Tea Creations: Attempting a Chai Using the Wakoucha Mariko, a Japanese Black Tea

For this recipe, we had the idea of trying to making a chai tea using our Wakoucha Mariko. Masala Chai is typically made with some strong black tea, spices, milk, and sugar. When we attempted a sort of chai-esque recipe, we didn’t use any milk or sugar. The reason why is because our Wakoucha Mariko actually has quite a sweet taste already and isn’t really bitter or astringent. Here is a tiktok video that we did for this recipe.

While it isn’t usually prepared in Japan (unless, of course, you pay a visit to the local Starbucks), making yourself some chai can be quite a nice change of pace from Japanese greens. While the refreshing, bright profile of Japanese greens can be nice, drinking black tea with spices added can not only have a digestive benefit but a different profile in the mouth all together. There is also the addition of milk and sugar which is sacrilegious in certain tea circles. However, many cultures around the world mix their tea with milk or sugar (or both) such as people who live in the UK, Turkey, and Russia. In the Indian Subcontinent as well as Eastern Africa, the mixing of tea, milk, sugar and spices seems to be popular. There are even some cultures that mix butter and salt into their tea.

Using a Japanese black tea to attempt a chai tea can change the necessity of using sugar as a sweetener. Probably because of the steaming, the Wakoucha Mariko naturally doesn’t taste as bitter or tannic as some other black teas you may have tried. The spices add an interesting dynamic to the tea and also feel nicely in the stomach. Drinking tea on an empty stomach can sometimes causes nausea but spices can help with this.

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