I know I'm not the only one who likes to get chai'd up in the winter. The weather gets cold and the scent of those warming spices are practically screaming that we MUST stock up on chai to fuel us through the winter. Christmas is over with, but it's still FREEZING cold, both here in Canada and in the UK... On my watch, that means it's still chai season.
Debonair Tea Co. have kindly supplied me with three types of chai fuel. I even took one up to the mountains with me in a brand new tea flask. It definitely helped warm me against the -13°C conditions I was snowboarding in!
Ingredients Assam Black Tea, Ginger, Cardamom, Cinnamon and Red Peppercorns.
Tasting Notes: First up, a more traditional chai blend. There's little else better than the sweet smell of chai spices in winter, and this is a blend with a scent that hits the spot! Although Debonair suggest serving this with milk, I found it wasn't too bitter without, and allowed the spices to be tasted more clearly. Hello, warming notes of ginger.
Ingredients Rooibos, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cardamom, Fennel and Chilli.
Tasting Notes: One sip... that's all it took for me to know that me and this chai would not be getting along. Unfortunately, my tender little tongue is incompatible with chili, and the kick of zingy heat in this blend was too much for me to handle. My one sip pushed me way out of my comfort zone and forced me to pass my cup off to my chili-loving, heat-seeking husband. Although not a tea fan, he gulped down the cup and then, in an Oliver-esque fashion, asked for more. Needless to say, the packet is gone! He seems to think this provides "just a tickle" of heat, but I choked, spluttered and fanned my mouth. Take note of our vastly different opinions before you decide to try this.
Ingredients Chinese Rose Congu Black Tea, Ginger, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Fennel, Rose Petals and Lavender.
Tasting Notes: I've saved the best blend for last! Although I love a classic masala chai, I still get over excited when I see a unique blend with ingredients I love. Rose notes have been on the increase in my repertoire of teas I find myself going back to. Much like a gulab jamun, this blend has a significant rose flavour. The dry, powdery, notes combine with the long cooling finish of lavender, to make this blend strangely exotic.