Black Tea

A traditional blend of warming spices for a timeless ritual.

Kosher Certified | USDA Organic

Tasting Notes

Flavor: bold, flavorful, eye-opening
Aroma: rich, intense and spicy
Color: ebony
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Bombay Chai Tea
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About Bombay Chai Tea

Tea Type : Black Tea

The base of this Tea Forté Chai tea is black tea from the Nilgiri region in Northeast India. Nilgiri literally means ‘blue hill'. Many waterfalls, flowering plant species and high mountains are found in the Nilgiri region, including Doddabetta Peak, the highest in the range at 8,652 ft. The Nilgiri Hills are part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, which is part of the protected bio-reserves in India.

Chai is in many languages the word for tea and is believed to be derived from the Cantonese ‘Cha’ (for example Persian, Hindi, Korean, Russian, Mandarin,and Swahili). In the western world Chai tea is mostly referred to as a full flavor, spiced Indian black tea that is enjoyed from morning until night inIndia, where it is traditionally served with boiling whole milk and sugar for a unique infusion.

The wonderful yet delicately composed mélange of ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, star anise, black pepper and flavoring gives Tea Forté Chai tea its characterTea Forté Chai contains very flavorful and aromatic spices. . This black tea is known as a ‘very forgiving black tea’, meaning that it is almost impossible to ‘over steep’.Our Bombay Chai combines black tea with the spices found in a traditional Indian masala chai. Chai recipes vary enormously, using different spices, sugars and amounts and types of milk. However, they are uniformly well-lightened and sweetened.

While "chai" is used in English to refer to nearly any spiced tea or tea latte drink, chai is actually the generic word for tea in India, Iran, Thailand and elsewhere. In fact, it is very similar to the word for tea in Japan, "cha" (as seen in Sencha)

We strongly recommend milk and honey to taste with our Bombay Chai. For a richer, milkier drink, heat your milk before adding it and use up to 1 part milk for every 2 parts water. Prepared in this fashion, our Chai is a great breakfast tea, particularly in winter.

Ingredients and certifications may differ slightly between our pyramid infusers and loose tea canisters for this blend, see package for details.

Read more about Chai Tea:
  • How to Make a Chai Latte
  • Steeping instructions

    1. Heat water to 208˚F.
    2. Place tea in cup and pour water over the leaves.
    3. Steep for 3-5 minutes.
    4. Enjoy!

    For loose leaf iced teas, use 2 tsp per 8oz glass.

    Tasting Notes

    Flavor: bold, flavorful, eye-opening
    Aroma: rich, intense and spicy
    Color: ebony


    • Organic black tea
    • Organic ginger
    • Organic cinnamon
    • Organic cardamom
    • Natural flavors
    • Organic cloves
    • Organic star anise
    • Organic black pepper

    Caffeine Content (Mg)

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    1. Esther K.
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      My favorite chai to make latte with

      I make my chai tea latte with this one and it tastes great!

      03/02/20 | Cerritos, CA
    2. JUDITH R.
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      Smooth, warming

      A smooth warm blend of traditional chai spices. One of my favorite chais to date!

      02/29/20 | VISALIA, CA
    3. Roni R.
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      I really enjoy this tea blend. Very nice.

      02/26/20 | selah, WA
    4. Christina L.
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      Go to chai

      I've stopped searching for loose leaf chais as this on is exactly what I want. Perfectly tasty and a light nudge of caffeine to get my morning started. Been drinking a cup a day for almost a year now and still have no complaints.

      02/26/20 | San Francisco, CA
    5. Sarah K.
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      Needs deeper spices

      02/26/20 | WASHINGTON, DC
    6. Roberta L.
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      Bombay Chai tea

      I first had this tea in the restaurant of a delightful resort overlooking the water in Bar Harbor, Maine. It quickly became my favorite, as I substituted this for the sugary chai I used to get daily in a well known coffeeshop. I have since branched out to other teas, but this remains my absolute favorite. I start each day with this tea....

      02/25/20 | Windsor, CT
    7. Linda K.
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      I love this tea!

      This is my favorite tea, and I really look forward to having this every morning. It is tasty as a dessert.

      02/25/20 | PITTSBORO, NC
    8. Christopher T.
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      Best Chai!

      The best Chai Tea by far of many I have tried. Perfectly balanced spices and depth of flavor.

      02/25/20 | Floral Park, NY
    9. SARAH F.
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      Sweet cinnamon wafts thru the room upon brewing. A gentle, relaxing wake-up to your day.

      02/25/20 | BRISTOL, VT
    10. Christine I.
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      Love Tea Forte

      Tea Forte has the best Chai Tea available. I have tried several different brands and no one comes close the mild blend of flavors - they are never bitter or sharp, or have one ingredient overpowering another. The best! The online company is very easy to work with too!

      02/25/20 | Rocky River, OH
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