Saturday, April 5, 2008

Indian Spice


This morning I am drinking Indian Spice, a flavored black tea. When I need a strong drink I reach for Indian Spice - it is both striking and soothing.
Composition: Indian (pellet tea) blended with cardamom seeds, cinnamon and cardamom flavor
Visual: Dark brown with hints of red pellets. Dry mix resembles coffee grounds.
Dry Aroma: Very pungent robust scent - this tea has a spicy yet soapy (cardamom) smell
Flavor: Full bodied and slightly bitter - probably attributed to the cardamon. I prefer to drink with honey and milk or cream. However, depending on my mood, I may drink without milk/cream.
Liquor: Dark brown
Brewing Time: 5 minutes - I love a strong cup of tea.
Manufacturer: Harney & Sons Fine Teas
Caffeine: Yes
Special Note: When brewed with milk this delicious tea is known as the popular Chai Tea.

What is cardamom?

Cardamom is the dried, unripened fruit of the perennial Elettaria cardamomum. Enclosed in the fruit pods are tiny, brown, aromatic seeds which are slightly pungent to taste. Cardamom pods are generally green but are also available in bleached white pod form. It is available both in the whole pod and as decorticated seeds with the outer hull removed.


The next time you are looking for a new tea try Indian Spice, then return to Tea Escapade and comment about your experience. Until then...Happy Tea Drinking!

Reference: McCormick Spice Encyclopedia located at http://www.mccormick.com/content.cfm?id=8214

6 comments:

Deabusamor said...

I love Indian Spice! I am very fond of milk and honey in my tea, but I find some teas lose their flavor this way. Indian Spice is so wonderfully strong and complements milk and honey perfectly!

njm said...

deabusamor,

I couldn't agree with you more. Thanks for commenting.

coolingstar9 said...

Tea really can refresh our mind. Spicy tea is new to me.
Have a nice day.

XUE said...

My 3 fav are Jasmine, Chrysathenum, Oolong ( all Chinese) & like Earl Grey. All quite normal, non-fancy types, I think. Have you tried the Japanese Green Tea?

njm said...

Coolingstar9,

I have been drinking spicy tea for a couple of years. I have to say that I love it.

Let me know what you think.

njm said...

XUE,

I just drank Oolong for the first time last week. I need to brew another cup to make up my mind about what I think. I'll keep you posted.

Thanks for sharing your favs!