Almost everyone in the world has enjoyed tea at one point in their lives, but has everyone tried teas from around the world? You might think that tea is tea, but the reality is that every place that has enjoyed tea over that past centuries usually puts their own spin on the brew. This leads us to our topic tea today, which is Chai Tea.
Chai Tea is a drink that actually is a bit confusing when looked at in depth. This is because Chai actually means tea, so the name Chai Tea actually is tea tea in two languages. This is why the commonly referred to Chai Tea is also called Masala Chai, which is an literal translation of mixed spiced tea.
Now that we have the name out of the way lets look at the ingredients that are used in the most common Chai teas. First there is usually a strong black tea that is used as a base, which tends to be an Assam Tea or another smooth black tea base. Then there are spices added which can vary between recipes and families. These spices usually include cloves, cardamom, star anise, cinnamon and cloves.
Next time you are looking to spice up your everyday cup of tea you can always try out the Chai Tea blends that are becoming more and more common in everyday tea and coffee stores. One sip and it will like you have entered a new country.