“Chai” just means “tea” in Hindi, so whenever you hear somebody ordering “chai tea,” they’re repeating themselves. Chai is usually brewed with hot milk, not water, for a warming, comforting cold-weather treat. Traditional Chai is mixed with strong spices to give it its unique-from-other-teas flavour and irresistible aroma.
Producers Camellia Sinesis are from Montreal. Born of tea-loving travellers who wanted to bring the flavours of the world home, this Chai is their proprietary blend. It’s got a black tea foundation and contains the traditional chai spices of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. It’s also really pretty to look at, with a muted colour palette blend of spices and pale green leaves.
You can steep this the traditional way, with hot milk, but it’s also great iced; cool and revitalizing on a hot summer afternoon. Serve it to your friends who call it “chai tea”, correct them, and allow yourself to feel smug.