I tried this for the first time today and it was SPICY! I put in just a smidgen of rock sugar and some half-and-half, but the spices overpowered the sugar. It tasted like Indian food (which I love and ate just two nights ago, but it was weird to have it in my tea). The spices were a little too intense in that first cup and I wasn’t sure I’d want it again.
But I resteeped the leaves, again adding sugar to the leaves and half-and-half to my cup, but this time I used more sugar. It was DELICIOUS the second time. A near-perfect cup of masala chai. The spices were softer, either because of the resteeping or the added sugar. The rock sugar was perfect and gave it that sweet-spicy-creamy Indian flavor that makes masala chai so good.