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Gingerbread Chai

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This was the tea we created for our 2010 12 Teas of Christmas Sampler.

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At 52teas.com, you will find unique, hand-blended artisan loose leaf teas: a new limited edition creation every week of the year. We pride ourselves on offering truly unique, one-of-a-kind tea blends that you won’t find anywhere else.

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Backlog: Last night, I finished off what little I had of this blend – I found it hiding in my stash … I had thought it was gone before this! I prepared it strong and served it latte with several gingerbread men marshmallows tossed in. YUM!

CHAroma

Oooh, gingerbread men marshmallows??! How cool!!!

LiberTEAS

yes… I don’t usually buy grocery store marshmallows because they just aren’t very good (I love the handmade marshmallows from 240Sweet, I’m addicted to those), but, when I saw those gingerbread marshmallows I had to have some, they’re shaped like gingerbread men, and they taste like gingerbread + Marshmallow. Really good.

gmathis

Gingerbread marshmallow brand, please? (Fat chance I’ll find them around here, but it’ll be fun to look.)

Nik

If they’re supermarket marshmallows, I reckon they might just be Kraft? I found this: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006F6QAWK

They’re also on FB, because apparently now the whole world is: https://www.facebook.com/jetpuffed

And they’ve got other seasonal flavours, too:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=520723187946499

Hope that helps!

LiberTEAS

Yes, that’s correct. Sorry, @gmathis, I missed your comment. They are Kraft. They were released first last year, and now this year. They are pretty awesome, which is high praise for me to give grocery store marshmallows.

Nik

It’s really too bad that they are not vegan. Maybe if I ask nicely, Sweet & Sara (sweetandsara.com) will make them. :D

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Upping rating, backlogging, and sipping down! This is really tasty!

tattooed_tea

Love this one. Wish it would be re-blended.

LiberTEAS

@tattooed_tea it was reblended via a rescued from retirement from iHeartTeas: http://iheartteas.com/store/products/gingerbread-chai-52teas-2oz-new-rescue/

tattooed_tea

I did not know. Thanks for that :)

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This is my first 52Teas blend! Thumper taught me not to say anything if I can’t say anything nice, so I’m having a bit of a tough time getting the words to flow, here. It’s especially tough given how beloved 52T are to the Steepster family. I’m going to go ahead and leave off the rating, for now, and take the blame for this poor first impression.

My little sample bag says to steep in boiling water for 3-5 minutes. 3-5 or 2-5, I forget which. But I always pick the longest steep time, because I always want the strongest, most robust flavour possible. This time, doing so resulted in an undrinkable brew.

The dry leaf’s fragrance is sweet in kind of a generic way. If you’d blindfolded me and waved the bag under my nose, I would’ve said “sweet,” and I probably would’ve said “black tea.” I wouldn’t have said “gingerbread” or “chai.” The brew smelled more like I expected: now I could definitely smell chai, and as the tea cooled I could smell gingerbread more and more.

My first sip of unsweetened tea caught me a little off-guard. It tasted like black tea with cardamom. Not chai, and not gingerbread. It was a little bitter, too. So I added honey, and that made it palatable, but it still tasted like black tea with cardamom. I’m sad to say that now that the tea’s cooled a bit, it’s become unbearably bitter, and I’m going to have to pour it down the drain. Really sad. (On the other hand, the Universe is probably doing me a favour: I’ve already drunk some black tea today and shouldn’t be having any more.)

I shan’t rate this until I’ve tried the stovetop method. Crossing my fingers that I can get the same great taste out of this as most of the others who’ve reviewed it!

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LiberTEAS

With 52Teas previous black tea base, you definitely do not want to brew it at the longest steep time (and just for point of reference, steeping at the longest time does not necessarily produce the strongest, most robust brew, it will produce more tannins, therefore producing a more tannic, astringent brew.) I think that with this particular tea, a 3 minute time is much better. I personally prefer 2.5 minutes with 52Teas original black tea base.

