This is strong stuff! The aroma of cloves is sharp (and cloves are not my favorite spice). I’ve had cheap grocery store chais in the past and a couple of times in Indian restaurants, so I am by no means experienced.
I first tasted this “black” and found it a bit too strong tasting. Drinking it in the traditional manner, sweetened and with milk, makes this a less sharp and more mellow, delicious treat for an evening or weekend.
Sometimes I am in the mood for a sharply flavored tea that wakes me up- this would definitely be a morning wake-up tea for me, either “black” or with milk.