Nothing more do I love than a perfectly creamy and indulgently sweet chai tea. I am in love. I always get Chai tea wherever I go even if it’s the cafe at the edge of town. Except Italy! I don’t remember how I got through without my chai? Nonetheless, it’s my favorite, so at home in the absence of a milk frother I lightly whip heavy cream instead. This “foamy” version of frothed milk made me say “hell yes!” The heavy cream sticks around a little longer and doesn’t melt into the tea like foamed milk would. Sweet, dense, warm, yum. The spices are equally balanced throughout, yum!
So, what the heck is Chai tea anyways and why can we purchase jugs of Chai tea concentrate at Harney and Sons? Chai is a black tea base with cinnamon, clove, cardamom, nutmeg, and vanilla. Black tea is full of caffeine, so I must take caution, but I rather enjoy my 20 minutes of bliss no matter the consequence. I feel as if though Chai tea, like matcha, has been morphed into its own category. You have white teas, black teas, oolongs, and greens, but within those categories are the all mighty sub category of bold, concentrated, and noteworthy teas. Teas that don’t necessarily act as cold remedies and teas that you don’t make in the morning like a cup of Jo. These teas like Chai are what memories are made around. Charismatic and full, Chai tea is best to drink in moments where only good things happen.