From the chai sampler, which I’ve been keeping since the summer in anticipation of the colder weather. Definitely the right decision! I’ve never had an EG Chai before, and it honestly seems like an interesting concept. They’re not two things I’ve have put together, so I guess we’ll see how that goes.
As it turns out, this is a CTC base, so I kept the brew time short. In flavour terms, it’s mostly chai (composed of cardamon, cinnamon, clove, and black pepper). The cardamon is most prominent, followed by the cinnamon. There’s not much clove, and really no pepper to speak of (which is a shame, because I love pepper, especially in chai). The bergamot is there in the background to begin with, but gains prominence with successive sips. It’s an odd combination, but not unpleasant.
In practice, the CTC base is a little brisk but also quite malty. It works well with the Chai and the EG flavourings, so no complaints there really. I found this an intriguing and unusual blend, and I’d definitely drink it again. I have high hopes for the rest of the sampler now!