brewed for 5-7 min with water off the boil. serve with milk and sugar to taste.
Bold, flavoursome, and simply divine, Spicy Turmeric Chai Tea is inspired by Ancient Indian Ayurvedic Medicine. Aside from its strong, mouthwatering taste, this brew is perfect for balancing one’s ‘Doshas’. According to the 6000-year-old practice of Ayurveda, the three Doshas, ‘Vata’, ‘Pitta’, and ‘Kapha’, are capable of harmonising the body when adequately balanced.
However, for those who prefer to keep their head in the modern-age, the components of this brew have since been rigorously studied by countless scientific institutes which have, in turn, proven the amazing health benefits of any turmeric based chai or herbal tea.
As the name might suggest, Spicy Turmeric Chai Tea provides an additional ‘kick’ of flavour thanks to the addition of ingredients such as Chilli, Cardamon Seeds and, of course, Turmeric Slices! So, why not be adventurous?
Thousands of years before Indian tea was discovered in the state of Assam, Chai Tea consisted of varying herbs, oils, and spices. Legend has it that an ancient King once demanded a brew be made using many of these ingredients for use in Ayurveda. From region to region; town to town; and even household to household, the recipes for ‘masala chai’ (meaning, quite literally ‘spiced tea’) greatly differed, and continue to do so.
These decoctions could be served hot or cold and were often consumed as herbal remedies. Ginger, for example, was believed to stimulate digestion (which, according to modern science it does!). Cloves, meanwhile, were added to these beverages to help relieve pain and cardamon was likewise used as a mood enhancer. To support blood circulation and respiratory function, cinnamon was frequently used, while star anise was known to freshen the breath.
Black Tea was first incorporated into these brews after the Indian subcontinent came under the rule of the British Empire. The plant known botanically as Camellia Sinensis var. Assamica (the Indian variant of the ‘tea plant’) was discovered by Scottish adventurer and merchant, Robert Bruce, in 1823. Following this, tea leaves were often infused with popular ingredients to become the Chai Teas we know and love today!.
Many coffee houses and tea rooms particularly in the United States have since created ‘Chai Lattes’ using many of the ingredients found in Chai Teas. However, to maintain tradition without sacrificing delicious flavour, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company cannot recommend Spicy Turmeric Chai enough.
Turmeric, in particular, plays a vital role in this brew (hence the name). It is known to provide the avid consumer with truly outstanding health-promoting properties, which are almost unmatched by any other ingredient. To find out more information on how Spicy Turmeric Chai can improve your everyday way of life, please see our health benefits section below!
Type of Tea: Loose Leaf Black Tea.
Ingredients: Black Tea, Cinnamon, Turmeric Slices, Ginger Pieces, Aniseed, Black Pepper, Cloves, Cardamom Seeds, and Chilli.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes.
How to Serve: Milk is an optional extra, however, Spicy Turmeric Chai Tea is best served as it is.
Tasting Notes: Contrary to the name, Spicy Turmeric Chai Tea has sweet undertones, both in flavour and aroma. This full-bodied tea consists of defined notes of clove upon first sip, followed by a succession of wonderfully infused spicy bursts that continue to dance on your palate long after you have drained your cup.
Colour in Cup: Coppery-orange liquor, dark in tone.
Health Benefits of Chai Tea: They are some of the healthiest and most nourishing brews in the world, and Spicy Turmeric Chai is no exception! This is owing to a wealth of antioxidants, including theaflavin and thearubigin found in black tea leaves.
Yet this is just the beginning, as each respective ingredient in any chai tea infusion can offer incredible health benefits. Turmeric, for example, has been proven to have anti-inflammatory properties. This is owing to a component in Turmeric known as Curcumin. Further to this, ginger is often used to treat nausea and vomiting. If that wasn’t enough, cloves are believed to improve the digestive system!
- TypeChai Tea
- Health PointsAnti Oxidants, Hydration, Refreshing, Relaxing
- Caffeine LevelMedium
- OptionsLoose Tea
- Time of DayLunchtime, Afternoon, Evening
- CountryMore Than One Origin