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From Teapigs

Every vendor, in every city, in every region of India, offers their own version of Chai Masala, the aromatic, spiced, milky tea that has been the Indian drink of choice for hundreds of years. Here’s our version; a blended rich, malty Assam tea with cardamom pods, cinnamon, ginger and cassia. A satisfying, healthy drink that captures the vibrancy and colour of India in a cup.

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682 tasting notes

Having this tea right now! Pretty good chai.
I feel like I had high expectations for Teapigs? But they’re all just average to me. Like they’re not my absolute fovourite tea brand, but they’re also not the worst (and trust me, I’ve had some teas that I just had to pour down the drain).
This tea, I appreciate it :) Prob won’t repurchase ONLY BECAUSE I want to try several other chais from different companies.

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39 tasting notes

A little too spicy for me, but not a bad chai. Would not purchase again.

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424 tasting notes

This is a light chai. It does not smack you around with ginger that clears your sinuses. It is really well balanced. The main flavors for me are tea (it’s an Assam), cinnamon and cream. The rest of the components are there if I think about them but none of them overwhelm. It is also a light enough chai that it didn’t make me feel full and bloated after I drank it, and some heavier chais almost feel like eating a meal. I also like that it’s not super spicy. Teapigs has another chai that contains chili, so it makes sense that there would be an option that isn’t as spicy.
Photos and full review: https://tealover.net/2015/08/tea-pigs-chai/

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330 tasting notes

I don’t know if it’s just that tea after a long walk in the chilly rain is good, but right now this is the BEST tea I have had so far in the UK! We needed a couple of things for the flat, so I decided to walk to the big Tesco. It took longer than I thought it would, and the day is grey, chilly, and rainy. I got two of the items I needed, forgot one (d’oh!), and added this and a couple of other items to my basket as well. Trudged home like a local with my bags on my arm – very tempted to get one of those wheeled shopping carts I have seen the older ladies with.

Anyway… Got home and brewed up a cup, immediately followed by another. I am now warm and dry and still enjoying it immensely. Very smooth, not overwhelmingly spicy.

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1328 tasting notes

Scheherazade sent me this one. Chai is not really something I’ve ever been particularly fond of, although I’ve sometimes wondered what I’m missing out. The problem with chai is partly that they invariably contain ginger and cinnamon, neither of which are things I’m fond of in tea, but mostly a rather traumatic introduction to it at around age 10. I will tell you what happened.

As a child, I was a scout for many years. At around age 10 or so, my group got new leaders. These were two guys who were… Well. A bit hippie-y in some ways and very correct in other ways. These two traits came together in a common purpose whenever it was time for giving the children some sort of treat. Like when we were camping or the last meeting before the Christmas holidays or what have you. For a child age 10 or so, this sort of occasion is pretty much synonymous with hot chocolate.

BUT GOSH, NO! Hot chocolate, that’s full of sugar! And fat! Very bad for children! Also very very common and boring, let’s put our own personal Eastern spin on things.

Let’s give the children chai instead, what a good idea!

I think they even had their own spice blend for it. Dear scout leaders that I had at around age 10. No, it was not a good idea. It was in fact a totally rubbish idea. We, the children, drank your strange spicy concoction dutifully because it was that or nothing, but I’m willing to wager a rather large amount today that none of the children even knew what chai was and the vast majority of them would most likely much rather have had hot chocolate.

A couple of years later, when we got new leaders again the concept of chai for these special occasions went the way of the dodo right quickly.

So yes, I will definitely claim to have had a rather fraught and difficult introduction to chai in general.

I have never really warmed up to it, although I’ve tried again several times. Now Scheherazade is providing me with another go. It seems a fairly simple one. It has tea, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and cassia, which is also some kind of cinnamon-y spice. So not a complicated one, just the base ingredients that I would associate with chai. It strikes me as being a very good starting point, really.

I made it with half milk and half water. I gave the cup of milk about 90 seconds in the microwave, put in the bag and filled up with boiling water. The milk makes it difficult for me to see when I think it’s done steeping, though. I’m not at all used to milk in tea, but I have learned this much in my adventures with chai; milk is essential.

It smells very nice indeed, actually! All cinnamon-y sweet, but not soapy and nostril-assaulting like cinnamon can sometimes be. Cinnamon sugar and rice porridge cooked with milk. This cup smells pretty much like Christmas.

It tastes quite mild and milky. Possibly I should have used more water and less milk? I plopped the bag back in while drinking though, to see if I could get it to be a bit stronger. I can’t pick up anything in the way of a base here at all, which I’m rather missing. This doesn’t really feel like I’m drinking tea at all. It’s more like warm milk with spices, which in itself is actually also quite nice, but not really what I was hoping for.

The spices are tempered by the milk and not even the ginger is bothering me in this. Ginger is usually my downfall because I don’t much care for the burning sensation. This is a chai that I could actually drink because it’s so mild and unassuming. A true chai fan might find it a bit dull though.


I’m working on chai too, but specifically coconut chais to try and avoid milk hah.


You were a scout as well? What rank did you achieve?


We don’t do ranks in Denmark. All the children are equal, but divided up in patrols. Teams, really, but we call them patrols. We were perhaps 25 children, divided into four patrols with five or six children in each. The closest you come to rank as such would be the patrol leader and the patrol assistant. The leader’s job is largely to be the spokesperson for the patrol, like during role-call for example, the leader will say how many members are present and who is missing, and the assistant steps in if the leader isn’t there. Most of the time, for meetings, there would be some activities for all the children or to be done in teams (patrols). Older children have meetings mostly only with their own patrol and decide their own activities and then the whole group only once a month.


I was a member for about ten years or so, I think.


We used the patrol method as well. It was core to Baden Powell’s ideals for scouting. I felt the ranking system developed incentive to improve, but I know such things are not for everyone. 25 is a healthy troop size, mine hovered around 12-20. It’s nice to belong to an organization that allows me to connect with people around the world. Well met.


I should also state that I am from the US.


25 was an estimate, though. Children are divided up according to age, so the number was variable. I think on average that was about how many we were.

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6 tasting notes

This is a very nice Chai. You can see the quality of the ingredients inside the bag, and the tea is very tasty. As with all chais, this one has to be consumed with milk and sugar to do it justice.

It’s a nice occasional treat for me, but I don’t usually drink sugary tea.

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