This is an uncompromised masala chai, not toned down for the perceived Western audiences. What makes this recipe authentic is not just the excellent spice selection, which indeed packs heat, but also the choice of a proper tea base- The Assam CTC (Cut, Tear & Curl). Cutting, tearing, and curling process is essential in granulating and maximizing the surface of a tea leaf, creating a deep orthodox taste and aroma.
Masala chai is to be brewed with at least 50% milk (or alternative), meaning a strong tea base is needed to cut through the milky taste. The concoction with an Assam CTC is guaranteed to brew a rich, amber, and tantalizing Masala Chai.