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I love this blend, but I’ve oddly never had it as a traditional chai, so I decided to change that (last night, when Steepster was acting wonky). Stovetop, 1 cup milk, 1 cup water, honey, simmered for 10 minutes. Perfect!

The honey brings out the buttery notes in this blend, and it’s more distinctly “chai” than the gaiwan method (which brings out individual spices instead of the signature chai mishmash). There’s also a lot more chocolate, in fact some pretty darn strong cocoa notes! This is a perfectly balanced chai when prepared this way, no single note dominates but they all meld together beautifully. I wonder how it would taste with almond milk…

Ze_Teamaker

Taste even better with almond milk. It adds a sweet nuttiness to it.

Lynxiebrat

LOL…making me want to try this, but i have not had much luck in teas that have chocolate in them, unfortunately. and so far, my experience with chai has not been so great either, over all.

Alphakitty

If you don’t like chocolate or chai it’s probably not the tea for you BUT I think it’s a lighter chai and I believe the chocolate notes come from the tea, not added flavoring so it might be worth a try.

Kittenna

Yes – I was going to make the same comment actually – afaik there’s no chocolate in here, just chocolatey notes from the base teas, so if artificial chocolate isn’t working for you, that shouldn’t be an issue here. As for not being super fond of chais, yeah, this one’s definitely lighter (so if spice strength has been an issue…), and I also don’t think it tastes like your “classic” chai, so it could be worth a shot. Perhaps more of a swap-type thing than a purchase, though.

Ze_Teamaker

Actually it does have chocolate in it, but like the others have said it’s not artificial. Instead of chocolate chips(which almost never works) it has cacao nibs. It is basically the whole coco bean chopped up and roasted. There isn’t a lot in the blend though, it is really just there to accentuate the base tea’s natural chocolate flavor; like they said above.

Kittenna

Ahhh, you are right. I was thinking more along the lines of chips/artificial flavourings. :)

Lynxiebrat

Hmm…not sure if I’ll be able to swap with anyone til March…that is if I could find someone willing.

Alphakitty

I think the nibs in mine floated down to the bottom of the bag since there were none in my spoonful, guess I have to shake it up a bit next time!

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Ze_Teamaker

Taste even better with almond milk. It adds a sweet nuttiness to it.

Lynxiebrat

LOL…making me want to try this, but i have not had much luck in teas that have chocolate in them, unfortunately. and so far, my experience with chai has not been so great either, over all.

Alphakitty

If you don’t like chocolate or chai it’s probably not the tea for you BUT I think it’s a lighter chai and I believe the chocolate notes come from the tea, not added flavoring so it might be worth a try.

Kittenna

Yes – I was going to make the same comment actually – afaik there’s no chocolate in here, just chocolatey notes from the base teas, so if artificial chocolate isn’t working for you, that shouldn’t be an issue here. As for not being super fond of chais, yeah, this one’s definitely lighter (so if spice strength has been an issue…), and I also don’t think it tastes like your “classic” chai, so it could be worth a shot. Perhaps more of a swap-type thing than a purchase, though.

Ze_Teamaker

Actually it does have chocolate in it, but like the others have said it’s not artificial. Instead of chocolate chips(which almost never works) it has cacao nibs. It is basically the whole coco bean chopped up and roasted. There isn’t a lot in the blend though, it is really just there to accentuate the base tea’s natural chocolate flavor; like they said above.

Kittenna

Ahhh, you are right. I was thinking more along the lines of chips/artificial flavourings. :)

Lynxiebrat

Hmm…not sure if I’ll be able to swap with anyone til March…that is if I could find someone willing.

Alphakitty

I think the nibs in mine floated down to the bottom of the bag since there were none in my spoonful, guess I have to shake it up a bit next time!

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Tea has always been a passion of mine, though I got away from it during college. A lack of cupboard space and a constant influx of people into my suite made me pretty much abandon my teas at home. But now that I’m done with school, it’s definitely come back with a vengeance—to the point where I’ve purchased about 65 different kinds in the past 3 months!

I like most kinds of teas—yes, even peach, which I used to think I disliked!. Oolongs are definitely my favorite, and I’m an avid fan of earl grey, floral teas, and chai blends along with anything melon. The only kind of teas on my “no” list are rooibos blends (which gives me headaches) and banana flavored ones since bananas are public enemy #1 in my mind.

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