Lemongrass chai is a tea that will truly caress your senses. From the moment you open a bag of this tea you know you are in for a treat. As you inhale the aromas of the chai, your olfactory senses delight in the exotic scents of the far east – cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, coriander, black pepper, and of course Lemongrass. Ah, Lemongrass. Long heralded for its ability to lift a weary and sagging spirit, lemongrass, (Latin: Cymbopogon flexuosus) is native to East India where it is also known as Malabar grass.
As you brew this tea, first note the slight sweet scent of fresh lemon that emanates from your teapot. The smell of citrus is due to the presence of citral, a biological component of the lemongrass plant. Next, as you sip the tea, notice its eye opening quality. The chai is produced with a base blend of Assam and Kenyan teas from Keyhung, and Kambaa gardens respectively – these estates are noted for their good, strong, full-bodied teas. As you drain the cup you may also find that the presence of the lemongrass in the blend adds clarity of mind, and an openness of spirit.
Lemongrass itself was traditionally consumed throughout South East Asia as a digestive aid. Subsequently, as an after dinner drink, this chai is unsurpassed, and complements spicy meals exceptionally well. Like all chais, traditional preparation methods require that the tea be brewed in heavy milk. A similar effect can be achieved however by adding scalded milk to your cup once the tea has been brewed. Pour yourself a cup today and prepare for a tea experience you will want to enjoy again and again and again.