This Fair Trade Certified Masala Chai organic black tea blend has a medium-body with exceptionally spicy flavor and aroma. This formula is based on traditional South Indian blending methods and ingredients, using a very small leaf grade, as well as green cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and black pepper. Despite the small leaf, this organic tea has surprisingly little astringency. The clove and ginger really come through, with a wonderful cardamom finish. We recommend steeping a triple-strength cup of this organic Indian tea and serving it with honey and steamed milk. For illustrated step-by-step instructions, check out our guide on How To Make Chai Lattes.
Ingredients: organic black tea, organic cardamom, organic cinnamon, organic ginger root, organic clove, and organic black pepper.
Serving Size: one or two teaspoons per 8 oz cup of water
Aubrey Says: While I usually prefer my Masala Chai with milk and honey, I also enjoy this one on its own.
Jeremy Says: I'm a big fan of Masala Chai blends, and this one is hands down my favorite!
Sarah Says: Not only does this tea smell as delicious as it brews, but mix in a little milk and honey and it is a dessert in a cup!
Posted by Janet Binion on 8th Apr 2014
There's nothing like a cup of chai to perk me up in the afternoon. I fell in love with chai the first time I tasted it in an Indian restaurant in the mid '80s. For a long time, I only drank chai in restaurants. Then I got ahold of a recipe. But measuring all those spices and boiling them with the tea and milk and waiting for it to cool down meant I still got my chai fix mostly in restaurants. I am, therefore, overjoyed to find this spicy, tasty mix which brews itself in my tea pot and is perfect sipping temperature when it hits the cup. Add its organic and fair-trade qualities, and this is definitely my cup of chai!
Posted by Amanda on 26th Mar 2014
I just wish it contained some star anise. I also have to agree with what others have said: this chai is a bit weak.
Posted by Daniel P. on 21st Apr 2013
I have enjoyed the wonderfully balanced blend of flavors of this tea. Each cup has been a delight to my palate with an aroma that my wife describes as smelling like "Christmas".
Posted by Lauren on 7th Apr 2013
I was pretty disappointed in this Chai. I absolutely love a good Masala Chai, but this one was too weak for me, even with 3x the recommended amount of tea. I like a very strong Chai, and brewing it in milk helped a bit, but not enough to justify the amount of tea needed. I love Arbor Teas, but I will not be buying this one again.
Posted by Sharon on 25th Feb 2013
The blend of spices is perfect in this brew and I adore the aroma and taste as well. Some Masala chai teas are over-balanced in one spice or the other, which makes the tea "off" or too strong. Am enjoying this with coconut milk, warmed a bit in the cup before adding the tea -- a perfect breakfast blend!
Posted by Unknown on 4th Mar 2012
I started with the sample and upgraded to the bulk. I love this tea because of it's rich texture and flavor. I use milk and honey in my tea and I still taste the chai. I would suggest upgrading your to maybe 2 or 3oz and steeping your tea bait longer. I want to taste the flavor with my milk so my tea usually comes out excellent.
Posted by Aysia Scheerer on 16th Feb 2012
This chai tea is well-rounded, with the right amount of each spice. I really enjoy using it for an iced chai at home. Some other reviewers have mentioned that steeping the tea and adding milk makes it too "watery". I have a simple suggestion that seems to work for me: brew the tea in hot milk (don't scorch it, just steam/heat it). It will brew right into the milk and infuse it with the rich chai flavor. Also, using plenty of tea will help as well. I love this tea because it is not too over-powering, yet the flavors all come through.
Posted by Georgina R on 15th Jan 2012
I really wanted to love this tea after reading the other reviews. It brewed up very weak. Recommended serving is 1 teaspoon. We used 1 tablespoon to 4 ounces of water and it was better but still not what I'd expect in a chai. There is no way you could add milk and/or sugar - it would completely dilute the little flavor present.
