I’m not sure what it is about this chai that makes it fantastic and super satisfying. It could be the oversteep – not sure how long I was steeping it but it was at least a few minutes. It could be the nutmeg. Lots of nutmeg. So many chai blends could be improved with nutmeg! It could be the base tea – though it’s tough for me to describe it underneath all these spices. It could be the HINT of squash flavor that might be the pumpkin (more than I’ve tasted in most 52Teas blends, but I can’t testify to the newness of those other blends.) Or it could be how cohesive everything works together! I think the base is sweet, kind of like raisins, probably buttery. The color of the mug is a deep orange amber. The spices are divine, even though I don’t really notice many in these long dark leaves. It just WORKS. The second steep is a little lighter in flavor, but if the first steep was regulated better, the second steep would have been fine. This would be an AMAZING blend for autumn because of everything about it! It’s fine for this day of pouring rain too. Frank had a special knack with chai that I will miss!
Steep #1 // 1 heaping tsp. // few minutes after boiling // few minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // few min steep