In the west, chai tends to pop up in all sorts of unlikely places (looking at you, chai lattes), but in India, chai is more than just the word for ‘tea’, it’s a way of life. We’re not overstating the point when we say that every facet of Indian society, from beautiful Bollywood starlets to the average Joe in the streets, is completely steeped in the milky sweet spice blend known as ‘chai’. For centuries, morning, noon and night, on trains, in cafes and homes, the country has been constantly enjoying this wonderfully enlivening beverage—it’s the spirit of India distilled into a drink. For our blend, we’ve opted for a classically balanced combination of chai tea spices—ginger, cardamom, black pepper, cloves and cinnamon, that give rise to that indomitable chai flavour.
Chai tea benefits
- A tasty way to help you achieve the recommended daily fluid intake1
- We think it works wonderfully served up morning, noon or night
- Though traditionally enjoyed with milk and sugar, we think our chai blend works wonderfully all by itself.
Tea time ideas
Packed with rich, fragrant spices and lovely with a splash of milk, we think our chai is an incredible way to awaken your senses and get the day started right.
It also makes a perfect pairing for, you guessed it, Indian foods! If you’ve got something of a sweet tooth, we heartily recommend delving face first into the deliciously different world of Indian sweets. Though they come in more shapes and sizes than you can shake an onion bhaji at, they broadly consist of fried goodies made from sugar and sweet condensed milk. We think they’re to chai for, and taste amazing with a cup of our uniquely fragrant chai mixture.
If you’re more a savoury food supporter, then stick to Indian eats of the rich and flavoursome variety. We recommend enjoying a cup of chai with a wonderfully creamy curry, spicy samosa or fluffy naan bread. Delicious! Or as they say in India, svaadisht!
Getting the best from your brew
To experience its full spicy flavour of our chai tea benefits from a steep time of around 2 – 3 minutes, this will let those vibrant spices really make themselves known. Your brew should have an attractive, clear amber colour and, due to the cornucopia of fragrant spices all jostling for attention, will naturally taste bold and intense. Traditionally, chai is served up sweet and milky to take the edge off those heavy-duty spices.
1EFSA recommends 2L and 2.5L fluid intake per day for women and men, respectively
based on a daily consumption of at least 500 mg of flavonoids per day, 3 cups of Tea per day, as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle