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I used to LOVE this stuff! I saw it a while ago while shopping and picked up a carton, just opening it today. What I remember was the intense mix of spices and the warming kick of pepper. What I got today was way more toned down in the spice department than what I recall and WAY sweeter too. Like sickly sweet. I had to add a ton of milk to cut the sweet which also cuts the spice. It is funny how our tastes evolve and change! I may be dumping the rest of the carton and searching for a good spicy chai alternative.

Xxxxx

I remember being what felt like addicted to this back in the mid-90s. I was drinking 4 or 5 latte bowls of it through out a morning at work to the point where I was taking in so much caffeine, sleeping restfully was getting to be a problem, so I gave it up and moved on to other teas. Maybe 10 years later I picked up a carton for old time’s sake and found it abhorrent. My neighbor took it off my hands.

Have you tried experimenting with your own chai spice mixture? I rarely drink chai at home these days, but when I do, I always add lightly crushed black peppercorns and brusised green cardamon pods to the mixture.

Dustin

I have not tried blending my own chai, but I just might give it a go! I know clove, cardamon and peppercorns are common chai spices, but I’m not sure what all they put in the mix. I’ll have to do some digging!

Xxxxx

I think the most important thing is to play around with spices to get a blend that pleases you-some combination of five basic spices: cardamom, ginger, clove, black pepper and cinnamon. Try adding Other spices like star anise, fennel, nutmeg, vanilla pods, coriander, allspice. I think like chili or lentil soup, there are hundreds of spice combos/variations for masala chai. The fun is in blending and drinking.

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drank English Toffee by DAVIDsTEA
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Eehhhhhhhhh…. It smells great dry and steeped, but the flavor seems a bit weak in comparison. It kinda tastes like a slightly altered Chocolate Macaroon which makes me think that it may be better cold steeped. I’m picking up a little coconut and chocolate, which doesn’t seem very toffee like. Adding cream gives it a little more balance, but I still don’t get toffee. I wish I had picked up a sample size instead of 2oz. :/

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Mango Turmeric by DAVIDsTEA
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I cold steeped the rest of this sample in the fridge. Put it in and didn’t get around to drinking it for several days! It seemed to have an alkaline taste to it for the first few sips, but that seems to be wearing off. It is strange how it has a refreshing quality to it while the ginger leaves heat in my mouth. The pineapple brightens it a little while hiding in the back. I like it, but I’m not crazy about it cold steeped. Hot is definitely the way to go here.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Momoko by Lupicia
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Oh Momoko! Save me from this awful mood I have woken up with! Wrap me in your peach flavored arms and carry me to the peaceful orchards where you are from.

I haven’t had a cup of this in a long time and it’s just as good as I remembered. It is mixing really well with the candied ginger waffles I made for breakfast. This is the only peach tea I need in my cupboard!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
tea-sipper

I wish I were in some orchards about now too. :D

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drank Happy Trails by Butiki Teas
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I got a sample of this somewhere along the line, but I’m not sure from who at this point. I tried it before, but don’t remember what I thought of it. I’m getting a slight bitter taste and maybe a little malt hidden behind that. As it cools the flavors merge and mellow a little. There is something fruity hidden in the aftertaste. A grapefruit flavor? With a hint of cherry? I’m so confused! LOL!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Mango Turmeric by DAVIDsTEA
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I think I like tumeric teas! This is the second one I have tried and I like them both! This one is bright, has a citrusy edge and a slight sweetness. I didn’t think I’d like the pineapple based on other pineapple teas I have had, but it seems to work well here. On the sip the fruit comes off as tropical, but in the aftertaste the distinction of mango comes out. It is great without anything added. I have the rest of the sample cold steeping in the fridge and am anxious to try it that way!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Memily

I love turmeric, I gotta try this!

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drank Grand Bazaar by American Tea Room
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This tea smells SO wonderful in the bag! Rich, nutty and sweet. It smells that way when steeped too, but I’m finding the flavor comes through more fruity than I expected from the scent; almost a cherry apricot flavor. The almonds have a deeper baked smell, like in a pastry. I added some creamer and it changed the taste quite a bit. I get more of a fresh grass like the ending tang of wheat grass. Maybe I’ll try adding a little sugar and holding the cream on my next go at this tea. I’m enjoying it and intrigued by it, but I haven’t quite figured it out yet either.

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This tea is weird. I cold steeped it over night in the fridge. I get a candied cherry taste along with cinnamon, which seems like an odd combo. I also get a little alkaline taste towards the end of the sip that is unpleasant. Adding cream masks the alkaline flavor. It is a little earthy at the beginning of the sip in an almost ginseng sort of way. I’m really not wowed or thrilled by this tea. There are so many more interesting teas to drink that I really don’t care if I never cross paths with it again.

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drank Jasmine Pearl by Trader Joe's
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This was one of my favorite jasmine teas for a while there when it was still in stock. It was before I was super into loose leaf teas, but I was pretty impressed at the quality considering it was bagged. It was my first pearl/ball tea and I was super amused at the preparation. I have had a bag or two kicking around for YEARS now and steeped one up today. The bag had a slight rip in it, so between that and the age I’m not expecting top notch flavoring. The instructions on the tag say to steep it for five minutes, but I steeped for only two since it is my standard for green teas. This still has quite a bit of flavor, although it is more muted than I recall. It has a slight sweetness to it and a nice aftertaste. I do wish TJ’s would bring it back because it would be a great jasmine tea to travel with.

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drank Tea Party by TWG Tea Company
713 tasting notes

Not quite the cup I was in the mood for this morning, but it is a good one. I wish I had tried this one in my malty tea sip off to see how it compares with some of the others. This seems to have a slightly lighter base and a bright note, almost citrusy. There is a light chocolate malt taste. It is smooth with even flavors, but still not jumping out at me. I remember liking the smell much better when I sniffed an open tin at Dean and Deluca’s. I also could have sworn it wasn’t just a black tea, but had more things blended in. Did I get the right tea?! Now I’m wondering…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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My name is Dustin and I like tea.

I’m an added flavor kind of tea fan. I want my tea to remind me of cookies and cakes with coconut and almond slices with a hint of chocolate drizzled on top. I want dancing ponies and flying monkeys shooting off fireworks! I like a little sugar in my tea. I love caffeinated tea, but since I limit myself to one cup a day, I have been exploring more rooibos and honeybush teas. Rooibos now = meh and I have upped my caffeine tolerance. BRING ME CAFFEINE!!!!

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