Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Persimmon Tree Thai Chai

Country of Origin: not listed
Leaf Appearance: small, dark with lots of spices and lemongrass
Ingredients: Black Tea, Cinnamon Bark, Ginger Root, Dried Coconut, Lemon Grass, Cardamon Pods, Natural Coconut Flavor
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 195 degrees
Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Steeper
Liquor: reddish brown

This isn't quite your traditional chai because it has the somewhat tropical flavors of lemongrass and coconut. Spicy yet sweet, it was much more smooth and mellow than I was expecting. The base tea was earthy but not overly robust. Cinnamon seemed to stand out the most among the spices but the ginger did add a pleasant zing to the finish. The ingredients all came together quite well but I couldn't help but feel that Star Anise was missing. Not all tea drinkers are a fan of that spice so this would be a great blend for those types of folks. No milk is necessary with this one, in fact it might be detrimental. A tiny bit of honey or agave might do nicely though. It's fairly moderately priced so it would make a good daily drinker at the office if you wanted something with a kick but not too much.

Thai Chai sample provided by The Persimmon Tree.