3 Tasting Notes

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I didn’t like this when I first tried it. It had been sitting in the cabinet for a while before I decided to brew some late night tea a few weeks ago. It actually is quite good with plenty of sugar (2-2.5 tsp) and a touch of milk. It seems slightly artificial, which can be expected from a chocolate tea that is further flavored with hazelnut. However, it makes for a decent dessert tea when paired with some chocolate cookies or Reese’s. It’s kind of like an illicit little snack. You aren’t overly aware of any true quality of what you’re consuming, but it somehow seems really good. Am I revealing my chocoholism yet?

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I picked up some of this on a whim at a local natural food market from the bulk section. I am always happy to find places that have loose leaf. There aren’t many around here.

Taken with plenty of milk (about 1/3 milk, 2/3 water) and sugar (2-2.5 teaspoons per 12 oz mug), this is a fantastic tea. From what I have researched masala chai is meant to be taken that way: sweet and quite milky. Sometimes even sweetened condensed milk is used. However, I do think that if less sugar was used and the tea was drunk in a more pure state it might seem too spicy. Probably not for you if you hate clove, since it seems to be the most prominent spice. I haven’t tried many other blends of chai, but this one makes me want to see the subtle differences in spice between blends and try other brands.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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