Smooth green tea enlivened with fresh Malabar spices. Peppery and saucy finish. Memories of Bombay's Chai Wallah.
For the most part, the influence of British India has been greatly diminished in her former colony. Still, while even the names have changed, Bombay to Mumbai, Madras to Chennai, and Calcutta to Kolkata, a taste of India's former colonial past can be found if one knows where to look. So it is with Kolkata's Bengal Club, a social and business club founded in 1827. First christened the Calcutta United Service Club by founding president, Lt. Col, the Hon J. Finch, the club has operated continuously into the modern era. To this day it counts among its members the business and social elite of Kolkata, many who have been with the club for generations.
So what does one do at the club? In addition to finding a moment's repose amongst the hustle and bustle of one of the World's busiest cities, one meets with associates to discuss the political climate of the day and shake hands on the latest business deal. One also partakes in a proper British tea service, served each evening in The Terrace room on fine bone china, a distinct holdover of India's colonial past. In fact, where tea is concerned, service at the Bengal Club is often referred to as being "more British than the British".
To celebrate the venerable "Bengal", as it is referred to by those in the know, our Master Taster created this stunning matcha by blending the classic flavors of Indian Chai, with a modern twist, Izu Matcha, to reflect the new, cosmopolitan face of India. From the first sip, this peppery, spicy cup transports you to an exotic world of flavor, tradition and history. If you ever get a chance to visit the Bengal, tell them Metropolitan Tea sent you. Enjoy!
How to Brew
Green tea, cardamom, ginger, black and white pepper, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg
Hot Tea: Use 1/2 teaspoon per 8 oz (225 mL) serving. Add 1/2 teaspoon to base of cup and add 2 oz of hot water and mix vigorously to make a smooth paste-like liquid. Top with freshly steamed milk (or substitute) and sweeten to taste (try maple syrup or honey). Iced Tea: 8 oz (255 mL) serving: into cup add 1/2 teaspoon of matcha and 2 oz of hot water. Mix vigorously to make a smooth paste. Top with freshly steamed milk and sweeten to taste. Cool for 30-60 minutes. Pour over ice.