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I’ve had the opportunity to sample a lot of chai over the past few years, but this was one of the most disappointing I’ve come across in recent memory. Traditionally chai is prepared with milk and sugar, but I found that this chai didn’t hold up well to traditional preparation methods. Instead of being greated by the bright, bold flavors from the various spices this blend was incredibly flat and bland. Even after increasing the amount of loose leaf I used during my preparation (from 1 teaspoon to 1 Tablespoon) I had difficulty tasing the spices. There was an add aftertaste present, perhaps from the chocolate, that seemed to stick with me and get strong the more I drank. In the end I dumped out several cups of this tea, some prepared with milk and others without. I’ve decided to fix something else to get me going this morning.

You can read the rest of the review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2014/9/30/tuesday-tea-dark-chocolate-chai-and-earl-grey-de-la-creme-st.html

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Earl Grey de la Créme from Steeped tea is very heavy on the vanilla, giving it a pleasantly sweet flavor (perfect for those of you like me who have a sweet tooth!) There is only a hint of citrusy bergamot that shines through. If I had one complaint about this blend it would be that it really needs a stronger base to balance everything out and tone down the sweetness. Without more of a contrast from the bergamot and base I think this blend is actually too sweet.

You can read the rest of the review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2014/9/30/tuesday-tea-dark-chocolate-chai-and-earl-grey-de-la-creme-st.html

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I am always interested in swapping so if you see anything in my cupboard that you want to try just send me a message. Please keep in mind that I order most of my teas in sample sizes and may not have a lot to swap. I’m also trying to keep my swaps limited to one a month so I don’t break the bank.

My favorite tea companies to order from are American Tea Room, Butiki, Della Terra, Rishi, TeaVivre, and Verdant, however I am constantly lured away from my favorites by a good sale.

Ingredients I love in tea
rose, peach, oolong, osmanthus, vanilla, marshmallow root and peppermint

Ingredients I dislike in tea:
spearmint, chocolate, orange, hibiscus, sage and for the most part lemon.

Ingredients I’m on the fence about:
Pu-erh

I am a firm believer that sage only belongs in my thanksgiving stuffing/dressing and absolutely not in my tea.

Allergies
Cinnamon, Chocolate, Burdock Root, and Goji Berries

Teawares:
FORLIFE Curve Teapot, 24oz
Adagio ingenuiTEA, 16oz
Adagio Iced ingenuiTEA, 32oz
Zojirushi Water Pot, 4L
Libbey Country Fair drinking jars for ice tea
TeaVivre Travel Gaiwan

Rating Guidelines:

100 – 90: Pantry essential and some of my all time favorites that I can’t live without.

89 – 80: You’ll have a pretty good chance of finding this is my pantry on a regular basis, but it isn’t the end of the world if I run out.

79 – 70: I might consider restocking this at some point if the price was right.

69 – 40: Not undrinkable, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again.

39 – 20: What in the world were they thinking? Probably still finished this just because I hate to waste anything.

19 – 0: Wow, that’s so terrible chances are pretty good I dumped it out and gave away the rest.

My current top five favorite teas:

China Black – Rishi Tea
Earl Grey Cream – Zen Tea
Lemoncello – American Tea Room
Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong – TeaVivre
White Tea Rose Mélange – Rishi Tea

Location

Oregon, WI

Website

http://www.notstarvingyet.com/

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