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I tried this tea two ways: first time: traditional, stove top chai method. I was drawn to the tea due to its ingredients. I love chai, but often find the pre-made blends to have too much cloves, or just too many spices in general. I found the resulting cup of tea to be very lightly spiced, very mildly flavored. Ideal for someone who is a fan of “not too spicy.” Second time, I made it the way one usually makes bagged tea: steeped in a cup for a few minutes, and then, because it is chai and it is traditional to have milk added, a splash of milk. Again, such a mild flavor. I have an affection for Numi teas, when needing the convenience of a tea bag, and I really wanted to adore this chai, but it is just my preference to have a more robust flavor of tea shine through and more spiciness. But it wasn’t yucky or anything, no…just wanted More Cow Bell. These were my thoughts as I sipped: This would be absolutely perfect for a little baby marmoset-like creature. So gently spiced, the tea flavor so delicate as to be nearly undetectable, this chai, cooled to barely warm and poured into a baby bottle, would soothe a little creature into dreamland. On the box, make sure to write the baby creature’s name (Padma? Jones?) in bold print so that anyone needing a dose of strong, flavor-filled chai masala won’t reach for this by mistake.

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec
gmathis

I didn’t know marmosets drank chai ;) I’ve had this, too; but wasn’t too memorable.

Serenity

Marmoset-like creatures from a parallel universe, with blue fur? That’s what I was imagining, but I will freely admit I was watching a lot of Star Trek.

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gmathis

I didn’t know marmosets drank chai ;) I’ve had this, too; but wasn’t too memorable.

Serenity

Marmoset-like creatures from a parallel universe, with blue fur? That’s what I was imagining, but I will freely admit I was watching a lot of Star Trek.

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Although I can be heard to mutter “Dust! Fannings and dust!” when drinking a poor cup of tea, I really don’t think I’m a tea snob. Want to talk about your favorite tisane with jelly beans in it? I’m there. Want to talk about gyokuro and assam? Done. I welcome the chance to discuss all things tea and tea related because I’m that kind of nerd: a tea nerd. Other things I’m passionate about: my family: my husband and daughter and our Chihuahua and new cat; literature, and social justice. I have poor eyesight, a good temperament, an odd sense of humor and a lot of curiosity.

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