Last week I had the pleasure of trying two new interesting teas:
Twinings – Bollywood Chai Latte
Almond and spice flavour black tea
Black Tea, Almond, Spice and Honey Flavourings (22%), Flavourings (6%).
I’ve had authentic Indian chai a few times and I can say that this tea did not disappoint in aroma. I was expecting the flavours to be stronger, though that may have been because I did not brew it correctly. I think that if I brewed this at home, I would have added some cinnamon sticks and cloves to the milk as I heated it so that once the bag was introduced to it, the flavours as well as the aromas would have intensified.
I’m looking forward to sipping my way through this pouch though and will brew it in slightly different ways to see if this impacts on the flavour.
I also enjoyed reading about the history of chai on the Twinings site whilst sourcing the image for the post and would urge you to do the same.
2. Pukka – Womankind
This tea came to me almost entirely by accident. A colleague in my office, who knows I like tea, handed me a bag and told me that I should try it. I prepared for some sweet smelling tea but the aroma of this tea was quite strong and I couldn’t quite describe it. It was not unpleasant but I was initially quite put off by it.
However, once I had convinced myself to sip the unusual-smelling brew, I was so surprised. The most delicate rose and cranberry flavour met my taste buds and I loved the sweetness of the cranberry.
I would recommend this to anyone brave enough to look past the smell as they will be pleasantly surprised.
I think I would have to drink a lot more than of these before I could decide whether I liked it or not!
Have you tried any chai? Which was your favourite?