Strong Ceylon and Assam teas form the base for this spicy, flavourful chai. This blend is fully 50% spices, giving the tea a rich flavour. It can be brewed ‘English-style’ in a teapot or boiled on the stove for extra flavour!
For the best, most authentic result, boil Bombay Chai in a pot with milk (one full teaspoon of tea per cup of liquid) and simmer to desired strength (try 10 minutes). Strain and add sweetener to taste.
Did you know? Chai actually refers to a generic word for tea in Hindi. Chai is known throughout the western world as a mixture of black tea and spices that are prevalent in Indian cuisine.
Ingredients: Black tea, green tea, cinnamon, allspice, clove, cardamom, ginger, anise, fennel, peppercorn, natural and artificial flavouring.
The perfect cup of Chai Review by ['N1kks']
Wow, wow, wow this Chai is absolutely delicious and hits the spot! The flavours blend well together and the aroma is heavenly. I made my tea in the traditional Bombay way.Posted on 2020-09-19
Balanced flavors Review by Sherry
Many chais are too heavy on the cloves for my taste. Being cautious for that reason, I ordered a small amount and then was happily surprised. No single spice stands out from the others, not even the cardamom mentioned in the description; or maybe I just find cardamom flavorful but mild. Overall, the spices blend perfectly for a smooth chai that's delicious whether made in the traditional way or my lazy way with a diffuser and some warm milk added. There's no need to add sweetener.Posted on 2019-10-19
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Flavour Profile Guide
Tea and coffee tasting is a very individual, multi-dimensional experience: one person’s perfect cup can be too strong or weak, too brisk or watery for the next person. At Murchie’s, we believe that the best tea or coffee is the one that YOU like the best! We use the following flavour profile guides to help compare our teas and coffees within a relative scale.
Tea Strength Ratings
This rating method indicates the strength of flavour each tea has when brewed according to our brewing guide.
|Light/Delicate: Very light in colour and delicate in flavour|
|Medium: Medium-light cup with slightly fuller cup|
|Medium-Strong: Medium-dark cup, medium body, and full flavour without harshness|
|Strong: Full body, rich cup, takes milk well|
|Very Strong: Rich, dark cup with very full, strong flavour and briskness|
We rate the flavour properties of our coffees along two dimensions: roast and body.
Roast is simply a result of how long and how hot the beans have been roasted, which can be seen in the colour of the finished bean, and typically results in general flavour traits:
|Light Roast||More acidity, brightness and a slight pucker|
|Medium Roast||Slightly richer flavours, some acidity, enhanced creaminess|
|Dark Roast||Distinctive roasted flavour, sometimes notes of toasted sugar or charcoal|
Body is the term used to describe how the brewed coffee feels in your mouth:
|Light Body||Easy to drink with little lingering flavour, ‘thin’ or ‘clean’ feeling on the palate|
|Medium Body||Heavier, creamier mouth-feel with more lingering flavour|
|Full Body||Rich, full-mouth feeling: hits all of the palate and lingers|
Tea Brewing Guide
Different types of teas should be brewed according to certain times and water temperatures to bring out their best flavours. Use this guide as a starting point, and then experiment until you find the perfect brewing method for your favourite tea.
Based on approximately one level teaspoon (2.5g) of loose tea or one tea bag per 6-8 ounce (180-240ml) cup. For stronger flavour, add more tea. Brewing for longer may increase the strength of the tea, but will likely also cause bitterness.
Brew times shown in minutes.
Coffee Brewing Guide
The simplest methods for brewing coffee are drip coffee, pour over and French press. These guidelines are a starting point; modify the ratio of coffee to water, the grind, and brewing time to your taste. If your coffee is not strong enough, increase the proportion of coffee per cup of water, grind the beans finer, or allow them to brew longer – or any combination of these factors. If your coffee is too strong, simply do the opposite.
Drip coffee or pour over method: hot water is gradually poured over coffee grounds and slowly drips through
- Fine to medium grind coffee
- 1.5 to 2.5 tablespoons of coffee per cup of water
- Coarse grind coffee
- 1 to 1.5 tablespoons of coffee per cup (e.g. 4-6 tbsp for a 4-cup French press)
- Pour about 1/3 of the water over the coffee grinds; wait about 30 seconds and then pour in the rest
- Wait 4-5 minutes, then push down the plunger to separate the grounds from finished coffee, and enjoy!