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drank Masala Chai by Tea India
419 tasting notes

Sipdown 41/371!

I could have sworn I’d written out one or two notes on this tea before, but either I’m imagining things or Steepster is eating my notes again. This is my favourite plain chai tea, and I’m actually quite sad to see it go. I usually find chais quite tricky, particularly loose leaf, as there are so many spices and I can never seem to get them in the same quantities each time, so every cup is different. I’m not a big fan of chais as a rule, because I have a strong aversion to cardamom in any form. I also try to avoid ginger whenever possible, and I’m not a fan of cloves either. Because all of these ingredients are in this tea, I really didn’t expect to like it at all, and was pleasantly surprised when I tried it the first time. The Assam blend is robust enough to hold its own against the spices, but nothing is overpowering and the resulting cup is quite mellow. The ingredients I dislike so much are present, but somehow I don’t mind them here. The cardamom stands out a little, and the pepper comes through at the end of the sip. This is a really nice morning tea, and I’m drinking my last cup of this with a couple of cheese crackers I’m calling breakfast. I rarely drink tea with sugar any more, but this one called for it so I’m treating myself to a milky cup with a teaspoon of sugar and it’s delicious. I’m joining WeightWatchers tomorrow, so this will probably be the last time I have sugar in the foreseeable future. It’s a good send-off for sweetened tea.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec
K S

Strangely, I like all the spices in chai and yet it is never a tea I drink on purpose. I always think I don’t really care for it until I have a cup, then I’m hey this is pretty good.

Nattie

How strange! Poor chai, always being overlooked.

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K S

Strangely, I like all the spices in chai and yet it is never a tea I drink on purpose. I always think I don’t really care for it until I have a cup, then I’m hey this is pretty good.

Nattie

How strange! Poor chai, always being overlooked.

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I first got into loose leaf teas when a friend of mine showed me Cara’s Sherlock fandom blends on Adagio a good few years back, but they weren’t on sale in the UK so I started trying other kinds instead and have been hooked for almost three years.

Black teas make up the majority of my collection, but I am expanding my horizons and trying to include a variety of other teas, too. Flavoured blacks are my favourites, but I’m growing increasingly fond of unflavoured teas too. I will update my likes and dislikes as I discover more about my palate, but for now:

Tea-likes: I’m generally easily pleased and will enjoy most flavours, but my absolute favourites are maple, caramel, chestnut, pecan, raspberry, coconut, blueberry, lemon, pumpkin, rose, hazelnut and peach

Tea-dislikes: vanilla (on its own), ginger, coriander, cardamom, liquorice, pineapple and chocolate

I am a 22 year old English Literature sort-of-graduate and temporary bartender. Other than drinking, hoarding and reviewing tea, my hobbies include reading, doing quizzes and puzzles, TV watching (self-diagnosed geek and Netflix addict), football/soccer (I am a lifelong supporter of Sunderland AFC) and listening to classic rock.

I should probably also mention my tea-rating system, which seems to be much harsher than others I’ve seen on here. It’s not always concrete, but I’ll try to define it:

• 50 is the base-line which all teas start at. A normal, nothing-special industrial-type black teabag of regular old fannings would be a 50.

• 0 – 49 is bad, and varying degrees of bad. This is probably the least concrete as I hardly ever find something I don’t like.

• I have never given below a 20, and will not unless that tea is SO bad that I have to wash my mouth out after one sip. Any teas rated as such are unquestionably awful.

• This means most teas I don’t enjoy will be in the 30 – 50 range. This might just mean the tea is not to my own personal taste.

• 51+ are teas I enjoy. A good cup of tea will be in the 50 – 70 range.

• If I rate a tea at 70+, it means I really, really like it. Here’s where the system gets a little more concrete, and I can probably define this part, as it’s rarer for a tea to get there.

• 71- 80: I really enjoyed this tea, enough to tell somebody about, and will probably hang onto it for a little longer than I perhaps should because I don’t want to lose it.

• 81 – 90: I will power through this tea before I even know it’s gone, and will re-order the next time the mood takes me.

• 91 – 100: This is one of the best teas I’ve ever tasted, and I will re-order while I still have a good few cups left, so that I never have to run out. This is the crème de la crème, the Ivy League of teas.

I never rate a tea down, and my ratings are always based on my best experience of a tea if I drink it multiple times. I feel that this is fairest as many factors could affect the experience of one particular cup.

I am always happy to trade and share my teas with others, so feel free to look through my cupboard and message me if you’re interested in doing a swap. I keep it up-to-date, although this doesn’t mean I will definitely have enough to swap, as I also include my small samples.

I also tend to ramble on a bit.

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