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What is chai tea?
Chai is a mix of tea leaves, herbs, and spices that was founded in India. It holds prominence because of its ancient use as an Ayurvedic medicine and is often used alongside yoga practice. And why? Tea contains a big hit of antioxidants, carries energy and contains a heap of micronutrients. Combine this super leaf with medicinal herbs and spices and you get a beverage with the ability to invigorate, relax, balance, focus and revitalise both the body and mind.
Why Hot Earth Chai
Born from a love of chai and yoga! Creator, Thorsten, places a significant value in sourcing fair-trade and organic ingredients. Thus, ensuring people in the supply-chain earn a fair wage and we get the highest nutritional value possible. Ultimately, Hot Earth is a sustainable and ethical tea brand, which deeply roots it self in the meditative qualities of tea and yoga combined.
I love chai (who doesn't!?), so I was looking forward to the prospect of receiving an ethical one. But boy oh boy I was not prepared for the scent! The aromatic spices wafted through their sealed packets and postage packaging! If I was mildly pleased before, now I was practically jumping for joy! I wish the internet had scratch and sniff right now, so that you could experience it...
So why are these chai's, that smell bloody phenomenal, so much more scented than other chai?
Hot Earth place high value in freshness. Most chai is mixed in India, where spices are ground with machinery, causing them to heat and quickly loose vitality. Hot Earth import intact spices and hand grind them in small batches. The lack of heat and short turn around between grinding and sale means their products retain more flavour, health benefits, and smell.
Ingredients: Assam Black Tea, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Pepper, Liquorice, Fennel and Coconut Blossom Sugar.
Tasting Notes: I cracked this out on a miserable weekend in spring. We had a few weeks of blissful sun and warm winds that suddenly gave way to chilly breezes and thick grey rain clouds. Chai can ALWAYS be relied upon for warmth and the Onyx blend is no exception. The fresh, organic ingredients pack a punch, creating an in-depth chai flavour. Dare I say it... Perfection.
Ingredients: Red Bush Tea, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Pepper, Liquorice, Fennel and Coconut Blossom Sugar.
Tasting Notes: Zero caffeine, but all the spice! I wasn't initially keen on the aroma, which laced the air with a strong scent of red bush. However, the flavour is very subtle, the spices mute the sickly sweetness of the caffeine free herb and give the blend a good old kick. This batch carried a strong anise flavour, which added a coolness to the cup.
Ingredients: Turmeric, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Pepper, Liquorice, Fennel, Anise, Lemongrass, Mint, Lemon Peel, Organge Peel, Violet Blossom, Vanilla, Saffron and Coconut Blossom Sugar.
Tasting Notes: I've tried a few turmeric blends and find them to be earthy, with a spice that reminds me too much of food and too little of tea. As a result, I usually end up playing with turmeric blends to find a balanced flavour that I enjoy. However, I was surprised and delighted when I instantly connected to the blend, without any tampering. Hot Earth's Gold takes the grounding essence of turmeric and uplifts it into a playful melody of sweetness and citrus.
I've always been a chai lover, give me them spices and I'm a happy sipper. Hot Earth has renewed my love in chai by combining fresh ingredients with an ethical outlook and spiritual practice. Although both turmeric and yoga are newbies to me this year, I'm trying to make both of them positive habits in my lifestyle (so far, mostly all good) and I look forward to combining the two a little more frequently.