Bombay Chai - Loose Black Tea
A dark blend of Assam tea steeped in traditional Indian spices like cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and bay leaves. Delicious when brewed on its own and even more delicious when simmered in hot milk on the stove
When tea was first grown in India to break Chinese monopoly on tea, it was not a popular beverage among the locals. The usual practice was to drink 'kadha' instead which was water and milk boiled with spices (as was recommended according to the Ayurveda, an ancient alternative medicinal system based in India). The Indian Tea association (at that time under the British) promoted tea among them in the preferred British way by adding a little milk and sugar. However Indian vendors began adding tea to the kadha they drank already. Although the Tea association at that time frowned at this practice as this reduced the usage (and thus the purchase) of tea leaves, the practice stuck and Chai tea was born! A perfect morning tea or a tea for a busy day.
Black Assam CTC tea, Premium Assam Leaf tea, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cloves and Bay leaves .
How to enjoy this tea
Steep 1tsp per cup for 4 to 5 mins in boiling water. Best had with milk and sugar. For authentic Indian taste, put 1/2 cup milk & 1/2 cup water in a saucepan, add 1 tsp of tea, some sugar to taste and bring to boil. Simmer for 5 minutes and strain into a cup. Enjoy the taste of real chai!
Approx 27-35mg per cup