First Tea Bombay Chai
I confess I have a serious addiction to TEA. It’s been my favorite drink for a few years already… now that I think about it, I’ve always enjoyed a cup of tea, but I’ve liked it even more ever since I began living in the Netherlands. Unlike Romanians, Dutch people will drink tea on occasion. In Romania, most people consider tea a calming drink for when they are sick, instead of a refreshment. I, on the other hand, love me a cup of tea 2-3 times a day. Since there’s so much variety when it comes to good tea, today’s review is going to refer to First Tea Bombay Chai, a new brand which I found in an organic tea store.
What I found very cute and appealing on first sight was the packaging: each tea sachet is individually packed in a tiny cardboard box. This helps preserve the flavor, not to mention it’s more hygienic than having to go through a bunch of loose sachets in a box. First Tea Bombay Chai is supposed to be infused for 5-6 minutes, and that’s because the tea contains no artificial colors or flavors. The natural aromas contained in the organic tea need slightly more time than we’re used in order to develop.
After infusing a sachet of First Tea Bombay Chai in boiling water for 5-6 minutes, I add an equal amount of milk foam and a tiny bit of honey, stevia or agave syrup. Tea drinking is a true ritual for me; I have so many types of sweeteners and flavors, to suit each mood and occasion. Tip: if you don’t have a milk foaming and heating device, get one now! It will save you money and trips to the local coffee joint.
This Chai Latte I prepare from the First Tea Bombay Chai does not taste anything like the ones they sell at Starbucks or other similar places. The taste is more subtle, with a tiny hint of pepper, cardamom and nutmeg. Depending on how long I had been infusing it, the cinnamon taste can be more or less intense. The taste of the tea is similar to when I try making my own Chai Latte at home from scratch. It’s only easier to infuse one sachet for 6 minutes, instead of boiling black tea and spices for 30 minutes. This is a drink for people who want to make conscious choices about their food and drinks. I am also happy to be the one choosing how much sugar I add to my Chai Latte, which does not always happen when you get a pre-made drink at a café or bar.
After sampling several types of organic tea, First Tea Bombay Chai is going on my “to repurchase” list, because it is so delicate, tasty and healthy.