Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Tee Aus Nepal’s – Chai Masala blend. This is the first tea I’ve ever tried from Tee Aus Nepal so I went into this tasting seeing not knowing what to expect really though I had heard good things from a couple of my tea friends so at the bare minimum I was expecting to at least have a good experience, it didn’t have to be the best blend I’ve ever had but I just wanted to start off my experience with Tee Aus Nepal on good footing. So it would set a president for all of the other teas I will be trying from them in the future.
Here’s what Tee Aus Nepal have to say about this blend over on their website: “The Nepalese expression “Chai Masala” means: black tea with spices. It is one of the most popular drinks in Nepal. The basis of the Organic Chai Masala is all-natural, high-quality, black full-leaf tea from the Himalayan mountains. Exotic spices, which are put together according to a traditional recipe, give the drink its expressive aroma. Both the tea and the spices are grown organically.”
Ingredients: black tea *, cinnamon *, cardamom *, ginger *, bay leaves *, pepper *, liquorice root *, cloves *, beetroot *
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I ended up trying this blend three different ways: on its own (hot), with just honey added (hot) and then with both milk and honey added (hot made on the stovetop). Out of all of the different ways I tried this I think my favourite ways to have chai are with either just honey added (hot) or with both milk and honey added (hot) and prepared on the stove top, that’s not to say that it’s not nice on it’s own because it is, I’m just used to have chai prepared in particular ways and I never normally drink chai blends on their own without anything added. This blend used a STGFOP as it’s base tea and that was such a great choice on behalf of Tee Aus Nepal. It’s has a rich, malty flavour, with a mild astringency, very subtly floral fresh-looking and well-formed it’s remarkably complex and pairs perfectly with the spices in this blend.
There was a little astringency to the tea but that honestly didn’t effect my enjoyment at all, adding that little bit of honey seemed to get rid of that and sweeten the spice elements which is what I like from a chai. For me on it’s own it was missing that sweetness as when I have chai I like to have that mix of sweet and spicy with a strong malty note from the black tea. I would recommend you add either honey or brown sugar to this especially if you are making it stove top as it really rounds everything off nicely.
While I did say earlier in this post that I enjoy having this particular blend prepared with milk and honey stovetop and don’t get me wrong it is delicious that way but you have to use almost double the amount of tea to make sure all of this blends notes come through and stand up to the addition of milk. I definitely would have loved to have been able to prepare this stove top and not use nearly as much of this tea as I have to but without adding in that little bit extra non of this blends notes stand up very well to the milk, which was a little bit disappointing. However once you get that balance right it results in a full flavoured, sweet and spicy cup of chai that is the perfect way to start or end the day.
Is it the best chai blend I’ve ever had? No, but it’s definitely up there I would say at least top 7 and you all know how much I love chai so that’s a big thing for me to say. It’s definitely one I would purchase again in the future because I was really impressed by the fact that I enjoyed this with just the addition of honey and can see myself drinking that way until I finish the bag I have. This blend has definitely started off my journey with Tee Aus Nepal in a great way and has set some high expectation for the other blend I have that I am yet to try.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.8/5
If you want to find out more about Tee Aus Nepal and purchase some of this blend to try 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.
*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*