Izmir Spice Chai
From the Ground Bazaar of Istanbul a rich and mild blend of Chai, full of fruit, flower petals, and spice.
Loose Leaf Tea Ingredients
Apple, Hibiscus, Cinnamon, Orange, Rosehip pieces, Lemongrass root, Ginger, Cardamom, Black and White pepper, Clove, Nutmeg, and Star Anise
About This Loose Leaf Tea
Chai is so prevalent in India and Sri Lanka that it could be called the ‘National drink’. It is very common to see the ‘tea wadis’ serving their chai to the walk-by street traffic. In North America we have the coffee carts, in the sub continent and Sri Lanka you have the ‘wadis’. Paint the following picture in your mind: the tea wadis cart has that ‘well used’ look (read - bashed, dented), quite often with a charcoal fire going keeping the water boiling so steam and smoke are rising, an old evaporated milk can full of sugar, another bashed and dented can with the masala chai spices, an eclectic collection of semi -clean mugs and glasses and a wizened chai expert deftly pouring back and forth from great heights, tea with spices and milk, combining the two ingredients. Once combined it is normal to add a fantastic amount of sugar for that real chai experience.
Firstly, be aware (as you will be if you read the ingredients) this is JUST spices, plus fruit - apple, orange, rose hip and hibiscus flowers - but does not contain tea itself.
It really should be drunk from a tea glass, to get the added effect of pleasure to look upon. It's like rose wine, and just looks like happy sunshine days!
A beautiful taste combination. Not overpowered by any one flavour, the zingy sharp ingredients - hibiscus, rose hip, mellowed by creamy sweet apple and warm sweet spices. Absolutely, absolutely delicious. Get yourself into a patch of sunlight and the colour, in a tea glass will be even more beautiful. Happy sipping!