So, I just got this in the mail (thanks SoccerMom!) and wanted to try some out. I knew I should try it straight first, but could resist tossing a little of Adagio’s Cream into the mix, and they do indeed go very well together. Prepared on the stovetop with equal parts water and whole milk, this I used 2tsp chai and 1tsp Cream for what ended up being ~22oz prepared liquid.

This is a tasty chai drink that I would certainly have again; spicy more than sweet, very peppery, maybe a little too much pepper for my taste, but the milk and Cream tea (which really taste more like maple, but that’s another note) smooth it out nicely. A dash of honey improves it too. Since the spices are so strong, I think I’ll continue adding some extra black tea into this.

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Some notes on ratings:

I’d have separate rating scales for tea types if that were possible (probably Black, Flavored Black, Darjeeling/Dark Oolong, White/Green/Light Oolong, and Herbal) because the flavors and quality markers are just too different. A flavored black rated 100 isn’t better than every oolong I’ve ever drunk, just delicious for a flavored black.

Ratings are a combination of my enjoyment and the perceived quality – I do often demote teas a few points for artificial flavorings, small quantity of steeps supported, or weakness of flavor (requiring extra leaf).

I pay less attention to the number than the order of my ratings; I don’t necessarily keep a stock of everything rated 80+, but if two breakfast blends are rated 82 and 84 I consistently enjoy the 84 more.

And in case it’s not obvious? I am not an expert. I don’t even know what I like until I taste it sometimes, but I’m ok with that :) I like learning to like new teas, as well as enjoying the comfort of familiar ones.


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