Kama Sutra Chai
Country of Origin: India
Grade: TGFOP (Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe) Base Black Tea
Altitude: 300 – 1770 metres above sea level.
Manufacture Type: Orthodox
Cup Characteristics: Chai that originates from India and so does the Kama Sutra….so why not blend that honours both of these pleasures. Penetrating depth with a full flavored cup exuding sensuous floral and saucy spice notes. This is a tea that will make memories!
Infusion: Bright and coppery with golden highlights.
Ingredients: Black tea, Caraway, Ginger, Liquorice, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Peppercorn, Aniseed, Rose buds, Jasmine buds
Information: Ancient Indian tradition maintains that the Kama Sutra was written by Maharishi Vatsyayana. Vatsyayana is believed to have lived in India sometime between the 1st and 6th centuries AD during what is known as the Guptaperiod, a time of great cultural and artistic growth. The Kama Sutra is literally a book on the science of love – Kama translates as desire, and Sutra means technical manual. The ancient treatise depicts positions for uhm, “marital enjoyment” with names like “the Cobra”, and “Tigress” – it is a very spicy text.
So it may surprise you to learn that tradition also maintains that Mharishi Vatsyayana was a celibate monk. How he got it in his head to describe some of the sultriest, sexiest, physically challenging, stimulating, and creative ways for couples to “enjoy” themselves is a mystery that has long been lost to the mists of time.
(We thought we’d give you something to ponder while you sipped this stunning Indian chai.) In the spirit of sensuousness and discovery offered by Vatsyayana’s ancient text we offer this fabulous tea – a real mélange a spice. A true Indian style chai, this blend is based on good strong Indian teas blended with an ancient spice recipe almost as old as the Kama Sutra itself.
The taste is heavenly – ginger and cardamom intermingle with cinnamon, cloves and hints of black pepper. The full-bodied cup is rounded out with floral notes that tempt the taste buds and will have you crying out for more. Brew a pot today and raise a cup to the science of love. (And don’t blame us if it raises a few other things too!)
IMPORTANT: Stir your chai a few times before you place into pot. The powdered spices can settle at the bottom of the container during transit.
Hot Tea Brewing Method: Bring fresh cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 heaping teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 5-10 minutes (for true Chai steep at least 7 minutes). While the tea is brewing prepare your cup to receive the Chai – put 2 teaspoons of sugar in the cup and add milk (about 20%) of the cups volume. When the Chai is ready – pour into your cup.
Iced Tea Brewing Method (to make 1 Litre): Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot. Pour 1¼ cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice, milk, sugar and top up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. (A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water).
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