Posted by Michelle on 5th Dec 2011
I love this Chai! It's my favorite! I've tried several other brands, but this is the best! I mix it with honey and milk. It reminds me of the Chai at my fave Indian restaraunt!
Posted by Michelle B. on 1st Jan 2011
This chai is my new favorite..I ordered the sampler and used it up within a few days and had to order the regular size. I love to brew it and mix it with a bit of milk and honey. Reminds me of the chai in my favorite Indian restaraunt!
Posted by El-Seyed on 5th Mar 2008
What a surprising chai blend. Dont bother with the sample this blend is my new favorite.
We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.
There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.
Quantity of tea: one or two teaspoons per 8 oz cup of water
Water temperature: use water that has been heated to a full rolling boil (212° F)
Steeping time: 3-5 minutes
Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Tip #2: Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.
Tip #3: Masla Chai Black Tea is traditionally used to make a Chai Tea Latte.
Learn more from our How To Guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!
There are five significant components found in all tea from the plant camellia sinensis: essential oils, which are the source of tea’s delicious flavor and aroma; polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide the tea’s brisk flavor and many of its health benefits; phytonutrients, which are small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including L-theanine (a very rare molecule that has been found in only three sources including camellia sinensis!) ; enzymes; and methylxanthines, which are a family of alkaloids that include caffeine. Each of these components work differently in the human body and a full description is best left to a medical journal. However, recent research exploring the potential health attributes of tea is leading many scientists to agree that tea, may contribute positively to a healthy lifestyle.
For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Health Benefits check here.
For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Caffeine check here.
Choose your own adventure! This recipe is filled with decisions... Fried or Baked? Caffeinated or Not? Doughnuts or Donuts? Try out these two very different and customizable approaches to making chai-spiced donuts. Perfect for the Fall! Check here to view the full recipe for Masala Chai Spiced Donuts!
When I think of Thanksgiving, I think of pumpkin pie! I tried spicing up my pumpkin pie this year by adding masala chai to my pumpkin pie filling. The result was a pumpkin custard that had a richer, deeper spice flavor, and a sugary sweet top. Check here to view the full recipe for Pumpkin Pie Masala Chai!
Remember taking turns to shake that jar of cream in kindergarten until it thickened and yielded a soft, spreadable butter? Patience-inducing yet awe-inspiring to a 5-year old. Making cultured butter from scratch is just one step up from that sort of classroom demo magic. Organic masala chai black tea cultured tea butter, redolent with warm spice and delicately sweetened (post-churn) with honey makes a welcome addition to a breakfast table spread or to afternoon tea fare. Check here to view the full recipe for Cultured Tea Butter and Buttermilk!
Requiring only a handful of ingredients, few things are more simple, yet so satisfying to make than classic shortbread. These delicate cookies complement a glass of milk or a cup of tea equally well, and their buttery, not overtly sweet nature takes on additional flavors with ease. Check here to view the full recipe for Tea-Laced Shortbread Trio!
Tea and scones go together like milk and cookies. One is just simply more enjoyable in the company of the other. Masala chai tea offers the perfect balance of aromatic spices that can be imparted to dough through a cold infusion technique. With notes of cardamom, clove, cinnamon, ginger and black pepper, there is absolutely no need to open the spice cabinet or fiddle with many measuring spoons for this recipe. Check here to view the full recipe for Masal Chai Tea Scones!
Masala Chai (simply referred to as “Chai”) has been a tradition throughout India for centuries. This spicy hot beverage is a brew of Indian black tea with a unique blend of spices, typically including cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom and pepper, although the recipe varies region to region. Chai is consumed morning and afternoon by many Indian families, and is customarily the first thing offered to houseguests. So prevalent is the service of Chai throughout India that baristas, known as Chaiwallahs, can be found at just about every corner. These chai vendors are a staple of the community and their stands are often a source of news and gossip.
For information on other traditions or to submit your own tea tradition visit our Tea Traditions section.