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drank Masala Chai by Teavana
158 tasting notes

This chai is a staple of my morning routine. I combine it with Samurai Chai Mate, and together I like them better…alone, this chai can sometimes gain that bitter black tea edge, especially if you miscalculate on the water-simmering portion and the leaves have had enough before you’re through heating the milk that you add (if, like me, you find chai lattes the only way to go). The smell is heavenly, velvety-smoke and cinnamon, and the moment I open the bag my entire kitchen smells like the holidays. The aroma it releases when it’s on the stove and heating is almost as much a part of having chai as drinking it is.

Really, that’s what chai has become for me — a morning ritual. It’s certainly not the most slimming of my morning rituals, but I don’t care. Boston is cold right now…bitterly and suddenly, after such a temperate early season. Getting out from under my down comforter is always such a crisis of cold feet and lack of interest in being awake, but if I make it to the kitchen, then I’m good. I can start to simmer the chai blend, turn on a few lamps, and sit and smell the spices while I wait for the gunmetal grey blur outside of my window to turn silver and sharpen up into a proper world. Sometimes the sun throws in a few other colors gratis, too (but not often, because this is Boston and if there’s one thing Boston does well, it’s the color grey).

It’s true that there are probably better ways to wake up than this one, but probably not many.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

You’ve made me miss Boston and winter weather.

sophistre

I would send you some if I could! That’ll all turn around this spring when you can write tealogs about sitting on the porch (or equivalent) with iced tea in the balmy weather and I’m still slogging through Boston-colored slush. ;)

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I do have a porch with a wrought iron, bar-height patio set for two. I’m not a big iced tea drinker, I still drink hot tea in the spring, just not as much. However, summer is long here and super hot. I will not miss it when I don’t live here anymore.

takgoti

Your description of the waking up process is so vivid. From the sharpness of the cold and the warmth of the lamps to the scent of the spices wafting up from the stove – you’ve painted a lovely mental vignette.

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I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

You’ve made me miss Boston and winter weather.

sophistre

I would send you some if I could! That’ll all turn around this spring when you can write tealogs about sitting on the porch (or equivalent) with iced tea in the balmy weather and I’m still slogging through Boston-colored slush. ;)

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I do have a porch with a wrought iron, bar-height patio set for two. I’m not a big iced tea drinker, I still drink hot tea in the spring, just not as much. However, summer is long here and super hot. I will not miss it when I don’t live here anymore.

takgoti

Your description of the waking up process is so vivid. From the sharpness of the cold and the warmth of the lamps to the scent of the spices wafting up from the stove – you’ve painted a lovely mental vignette.

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Ohhh, I dunno. I like tea but I’m kind of a tea newbie. At this point I can say with authority that I may never be anything else, no matter how many teas I try…there is always something new out there.

I write a lot.

I also play way too many video games.


Ratings! (Bout time, wot?) This is a new arrangement, so…subject to change!

1-10: Not potable. First-sip disasters.

11-30: Intensely unpleasant…won’t catch me finishing the cup.

31-50: I really don’t like it…but maybe somebody else out there would.

51-70: Drinkable, but probably not the first thing I’m going to reach for.

71-90: Pretty good tea, and stuff that there’s a good chance I’ll have on-hand. Will do in a pinch at the low end, all the way up to regular visitors to my infuser on the high end.

91-100: Teas I really do not want to be without.

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