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I find the black base too bitter for my liking. The spices do indeed hide some of it to make a tolerable and spicy cup, but I think every chai is best with a flavourful, malty, and smooth base. It is decaf, which earns it a lot of bonus points in my books, but they started with a pretty generic and lower quality black, so obviously the decaf version will be just as low quality.

I don’t get much chocolate, maybe a bit of cocoa powder. I think it could be that the blend lacks sweetness that makes it really taste like chocolate. The spices are generic chai spices (similar to Twinings bagged chai) and I can pick out a little bit of pepper and clove, but nothing too spectacular.It definitely isn’t my favourite chai. I like lots of ginger and cardamom.

Flavors: Clove, Spices, Spicy, Tannic, Tannin

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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I am a biochem major hoping for a career in research genetics and evolutionary biology. I love science fiction and spend too much of my time reading comic books. I’m a passionate keeper of spiders, cacti, and exotic plants. I eat a vegan, plant-based diet for moral and environmental reasons (I mention this only because it is relevant to which flavoured teas I drink).

I drink mostly flavoured and low caffeine teas/tisanes, but I will try anything twice. As far as pure teas go, I gravitate towards whites, yellows, and jade oolongs. I’m always open for trades and sample sales/exchanges. Message me any time :)

My cupboard is mostly up to date. For a more comprehensive list, see my stash spreadsheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-HjWKR3um-xEnj6HC9vMvKXOAyj_bpW5u_2ixEC20-k/edit?usp=sharing
Most of these are only tiny samples/I can’t always spare any, but feel free to ask.

Favourite flavours/ingredients:
Rum/alcohol, clove, cardamom, rosemary, pine, sage, moss/Earthy, lychee, floral, creamy, malt, hay, rice/grain, toasty, desserty, cocoa/chocolate, decaf or no caffeine, very unusual flavours

Favourite tea types
Decaf teas (any variety)/no caf tisanes like honeybush and rooibos, yellow, jade oolong, white, Darjeeling blacks

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Acidic/sour/tart, melon, grapefruit, bitter, astringent, smokey, sickly sweet (too much chicory, cinnamon, or licorice root), yerba mate, tumeric mushroom/fungus,

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Animal products: [confectioners glaze, , marshmallows, , natural flavour, white choc chips, caramel bits, etc]
St. John’s wort (herb)

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