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drank Caramel Vanilla Chai by 52teas
96 tasting notes

I swapped with Ashley for this, traded my loved, but not often craved marshmallow genmaicha figuring that I drink black teas much more frequently so it would make sense.

I got the tea and it smelled heavenly. So heavenly, in fact, that I was sad I had just started a new steeping sequence with another tea and would have to wait a day to have this in the morning.

My husband generously shared his cold germs with me and we both ended up staying home yesterday and I thought this chai would be just perfect. I had read Ashley’s note on how fine this tea was so I decided to use my perfect teapot instead of my beehouse as I figured that would help keep all the ground up tea in its place. Waited impatiently for it to steep and then cool down, took a sip and BLEH! ARGH! GROSS!

Frank, I normally love your work but when others say this is “earthy” I didn’t realize they meant it literally tasted like dirt. Maybe I’m just not an assam fan. Maybe mine had too much pepper and ginger mixed in with the assam of which I’m not a fan. Maybe mine actually was dirt covered in grossness. Maybe I shouldn’t have had the first sip right after finishing two chili cheese corn dogs (yes, they do exist!), but after waiting a while to let my palate readjust it didn’t get any better. Hubby hated it too and I’m pretty sure I lost a few points there.

Sorry Frank, this one is going up for swap ASAP. Not for me at all.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Ashley Bain

aghh :( no good. I always add a good splash of cream and brown sugar and the boy and I really enjoy it. did you try that? :/

LefTea

I always go with the brown sugar splenda but didn’t try the milk. I’m not sure if it’s a certain spice or what, but it makes me a little nervous because I smell the same thing in their new pumpkin cheesecake.

Ashley Bain

I never drink chais without milk/creamer of some sort. I’d say try adding a good splash.

LefTea

Yea, it was so bad that I really don’t want to waste the water to brew more and then waste the milk.

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Ashley Bain

aghh :( no good. I always add a good splash of cream and brown sugar and the boy and I really enjoy it. did you try that? :/

LefTea

I always go with the brown sugar splenda but didn’t try the milk. I’m not sure if it’s a certain spice or what, but it makes me a little nervous because I smell the same thing in their new pumpkin cheesecake.

Ashley Bain

I never drink chais without milk/creamer of some sort. I’d say try adding a good splash.

LefTea

Yea, it was so bad that I really don’t want to waste the water to brew more and then waste the milk.

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I’m Amanda, and I’m new to the world of tea. I got sucked in by a sample at Teavana and have been exploring ever since. I prefer loose tea but will slum it with the occasional, high quality bag.

I live just outside Chicago with my husband and our dog.

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