Black Tea for Chai

Fully oxidized tea leaves for a robust cup.


Dec 3rd, '09, 15:56
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Black Tea for Chai

by Chatsworth » Dec 3rd, '09, 15:56

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.

Dec 3rd, '09, 16:39
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Re: Black Tea for Chai

by bsteele » Dec 3rd, '09, 16:39

Something like Ceylon would make a nice base

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Dec 3rd, '09, 18:05
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Re: Black Tea for Chai

by geeber1 » Dec 3rd, '09, 18:05

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:
http://teasource.com/merchant2/merchant ... ct_Count=4

Dec 4th, '09, 05:54
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Re: Black Tea for Chai

by TeaSupplies » Dec 4th, '09, 05:54

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

by charizzi » Dec 5th, '09, 16:08

I like to use Assam :)

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