Assam India's Original Masala Chai By Golden Tips Teas

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Chai Tea
Black Pepper, Cinnamon
Anise, Cardamom, Cinnamon
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Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 3 g 73 oz / 2148 ml

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Originating from India, Masala Chai or ‘Spiced Tea’ is one of the most popular black tea blends in the world. This ancient traditional recipe is prepared by blending a strong & robust black tea with an array of fresh & aromatic spices. Our signature ‘Masala Chai Spiced Tea’ is symbolic of the original house blend which has been cherished in India for decades now. A combination of Assam CTC & orthodox leaves blended in a varying ratio is taken as the base. The base tea is then blended with exotic and fresh indian spices including crushed cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, long pepper, dry ginger and clove. Widely distinctive from the Chai tea blends produced in western countries, the original indian masala chai tea blend stands out due the superior and distintive properties of spices grown in India.This strong and full-bodied tea is characteristic of a slightly malty flavor with exotic flavor of fresh cardamoms combined with delicate notes of black pepper and clove. Traditionally prepared only with milk, Masala Chai can also be enjoyed and taken without milk. This expertly created blend is not only invigorating and delicious but also stimulates the mind and is known to increase immunity. A must have for all tea lovers. last in add
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350 tasting notes

This is a very nice chai blend. I tried it straight at first, at it was quite good – robust, malty assam CTC base, good blend of spices (lots of cinnamon, cardamom, a bit of heat from the ginger and pepper). Then I added some sweetener and milk, which made it even better. Tasty tasty. :)

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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for lazy, depressie Sundays, this is soooo wonderful.
I boil it with milk, and then add anise sugar, it’s Heaven. Whole kitchen smells like Indian chai.

Flavors: Anise, Cardamom, Cinnamon

Boiling 7 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 200 OZ / 5914 ML

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In appearance this blend consists of: small black tea pieces with noticeable cinnamon stick pieces, clove pieces and green leaves of some kind.

It smells of cardamom, clove and cinnamon in particular. A little dry but very refreshing and citrus(y) with a spicy, peppery finish.

Once steeped this tea is dark reddish brown in colour and has a sweet yet spicy aromatic scent.

Please note: A drop of milk was added.

Flavour is medium in strength with crisp, spice notes. It’s a little dry from the spices but the milk helps. Spice wise I can taste the cardamom, cinnamon, clove and pepper which pretty much matches it’s raw scent. The cardamom in particular freshens the blend and adds some sweetness whilst perfuming my mouth in the after taste.

Overall: I found this Chai to be a particularly dark blend which is perfect for adding milk. It can be enjoyed without milk but it may be slightly astringent or too dry. That is all personal preference, though usually Chai is served with milk as standard.

I have sampled many Chai in my years and this is certainly one of the darker, ‘full on’ blends that I tend to favour. The spices are strong but not too much and though dry it’s not an issue once milk is added. It’s a very nice example of a classic Masala Chai. My only criticism is that I love sweet Chai and my all time favourites contain almond, though again that is down to personal taste.

For pictures and more information please view my blog.

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I love chai. That’s why I am using it to try to soothe my holiday blues. It, plus bacon and pancakes for dinner later, and watching Netflix and doing absolutely none of the things I should be (cleaning, resume editing, interview prepping, couch to 5k week 1 day 2), have been smoothing the day out a bit. Every little bit counts.

I agree with the other reviewer in saying that assam is really great for chai. All of my assams I have tried have been impossible to drink without milk, but with milk were really solid because the flavor was able to stand up to it really well. And the flavor here doesn’t drown out because of spices, honey, or the milk.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Mmmmm it was yummy. Just the pallet cleanser I needed after the shan tea disappointment.

I had it straight up because I couldn’t find any sugar and it is by far and away one of the best chai’s I’ve had. I can’t wait to play around with doing it stove top or with coconut milk.

What makes it stand out is the assam I think. Any tea company can add some spices to tea and call it chai(though these spices are perfectly balanced) but here the assam shines. I’ve always felt like assam was the best base for chai(I think it’s traditional) and it’s really visible here.

I just feel content and want to spend the morning snuggling my kitty and drinking chai.


I should pop this open. For some reason chais are more of a fall thing for me.


I have two sample pouches of it so I figure one for now and one for fall :)


I’m really wondering what next month’s box will be like, since so many of these teas are on their site (and seem to be their regular items).

carol who

Good tea and a kitten ..! What could be better!

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