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This was so not what I expected!! Partially because I didn’t fully read the label at first- Which I finally did when trying to determine the company name. There is a hole punch through the logo so I’ve messaged my friend who brought it over from India in hopes that she can enlighten me. Bah! One day I’ll go to India with her and buy my own tea =D
Okay, so the tea! For a chai, it tastes very healthy. Clean and uplifting. The spices are bright and play up on the astringency of the base. I wonder what region this is from, because it certainly is not Assam. Ceylon perhaps? It’s a ctc tea, not that the processing means anything, necessarily.
As for the ingredients, there is most certainly some cardamom in there, and clove. A touch of cinnamon as well. Nothing too spicy, or sweet. More… sour, I would say, esp as it cools.
I tried a tiny cup of it with milk added, and it brought out an odd sort of bakey note. Like apple pastry. Interesting!!
It seems better without any milk, the first infusion anyhow. It may go better as a latte.
The second steep is more sour. I wish I’d added more honey now, but I was already upstairs and settled into what I was doing… shrugs
Overall, it’s a nice chai but not my favourite. I’m sure it will get drunk eventually. Maybe.

Bonnie

It Will Get Drunk! "BOLLYWOOD "(music begins and Indigobloom is on her feet wearing a silk green and magenta sari …barefoot..dadadadada)

Indigobloom

LOL yes!! I need to take Bollywood dance lessons :P
and you’ve chosen my colours! bless you Bonnie!!!

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Bonnie

It Will Get Drunk! "BOLLYWOOD "(music begins and Indigobloom is on her feet wearing a silk green and magenta sari …barefoot..dadadadada)

Indigobloom

LOL yes!! I need to take Bollywood dance lessons :P
and you’ve chosen my colours! bless you Bonnie!!!

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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