I didn’t follow the preparation instructions fully for my first time trying this tea. The instructions are “two heaping teaspoons” per cup and I had already used most of the sample I’d received to make an iced tea last night (which I haven’t tried yet), so I only had enough for two teaspoons for roughly 11-12oz of water. I also steeped it for about 7 minutes instead of 5 (by accident). I added one teaspoon of rock sugar prior to the water and a little half-and-half.
I didn’t like the first sip, which I think is because I wasn’t ready for the taste… I don’t drink black teas very often and I’d forgotten this is black. But then I remembered that this is masala chai and I recognized that it tasted very similar to the amazing chai I had in Zhongdiang, China and the masala chai I occasionally have in Indian restaurants and then I enjoyed it much more. (Thanks, brain, for changing taste based on perception. Good ole’ top-down processing.) I don’t know if I would buy this again. It’s good, but not as good as the masala chais I’ve had at restaurants. However, I didn’t follow the preparation instructions so this may not have been the best experience.