So, as you may or may not know, I grew up drinking chai. Specifically, I grew up drinking my mother’s masala chai, and because of this, very few chais ever taste right to me. Why I bother trying them rather than hauling out the stovetop pot+ tea+masala, I’m not sure (convenience, maybe?), but they tend to fall short. This one gets an A for effort. It’s strong, you can taste the spices, and it gently warms your throat as you drink it. But the combination of spices is not my favorite (it’s really heavy on the cloves) and actually reminds me more of mulled cider than masala chai. There is a hint of sugar (which might also be contributing to the thoughts of cider). The thing I like best about this tea is the black tea base – it’s a very good, strong Assam that I would love to use in my chai. All in all, pretty decent but not something I’m planning on hunting down. Which is good, because I have a feeling it would be hard to find, like the majority of 52teas limited tea blends.

Thanks to LiberTea for passing on a sample!

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I grew up drinking masala chai and fell into the tea world a couple years ago. Black teas are probably my favorite, with Darjeeling and Earl Grey on the top of the list. Recently green teas and oolongs have been growing on me, and anything with mint or a citrus flavor is good in my book.


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