As I’ve professed before, I love chai tea. So, I was confident that I would enjoy this White Masala Chai from Yogic Chai, especially after having tried a few of their teas already, and thoroughly enjoying them.
But I wasn’t prepared for just how good this chai tea is. Since the white tea (Bai Mu Dan) is so light in flavor and body, it gives the masala spices ample opportunity to express themselves fully – and they do. The cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and ginger really shine in this pleasantly warming and calming blend.
The Bai Mu Dan tea is, as I said, very light in flavor – a very fresh and delicate flavor – just as you would expect from Bai Mu Dan. And while the spices are very lively, they do not overpower the flavor of the tea. A bright tasting chai, with just the right amount of spice.
Yogic Chai describes this blend as
- Bai Mu Dan (white Tea): High in antioxidants*, Bai Mu Dan is picked early in the season when the buds are still fresh, young and tender. Because of this early picking, the taste white tea produces is very mild, and sweet without the sometimes astringent qualities of regular green teas.
- Cardamom: A household spice that is commonly used to support digestion without increasing Heat.* It has expectorant and diaphoretic actions.* The mucus forming properties of milk are neutralized when cardamom is added to it.*
- Cinnamon: This warming spice is traditionally used in cold formulas as an expectorant and diaphoretic (sweat inducing).* Due to its warming property, cinnamon is known to promote digestion.*
- Cloves: An energizing herb,* cloves are an effective stimulant and aromatic for the lungs and stomach.* Cloves are used extensively in Ayurvedic herbology.
- Ginger: In Ayurvedic and Chinese herbology, Ginger is known to have heating, cleansing, toning and stimulating properties.* Ginger promotes digestion, relieves abdominal discomfort, dispels chills and it is also useful for relieving respiratory complaints due to phlegm and arthritic conditions due to coldness.*
* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Because of the delicate flavor of the white tea, this is not one I’d serve iced. However, as a hot tea, it’s absolutely splendid. Yogic Chai does not recommend serving this tea with milk or sweetener of any kind. I don’t generally add milk to my white teas, so I didn’t with this tea. I think milk or cream would ruin this blend.
However, after tasting it with sweetener, I added a drizzle of agave nectar and found that with a little sweetener, the spices really come to life. So I do recommend a little sweetener to bring out the most in this blend.
This is really what I expected from a white chai tea, however, other white chai teas I’ve tried seem to fall short of the mark. Yogic Chai got it just right!