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drank Original Masala Chai by Chaiwala
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Stovetop Latte Sipdown (318)

The best before date on this was early November or December of this year and while it is still very tasty, there is a touch of flavor deterioration. That’s fine though since it just means there is slightly less spice than there originally was, and there originally was a lot so its still very flavorful.

I am sad to be finishing this one because as far as chai goes, this is by far my favourite. It’s just the perfect balance of spice and sweet. And just so comforting on a cold and snowy day like today. It’s got the burn from the ginger and pepper that hits the back of your throat but the honey and anise keeps it sweet as well. It’s just awesome and I am sad that its gone and also sad that it seems Chaiwala has no boxing day sale. In fact, it seems most places aren’t having boxing day sales and if they are, they aren’t great sales.

Sil

that’s basically why i just go all in for black friday. Boxing day isn’t ever as big of a thing or stock is low from black friday lol

Silent Kettle

This sounds so good! I also find that it is a “wet” chai blend to be intriguing! I could see myself mixing this with milk or even on its own if I ever have a sore throat or something. Also, if you liked this, then I would also recommend the chai brewing company! :) I discovered them through the Toronto Tea Festival, and the owners are so lovely.

VariaTEA

Thanks for the suggestion, Silent Kettle. I make this in milk on the stovetop and it could be nice for a sore throat (they also have a caffeine free/rooibos version that may be even better for that purpose) but I also like it just generally as my go-to masala chai.

Silent Kettle

I’ll be sure to place an order once my current stash starts dwindling! :) The rooibos blend sounds lovely! <3 And ha-ha. Yes, stove-top chai is the best! So glad you enjoyed this one.

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Sil

that’s basically why i just go all in for black friday. Boxing day isn’t ever as big of a thing or stock is low from black friday lol

Silent Kettle

This sounds so good! I also find that it is a “wet” chai blend to be intriguing! I could see myself mixing this with milk or even on its own if I ever have a sore throat or something. Also, if you liked this, then I would also recommend the chai brewing company! :) I discovered them through the Toronto Tea Festival, and the owners are so lovely.

VariaTEA

Thanks for the suggestion, Silent Kettle. I make this in milk on the stovetop and it could be nice for a sore throat (they also have a caffeine free/rooibos version that may be even better for that purpose) but I also like it just generally as my go-to masala chai.

Silent Kettle

I’ll be sure to place an order once my current stash starts dwindling! :) The rooibos blend sounds lovely! <3 And ha-ha. Yes, stove-top chai is the best! So glad you enjoyed this one.

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

Tea Ratings Guide (as of December 10, 2017)
90-100 Teas I NEED on hand at all times
80-89 Teas I want to keep around for a cup every now and then
70-79 Teas I am glad I have around and can experiment with but probably don’t need more than what’s in my cupboard
60-69 Teas I would not turn down a cup of from a friend but that would probably be enough
50-59 Teas I can see why someone would enjoy but are not for me
Under 50 Teas I really did not like and most likely got dumped

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