Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Yogic Chai's Mental Clarity Masala Chai Review

Type: Chai with black tea base
Origin: India
Price: Sample (regular price - $16 for 4 oz. Also available in 1oz, 2oz, or 16oz. packages)
Vendor: Yogic Chai
Brewing Method: Per Instructed - 1 tsp of loose leaves, 1 cup of filtered water, heated to 200-212F, steeped for 2 minutes, added ¼ cup of 2% milk (or milk of your choice), and steeped for another minute.
Overall Score: 4.7 out of 5

Mental Clarity Masala Chai is a blend of Assam black tea base, green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, ginkgo, and tulsi (Holy Basil) – all organic ingredients. The dry mixture is full of color. The black Assam leaves provide a dark background for the green cardamom, cloves, and ginkgo and the white ginger and tulsi. The aroma is very gingery, with a faint smell of cinnamon and cloves.

The ginger and cinnamon aromas were brought out even more when the blend was steeping. The liquor was a very dark brown color until the milk was added and then it became a light tan color.

The taste is very smooth and creamy. This blend has the usual “pumpkin pie” flavor of chai. The ginger is up front, followed by a small amount of heat from the cinnamon, and then the aftertaste is the smoky Assam tea with the rest of the ginger. Although this is a hearty blend, the milk makes it very smooth. If you want a sweeter drink, try adding some maple syrup to take off the bite of the ginger and cinnamon.

Being a college student, I can really use a blend like this. In fact, I have been lagging on the blog posts lately because I’ve been so buried in homework. A swift kick from the gingko, along with a nice relaxing, warm cup of tea will hopefully get me motivated enough to tackle the rest of my assignments head on!

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