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First off, let me state that I’ve never brewed this tea western-style. But simmered in milk it is pretty good. I’m still playing with the proportions, but I’ve had some good cups so far. I’m trying to get to that intense tea-spice-milk balance they achieve in my local Indian restaurant but I’m not quite there yet.

I started with 8 ounces of 2% milk in a pan on the stove, brought it to just under a simmer and held it there, then added the tea and some Splenda and stirred it continuously. I tried 4 grams of tea and 5 minutes and although it was fairly rich and tasty it was just a little weak. I then tried 6 grams and 8 minutes and it was much better but not quite what I was shooting for yet. The tea flavor was there this time but I wanted the spices to be a bit more prominent.

I’m going to try the Upton Chai Spice Tea next. It has more cloves and may be closer to what I want. Upton was very generous with the Chai samples over the holidays this year. I received seven 15 gram samples of various blends in just 3 orders!

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180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more
JustJames

if you have the opportunity i cannot recommend chico chai enough. and their sampler four is perfect. (i’m really drawing it out because i’m enjoying them so much, lol)

TeaExplorer

I was just reading your tasting note on their Original Chai and looking at their web site. I will order their sampler. Thanks for the heads-up.

JustJames

it’s a reasonable investment to try IMO, and they cater to allergies. i had zero clue the difference that a freshly ground chai could have. it was so awesome i’ve been holding off on my others, lol.

TeaExplorer

Color me intrigued. Order placed.

JustJames

cannot wait to read your reviews!

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JustJames

if you have the opportunity i cannot recommend chico chai enough. and their sampler four is perfect. (i’m really drawing it out because i’m enjoying them so much, lol)

TeaExplorer

I was just reading your tasting note on their Original Chai and looking at their web site. I will order their sampler. Thanks for the heads-up.

JustJames

it’s a reasonable investment to try IMO, and they cater to allergies. i had zero clue the difference that a freshly ground chai could have. it was so awesome i’ve been holding off on my others, lol.

TeaExplorer

Color me intrigued. Order placed.

JustJames

cannot wait to read your reviews!

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I’m fairly new to the world of fine tea, having begun my exploration in earnest in mid-2013. I had given loose tea a try a decade ago but what I chose was not to my liking and I never finished the couple of hundred grams I ordered.

I’ve spent most of my life as a coffee drinker, and have studied and practiced the art and craft of coffee roasting for the past decade. I drink coffee until about noon, at which point my palate needs a change.

This eventually led me to try good quality tea one more time. The Internet is a great resource and I got pointed in a more solid direction this time. I started at Upton Tea with mostly black teas, a Jasmine-scented green and samples of some flavors. I’ve been enjoying three or four cups a day.

Then I stopped into a tiny Chinese restaurant in rural Pennsylvania and in response to my request for hot tea the proprietor brought me her personal Pu-Erh, which had just arrived from China, in a portable Gong Fu teapot. OMG … I found something new to obsess about! She kept bringing me hot water and I did multiple steeps until I could swallow no more. My research on this tea eventually led me here.

I’m a voracious reader and can consume a book a day when I have the time. I’ve been an obsessive geek since childhood and that spills over into all areas of my life, driving me to try to attain competency in more areas than I can count, especially technical subjects. I once took “The Visual Display of Quantitative Information” on vacation and my wife asked why I wasn’t reading something fun. I had no idea what she meant.

I love almost all genres of music, but am most fond of Jazz (Miles’ Blue Period, Mingus), Delta Blues (Sleepy John Estes, Son House) and 80’s British alternative rock (The Smiths, Bauhaus, The Pogues). I also followed the Grateful Dead for a short while. Yup I’m getting old, but then 50 is the new 30, right?

I hope to make some of your acquaintances, and swap both knowledge and tea.

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