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From India with Love: Discover Chai Tea

We explore Chai Tea, a spiced, sweet and unique blend originating in India; as well as how to drink it and the infusions which we have to offer.

Vibrant, intense and indulgent, this tea has all of the characteristics you’d expect from a traditional Indian recipe. Made from a combination of strong black tea leaves and exotic spices, and prepared with hot milk and sugar, Chai is the ultimate in unique and adventurous infusions. Chai is traditionally prepared by a decoction of green cardamom pods, ground cloves, cinnamon sticks, ground ginger, black peppercorn and then all of this is mixed with some fine black leaves – normally Assam.

However, the beauty of Chai is that there is no fixed recipe. You can adapt the blend to suit your tastes. More cinnamon? Go for! Like a bit more ginger? Absolutely! Taking its flavour from the eponymous spices of the land in which it originates, Chai tea has a sweet, rich flavour which you simply won’t find in any other varieties. No matter if you are looking for a plain Chai tea or a delicious blend which incorporates novel and exciting flavours - the Twinings Chai Tea selection is simply amazing.

Milk? Soy? Water? You might have stood in the queue at your local café and overheard someone asking for a ‘Chai Soy’ or an ‘Espresso Semi Chai'. Chai is such a versatile drink and can easily be adapted to everyone’s personal taste. Get started with your very own version or take a look at our guide on How to make the perfect Chai tea.

The history of Chai Tea

Chai originates from India. Once upon a time it was only consumed by the royalty of India. As the word got out about its spicy, soothing flavour, the streets were soon filled with the distinctive scent of cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Although the Chai trend is a relatively recent one here in the UK, people in India have been enjoying the sweet, comforting flavour of Chai – or Masala Chai, as it’s traditionally known - for centuries.

Whilst there’s no universally agreed upon recipe for Chai tea, ingredients usually include cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves, as well as fennel, star anise and nutmeg. Often families have their own specific formula for making Chai, which is passed down through generations, and brewed up under the experienced eye of the grandmother of the family.

Twinings Chai Teas

Here at Twinings, we offer a whole host of Chai teas, each of which combine the complex, indulgent flavour of traditional Indian tea with the creativity and experience of our Master Blenders. So that they can be enjoyed to their full flavour potential, these can be bought in our loose leaf pyramid bags.

Our Bollywood Chai Latte features full-bodied Assam tea, brought to life with Chai’s traditional flavours, along a nutty hint of almond. Slightly sweet and wholly intense, this tea has all of the flavour needed to transport you to the exoticism of Bollywood itself; delicious.

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Spicy Chai - 20 Envelopes

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Infused with Indian spices, including cinnamon, cloves and ginger.

London Edition - Chai - 15 Pyramid Bags

£9.00 each

We’ve captured the spirit of the West End in our London Chai: spicy cinnamon and fragrant cardamom dance across a black tea stage, with a sweet rooibos encore.

How to make the perfect Chai tea

To do these extra-special teas justice, it’s important that you put as much care into preparing them as our blenders have into creating them. Here’s how to do just that.
  • Before you start, you’ll need a latte glass or mug, one of our loose leaf pyramid Chai teas, around two thirds of a mug of milk, and some freshly boiled water. Also, a little sugar is optional.

  • First off, pop a teabag into your glass or mug, and add a third of a cup of boiling water. As you leave this to infuse for 3 minutes, start heating up some milk, if you have the equipment to steam or texturise it, we recommend that you do. 

  • Now, give the teabag a squeeze whilst still in the water, then remove it. Now’s the time to add the hot milk, to the top of your cup, then add sugar to your personal taste.

  • All that’s left to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy your delicious Chai tea. Once you try this unique and flavoursome drink, you’ll probably wonder why you didn’t try it sooner. 

Chai Latte Recipes

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