Black Tea for Chai

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Black Tea for Chai

Postby Chatsworth » Dec 3rd, '09, 16:56

Wondered what the preferred black tea is for making Chai. I know that the spices added are powerful so I don't know how much of a difference it will make but do want to know. The only loose black I have now is an Earl Grey so I'll buy some other black based on your recommendations.
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Re: Black Tea for Chai

Postby bsteele » Dec 3rd, '09, 17:39

Something like Ceylon would make a nice base
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Re: Black Tea for Chai

Postby geeber1 » Dec 3rd, '09, 19:05

A lot of chai mixes have CTC (crush-tear-curl) Assam tea in them.

It looks like this:
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You can buy it pretty cheap here: ... ct_Count=4
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Re: Black Tea for Chai

Postby TeaSupplies » Dec 4th, '09, 06:54

yeah, I would say ceylon too, it has a slightly smokey taste and isn't too full on if you don't brew it for too long, so the spices will definitely come through.
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Re: Black Tea for Chai

Postby charizzi » Dec 5th, '09, 17:08

I like to use Assam :)
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