Scheherazade Shai - Lake Missoula Tea Company
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Scheherazade Shai


Our boldest chai, with robust tea and spice flavors! Chai base is from a woman owned farm in India.


Scheherazade Shai

Scheherazade Shai is our boldest, briskest chai.  Steep for a minute or two for a mellower brew, or longer for a hardier, spicier chai.

The Story Behind this Chai’s Name

This tea name is a double entendre.  Scheherazade is the name of tea estate owner’s favorite horse from where this tea comes.  Scheherazade is also the heroine in One Thousand and One Nights, a story based in Middle Eastern context. The heroine creatively avoids her death from king Sheheryar (who plans to have her killed due to having found out his last wife was unfaithful to him) by telling him a tantalizing story the first night of their marriage. Rather than finish the story, she strategically stops the story on a cliffhanger, forcing the king to let her live another day to finish her story the next night. This goes on for one thousand and one nights, by which the king has finally fallen in love with Scheherazade.

Shai is the Arabic variation of the word chai, meaning tea. As you drink this shai, you can imagine yourself galloping upon the back of a fine horse in a polo match, or immerse yourself in one of the gripping folk tales from One Thousand and One Nights!

India’s Nuxalbari Tea Estate

The black tea in this blend comes from Nuxalbari Tea Estate, located at the foothills of the Himalaya. Images of world renown peaks and challenges come hand in hand with the Himalaya. However, another challenge happening at the base of the Himalaya is that elephants and humans compete for habitat. Nuxalbari’s mission is to allow peaceful passage of elephants through the tea estate by replanting much of the farm into elephant habitat. Our intent is that you think about the obstacles the elephant faces while drinking this tea. We hope that by sourcing tea from Nuxalbari, they are in turn are able to continue to help the Asian Elephant find respite and safe passage at the tea estate.

Scheherazade Shai carries the Women in Tea symbol.  The tea comes from a farm owned by a woman, an uncommon phenomenon in India.

With black tea, ginger*, cardamom*, cinnamon*, clove*, *organic.

Caffeine. A made in Montana tea.

Women in tea symbol.

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Brooke Blackler
I've been going to Lake Missoula Tea Company for years, and recently have had the privilege of putting some of their tea in my store. The quality of the tea is fantastic, and the blends are delightful. I have also attended one of their tasting / learning events and it was great. I highly recommend their downtown store for meeting with friends, family or even just for a nice place to go and have a cup of perfectly brewed tea.
Steve Giralt
What a wonderful shop! I've been in with my whole family a few times and it's just such a treat smelling teas, and learning new things. The lady behind the counter was extremely helpful for us newbies and she is so knowledgeable. During our last visit we tried the tea service and spent some time just enjoying cups of tea. The whole experience was a pleasure. 100% this is the best place to get tea in Missoula, and if you don't know anything about tea it's even better!
Tim Specht
Amazing variety great prices and they'll brew top shelf teas you may be reluctant to buy before trying for a dollar more. Great selection for Missoula. Friendly knowledgeable staff and beautiful tea sets and accessories
Chiara Giovanni
We are major tea snobs and I was absolutely delighted by this store. There are the usual suspects as well as shelves of unique, hand-picked teas. Highly recommend the Golden Snail :) It was really special being able to try whatever tea I wanted before buying. I'm looking forward to subscribing to their tea club. I would love to come back: everything was delicious.
Andrea Lake Lash Supplies
Amazing tea! Beyond my expectations and well worth the stop! Delightful service and amazing blends! If you are in the area I would highly recognize them. I will be ordering blends online-they are so good!