Month of Tea Brewing 2017 – Day #26
From the tea canister:
“In Indian culture, ‘Masala’ means ‘a blend of spices and chai simply means tea. So Masala Chai is literally ‘spiced tea’. Warm and inviting fragrance, zesty flavor and an invigorating, aromatic finish. We suggest two heaping teaspoons per 8 oz cup, boiling water seeped for 7-10 minutes.
This blend is a little unusual because of the vanilla and ginger notes along with a traditional cardamom but no pepper and perhaps fewer spices overall. It is delicious if infused briefly and milk is not added or if it is simmer it in a saucepan on the stove top until the milk and tea liquor are reduced and thickened.
Greetings Beginner Brewer,
Q: What is the best chai?
A: The flavor that tastes best to you!
Today’s tea, a chai blend called Reena’s Chai, is one of my favorites. And there are an enormous number of chai blends being sold today. Of course, there is a great difference in the quality of tea and spices. But, in the end, there will be a recipe that appeals to you over all others.
There is a saying that the healthiest teas are the ones that inspire you to drink more tea rather than other beverages.
Hope you’re sipping one of your favorites . . .
Simmer on the Stovetop
Recipes for chai and other stove top simmered teas are nothing like the fragile and sensitive details for the infusion of other delicate leaves. Temperatures are those needed to keep the solution on a low simmer for several minutes. Milk is sometimes added while the tea is still simmering. But some prefer to add it after the concentrated brew has been taken off the heat.
“I still encourage anyone who feels at all compelled to write to do so. I just try to warn people who hope to get published that publication is not all it is cracked up to be. But writing is. Writing has so much to give, so much to teach, so many surprises. That thing you had to force yourself to do—the actual act of writing—turns out to be the best part. It’s like discovering that while you thought you needed the tea ceremony for the caffeine, what you really needed was the tea ceremony. The act of writing turns out to be its own reward.”