Hey there Teacups! We’re over the half way mark of the week now and finally the weekend isn’t too far off. If you’re not having a great week please take the week to rest and put self care at the front of your mind, I promise you that you’ll end up feeling a little better in yourself afterwards and you’ll be able to start the new week a fresh.
For today’s Let’s Talk Tea post I’m going to be reviewing Nuditea’s – Masala Chai. As you all know so far I have had nothing but amazing experiences with the blends I’ve tried from Nuditea so far so going into this tasting session I was really excited because I knew that if this blend was anything like the last few I’ve tried I was in for an absolute treat.
Here’s what Nuditea themselves have to say about this over on their website: “Like yoga for your insides, our Masala Chai is a wellness winner. For our take on this Ayurvedic classic, we combined two types of black tea as a grounding base, then added in a mixture of calming and uplifting herbs and spices, bringing you the perfect combination of comfort and energy.”
“Uplifting and relaxing, Masala Chai has long been associated with improved energy, mental health and a stronger nervous system, so it’s perfect to set you up for the day, or pick you up as you go. Best brewed with milk, and sweetened with honey.”
Ingredients: Indian Assam and Indian Darjeeling Black Tea, Ginger, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Black Peppercorns
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session over a few days I tried this blend prepared a number of ways: firstly on its own (hot), then with just honey added (hot), then with both honey and milk added, and finally prepared stove stop with milk and brown sugar added. Out of all of the different ways I ended up trying this blend I think my favourite way to prepare and drink this is definitely stovetop with half water / half milk and brown sugar added. I wasn’t too surprised by that because my favourite way to drink chai is prepared stove top since the very first time I tried it I know there was no other way I wanted to prepare chai. Its just not the same prepared any other way really and it results in a much more heart warming and indulgent cup than just preparing this normally in a steeper or an infuser basket. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed the cups I prepared that way because this blend is fantastic but nothing compared to chai prepared on the stove top.
I think the mix of both Assam and Darjeeling for the base was a great choice on behalf of Nuditea as it stops the base from being too strong and takes a little bit of the dryness you would normally get from solely Assam base. Because that base isn’t as strong it allows the spices to come through a lot more, the strongest of them all definitely being the ginger and the cinnamon. The cardamom and the cloves are prominent but not quite as strong as the ginger and the cinnamon but still easy to pick out in each and every mouthful. With the black pepper, I wasn’t really able to pick it out in my first few sips but I was able to pick it out mostly in the aftertaste as I went through the cup, it’s one of those spice elements that you feel in your throat more than you can taste it in your mouth. Due to my personal tastes I don’t think I could drink this on its own as chai to me has to be drunk with milk and some sort of sweetener added. But that is no fault of this blend and completely down to my personal taste and preferences.
When it comes to chai I’m looking for that mix of both sweet and spicy so the cup with just honey added I did actually really enjoy, but without the milk added as well it just really felt like there was something missing. What I do want to make note of though is that the addition of just a teaspoon of honey seem to awake the spiciness a little more and push back any astringency that the Assam was still adding to the cup. Once I added milk to the cup that already had honey added to it it definitely made it feel much more well rounded and complete for me. Luckily because the added honey did seem to strengthen the spices they stood their ground very well against the addition of milk and didn’t waiver at all. While I definitely prefer to prepare chai stovetop this cup was also really enjoyable and I would definitely be able to drink this blend prepared this way in the future. Its nice to know I can prepare it this way when I’m in a rush or in too much pain to make Chai on the stovetop and still enjoying a well rounded cup of chai.
For me though when this blend is it’s best when prepared stovetop with the addition of brown sugar and milk. Whenever I prepare chai stove top use half water half soya milk and then add in the sugar just before it starts to boil. The reason I tend to use brown sugar when I prepare it stove top is not only because it adds a delicious caramel like note into the mix but it also brings the sweetness that cuts through the spices really well and rounds everything off really. There is literally no other tea I ever add sugar to as I normal use honey to sweeten my tea but theres just something about brown sugar that works so perfect and honey can never really match the complexity of it.
It’s much more indulgent and rich when it’s prepared stove top but honestly that’s one of the best things about it, and as this time of the year the warming qualities it has are very much needed. There is no way that you can drink chai that has been prepared stove top and not instantly feel so cosy and relaxed. This is without a doubt a blend I will continue to purchase as I really enjoyed what it had to offer and how well balanced it was it’s definitely one of the best loose leaf tea based chai blends I’ve tried this year and I’m so glad I was given the chance to try it.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Nuditea and purchase some of this chai to try yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any question at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*the tea featured in this post was gifted to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*