Chai Masala Loose Leaf Tea
Regular price$8.00
  • Family Owned | Handcrafted
  • Produced in Des Moines, IA by Red Dragon Herbs & Teas.
  • 2 oz

Take your taste buds on a journey with some of the most distinct flavors from the Indian subcontinent, masala chai. This is a blend of fine Indian black tea with vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, black pepper, cloves, and green cardamom pods. Typically in India, this tea would be served with buffalo milk or canned condensed milk. Buffalo milk is admittedly hard to find, so you might have to improvise with regular milk, almond milk, soy milk, a bit of cream, you get the picture. It also brews up just fine on its own. In the Western world when we say “chai” we’re typically referring to the spices in this tea. In India, just like in more than half the world, “chai” simply means “tea”. “Masala” refers to the spices in what we normally call “chai”. Either way, if you tell me you like “chai” I’ll know exactly what you’re talking about and point you in the direction of this tea. The spices in this tea are warming and invigorating, making it perfect for cold nights at home or just those nights when you’re feeling a little wanderlust and want to experience a bit of the world….or for cold nights when you just wish you were somewhere nice and balmy.


Indian black tea with vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, black pepper, cloves, and green cardamom pods

You might say our story begins back in 2015 with filing some official papers or maybe when we first went in front of the public on a chilly spring morning at the Downtown Des Moines Farmers Market. I think our story goes deeper than that. The real origin of Red Dragon Herbs is the cups of tea we’ve had in exotic locales around the world, the cups of homegrown herbal blends we’ve had in our backyard, the folklore and herbal wisdom we’ve absorbed over the years and the conversations we’ve had together as husband and wife over a kettle of tea.

Red Dragon Herbs is first and foremost a family owned business. Ryan and Mary are the owners, but it’s not uncommon at all to see our kids pitch in to help. We also value the personal relationships we’ve been able to make with our customers and other entrepreneurs as we’ve come along.

Since our humble inception here in Des Moines, Iowa, we’ve made a name for ourselves locally and way beyond by providing high quality, unique and interesting tea blends along with the personal touch that only a small family business like us could provide.

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