Review: Night of the Iguana Chocolate Chai

Cute names do not a great tea make, but they don’t hurt either. My humans got a chuckle out of the name of this tea, then they got to the serious business of trying it as part of their week-long Chai Extravaganza. The Subject: Night of the Iguana Chocolate Chai from The English Tea Store. …

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Drinkable Desserts (Teas as Good as Dessert)

What’s life without dessert, especially when it’s drinkable? No, we’re not talking about milkshakes, hot cocoa, chilled mocha drinks, or pie that’s been given the blender treatment (what, you’ve never puréed pie?). We’re talking tea! Yes, some teas are so yummy and sort of sweet that they are dessert-like. Vanilla and fruit flavored teas are …

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Review — Rooibos Chai by Harney & Sons

Name: Rooibos Chai Brand: Harney & Sons Type: Herbal tisane, rooibos Form: Silken tea sachet (loose leaf available) Review: Spiced chai lovers often find themselves in a bind: Hot, spicy chai is a wonderfully soothing drink, but tea's caffeine content can make it inappropriate for nighttime swigging. Harney & Sons' Rooibos Chai blends traditional chai …

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Chai 101

If you’re drinking tea, then technically you’re drinking chai. At least if you’re located in one of several countries where the words “chai” and “tea” are one and the same. But for most tea drinkers, what we think of when someone mentions chai is a little different. The creamy blend of spicy hot tea known …

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Chai Tea at the Indian Restaurant

“Chai” is an Indian word (based on the Chinese word “cha”) that means “tea.” In India, chai starts with a black tea (Assam) and is served with spices, lots of milk, and a generous portion of sugar. The secret to a good chai is in which spices and how much. This varies widely from one …

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Tea Recipe — “Tea-ramisu”

Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts, so full of fluffy sweet mascarpone cheese goodness and light genoise cake. My only problem? Expresso. This highly popular Italian dessert cake is traditionally created using several alternating layers of a light custard - mixed with the Italian cream cheese mascarpone - and layers of coffee (usually expresso) …

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Ayurveda — The Roots of Chai

[Editor's Note: This is an old article and appears to contain some unsubstantiated and inprecise information. "Chai" means "tea" - the author is obviously referring to a version of tea that has spices added to it and is more correctly called "masala chai" or "spiced tea."] Disclaimer: This is not intended as medical advice. Please consult …

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Review — English Tea Store’s Chai Green Tea

The Subject: Chai Green Tea from The English Tea Store. Water temperature: 180° F Steeping time: 3 minutes Tea type: Green Scents, flavorings, etc.: Coriander, cardamom Aroma, dry: Green tea with spice overtones Aroma in the cup, plain: Green tea with spice overtones Taste, plain: Green tea with spice overtones Aroma in the cup, enhanced: …

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How Sweet It Is!

It never ceases to surprise me how many people apologize for wanting to put sugar in their tea, as if admitting a serious tea-drinking faux pas. I’ve always invited my guests to do what makes them comfortable and to drink their tea in any fashion they feel most pleasing. Still, I get meek apologies as …

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