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The Mysteries of Chai Tea Revealed

A reader asked us what Chai is and so we wanted to take the time to respond.  The easiest definition of Chai is spiced milk tea.  Chai originated in the East.  It is typically a blend of rich black tea, ginger, cardamom, cloves, peppercorn, nutmeg and cinnamon.  It may also be made with green tea.  Spices and sweeteners may vary based on preference.  Vanilla is one common alternative flavor, for instance.

Although there are several methods to prepare Chai, the most popular seems to be as follows: Take your favorite Chai tea mixture, add hot water, milk and honey.  Simmer for a few minutes, then strain (in the case of loose tea) and serve.

Now, how many of you hesitate to talk about how much you love Chai as an alternative to morning coffee or an irresistible beverage any time of day just because you are not exactly sure how to pronounce it?  Is it “ch I” or “k I?” 

The answer is: ch I.   In fact, Chai is actually the word for tea in many languages. 
Bigelow Tea offers Chai for every palette:  Spiced Chai, Vanilla Chai, Green Tea Chai and Decaf Spiced Chai.  Go to to check it out.

For more information about Chai, go here and here.

10 Responses to “The Mysteries of Chai Tea Revealed”

  1. Kelly writes:

    Actually Cindi we really don’t know who started Chai Tea came from China sources claim it came from Russia Turkey or some part of mIddle east

    They think Geingus Khan may discover it he didn’t like Chinese tea or Japanese Green tea appaerntly what I hear he got his warrior invented new tea

    Another accomplishment for crazy Mongolia Ruler Geignus Khan

  2. Kelly writes:

    Sequel to the story I learn that on History Channel

  3. shirley mullis writes:

    I was wondering if you plan to produce oolong tea for retail stores , I have to go to specialty stores to get it now .
    I love you tea because it is individuly wraped and because of the mild taste, Which I thing is because it is fresh .

  4. Peter writes:

    Bigelow Chai teas are really amazing!! I have a cup of the Green Chai every night!

  5. Valorie writes:


    Thanks for your question. We do offer our Chinese Oolong (previously Chinese Fortune) which is available in retail stores wherever Bigelow Teas are sold; it is sold in a 20 count box, containing individual wrapped teabags.

    Consumer Service of Bigelow Tea

  6. eileen writes:

    which specific retail store carry the chinese oolong?

  7. Valorie writes:

    You asked where you would be able to purchase our Chinese Oolong Tea in your area.

    We can certainly understand how frustrating it must be when you cannot find the flavor that pleases you. As much as we would like, it is difficult to tell you precisely what store in your area may currently have your favorite flavor. Our teas are available to all major grocery chains, but there could be an out of stock issue, or they may choose not to carry a particular flavor. We have found that most store managers want to please their customers. We would suggest that you ask the manager where you frequently shop to check with his distributor to see if he can order the tea of your choice.

    We do have another option for you. As a courtesy, we sell our teas directly to consumers by the case. A case is made up of six individual boxes of one kind of tea. You can order directly from us through our web site,, or by calling our toll free number, 1-888-BIGELOW (1-888-244-3569). This number is available Monday through Friday, between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm EST. The price of our teas is in a range of $17.75 – $19.75 per case, plus shipping and handling charges. For your convenience, you may pay by Visa, Mastercard, American Express, check, or money order.

    We hope this information is helpful. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us again.

    Consumer Service, Bigelow Tea

  8. Bigelow Tea | Quality Teas Since 1945 writes:

    […] rich tea culture, deep-rooted in everyday life. Most people in India drink several cups of chai a day, enjoying it in public places such as trains and streets. It is a family tradition in India […]

  9. Julie writes:

    How do you pronounce bigelow?

  10. Valorie writes:

    Just like it sounds Julie. Thanks for visiting.

    Valorie for Bigelow Tea