I just had to buy some of this one recently. I usually don’t have chai in the hot weather, but it was raining today and I was in with the air conditioning. Not only does the blend just LOOK gorgeous with the green and the red of the pepper slices, but the ingredients are amazing too: Black tea, ginger bits, cloves, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon bits, chili bits, anise, vanilla bits. I love when a tea has those big slices of vanilla and I’ve never seen a tea that has actual slices of pepper before. There are a ton of spices here, a lot more than the black tea itself. Upon brewing, the tea itself is a very light brown, which I was afraid of. I really love a deep chai, and this ain’t it. But it’s spicy. Just not as spicy as I would expect from actual pepper slices. So I don’t think anyone has to be afraid of this one. Sadly I wasn’t tasting much vanilla either but I like that it’s in there anyway. Maybe the other spices overpower the vanilla. And if the black tea is too light, I can always add a half teaspoon of another black tea to toughen it up.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5 minute steep