I really wanted chai tea this morning steeped Takgoti Stove Top Method (TSTM). But life got in the way. After a yummy pepperoni and garlic pizza dinner, I could not help myself from making some even though I knew I shouldn’t have the caffeine that late.

This is the first time I’ve steeped this chai using TSTM. And it came out GOOOOD! It tasted strongly of cardamon, then cloves and cinnamon. I suspect that’s because two green cardamon pods ended up in the sauce pan. Next time I shall make sure there is only one pod in there. I should also try setting my burner higher as I bring to boil and return to boil as it took longer than I thought it would at where I had it set (4-4.5, try 5 next time. 3-3.5 for simmering worked.). I think that’s because when I heat soups in the same small pan, I usually walk away and don’t notice that that much time passes.

1 cup water. 1 tbsp light brown sugar. Bring to boil. 1 tbsp chai. Simmer 5 min. 1 cup milk. Bring to boil. Turn heat off. Let sit 10 min.

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I’m 33 years old, studying pharmacy, and have a surly cat named Bin. I love tea, coffee, beer, wine, and most things food and beverage related. I also love music, movies, reading, writing, and learning new things.

I’ve drank tea all my life but about five to six years ago, my close friend Spautz got into tea and got me more into tea. I drink black teas and tisanes/herbals most. Since receiving a variable temperature kettle from my parents for Xmas this past year, I’ve been drinking more greens, oolongs, and whites. I’m very very new to puerh. That is, I’ve had only one.

Ratings scale:
90-100 Awesome
80-90 Great
70-80 Good
60-70 Nice
50-60 Decent
40-50 Drinkable
30-40 Meh
0-30 Awful

Would I order this again ranking:
5 – definitely
4 – likely
3 – maybe
2 – neutral
1 – no


Charleston, SC

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