Saturday, February 14, 2009

Yogic Chai's Stress Support 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

Stress Support Masala Chai is a blend of Assam black tea, green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, ashwagandha, and tulsi (Holy Basil) – all organic ingredients. The dry mixture is very colorful. The green and white herbs stand out against the dark Assam tea leaves. The aroma is very warming. The smell of cinnamon, cloves, and ginger hit me as soon as I opened the package and it lingered all throughout the kitchen.

The cinnamon and ginger aromas are brought out more while the blend is steeping. It has that comforting “pumpkin pie” smell to it. The color of the liquor is a very dark reddish-brown. The milk lightened the liquor just a bit to a tan color.

The taste is creamy and smooth. I taste the ginger first, the rest of the ingredients kind of blend together into a refreshing herby mix, and then finally the black tea aftertaste lingers along with the ginger after I swallow.

Even with the milk added, this blend is very hearty. The ginger has a bit of a bite to it, but adding some maple syrup will cure that.

Ashwagandha and tulsi are the stress relieving additives in this blend. Ashwagandha is said to help resist stress and to sustain vital energy while tulsi restores balance to the body. (Check out more about what Yogic Chai has to say about these ingredients)

Along with those two helpful ingredients, it is always nice to take a little time out of your day to make a cup of tea, drink the warm, smooth blend, and relax.

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