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drank Kashmiri Chai by Golden Moon Tea
382 tasting notes

Golden Moon Sampler Tea #9:

Well, went to the thrift store today and spent an enjoyable half hour trying out different lids. I had some initial problems since A. it had to fit, B. I would prefer it look nice or at least amusing. For example, I was mightily tempted by a lid that was shaped like a cat’s head. Sadly, it did not fit. I eventually found a Vaguely Asian™ lid from a teacup set for five bucks that actually fits quite well, so looks like I’m going to have to call off construction on the time machine.

Now let’s talk about chai. The coffee shop at the Borders near where I used to live was, when the store first opened, NOT a Starbucks. I know, right? A chain bookstore with a non-starbucks coffee shop? Inconceivable! But it’s true! Once upon a time, it wasn’t a Starbucks and it had the best chai lattes ever. It was just the right amount of spice to tea, a modicum of milk and well…these days I’d probably find it too sweet, but this was 10 years ago, so I was still sweetening my tea.

Then they got bought by Starbucks and switched over to Tazo and well…their chai is…unsatisfactory. The spices overwhelm everything and give it a really quite unpleasant taste. But we are not talking about that chai today, we are talking about this chai, and this chai, tastes like what I vaguely recall that other chai tasted like. Well balanced, smooth, and not too heavy. I kind of want to try it in all the different ways other people are drinking it. Which I suppose means I need to buy more…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Rabs

I was the cafe supervisor at one of the last 20 Borders Cafes before they all were converted to Seatle’s Best (yes, owned by Starbucks). Borders and me have some bad blood goin’, but that’s another story. If you’re really curious to try your old “Borders Chai” (another company made it and packaged it for Borders like Sarah Lee made and packaged our coffees) then I can tell you that we ordered through Key Essentials. I remember trying to help someone track it down (lordy, how that Pumpkin Chai would sell – we would have pre-orders for that stuff) and I actually shipped some of our cannisters across country to that same customer. I just googled and it’s branded as “Mystic Chai.” That’s as far as my research went, so I have no idea if that’s even still available.

Oh, and happy about the lid, but sad about the time machine ;)

~lauren.

Ditto Rabs last sentence – was sorta counting on the time machine!

Ewa

Oh wow, thanks for the info Rabs! Now I’m torn about whether I want to risk disillusioning myself or not…
Obviously it’s a shame about the time machine, but my neighbors were complaining about the noise from the construction, anyway so I’m just not sure it would have been feasible to continue in an case.

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Rabs

I was the cafe supervisor at one of the last 20 Borders Cafes before they all were converted to Seatle’s Best (yes, owned by Starbucks). Borders and me have some bad blood goin’, but that’s another story. If you’re really curious to try your old “Borders Chai” (another company made it and packaged it for Borders like Sarah Lee made and packaged our coffees) then I can tell you that we ordered through Key Essentials. I remember trying to help someone track it down (lordy, how that Pumpkin Chai would sell – we would have pre-orders for that stuff) and I actually shipped some of our cannisters across country to that same customer. I just googled and it’s branded as “Mystic Chai.” That’s as far as my research went, so I have no idea if that’s even still available.

Oh, and happy about the lid, but sad about the time machine ;)

~lauren.

Ditto Rabs last sentence – was sorta counting on the time machine!

Ewa

Oh wow, thanks for the info Rabs! Now I’m torn about whether I want to risk disillusioning myself or not…
Obviously it’s a shame about the time machine, but my neighbors were complaining about the noise from the construction, anyway so I’m just not sure it would have been feasible to continue in an case.

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I’m a Pole who grew up in Texas, is currently a graduate student in California studying Japan. How’s THAT for random?

Being Polish, my family has always drunk a lot of tea, and I am no different. I may drink more tea than water. On the other hand, I can’t say that I’m very particular about it; I’m generally pretty careless with steeping times and water temperature and I don’t even have a proper teapot (mostly because the lid broke during the move to California ;_;).

I always drink my tea unsweetened and I only add milk in the case of the most egregiously chai-ish of chais. (not really a big fan of milk in general)

Given that so many of my entries seem to be about my morning tea, I felt I should add something here about me and mornings: I fail at mornings. I fail at them a LOT. Therefore I often also fail at proper tea making in the mornings.

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