As a tea blogger I am on the constant look out for new teas to try. I have tried a few chai teas but tend to have these in the colder months as I associate the aroma and flavour with Christmas. So when I had the opportunity to review Chhabra’s Chai tea in the warmer months I was interested to discover if I could also enjoy this tea in the warm summer months.
Onto the packaging I liked the simplicity of the packaging and the ability to easily re-seal the packet to keep the freshness of the tea. The tea is packed in a simple brown package. To the front is a white label with a purple swirl design, in the centre is a gold rectangle with the brands logo and the type of tea underneath. Interestingly the tea is also labelled as having 100% natural flavours and having no sugars or sweeteners. To the back is the same design label with a guide on how to brew your chai and the teas ingredients list.
Onto the ingredients list loose black tea, chai spices: ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, cardamom, nutmeg and cloves are listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning. However, the tea is made in a factory that handles nuts. The tea is clearly labelled as being gluten free and vegan friendly. On opening the packet I got a delightful subtle aroma of ginger and cinnamon intermingled with cardamom and cloves. The aroma intensified slightly on my close up sniff test. What intrigued me about this tea was its appearance it looked more like a coffee than a tea. I was looking forward to trying this tea because I just wasn’t sure what to expect.
I placed the tea into my infuser and added freshly boiled water. The tea 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 black tea became more noticeable with an even balance of ginger and cinnamon cardamom and cloves noted. On sipping the tea I was worried that the black tea would impact on the other elements to this tea. This was not the case. The black tea worked well in unison with the ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. After a few sips I discovered the black pepper and nutmeg. All of the elements to this tea complimented each other nicely. The spices were certainly more subtle when comparing to other chai teas that I have previously tried. That said its strength was perfect for someone who likes their tea medium weak and it works well milk free so great for me.
So would I recommend this chai tea? Yes I would. Its aroma and flavour make for a delightful chai tea. The aroma and flavour from the spices are fairly subtle which is a real positive as it makes it a very adaptable tea. I think it would be great for someone who likes and a nice everyday black tea with a slight chai twist. Or if brewed following the stated instructions a traditional chai to a strength to suit an individual’s personal taste be or medium/weak or strong. So thank you Chhabra’s Chai for producing a nice chai tea that I can enjoy even in the warmer months.
Disclaimer: I received this tea in return for an honest review. All of the opinions are honest and my own.