Shady Gables

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Chai Selections

Chai is so prevalent in India and Sri Lanka that it could be called the "National Drink".  It is very common to see the "Tea Wadis" serving their chai to the walk-by traffic.  In North America we have coffee carts.  In the sub continent and Sri Lanka you have the "Wadis".  Paint the following picture in your mind...  The tea wadis cart has a well-used look (bashed and dented!) quite often with a charcoal fire going keeping the water boiling so steam and smoke are rising, and old evaporated milk can full of sugar, another bashed and dented can with the masala chai spices, an eclectic collection of semi-clean mugs and glasses and a wizened chai expert deftly pouring back and forth from great heights tea with spices and milk combining the ingredients.  Once combined it is normal to add a fantastic amount of sugar for that real chai experience!

The word "chai" literally means tea.  Often lower quality tea is used to make chai as it is thought the spices will cover up any deficiences in the tea.  We do not believe in this and prefer our chai tea be made from highest quality spices and High Grown Ceylon tea.  The quality of the tea elevates this chai to a new level.

 

Chocolate Chai

- A rich combination of chocolate and chai.

Dr. Zhivago Chai - Smoky “Russian Caravan” tea with the warmth of chai spices.

English Brandy Snap Chai - Black currants and orange give this chai its distinctly English flavor.

Indian Spiced Chai - This is a robust tea with strong Indian “Masala” chai spice notes.

Indian Summer Chai - A surprising and unique blend of summery strawberry and chai.

Mother Teresa Chai - Named for the tireless servant of God who devoted her life to the poorest of poor in India. The hint of rose reminds us of the flowers she truly deserves.

Ozark Autumn Chai - A cozy chai with the unmistakable flavor of fresh, ripe, Ozark apples.