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drank Holiday Chai by Stash Tea Company
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One of my holiday favorites. Actually, I sort of wish I had some right now. This is one of the better flavored black teas that I’ve had – both the spices and the rum flavor come through nicely. I usually brewed two bags in about 10 oz of water, then added a bit of sugar and milk. I’m not sure I ever had it without milk, but I can say that you need a fair amount of sugar to bring out the flavors (as I’ve found to be the case with most chais). My attempts to reduce the sugar in order to be healthier were generally met with disappointment.

This is one of those teas I would drink for several days in a row, then start to feel a bit tired of it. Definitely a nice comforting tea to have around for wintertime, but I almost wish it were a year-round flavor. Maybe next winter I’ll stock up.

Cofftea

I get such a kick out of people that sweeten their teas. The only time I sweeten a tea is if the sweetener echos the flavors in the tea (like maple syrup in maple sugar black or ROT’s chai honey)- but even then I don’t always sweeten. I sweetened my FAVORITE chai w/ stevia once just cuz you’re “supposed” to sweeten chai and it completely dumbed down the chocolate instead of bringing out a flavor. I was extremely disappointed. I don’t think my tongue will ever be convinced sugar brings out flavor in tea. But that’s fine- my hips thank my tongue:)

VegTea

Fair enough. What turned me on to chai in the first place was having it in coffee shops, where it is definitely served with plenty of sugar and steamed milk. I love chai made that way, so that is what I compare the chai I make at home to.

Cofftea

I go w/ loose leaf chai when I can. I add flavored syrups- but again it adds flavor, not just sweetness. I also enjoy chai latte mix (which has sugar in it), but to me that’s a completely different beverage. Yeah, I know- I’m weird.

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Cofftea

I get such a kick out of people that sweeten their teas. The only time I sweeten a tea is if the sweetener echos the flavors in the tea (like maple syrup in maple sugar black or ROT’s chai honey)- but even then I don’t always sweeten. I sweetened my FAVORITE chai w/ stevia once just cuz you’re “supposed” to sweeten chai and it completely dumbed down the chocolate instead of bringing out a flavor. I was extremely disappointed. I don’t think my tongue will ever be convinced sugar brings out flavor in tea. But that’s fine- my hips thank my tongue:)

VegTea

Fair enough. What turned me on to chai in the first place was having it in coffee shops, where it is definitely served with plenty of sugar and steamed milk. I love chai made that way, so that is what I compare the chai I make at home to.

Cofftea

I go w/ loose leaf chai when I can. I add flavored syrups- but again it adds flavor, not just sweetness. I also enjoy chai latte mix (which has sugar in it), but to me that’s a completely different beverage. Yeah, I know- I’m weird.

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