Alberta Street Chai

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From Townshend's Tea Company

As unique as its namesake, this chai blends smoky Lapsang Souchong black tea with both unroasted and roasted máte, vanilla bean, rooibos, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. The Lapsang imparts an almost caramel-like flavor.

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Yes… again this morning!

Tomorrow is my class and I’m all excited about it, and drinking this tea in honor of my visit to Alberta Street to meet my favorite artist.

So, I brewed this one up slightly stronger than I did previously. Mostly just because I need to shake off the desire to go back to bed and curl up under the covers. The flavor is rich and delicious and it surprises me just how much I like this tea, given its ingredients.

I guess it just goes to show that just because I didn’t like one Lapsang Souchong, doesn’t mean I’ll dislike them all.

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Chai from Lapsang Souchong?! sigh

Steepster is so not helping my budget.


lol I told Frank he should come out w/ a chocolate lapsang chai (or bump up that aspect of the flavor and make it a chocolate bacon chai).


This really doesn’t have a LOT of Lapsang Souchong. It has more Mate taste than the Lapsang. But when I see Lapsangas a tea ingredient, it’s sort of like seeing a snake… my initial reaction is ACK!


Oh… and Jaime – I’ll include some of this in with the package I send you!


I tried my first Lapsang this past Friday and fell completely in love with it, much to the dismay of the workers at the tea shop. Then again, they swore I’d hate the pu-erh, and that wasn’t the case, either. Thank you so much for sending me some! I’m so excited.

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My to-go cuppa, and sadly, very likely my last caffeine of the day…

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Brewed this with hot milk and water, steeped a bit longer than the recommended time.

Another gift from my lovely Secret Santa LiberTEAS! Thanks again. You spoiled me. :)

Imagine you’ve gone skiing for the day. The air is crisp and cold, the snow falls all around you, and by the end of your skiing escapade, you feel like you’ve living in a snow globe, but are completely delighted by winter. You retire to your ski lodge, take off all your wet gear, and get ready to curl up on the sofa in your Irish wool sweater. But, before you do, you start a nice warm, roaring fire in the lodge’s old fireplace to warm yourself and get the feeling back in your cheeks.

This is what this tea tastes like. The smokeiness is lovely and rich, it isn’t stale and ‘ash’-like which is my problem with so many smoky teas. The spices and other flavours in the tea round it out to create a very unique flavour that warms your senses as well as your insides.

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very glad to hear that you are enjoying this one!


I’m really not a bit smoky tea fan! But I was curious about it because you said you weren’t either—but liked this one so I was pretty keen!

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I went out shopping today looking for something smokey. I keep reading great reviews of smokey teas, and I’ve been enjoying Brioche, which has a slightly burnt flavour. I found a tin of Alberta Street Chai, and a tin of Lapsang Souchong, also by Townshend’s Tea Company.

I used to drink Lapsong Souchong as a child, but that was in England, and maybe we have a more domesticated version there, maybe smokey like an indoor log fire, cozy and safe. I definitely don’t remember it being like these teas!

This Lapsang Souchong is described as “having an aroma and flavor that brings to mind a campfire.” It really does smell of the American outdoors, and this isn’t RV camping, it’s hunters, woodsmen, maybe cowboys. I think this campfire turned into a raging forest fire though. I smell devastation! I haven’t dared taste it yet.

The Alberta Street Chai doesn’t taste like a traditional chai. It tastes like this Lapsang Souchong smells. A fire in the woodshed at the very least. I added some cream and it’s delicious! I’m about to make a second pot.

I may have to have a fireman on standby before I try the other.

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This one!! It’s sweet and kind of fresh tasting, I think it’s got mint in it maybe? Anyway, it was a great balance of warmly spiced and sweet. My favorite from last night for sure. Seems I’m always underwhelmed by Townshend’s Earls but enthusiastic for their chais. Yum!

Stovetop 10 to 20 minute milk n’ honey dance, per their instructions I used water and milk (and I do the stovetop warming with the sweetener instead of adding after, because in my experience it’s always better that way). Worth it!

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