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drank Tali's Masala Chai by Tealux
223 tasting notes

First off, who is Tali and why is there so much chai named after her? :p

Second, maybe I should give up my quest for chai, it is doomed, since I can’t stand milk and it seems chai and milk go together like, well, you know. I tried steeping Tao tea leaf’s masala chai in straight up milk — good spices but oh god, warm milk assaults my nostrils and I nearly barf so I boiled some water and tried to calm myself with this. If I am not careful with the milk I will develop an aversion to chai by association.

Back to this one though…The spices are quite good, balanced, but it is thin tasting. There’s a hint of ginger and clove, they do not steal the show. It wouldn’t be a good show if they did. Good overall but not essential.

Many thanks to Dexter3657 for all the chai shared with me, practically almost all the chai I’ve had. I’ve been a little gun shy in buying myself. Alas, there are two favourites still, the Laoshan Village Chai and something else I can’t quite remember. I’ll have to go through my notes but I think it was from Tealux. (Edit: yah, it was Oo Nutty Delight from Tealux)

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

You don’t have to brew it in milk. You can add cream and sugar instead. Just a thought. Or you can brew halg water half milk.

Nxtdoor

I hear you about the cream and sugar. I do that sometimes but I always wonder what it would taste like if I could stand the milk. Like when a person cooks but changes half the ingredients of an original recipe. You are no longer experiencing that dish as it was intended so perhaps left wondering… :)

Tuscanteal

So many different ways. We have a large Indian community here and seems every family does it differently.

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Tuscanteal

You don’t have to brew it in milk. You can add cream and sugar instead. Just a thought. Or you can brew halg water half milk.

Nxtdoor

I hear you about the cream and sugar. I do that sometimes but I always wonder what it would taste like if I could stand the milk. Like when a person cooks but changes half the ingredients of an original recipe. You are no longer experiencing that dish as it was intended so perhaps left wondering… :)

Tuscanteal

So many different ways. We have a large Indian community here and seems every family does it differently.

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Im a fairly recent follower of the loose leaf tea drinking cult. March 2013 to be exact. Never been much into tea before. Growing up in Romania, tea was something mom made for you when you were sick. As an adult, my hot beverage of choice has been coffee, both flavoured and regular. I’ve recently stumbled upon Teavana and DAVIDs TEA and quickly got addicted to the latter. Then came steepster and all else followed.

Formerly a mathematician, I’m a chef and a wine lover with a trained palate but find that I lack the linguistic prowess for tea tasting notes. Now there’s something to learn!

I prefer flavoured teas. It’s probably the newbie in me. I just don’t get cravings for a straight black tea. If I end up having one, I drop in a slice of lemon and artificial rum flavouring (ugh, what moron admits to this?). A black tea fixed this way reminds me of skating at an outdoor rink as a young one, with a thermos full of tea made just as I described..

Im learning so I drink them all. everything! Am even introducing myself to pu’erh. So far I can do fine with the sheng cause frankly, they don’t taste like pu’erh to me. The shou is another story.

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