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drank Masala Chai II by TeaFrog
933 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’ve updated this bio as it’s been a couple of years since I “started getting into” tea. It’s now more accurate to say that I was obsessed with tea for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it, and 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’ve recently started writing fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I much prefer to drink tea without additives such as milk and sugar. If a tea needs additives to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’m going to rate it high. The exception is chai, which I make on the stove top using a recipe I found here on Steepster. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs into the harder stuff, but once I learned how to make a decent cup of tea they became far less appealing to 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. I’m revising them slightly to make them less granular as I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas against other similar versions. So I rate Earl Greys, for example, against other Earl Greys, rather than against all teas. If something rates very high with me, though, it probably means it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

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

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

50-59 Okay or run of the mill

Below 50 So-so, iffy, would definitely pass
or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

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