to this tea. This did change slightly on my close up sniff test. I was also able to distinguish a hint of nutmeg but not the clove and black pepper.
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I placed the tea leaves into my infuser and added freshly boiled water. The tea leaves soon infused with the hot water and it changed a medium brown colour. I let the tea infuse for 3 minutes as I have my tea medium weak and milk free. The aroma from the tea changed once it had infused with the hot water. The aroma from the Ceylon became more predominant with the cinnamon and cardamom strengthening with faint undertones of clove and nutmeg noted. I was still unable to distinguish the ginger and black pepper elements to this tea. On sipping the tea I was worried that the Ceylon would impact on the other elements to this tea. This was not the case. The Ceylon was subtle and slightly understated. This was perfect as it meant the other elements to this tea could hit my taste buds. As with its aroma the cinnamon and cardamom were the strongest flavours to this tea but again didn’t impact on the other flavours. The nutmeg and pepper complimented these nicely. After several sips I managed to discover the clove and ginger which resulted in a well-rounded tea. Its strength was perfect for someone who likes their tea medium weak and works well milk free. It didn’t take me through a celebrated journey of an old world charm. However, its aroma and flavours reminded me of Christmas and it resulted nice comforting tea to be enjoyed in the winter months.
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So would I recommend this chai tea? Yes I would. I may not have been able to smell all of the elements that made up this tea blend despite this its aroma was still delightful. It was a light refreshing tea with comforting winter flavours. It was one of the nicer chai teas that I have tried. So thank you Basilur for producing a tea that I can enjoy.
Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this tea to try. All the opinions in this post are honest and my own.

32 Comments

  1. February 22, 2017 / 7:25 am

    I’m a diehard fan of builders tea! but my partner enjoys all different sorts so I’ll passs this review to him to see if it’s something he’d like to try 🙂 #bestandworst

    • February 22, 2017 / 7:59 pm

      Hi, I hope that they consider giving it a try, Chloe.

  2. February 22, 2017 / 7:57 am

    I have heard good things about chai tea but not really ever had a good cup! This ones sounds lovely and like the fact it reminds you of Christmas. Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst xx

    • February 22, 2017 / 8:00 pm

      Hi, yes this one is definitely worth trying.

  3. Teaisawishyourheartmakes
    February 23, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    Oooo I’ve never we had a masala Chia this is a blend I absolutely have to try 💖

    • February 23, 2017 / 6:08 pm

      Hi, you should certainly give this tea a try as I’m sure that you would like it, Chloe.

  4. lolitambonita
    February 23, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    I adore the packaging on here! Stunning! Although I have never adopted a taste for Chia x
    Lola Mia // http://www.lolitabonita.co.uk

    • February 23, 2017 / 6:07 pm

      Hi, it’s lovely packaging isn’t it. Chai tea certainly can be an acquired taste. Thanks for stopping by, Chloe.

  5. February 23, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    I’m not a fan of black tea, I normally shrug it off as I detest British tea, but with all the spices I think I’d quite like it! Although it’s shame you couldn’t feel all of the ingredients in the aroma xx

    sophieannetaylor.blogspot.co.uk

    • February 23, 2017 / 6:06 pm

      Hi Sophie, if you like your spices it may be worth giving it a try even if you don’t like black tea, Chloe.

  6. February 23, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    I’ve never tried any sort of chai tea, but everyone raves about it, so I might have to try! X

    • February 23, 2017 / 6:39 pm

      Hi, you really should give it a try, you might be surprised, Chloe.

  7. February 24, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    I love Chai as do my six and nine year old daughters!
    #fabfriday

    • February 24, 2017 / 8:45 pm

      Hi, yes it’s a great tea. I must try it more often.

    • February 25, 2017 / 4:28 pm

      Hi, it sure is a good tea, worth trying.

  8. February 26, 2017 / 9:52 am

    This tea looks and sounds delicious! Thanks for the review and Happy Sunday! J 🙂

    • February 27, 2017 / 6:11 pm

      Hi, It certainly was. Thanks for stopping by, Chloe.

  9. February 27, 2017 / 9:21 am

    I am really only a fan of lemon tea – but I’m always up for trying others. I quite like some of the flavoured teas too. Sarah #FabFridayPost

    • February 27, 2017 / 6:11 pm

      Hi Sarah, I’m not sure that you would like this one then. Have you tried Lady Grey, it has a subtle citrus twist, Chloe.

  10. February 27, 2017 / 10:08 am

    What a fun blog you have! I never thought to do reviews of different tea flavours! 😀

    • February 27, 2017 / 6:09 pm

      Hi Cassie, thank you for your kind comment much appreciated, Chloe.

  11. February 27, 2017 / 4:01 pm

    This sounds so delicious and perfect for a chilly morning! Did you try it with milk? I love my chai with milk, but realize that might be sacrilege to the purity of the tea!

    • February 27, 2017 / 6:07 pm

      Hi, I’m afraid not I have all my teas milk free. I have an allergy to cows milk and as a result can not even bring myself to try any milk in my tea, silly I know, Chloe.

  12. Double the Monkey Business
    February 27, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    I love to discover new tea flavours! xxxx #bestandworst

    • February 27, 2017 / 8:50 pm

      So do I 😊

  13. March 5, 2017 / 4:01 am

    You know “Tea” is right up my favourite subjects and I love Chai. Though I never heard of Basilur Masala before. This looks pretty delicious to me! Thank you for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost My apology for the delay in commenting. Thank you for your patience. xx

    • March 5, 2017 / 8:56 am

      Hi, if you like a chai tees you should give this one a try, Chloe.

  14. March 20, 2017 / 8:48 am

    If there are any of the tea loving readers on here that would like to try our teas by the way of complimentary sample. I would be happy for them to email me direct – robert@basilurteauk.net

    Chloe let me know if you would like some additional complimentary teas from our extensive range of Basilur teas to try (Have a look and let me know which you’d like me to sent – http://www.basilurtea.net/

    • March 20, 2017 / 6:14 pm

      Thank you for the comment. I have a few teas to review at the moment but will let you know if I would like more samples in the future, Chloe.

  15. March 21, 2017 / 10:32 am

    I look forward to hearing from you Chloe, best wishes…Robert

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