Seven Spice Sri Lankan Chai
It was the allure of the original fabled Spice Islands that first brought me to Sri Lanka. Since ancient times the uniqe terroir of this fertile island has been supplying the world with exotic spices. Sri Lanka is the only place in the world to experience two monsoons, which make it the place of choice to grow superior spices, particularly the native cinnamon. After an enlightening time visiting and immersing myself in the local spice farms and culture, I brought some of this bounty home to share. I aim to emulate the flavourful experience of getting a Chai from a street Chai Wallah with an exotic blend of the best spices, tea and Organic Jaggery Sugar. My minimally processed Jaggery – evaporated, unrefined, sugar cane juice, retains all its delectable molasses flavours as well as its beneficial minerals and nutrients. The lovely high notes, depth and complexity of these remarkable, exquisite spices and no additives or fillers let this blend shine and show off what a remarkable, fecund, jewel of an island Sri Lanka is.
Close relationships with our spice growers are crucial to the quality and success of my chai. To this end I give direct financial support to development of the spice growing communities, including initiatives helping with organic certification. The best natural ingredients blended are just so, to make an enlivening and delicious drink. Please enjoy.
The Flavour Alchemist - Craig McKenzie
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