Black Tea for Chai

Fully oxidized tea leaves for a robust cup.

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Black Tea for Chai

by Chatsworth » Dec 3rd 09 8:56 pm

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

by bsteele » Dec 3rd 09 9:39 pm

Something like Ceylon would make a nice base

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Re: Black Tea for Chai

by geeber1 » Dec 3rd 09 11:05 pm

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

It looks like this:
assam-ctc.jpg
You can buy it pretty cheap here:
http://teasource.com/merchant2/merchant ... ct_Count=4
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Re: Black Tea for Chai

by TeaSupplies » Dec 4th 09 10:54 am

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 9:08 pm

I like to use Assam :)