Dipping Girl Scout Shortbreads into this.
Oh happy day.
“Sipdown no. 78 of the year 2014. I could have let this go for one more round, but I felt the itch to get another sipdown in. I have discovered that there are approximately 5 tablespoons of chai...” Read full tasting note
“Sipdown! I’m brewing a somewhat strong 16oz of this to take to my gig this morning. It will stay hot for quite some time, & I can sip & savor in between songs. I love doing that! The...” Read full tasting note
“My beloved cat is dreadfully ill, so I finished off my tin of this to soothe myself. And when I placed my Adagio order this weekend, they were out, so who knows when I’ll have more. This chai...” Read full tasting note
“Super yummy! And great when it’s warm and you’re drinking it from a wine glass (it makes you feel classy). This is my second masala chai. My first was from Samovar and I loved it. But...” Read full tasting note
To most Westerners, it is a little known fact that the word ‘Chai’ simply means ‘tea’ in Hindi. Therefore, all teas are technically chais. However, instead of the ‘chai’ that most Americans are used to (which usually contains really bad tea), we offer a Masala Chai tea – premium Ceylon black tea with a unique blend of spices; cinnamon, cardamon, and ginger.
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Woo! This might be a bit too spicy for me. I’m a pretty big wuss though when it comes to spices.
I got this from the sampler pack and brewed this according to one of the reviews on Adagio: " I brew it in boiling water for 2 minutes, then add milk (1:1 proportion), bring to a boil, bring the heat down and simmer for another 5-6 minutes. Then add in some honey and its perfect."
I think it may be the ginger, but something hits me right in the back of the throat. I’m not a huge fan of ginger so… Not sure how much of the actual tea I was getting either, could have been I didn’t use enough (a heaping perfect teaspoon). This definitely needed the honey for me, sweetens it up nicely and brings out some of the flavors. I may try again with some different brewing.
I feel like my tealog is becoming a list of “Ways In Which I Fail At Mornings” but, this morning I somehow managed to get up an hour early (4am!) and not notice it until I’d already showered, made chai, and been online for a good 45 minutes.
I think I may have brewed this a little weak in my slightly off-kilter state, so I’m withholding my rating until I do it nice and proper. I made it with equal parts water and soymilk, with a touch of vanilla sugar this morning, but it didn’t have the… zazzle? that I was looking for.
I was surprised by this tea – mainly by how much I liked it!
I really really hate chai tea. So, naturally, when I went on my tea buying spree, I ordered a chai sample :) I’m the kind of person who will keep trying new things even in the face of evidence showing it might be awful!
When I opened the bag I got a mix of scents I love and scents I hate. The clove was kind of overwhelming, but I liked the other spices.
I added milk to this (because seriously, if I don’t usually like chai there is no way I’m drinking it without milk) and I actually really liked it! It wasn’t overwhelmingly spicy and sharp like other chai I’ve had. The milk mixed with the spices giving it a nice and balanced nutty flavour.
In the future I might brew it shorter as the black tea seemed to get slightly bitter. Maybe 4-4.5 minutes would do it.
Overall though, I love it!
I made another steeping of this for only 4 minutes. Wow, this tea does not resteep well. It’s much more one-dimensional after the first steeping and pretty bitter. The sweetness of the spices is gone leaving a flatter tart brew.
First cup: wonderful.
Second cup: almost undrinkable.
I have enough of this for a few more trials. This time around, it was a little peppery for my taste. I am thinking this is ‘not the chai you are looking for’.
1 1/4 c water, 3/4 c skim milk, 4 heaping tsp chai. Simmer 5 minutes and strain. Maybe less chai next time? At least the milk part was about right this time.
I had a cup of this earlier today. Or, rather, I had a glass. I made a cup according to the directions, and realized after the fact I had meant to steep it more strongly to add soymilk. I decided to go ahead and add the soymilk, and then ice to cool it down, and at that point it was so bland that it was really chai flavored soymilk. Next time I’ll do it right!
Doing some serious spring cleaning, and the good people at freecycle will be benefiting :) Yummy masala helps me part with my things, the spices fill my heart so there’s no need to hoard useless stuff.
Today I tried a different steeping method. 5 grams in 12oz boiling water, still in a pan on the stove. Boiled for 6 minutes and then added 8oz milk, some honey and simmered some more. Didn’t keep track of how long, but it was kind of long, since I poured the chai into a 16oz problem and it all fit.
This is quicker and less troublesome than my previous small-batches brews and still very tasty. A good option to try when I want a treat in a huge mug.
Oh, and I doctored up the tin of Masala Chai. Took some cardamom pods and a quarter of cinnamon stick, mashed it in the mortar and mixed it really good. That was what my packaged mix was missing! The original version was charged with cloves and pepper, this upgrade rounds up the flavor.
Adagio’s basic masala chai is good, but nothing super special, and nothing I haven’t tried before. I wasn’t sold on this upon first trying it, but brewing it double strength as a latte really improves it. The blend has TONS of cloves. I prefer more ginger and cardamom flavor in my chai though. If I’m going with a chai from Adagio, I’d rather have their spiced apple any day.
I love chais. It’s just something I have had to accept about myself. I adore the mixture of comforting milk, the sweetness of boiling it with sugar or honey, and the complex spiciness of the resulting tea. That being said, I like interesting chais, and am not a fan of the repetitive spice chai formula that seems to be done by various companies all over the place. So, when I brewed up a bit of the Masala Chai sample I had been given by Adagio, I hoped it would be different from some of the others I’ve tried. Very much like Good Earth chai that I used to drink as a young teen; also similar (though, obviously, not as sickly sweet) to Oregon Chai.
Yes, this formulation is traditional and a standby, and it certainly holds up, but it’s boring having the same ratio all. the. time.
So, Masala is nice and spicy. I love cloves, and you can definitely taste them in this blend. Cloves and cinnamon are the two big flavors in here, and ginger adds some good heat. Cardemom makes an appearance, but is mostly clouded out by the other strong spices.
I would drink again, but not necessarily buy this from Adagio. There are bagged chais that are cheaper and compare to this.
3 teaspoons tea, 12 oz. water and milk in a 1:1, 1 teaspoon sugar.