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drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
124 tasting notes

I was surprised by this tea – mainly by how much I liked it!
I really really hate chai tea. So, naturally, when I went on my tea buying spree, I ordered a chai sample :) I’m the kind of person who will keep trying new things even in the face of evidence showing it might be awful!
When I opened the bag I got a mix of scents I love and scents I hate. The clove was kind of overwhelming, but I liked the other spices.
I added milk to this (because seriously, if I don’t usually like chai there is no way I’m drinking it without milk) and I actually really liked it! It wasn’t overwhelmingly spicy and sharp like other chai I’ve had. The milk mixed with the spices giving it a nice and balanced nutty flavour.
In the future I might brew it shorter as the black tea seemed to get slightly bitter. Maybe 4-4.5 minutes would do it.
Overall though, I love it!

I made another steeping of this for only 4 minutes. Wow, this tea does not resteep well. It’s much more one-dimensional after the first steeping and pretty bitter. The sweetness of the spices is gone leaving a flatter tart brew.
First cup: wonderful.
Second cup: almost undrinkable.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Skulleigh

This is the main chai that I drink, I agree that it’s quite good. I keep meaning to try prepping it the “authentic” way, simmering it in milk on the stove. But I’m so lazy… :D

BlueKittyMeow

That is absolutely on my list of things to try – possibly later tonight actually if it doesn’t seem daunting by then! Do you have a good reference you could point me to for how long to simmer it? I wouldn’t want the actual tea in it to get bitter.

Skulleigh

I don’t, sorry! I usually don’t bookmark things like that until I am actually ready to try it. I’ll just forget I have it, so I generally Google it when I am ready to start.

BlueKittyMeow

No worries – I have so many bookmarks it would take ages to go through them and I still just google things I need. I’ll mess around with it and post my results :)

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Skulleigh

This is the main chai that I drink, I agree that it’s quite good. I keep meaning to try prepping it the “authentic” way, simmering it in milk on the stove. But I’m so lazy… :D

BlueKittyMeow

That is absolutely on my list of things to try – possibly later tonight actually if it doesn’t seem daunting by then! Do you have a good reference you could point me to for how long to simmer it? I wouldn’t want the actual tea in it to get bitter.

Skulleigh

I don’t, sorry! I usually don’t bookmark things like that until I am actually ready to try it. I’ll just forget I have it, so I generally Google it when I am ready to start.

BlueKittyMeow

No worries – I have so many bookmarks it would take ages to go through them and I still just google things I need. I’ll mess around with it and post my results :)

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I’m a writer and as such, am obviously an emotional rollercoaster. I used to drink tea a lot more, but kind of stopped and switched to coffee. Now, after too much stress, I’m completely unable to drink coffee anymore, so I figured tea would fulfill some of my “awake” needs as well as calm my emotions. I’m working my way through a huge selection of samples of pretty much everything, leaving notes so I remember what I like.
I love being adventurous and trying new things, even (especially?) things that sound strange or off-putting. Aside from tea I also enjoy tasting wines. The last really interesting one I tried was a dandelion wine! (And yes, it actually was delicious. Extremely bizarre and herby, but delicious).

I don’t have a set of numerical ratings set down yet, mainly because I’m very intuitive (read: disorganized and opinionated) about how I rate things. Basically, If something is in the 70-85 range, it’s pretty good, totally drinkable. Below that, in the 50-69 range, it was probably incredibly boring. I really hate boring tea. Below 50, I wouldn’t drink it again and might not have finished it (I actually really hate leaving ratings below 50, it makes me feel bad. I’m probably too nice). If it’s above 85 then I really liked it. Super high ratings are reserved for teas that totally blew me away.

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