Picked this up at Dean & Deluca yesterday since I was in the neighborhood after work. I was trying to talk myself into some Mariage Freres but common sense ended up winning and saying that $24 for a whole tin of something you haven’t tried isn’t a good idea…So I got this instead. Hey, I had to have something to buy with my chocolate. Otherwise, the bag was going to be very empty. Of course, that philosophy led to more things like double Devon cream butter… :)

On to the tea. Brewed per package suggestions: 1 cup water to 1 tablespoon mix plus 1/3 cup milk.

Wow. First impression without sugar is BAM – pepper in yo’ face!

Add some sugar and it calms down a bit, but there is still a significant bite to this brew. Lots of flavor. I think there are other spices I taste that the pepper is trying to muscle out – cinnamon, ginger, cloves… not sure what all else. It’s not a bad chai at all, definitely packs more flavor than several I have tried.

I’m not sure I can taste the tea since my tongue is tingly and going numb from the pepper, though… :)

Off to get some bread worthy of the butter. :)

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