Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with a Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Udyan Teas – Shahi Kesar Chai, which is a black tea based blend with saffron, almonds and pistachios. So far I have really enjoyed all the blend I’ve tried from Udyan Tea so I was really looking forward to trying this one especially since it has not only almonds but also pistachios which you never normally see in blends with other nuts. I don’t actually think I have ever had one blend before this one that has had pistachios as an ingredient. I think so far this year this is probably the blend that I have been looking forward to trying the most because it is something pretty much brand new to me and I after writing this blog for so many years it’s very rare that something is brand new to me anymore.
Here’s what Udyan Tea have to say about this blend over on their website: ”Our master blenders have thrown themselves into the era of Indian royalty to create this blend that will give you a taste of the luxury once enjoyed by the Maharajas. Shahi Kesar Chai indulges you into an opulent tea drinking experience combining the best tea with almonds, pistachios and saffron. A warm, soothing tea with buttery texture to enjoy with your family as well as to treat your guests.”
Ingredients: CTC Black Tea with Orthodox Black Leaf, Kashmiri Saffron, Almonds, Pistachios
Tea Tasting Notes
I really enjoyed drinking this! With it saying on the packet that it was a Chai I was expecting it to be jam pack with strong spices but I was surprised to only see saffron on the ingredients list. I suppose of you take the meaning of Chai literally (a spiced black tea) I suppose you could say that this is a Chai because of the inclusion of that Saffron. I suppose it’s just not the kind of Chai I am used to having. Instead it is a black tea with almonds and pistachios (because you can’t really taste the saffron), which I am not complaining about at all. I love a nutty black tea and not many of them contain pistachios. Ingredients wise this is very simple but honestly it works and sometimes simple is better and this absolutely delicious.
I’ve had this both with an without milk and I think I prefer it with milk. On its own its a bit drying in the mouth and can get a little hard to drink because of that and the fact that it is also a bit astringent. However it is quite a naturally sweet tea so you definitely don’t need to add in any sweetener at all. The milk I used is a ever so slight sweetened one and even that added sweetness was a little much for me so I wouldn’t recommend adding honey at all.
Because the leaves are quite are a mix of CTC and Orthodox Black Tea, I steeped this for around 4 minutes because this tea does steep quite fast due to the larger surface area of the CTC tea and over steeping will make this more astringent and more drying. Trust me I made that mistake the first time I steeped this tea. The black tea base is strong, malty and robust and stands its ground even when milk is added, as do the nutty notes provided by the almond and pistachio which I wasn’t expecting. I love both almond and pistachio so I was excited to see them both in this blend and they work so well together.
This is definitely one I would consider repurchasing again once I lift my tea buying ban especially around autumn winter time of 2020 because it makes a great latte and it works as a really nice sweet treat at any time of the day.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.9/5
If you want to find out more about Udyan Tea and purchase some of this delicious tea for yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberly
*The Tea featured in this post was gifted to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*