The first blending of this tea was unbelievably good, but the rescued reblend of it (which is what I sent you in your box, I believe I sent you this) just wasn’t as good as the first batch. :(

Ysaurella

sometimes find out the right steep time is really a struggle. But when we manage, we can see the more astringent tea turning so sweet and nice…Teas deserve often some experiences and patience. I’m sure you’ll find your right time

Nik

Thank you, LiberTEAS! Yes, this is the one from your sample box. I will try a 2.5- to 3-minute steep next time. Thank you, Ysaurella, I appreciate your optimism. :D

DaisyChubb

I agree! Try a shorter steep time with 52teas – sometimes a little TLC with the base goes a long way – a way that is totally worth it! Hope you find a way to enjoy :3

JasonCT

Namaste Nik – just curious, how do you make/take your Indian chai?

Nik

Hi, Jason! I don’t, actually. My mum has always made the chai, and she does so with Tetley tea bags. =) We never had the typical masala chai in our home, because she doesn’t like masala. I’m actually very new to stovetop preparation—like, a couple of days new. I made Mayan Mist yesterday (http://steepster.com/bleepnik/posts/137647) and it was amazing, so I’ll probably make any future tea in the same/similar way. Mayan Mist is a rooibos blend which I figured wouldn’t hurt anything by being in there from the beginning; with a black tea blend, I’d probably boil the water first, then add tea/blend, milk and sugar. I really have no idea what I’m doing and am just doing what feels right. It’s worked so far.

JasonCT

Very cool nik, ill look forward to reading about you adventures!

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Backlog from Saturday..

Boyfriends parents walked with us around downtown Asheville today and it was SO. COLD. So after about an hour of walking around we headed back to the house, and I brought this up to try and make a latte with. His mom came over and pretty much said “make me some, too”. So, even though I wasn’t exactly sure how this was going to work out, and even though I didn’t want it sweetened, I complied.

2 cups milk, 2 cups water, 4 tsp. tea, and 1 tbsp. sugar split three ways. More or less steeped for about 10 minutes.

I HATE being put on the spot with a tea I’m not confident with. Especially given the medicinal note that came out when I steeped the tea the first time. I know how picky boyfriends’ parents are and I just didn’t feel like wasting tea leaves if it turned out they didn’t like it.

I guess they didn’t mind it, though, because they drank it. Even though I thought it could have used more leaf (can’t wait to get home where mugs are normal sized and I can measure things better!) it did have a pleasant ginger note, but I didn’t get any other specific flavors, just a general spiciness. Another tsp. of tea leaves would have probably made it better, but oh well.

At any rate, it was nice to drink this and read some fiction while watching the cold sky outside slowly darken. Even if it did start to do that at 5:00. Oh, winter…

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Stovetop preparation: 6 oz water, 6 oz milk, 2 tsp tea, a spoonful of honey.

I am tempted to take the cardamom out of here to use on my sweet potatoes later. I went to the store and found they want $11 for a jar of cardamom LOL Instead I’m gonna do curry powder. Anyway, yeah, I just realized I should have gone to the Penzey’s up the street.
Derp.

I almost feel like I put too much honey in here. But that’s okay, it definitely tastes like a gingerbread cookie!

I used to hate getting 52teas Chais because I never really understood how to make it right…stovetop is the way.

Thanks JoonSusanna!

Terri HarpLady

I love sweet potatoes! I eat mine with a heavy dusting (way too heavy to be called a dusting, actually) of cinnamon. I eat one almost every day! Sometimes 2…

DaisyChubb

I just bought 3 sweet potatoes today and have no idea how to cook them! Any tips/recipes from you ladies? Stovetop? Baked?

momo

The recipe for the soup starts out with baking chunks of sweet potato for 20 minutes in a 400 degree oven, I think if you kept them whole it’d be double the time. I’m going to use this for the next round of sweet potatoes I get from my box too and make lettuce wraps. I think 20 minutes is also a good bit of time for boiling them on the stove.

DaisyChubb

Jealous of your box – all the CSAs in the area here are filled up – not taking any new custies! :B
Thank you! mmm sweet potato soup!

momo

Awww booo. This one is with a farm based in Alabama, but most of their drop offs are in Atlanta and one is just down the street which is PERFECT. They get stuff from farms in a couple other states too which I am thankful for BECAUSE ORANGES.

ashmanra

“…I just realized I should have gone to the Penzey’s up the street.” This made me weep. I have to drive a hour and a half to get to Penzey’s! You lucky duck!

momo

The worst part is I always forget it’s there, but I think I’ve subconsciously done so in order to not buy the entire store. It’s in a shopping center of wallet drainers too.

