Sandalwood is the second most expensive tree in the entire world with an incredibly aromatic fragrance which is woven into the heritage of India. Its taste is described the following way – “Menthol on the inhale, and sandalwood/incense on the exhale”. Its history is 4000 years old and is mentioned in many Chinese and Sanskrit manuscripts. The essential oil developed in its roots and heartwood has long been used in spiritual rituals, and nowadays it is believed to have phenomenal spiritual, psychotropic and medicinal properties. Sandalwood essential oil also plays an important role in Buddhism and is considered one of the 3 incenses integral to Buddhism practice.
Cinnamon is a fragrant and slightly pungent spice that originated somewhere in Sri Lanka. It has a long history tracing back to 2000 BCE. The spice is actually the inner bark of a tree known to have great benefits for the digestive and immune systems. It has always played an important role in the Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine, its powder utilized not only to give meals a great taste, but also to reduce cholesterol levels and treat infections. These days, we use Cinnamon cultivated in China to offer our clients the best flavor.
Coconut blossom sugar, also known as palm sugar or coco sap sugar, is a natural sweetener that has a very sweet and caramel like taste. This sugar that is made from the coconut palm’s sap of cut flower buds is what has been used for ages in the regions of Southeast Asia, and is now getting more and more popular all over the world. We make sure we only use organic natural sweetener coconut blossom sugar that has a plethora of health benefits to offer. We make sure we import the best organic coconut blossom sugar from the world’s largest producer in Indonesia.
Honey is a natural sweetener that originated somewhere in Southeast Asia and tropical parts of Africa. It traces back to 5,500 BCE when Egyptians used honey not only as a sweetener but also as a present to their Gods and an indispensable ingredient in beverages, medicines, etc. The Greeks used it as a healing medicine for the sick whilst Romans, discovering its great culinary properties, incorporated honey into dishes.The importance of honey continued to grow until the Renaissance, yet it became less used after sugar production began. We use premium quality Canadian honey in all our Molina Chai products.
Black tea is made with the leaves of the Camellia sinensis, also known as the tea plant. This tea generally has a stronger flavour than lighter teas due to the heavier oxidation and contains more caffeine. The Camellia sinensis is a shrub that originated in China, although tea is cultivated worldwide nowadays, in places where the climate is ideal.
Bourbon Vanilla is a sweet spice with a smooth and strong fragrance, the second most expensive after saffron, that comes from an orchid that grows up trees. It originated somewhere in Mesoamerica, however nowadays it is produced all over the world. The ancient Totonac Indians of Mexico were the first ones to use the flavorful vanilla pods in their cooking. Soon after, vanilla beans were introduced to Aztecs, and later on to the world. These days, the world’s largest production of Bourbon Vanilla comes from the Bourbon Islands in Madagascar, hence its name, which is where we import it from.