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drank Masala Chai II by TeaFrog
1155 tasting notes

When I see names like “Masala Chai II” I always wonder what happened to Masala Chai I. Masala Chai is dead, long live Masala Chai? Just to be sure I double checked the TeaFrog site and couldn’t find Masala Chai I.

TeaFrog gives nice big samples. This one is big enough to make a couple of cups worth on the stovetop. Using TeaFrog Assam Banaspaty as the extra black tea since the mix contains Assam to begin with.

In the packet I smell mostly cinnamon, and then coriander, and then an anise/fennel licorice scent. In addition to cinnamon, cardamom and pepper, this has some pretty interesting ingredients that haven’t been in other chais I’ve tried. I also noticed that ginger isn’t listed, and I think it’s been in all the other chais I’ve had thus far.

True to its description, this is a mellow chai. The cardamom, cinnamon and coriander seem to me to be acting as an ensemble rather than calling attention to themselves individually, which is, I think, a good thing. There’s an interesting, cooling feeling on the tongue after sipping. I’m wondering if this is the anise or fennel? Other than that effect, the anise and fennel is detectable but extremely gentle. There’s no strong licorice flavor, which in my view is a good thing. I’m not tasting the pepper. There’s no kick at the end.

I can’t comment on the authenticity having never been to India. This is a tasty chai, but I think I prefer a little more spice, even in my mellower chais. Though I didn’t taste them back to back, this seems to me less spicy than the TeaGschwendner Indian Chai which was pretty far down on the spicy continuum already.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Cofftea

anise/fennel/licorice… uh oh… If my (one) experience w/ “authentic” chai (via an Indian restaurant run by an Indian family)… this is probably better than the “real” thing.

Rabs

Masala Chai II: Electric Boogaloo

__Morgana__

Son of Masala Chai? Return of Masala Chai? Beneath Masala Chai? Masala Chai, the squeakquel?

Rabs

All of those made me smile, and then I hit “Masala Chai, the squeakquel” and just died XD

LiberTEAS

How about Masala Chai the Teaquel :)

LiberTEAS

Masala Chai and the Teapot of Secrets

Cofftea

the TEAquel!!! HAHAHA!!!

Cofftea

@Rabs- I just saw the word “boogaloo” online for the 2nd time in 2 hrs! haha!

Rabs

“Boogaloo” and “Teaquel” have made my night :D

TeaFrog

ooooboy ;) It is actually the second attempt at our Chai – thus Masala Chai II – however my favorite is Masala Chai the Teaquel – good one Anne ;)

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Cofftea

anise/fennel/licorice… uh oh… If my (one) experience w/ “authentic” chai (via an Indian restaurant run by an Indian family)… this is probably better than the “real” thing.

Rabs

Masala Chai II: Electric Boogaloo

__Morgana__

Son of Masala Chai? Return of Masala Chai? Beneath Masala Chai? Masala Chai, the squeakquel?

Rabs

All of those made me smile, and then I hit “Masala Chai, the squeakquel” and just died XD

LiberTEAS

How about Masala Chai the Teaquel :)

LiberTEAS

Masala Chai and the Teapot of Secrets

Cofftea

the TEAquel!!! HAHAHA!!!

Cofftea

@Rabs- I just saw the word “boogaloo” online for the 2nd time in 2 hrs! haha!

Rabs

“Boogaloo” and “Teaquel” have made my night :D

TeaFrog

ooooboy ;) It is actually the second attempt at our Chai – thus Masala Chai II – however my favorite is Masala Chai the Teaquel – good one Anne ;)

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tea skills and tastes developed they became far less appealing to me. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist, and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

People have sent me tea on occasion, and I was once persuaded to send some Tazo Om to AmazonV. I’ve also done at least one group buy here on Steepster, the famous Doulton-led Dammann Freres experiment years ago. But mostly, I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it, though I don’t put samples in my cupboard and not everything I have at any given time is showing in my cupboard. I do try to remember to remove things from my cupboard once I no longer have them.

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