Gnarly Masala Chai

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  • “I'm seeking my perfect chai. Every time I place a tea order I add a chai (if they carry it). I have LOTS of different chai in my house. I was a little worried about this one. I don't normally...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Backlog: While perusing the Steep This! website, I knew I had to try this chai. It just looked too different to not try. It has most of the usual suspects (although no ginger) and then they...” Read full tasting note
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    LiberTEAS 4303 tasting notes
  • “I have this sample from *Dexter3657* from a while back. I tried it when I first got it, didn't like it hot that time but kept it just in case. I made some iced chai latte a couple of weeks ago...” Read full tasting note
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A shockingly addictive blend of Rose Petals, Jasmine Flowers, Cinnamon and Lavender among others. This gnarly blend of all things romantic is a treat after dinner and can be enjoyed iced for an extra special party drink.

What you need to know:
Steep Time – 2-5 Min.
Temperature – 100° C / 212° F
Caffeine Level – High
Serving Size – 2.5g/cup
Tastes – Spicy, Floral
Country of Origin – India
Tips – Try adding milk with longer steep times

Ingredients:
Tea (Camelia Sinensis), Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Black Pepper, Rose Petals, Lavender, Jasmine Flowers

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I’m seeking my perfect chai. Every time I place a tea order I add a chai (if they carry it). I have LOTS of different chai in my house.
I was a little worried about this one. I don’t normally do very well with floral teas, and I couldn’t understand why anyone would include florals in a chai. OK what do I know? This is never going to be my PERFECT chai, but it is better than most of the ones I’ve tried. I’m not sure I can actually pick out the floral flavors, but there is something weird/strange/unusual to this tea. What I do like about it though is that the spices aren’t hitting you over the head. This is chai, no doubt about that, but it’s more subtle and gentle than most of them. It’s also pretty well balanced. Most chais are clove heavy or cinnamon heavy. It’s like you can’t pick out all the individual spices/florals, you just get a nice gentle “chai” flavor.
Not perfect but pretty good.

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Backlog:

While perusing the Steep This! website, I knew I had to try this chai. It just looked too different to not try. It has most of the usual suspects (although no ginger) and then they take it through a stroll of a flower garden and add some rose, lavender and jasmine that not only add visual interest as well as make it smell absolutely amazing. The floral notes and the spicy notes are nicely balanced. It doesn’t smell too flowery nor does it smell too spicy … just a really intriguing combination of both.

Those additions also gave the chai a very unusual flavor (unusual for a chai, anyway!) It’s a little spicier than I expected it to taste. I kind of expected the flower to soften the flavors of the spices just as they soften their aroma, but, this tea has got a fiery, pepper kick. The cinnamon is warm, and the cloves and cardamom fill in the background with spice.

The floral tones are not very strong, flavor wise, unless I slurp the cup. This aeration allows the floral notes to express themselves.

Nice … it’s definitely more about the spices than about the flowers, but, the floral notes do manage to make their way through. A really enjoyable cuppa.

Starfevre

A chai with no ginger?? Sign me up!

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I have this sample from Dexter3657 from a while back. I tried it when I first got it, didn’t like it hot that time but kept it just in case. I made some iced chai latte a couple of weeks ago using a different chai, and it worked great, so this morning when I read that TheTeaFairy made herself some iced chai latte I thought to myself "yes, yes, that is what I am going to do right this moment. "

So I used the remainder of this sample. Ok, so what I found is that I liked this one iced with almond milk way better than I did hot. Alas, maybe sugar and coconut or almond milk is the great equalizer. That, and a breath of cardamom was the ticket this time. Same steeping method I always do. Steep the chai in hot water as I would any other black tea and then pour it over ice. 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup sweetened chai. Bam!

TheTeaFairy

Haha! We’ll drink cold chai non stop if we keep inspiring one another like this ;-)

Terri HarpLady

For a couple of years I had an iced Chai habit. I think tonight I’ll start of pot of my crock pot chai & strain & chill it for tomorrow. Yeah, that sounds wonderful!

Nxtdoor

Yes, I have crockpot book here somewhere and they have a chai recipe. This was before I was into tea and found the whole idea quite dumb at the time. Like… Can’t you just do it on the stove? Who needs a crockpot-full of the stuff. Now I’m thinking we are onto something.

Terri HarpLady

I want that recipe! LOL

Nxtdoor

8 cups water
8 bags black tea
3/4 cup sugar
16 whole cloves
16 whole cardamom seeds, pods removed (optional)
5 cinnamon sticks
8 slices fresh ginger
1 cup milk

Combine everything EXCEPT milk in pot. On high, 2.5 hrs. Strain. Add milk before serving.

*Rival Crock-pot Best Loved Slow Cooker Recipes. No publication year available.

TheTeaFairy

Mmmmmm, sounds good and so easy in crock pot, I love no supervision cooking!!! Too much sugar but that’s easily fixable. I have everything right here, might try it tonight…thanks for sharing!

Terri HarpLady

Thanks! I’ve been making mine is the crock pot with only almond milk, no water. It’s pretty damn good, but I’m using a pre-blended Chai (mostly Verdant), & even though I made my own chai a long time ago, who knows where that recipe is?

Terri HarpLady

And I agree, that’s a lot of sugar. I’ll leave it out & then sweeten lightly with either stevia or (more likely) a little maple.

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