|Dimensions||7 × 3 × 4 cm|
Masala Chai ( spiced tea) , or simply Chai, Chai Tea or Chai Latte – the name “chai” is actually the Hindi word for “tea”, which was derived from “cha”, the Chinese word for “tea”. The traditional ingredients of a spiced tea blend includes black tea mixed with strong spices, warming spices. The spice mixture, called karha, uses a base of ground ginger and green cardamom pods. Other spices are added to this karha including cinnamon, star anise, fennel seeds, peppercorn, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom seeds, ginger root, honey, vanilla, and other spices.
The folklore surrounding Chai dates back to between 5000 and 9000 years ago to an ancient royal court – either India or Siam. It was said that the reigning king created the recipe as a healing Ayurvedic beverage. Throughout the earlier years Chai was prepared via a diverse range of methods and contained an equally diverse array of spices. Between regions the recipes varied and it was served hot and cold as a remedy for minor ailments, but didn’t contain black tea until the 1930’s.
Today Masala Chai tea stalls are a common sight throughout India, from meager roadside stops to larger city establishments – all with their own Chai Recipe. But perhaps the strongest association with Indian Chai is the familiar chant of Chai Wallahs, “ garam chai garam chai” (hot tea) as they weave their way along trains bursting to the seams and equally crowded streets. Over the past 3 – 4 decades it has gained increased popularity in Western culture. The emergence of the Chai tent at music festivals and markets has become an institution that not only serves chai but provides an ambient environment in which to drink it. Chai Lattes are now an established item on the menu of cafes and there is a growing culture of chai connoisseurs that search out authentic quality chai products.
This perfume is based on the traditions of India, with a twist, including exotic oils used in East Indian perfumery. A spicy, resinous blend was the end result, sure to warm the soul and turn heads when worn.
Vegan & synthetic free, each bottle has been infused with star anise and cloves.
15ml clear glass apothecary bottle.
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