As far as tea blends go, this one hits the unique nerves. I picked up Canyon Chai in Los Angeles a while back at a little sweets shop, which also had tea! What attracted me to it right away was the yellow color. I wasn’t sure if I could like this. I had had turmeric in beverages before but never in tea, so there was some skepticism.
A few days later, I was finally able to try a cup, and let me tell you, this herbal blend has some surprises. Over time, it has grown on me as I have focused on some of the ingredients. If turmeric is a bit too strong for you, this may be a tea you want to pass on.
This blend has unique written all over it. Ingredients include turmeric, smoked black pepper, ginger, fennel seed, cinnamon, clove, and cardamom. You can see it is loaded. There is a very pleasant and sweet aroma from the spices that makes you feel warm. The clove jumps out in front and combines with a bit of zing from the ginger. The golden color has this blend feeling like it is from some desert, very unique!
The magic happens when you actually get to taste this herbal blend. It has the golden yellow color that you expect. The turmeric adds an earthiness and body to the liquor. There is a hint of zing from the ginger towards the end of the sip, but the smoked black pepper is the twist! It is so subtle when you are drinking. I would be sipping along and wondering what the mystery ingredient was. It gives off a very light campfire vibe, making it attractive. This is an excellent place to start if you are looking for an introduction to a unique herbal masala chai blend. You can also check out my article on what masala chai is, and four essential tips to consider when choosing the blend to try.
Preparation: Boiled water to about 200 degrees and a metal tea strainer for the loose herbal blend.
You can find out more details about this tea on Bellocq’s website!
(This tea was purchased by me)
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