95
drank Kashmir Tchai by Kusmi Tea
53 tasting notes

This isn’t a typical chai spice blend, and they don’t market it as such. It’s Nepalese chai as opposed to other blends I’ve tried that are authentic to southern India. This one is on the savory side and has almost a floral underpinning, might be due to the bay leaf? There’s still the trademark cardamom, there’s some ginger. But the base tea is a chinese black, making it a little smoother than the other chais I’m familiar with.

I’m absolutely hooked on the ‘novelty’ (new-to-me) of the flavor. It’s strong without being overpowering, I don’t feel like I “need” the milk to enjoy it to the fullest.
In full disclosure, this is the first Kusmi I’ve tasted, but I’m impressed. I discovered a real-deal authentic southern indian spice blend last week with another brand that I like, but this one eclipses it for drinkability. It was part of my holiday “treat” to myself – new teas, old comfort treats as the workdays wind down and the celebrating starts.

Tonight I enjoyed this with some homemade kolache. Pics of the muslin sample bag I brewed first (came with my order of the 4 oz loose chai) and a simple recipe for kolache are posted on my blog. http://bit.ly/smBTxv

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Still fairly new to the life-long process of learning and appreciating tea. Got into loose leaf a number of years ago after health concerns cut soda and sugared drinks from my repertoire. I’ve been blogging about and exploring tea more in-depth for the past several years and I just plain enjoy it. I keep an eye out for French tea trends as well, so if you parlez, bienvenue!

My ratings tend to fall into these categories:

I don’t bother discussing teas that I wouldn’t recommend to other folks on some level. Not worth drinking, not worth wasting time, so you won’t see many yellow light scores from me. I will, however, post if a tea is marketed as something it’s not. There are a couple of examples in my tea log.

50-70’s : Fair. Either a quality or grade issue or perhaps not suited to my personal preference. Wouldn’t turn it down if it were a gift, but wouldn’t purchase it for myself.

80’s: Good teas. Enjoyable and well-crafted, but maybe some slight room for improvement or maybe a notch below another of the same type that I’ve tried. Would buy again if the price were reasonable.

90’s: Excellent teas. My personal favorites that I’ve fallen in love with and have been surprised by.

I don’t know that I’ve ever rated a 100, which is why the 80’s and 90’s are more representative of the teas I like and would recommend. A 96 is just about perfect.

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