Let me start by saying I´m not a big fan of chai. Most of the time the cinnamon just overwhelms me entirely, so it´s OK for one cup (running up to Xmas, for instance), and then I need a (long) break to drink anything…apart from chai.
Yesterday, as I felt like having a cup in the evening while watching a movie, and it had snowed in the morning, so I thought I would give the chai sample Bruu added to its January subscription box a go…and I really enjoyed it : balanced in nose, nicely copper coloured and quite soft mouthfeel with the orange peel finishing it off, a lot subtler than most chai teas I´ve tried before.
I imagine I´m not the only one having enjoyed this tea, as it is now part of Bruu´s collection. They say about it as follows :
What it is? It is extremely rich, luxurious and malty which works perfectly with the cinnamon and orange. Most chai teas contain many complex ingredients, but this Bogapani tea can hold itself with just three.
Why we love it : The tea bushes on the Bogapani plantation are well established, and so the harvest is consistent year-round. More established plants also produce better tea leaves and this Assam is no exception.
Where it’s from? Assam, a state in Northeast India, is well known for its tea production along with its rich culture and vibrant environment. For example, tea is so important to this culture that they even have their own festival to celebrate it, called the Assam Tea Festival, held in November.
How our drink hits the senses : Most of Assam focuses on mass-produced tea, but this Bogapani is reserved for the luxury end of the market. In appearance, the tea is a light brown cup, which will work well with milk and even a touch of honey!
The taste journey : Bogapani is rich and malty, whilst the added cinnamon and orange peel give it a sweet aftertaste; making it perfect for a winters day to get you in the mood for Christmas. The tea is from the higher quality June harvest and utilises the fresher, fine-needle leaves.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange Zest, Tea