Janefan

I am going to have to try this chai this way! I just made “turmeric milk” last week – a spice, honey, and rice milk mixture that’s good for sore throats/earaches. Really, that was no different than making stovetop chai I think (except the lack of tea!).

JoonSusanna

Yay! Glad you liked it!

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Sipdown. I made the last of this into a latté last night and it really brought out the gingerbread flavour nicely. Much better than the so-called gingerbread lattés you get at coffee shops.

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MissLena

I had the pumpkin spice latte at Starbuck Starbucks yesterday and thought, man, I can make a wayy better pumpkin tea latte. Always nice to know you can make delicious lattes at home for a lot less with more flavor :)

Jillian

No kidding. I just don’t get all the fuss over SBUX’s Pumpkin Spice lattés. It’s all just sickly sweet, artificially flavoured corn syrup.

Fjellrev

I don’t get it either. It’s like drinking sugar sludge.

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This is probably as close to the perfect tea surprise for this Christmas morning as I could get. This has a great spiced gingerbready flavor. It reminds me of Adagio’s gingerbread tea, which I haven’t had in a couple of years but a really liked as well.

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The sip down has come. I enjoyed this but I’ll admit that I wouldn’t get it again if it were to be reblended. A little too bitter and ginger root-y for my tastes. But I’ve enjoyed mixing it with the Red Leaf Pumpkin Pie black matcha.

A good one to sip on when it’s cold and rainy outside.

LiberTEAS

I loved the first blending of this chai. The reblend/rescue version was not quite as good as the first blending was. I don’t know why. It tasted less like gingerbread to me, and more just like a gingery chai. The first time I tried it (from 52Teas first 12 days of christmas box) it was absolutely amazing.

Fjellrev

Oh weird, mine was the rescued version so that explains a lot. And that’s just it. For me, there’s a huge difference between gingerbread and ginger root. Perhaps Frank had a component issue and had to tweak the formula is order to make a reblend happen.

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So, I think I’ve found my perfect chai. And in typical me style, said chai is no longer available. I broke open my gingerbread chai to enjoy with my peanut butter and crackers (great pairing, actually!) It’s so good! It smells great, it tastes great…It is, obviously more of a gingerbread chai than a spice chai and that is what I like. I’ve had 4 or 5 smaller cups from this steep so far, and am so happy with it. I wonder if I can re-steep it? Hmm, will try this later. Frank, if I decide at the end of this pouch that this IS my chai, will you blend me a pound? What does that cost? I remember you doing a pound of peanut butter something for someone..

Anyway, this tea. I don’t know what to say. It’s like hot gingerbread. I prepared it like regular tea without any milk, since I’ve been failing at stovetop chai lately (I think a combo of too much milk and too short steep time are doing me in, since I hate milk). There are spices here, sure, but no one spice is domineering the rest. There is just a nice taste in my mouth much like eating gingerbread. The beau even seemed to enjoy a sip and he HATES chai. So great! God, a gingerbread man would go good right now..

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52teas

One pound is 49.99 shipping included. (As long as it is something I can recreate, which this is).

Jessie

Yum! I just got a pouch of this and as badly as I want to try it I’ve held off the past two days as I am kind of worried I will love it too much and not be able to get any more. Strange logic but that’s how it is. I love anything gingerbread!

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Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it! I hope everyone is having an enjoyable holiday.

I love the spicy gingerbread aroma coming through as this tea steeps. I wish I cold write more about the taste, but as I have come down with a decent head cold, I am not able to taste much of this tea. I think I will stick to spice or herbal teas in hopes they may clear my throat and nose.

JacquelineM

Feel better soon! You know that I 100% empathize!

LiberTEAS

I hope you feel better soon. I find that when I’m feeling like that, ginger works wonders.

Jaime

Oh, no! I hope you get better fast. Mucinex and orange juice!

LiberTEAS

Even better than orange juice is Pineapple Juice. Pineapple juice is not only loaded with vitamin C but it has the enzyme bromelain that helps to break up proteins (another reason why it’s a top notch choice for topping a pizza) which, in my opinion works even better than otc mucus relief products.

AmazonV

hopefully you kick the head cold soon!

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