The base of this chai is an Assam tea rather than a Ceylon, Assam being a much stronger tea than a Ceylon tea is. This results in a slightly different balance between the tea and the spices than most of the other chais I’ve reviewed this particular season.
I don’t think there’s any such thing as trying too many chai teas, though. Winter can be a long season in much of North America, and we have time to enjoy plenty of tea. This particular one is not my own favorite, but it’s still good, and the blend of spices here might be your new favorite, depending on your own taste.
The spice that dominates in this chai is the cinnamon – I couldn’t taste the cardamom in it, and cardamom is one of my favorite spices, so that may be why it wasn’t the best chai I’ve had – but if your own favorite spice is cinnamon, then you’ll enjoy this one.
It comes in the convenient form of tea bags, each individually wrapped. Makes it a handy way to drink tea at the office!
Numi says about this tea:
Our Golden Chai is a traditional Indian treasure. We blend organic hearty Assam black tea with organic cinnamon, cardamom and ginger for a rich and spicy tea. Great with milk!
I note that on the package, as well as the spices mentioned in Numi’s blurb above, the ingredients include anise. All of the spices in the tea are organic, and the Assam tea itself is Fair Trade Certified as well.
Because the base tea is an Assam rather than a Darjeeling or a Ceylon, this tea can stand up to dairy milk better than most – for a lot of chai, I use almond milk or another plant “milk” but using dairy milk for this one, the tea flavor and the cinnamon flavor still comes out.