Friday, December 6, 2013

Brew Lab Tea Coco Chai

Country of Origin: not listed
Leaf Appearance: small, dark with lots of visible spices
Ingredients: black tea, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardimom, coconut
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: dark reddish brown

While it isn't for everyone, I'm a big fan of coconut in chai. This one was a good basic chai with a rich, earthy base. The spices were mild but present and the coconut added a slight fruity note. It was just brisk enough to add a refreshing and crisp finish. I brewed it straight up but it would lend itself well to stove top brewing as well. A tiny bit of sweetener would work but it almost isn't needed because the tea is not very astringent. I really enjoy that they are no artificial flavorings in this blend. At just $9.00 for two ounces, it's certainly one of the most cost effective chais that I've had. I'll be contributing a recipe using this blend to their blog soon and I'll be sure to update with the link once it goes live.

Coco Chai sample provided by Brew Lab Tea.

My recipe for Coco Chai Spiced Muffins