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drank Premium Chai by Butiki Teas
1416 tasting notes

Oh, how I love chais. It’s been a bit hit or miss with them lately other than perhaps Chandernaggor from Mariage Frères, so I had high hopes for this one. It’s definitely a chai – I can taste the ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, perhaps cardamom. The base is just lovely, and it adds depth and a cocoa-ish note to the brew. I do wish however that there was more spice in here, and I’ll have to try it brewed IN cream next time, to see how the flavors change. Steeped it a bit shy of the instructions (five minutes, 212F) because I’m finding I prefer almost all of my blacks at a lower temperature and less steep time.

EDIT: Darn it, I underleafed! It needs 1.5 tsp per 8oz. Okay, well, I can see how this would make it more up my alley than it already is. I’ll likely order some whenever I grab the copious amount of Birthcake Cake reblend.

Thank you to Stacy at Butiki for sharing a sample of this with me to try it out!

1.5 tsp in 12oz with a touch of cream and sweetener.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa, Nutmeg

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Tabby

It’s easy to underleaf chais, I’ve noticed.

MissB

Had yet to notice that – however it makes sense, having so much other stuff in the blend.

Tabby

Yeah, sometimes you’ll get a scoop that’s just spices or something.

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Tabby

It’s easy to underleaf chais, I’ve noticed.

MissB

Had yet to notice that – however it makes sense, having so much other stuff in the blend.

Tabby

Yeah, sometimes you’ll get a scoop that’s just spices or something.

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A few years ago, the obsession with tea started. The cupboard got bigger and bigger, more swaps occurred, group buys, secret rendezvous with local teapassionistas… and that’s how you end up with 500+ different kinds of tea in your home. At one time.

Now, it’s purge time. Time to gather what’s needed and let go of the rest. Almost all of the tea was given away, sold, or otherwise shared. A few relics still remain. It’s still a challenge to avoid the chipmunk-like hoarding of The Teas, yet, the lightness of being from having so little compels me more. And so, I’m happy to share (anytime!) and will occasionally desire small amounts of tea for swaps, just to try.

As for the day-to-day stuff, I’m focused almost entirely on Love, (yes, with a capital L), Spirit/Self, transformation, and work (dating columnist and consultant).

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