Making your own chai bags can be difficult – how can you know the right amount of ingredients? Moreover, how will you find a proper piece of cloth for the bag without going to the other side of town?
If you’d like to treat yourself to some chai without putting in too much effort, consider one of these top premium chai blends – simply dip the bag in water and enjoy the exotic taste and smell of a well-prepared chai.
Twinings Ultra Spice Chai: Whereas some blends of chai aim for subtlety, Twinnings’ Ultra Spice tries to assault the palate with a variety of tastes, taking you on a wild ride you’ve never experienced before. Since this blend of chai is caffeine-free, you can enjoy it at any point of the day and as many times as you’d like (so long as you like black tea, that is). While the abundance of tastes might not be met as well by some, you can’t get much better in terms of tasting something new without putting in a lot of effort.
Organic India Tulsi Tea Chai Masala: Interestingly enough, Organic India’s chai is one of the rare blends that includes the ‘Masala’ distinction despite all of them being variants of Masala tea. Semantics aside, Tulsi Chai ranks highly for pretty much everyone who has tried it – it doesn’t have the boldness of Ultra Spice’s blend but still does a good job of coming alive inside your mouth. Keep in mind, though, that this blend of Tulsi Chai includes caffeine so you probably don’t want to go overboard, especially if you’re planning to sleep soon. If you can deal with the extra jolt that this blend provides, you’ll be treated to some of the finest ingredients out there – while it might not ‘detox’ you as the company promises, it still makes for a terrific drink.
Yogi Rooibos Chai: As if the word ‘chai’ wasn’t exotic enough, Yogi Chai’s name invokes the image of yoga masters in far-away countries enjoying the very same drink you’re having. What’s not to like about that? Aside from its obvious Indian influences, this chai blend also draws from South African customs by making heavy use of an ingredient called rooibos, which supposedly has some health benefits aside from tasting great. Like Organic India’s chai, this blend is free of caffeine and features natural ingredients that are meant to promote good health and overall well-being.
Celestial Seasonings Decaf Mountain Chai Tea: Another exotic-sounding chai blend, this tea boasts a noticeably milder composition than some of the chais listed above. That’s not to say that it tastes bad: it’s still colorful enough to make every cup an experience of its own. And while the tea has a welcome lack of caffeine and is made from natural ingredients only, one can’t help but wonder if the makers went a step too far in their efforts to go green by forgoing strings on the tea bags altogether. Still, what’s a little extra effort for some good chai?