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Day #2 of my 52teas/mysweethoneybush/manteas week-end, and moving on from my Maple Bacon breakfast blend, I’m now morning tea’ing with an extra large mug of Chai with Chocolate ..

This is also a pouch that I’ve had and used a number of times, and from experience I already know that making it as directions suggest leaves this Masala Chai lover with a disappointing cup of Cardamom & Clove soup = blek :(

So I prefer to make it as a strong stove-top brew: 1 mug water, half mug milk, and 3 generous teaspoons from the pouch once a boil is reached .. I then leave it on the heat for 2-3min, and take it off but leave it to brew for another 3-4min before straining and adding two teaspoons of sugar .. Yes it’s sweet, and strong, and milky – and Mmm, like soul-food in a cup!

It’s still tastes predominately of Cardamom, and Clove isn’t far behind (even though I don’t actually see a lot in the mix?) .. But now there’s a nice balance of TEA! Something often lacking in purchased ‘Chai’ blends ..

I also don’t seem to have any Milk Chocolate Chips in my pouch even though it’s listed on the label, but I’m fine with that .. It’s plenty malty as is, especially as it starts to cool down ..

Oh damn, I finished my mug .. Now I want another :P
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For many years I only drank coffee, and the occasional herbal tisane .. But eventually I got sick of people complaining that I had no ‘real tea’ in the house so I bought a box of cheap tea bags and remembered WHY I didn’t drink the stuff!

And so life went on until the day an English friend invited me to visit her home .. She made us a pot of (loose leaf) Earl Grey to enjoy in the garden – and finally I’d found a Tea that I truly wanted to drink!

Now-a-days my favourite alternates between home-made Masala Chai, Lady Grey with a few extra drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil, Dessert Flavoured Blacks, and my latest interest is Dragon Peal Jasmine ..

any less = I wouldn’t drink it again
70 – 80 = Nice, but there’s better
80 – 90 = Mmm, Yummy Stuff ..
90 – 100 = Unique, Stand-Outs, & Can Not Be Withouts!

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