This week I was delighted to receive my second shipment from Tea Runners (I blogged about my first shipment here.) This month featured four wonderful selections. Today I’m reviewing the Black Masala from Sahpat Teas included in the shipment.
From the package, this is another award-winning black tea with a “spicy south Asian kick to it,” as well as ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and black pepper.
I love Masala and was so excited to receive this one. When I opened the package I got the best spicy aroma and I couldn’t wait to brew it up. This one was super smooth, with a full bodied flavor with lots of spice. I had mine with just a touch of honey, but I’m sure it would be delicious with milk as well. Usually I share my samples with my friends, but I am tempted to keep this one all to myself!
Last year for my birthday I received a gift card to Teavana from a generous co-worker. I’d been sitting on it for a while, trying to decide what to order. A few weeks ago I got an email advertising a sale on quite a few teas so I decided to bite the bullet and order some. On the list of things I wanted to try was the world famous Oprah Chai.
Oprah Chai contains cinnamon, black tea, ginger, carob pieces, pepper, chicory root, red rooibos, cloves and cardamom. It is available in 2oz increments for $14.98.
When I first opened the package I was blown away by the chicory root and all the intense aromas. While brewing however, I could smell each more distinctly. I didn’t add honey or milk to mine, but I have to admit it was a nice strong chai with a good full spicy flavor. I’m sometimes skeptical of products that carry celebrity names, but this was a good tea and I would definitely buy it again.
I’ve been thinking of taste testing to find the best chai, much like I did for Earl Grey a while ago. Stay tuned for that in the coming months!