Mumbai is a rich land for tea-lovers. From tapri chai to some of the most unique infusions I’ve tasted, there’s something for every connoisseur. Here are some of the most unique teas I’ve sipped in the city.

Basilico Tea at Café Basilico

Photo courtesy: Chai Infusions

Photo courtesy: Chai Infusions

The Basilico Tea has basil leaves, dried ginger pieces, spearmint leaves and herbs. This tea helps to clear the palate and is a healthy drink to have with your Italian food at this cafe.

Price: INR 195

Spiced Mandarin Tea at The Nutcracker

Mandarin Spice is a concoction of apple juice, orange zest, assortment of spices and Assam tea. The orange peels in the hot apple drink provide a burst of mandarin flavor. This is a great tea to sip on while it pours outside. I especially like having this with corn and jalapeno dishes here.

Price: INR 160

Monk’s Blend at Aroma’s Café

Photo courtesy: Chai Infusions

Photo courtesy: Chai Infusions

Aroma’s café has some very interesting blends. One should definitely try the Monk’s blend there, which is a fusion of vanilla, liquorice with a hint of mint, added to that marigold and lavender petals topped with lemon peels. It has a very citrusy flavour and is a cold, refreshing tea to have.

Price: INR 168

Nagori Chai

Photo: Athul Prasad/LBB

Photo: Athul Prasad/LBB

This is a milky tea {usually made in the Muslim community} which is prepared by keeping the water on boil and adding sugar and tea after two boils. The water keeps on evaporating, and tea gets thicker {and better!}. It is sweet and milky tea with lots of sugar.

Where: Nagori Famous Milk Tea and Snacks, Shop no. 10, 325, Kelawala Chawl, Ganpatrao Kadam Marg, Lower Parel

Timings: 9am to 11pm

Price: INR 7

Contact: 9892736200

Japanese Tea at The Leela

Leela’s lobby lounge has some of the widest selection of teas I’ve ever seen. They have a beautiful variety ranging from Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese, Sri Lankan to Indian tea. They serve a Gyokuro Tea, which is a rich type of green tea grown in the shade in Japan and has a sweet, smooth taste.

Price: approx INR 700

Lastly, a cup of tea I really enjoy and miss is Hot Buttered Apple Tea at Tea Centre. Here, they actually place apple slices in the tea which leaves a great flavour behind. Tea Centre is temporarily closed for renovation, but when it’s back, I recommend going back to the charming place and having this tea.

Aashish Takia is the founder of Chai Infusion, a gourmet tea company. You can buy their products here and find them on Facebook here. They can also be reached at 022 – 60504600. 

Featured photo: Thibaut Demare via Flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]