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drank Samurai Chai Mate by Teavana
158 tasting notes

Pushing the rating up a bit. I think this is what lets the Masala I blend it with really shine…like a good coat of light primer to layer darker shades of paint on top of. On a related note though, I’m convinced there must be a heavenly chai out there that I haven’t tried, so I’m definitely looking for recommendations now!

Steep time only reflects the water portion of making this, and not the heating of the milk with everything afterward.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
takgoti

A lot of people seem to be enamored with Adagio’s Thai Chai. I have a sample of it that I’ve been sitting on. The two topping my list at the moment are Samovar’s Masala Chai and the Decaffeinated Agni Chai from Upton Tea Imports that Carolyn sent me. I am sure there are others out there that are nice as well!

sophistre

Thank you for the recommendations…but, drat! I just ordered from Samovar and the chai wasn’t one of the two I grabbed. Should’ve thought that through a little bit better, methinks. Oh well. At this point I should probably burn through the rest of my samples, but that’s definitely going on my list.

takgoti

Ahhh! NICE! Which ones did you get, if you don’t mind my prying? I’m guessing the Ryokucha was one of them?

sophistre

It was! And then I picked up the Downy Sprout white tea, too. I don’t keep a whole lot of white tea on-hand at any given time given the shelf-life and the fact that usually I’m clinging to my black teas as though they’re some kind of caffeinated life-raft, without which I cannot produce anything written of any value whatsoever. I’m just about out of the silver needle I have, so thought this might be fun. The profile it describes sounds awesome. Sadly I won’t get to try either of these until January, in all probability, as I’m going to be down south for the holidays and my order will likely not get here before Tuesday.

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takgoti

A lot of people seem to be enamored with Adagio’s Thai Chai. I have a sample of it that I’ve been sitting on. The two topping my list at the moment are Samovar’s Masala Chai and the Decaffeinated Agni Chai from Upton Tea Imports that Carolyn sent me. I am sure there are others out there that are nice as well!

sophistre

Thank you for the recommendations…but, drat! I just ordered from Samovar and the chai wasn’t one of the two I grabbed. Should’ve thought that through a little bit better, methinks. Oh well. At this point I should probably burn through the rest of my samples, but that’s definitely going on my list.

takgoti

Ahhh! NICE! Which ones did you get, if you don’t mind my prying? I’m guessing the Ryokucha was one of them?

sophistre

It was! And then I picked up the Downy Sprout white tea, too. I don’t keep a whole lot of white tea on-hand at any given time given the shelf-life and the fact that usually I’m clinging to my black teas as though they’re some kind of caffeinated life-raft, without which I cannot produce anything written of any value whatsoever. I’m just about out of the silver needle I have, so thought this might be fun. The profile it describes sounds awesome. Sadly I won’t get to try either of these until January, in all probability, as I’m going to be down south for the holidays and my order will likely not get here before Tuesday.

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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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