Double Spice Masala Chai

Tea type
Chai Tea
Ingredients
Black Pepper, Black Tea, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves
Flavors
Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cinnamon
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
High
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Average preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 8 oz / 240 ml

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I’m not sure if this is truly double the normal spice of what’s expected in Chai. I would like it stronger and spicier but that’s just a personal preference. This is very well balanced and tasty as well. I drink mine with sugar and milk. Highly recommend to chai lovers.

Flavors: Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cinnamon

Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 240 ML

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I didn’t feel like doing the alphabet teas today because I didn’t really feel like having tea at all today. Then I got a craving for Starbucks and rather than spending the money, I decided to try and recreate my order at home. I have been going to the iced chai latte topped with vanilla sweet cream cold foam. Since I’ve been making the cold foam anyways, I figured it wasn’t that hard to make an iced chai latte.

My attempt actually wasn’t bad. The chai, being double spiced, wasn’t the best since it was strongly peppery and cardamom heavy until the cream mixed with it. It also wasn’t as sweet as the Starbucks drink but given I used actual chai rather than a syrup or concentrate, that’s not surprising. The cream is the real star here though because it adds sweetness and tames the overbearing spice of the tea.

Check out a pic of my dupe here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CRkJmfshgZ3/?utm_medium=copy_link

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The Vahdam Advent that I ordered showed up last week, and this was kindly added in the box as a free sample – the advent is really pretty looking, but dang is it a heavy box/lot of tea! I’m going to have so much extra after each day, for sure!

This tea is alright; spiced blends aren’t typically my style but I want to push out of my comfort zone so I’m glad it was included and I’m pleased enough with my takeaways on it! I thought it mostly came off as cardamom forward, but there was a solid medley of spices at work. The black tea is a CTC grade, and as such it steeps really strong/intense but the brisk malty notes and slight citrus pithy qualities of the black tea were a good compliment to all the spices, and I didn’t find this CTC to be bitter or that astringent.

‘m hoping after an advent of mostly spiced teas I’ll find a few new favourites. This is not a new favourite, but it’s drinkable!

Cameron B.

I know, right?! So much tea! What was I thinking?! XD

Tiffany :)

So this is a weird question.. but the photos of the calendar show tins of tea. They look similar to tins DT had awhile ago which are like my favorite tins of all time. (shape+size) Can you comment on this at all since you actually have the calendar?

Roswell Strange

They are tins of tea for each day, but it’s a different style than the Skinny Tins from DT, or whatever we called them. I can picture exactly the ones you’re talking about, but blanking on their official name. These are smaller in general, but shorted/less wide around with a different type of lid (sort of like a “cap”).

tea-sipper

Oh cool – I can’t wait to see your notes on the Vahdam advent, Cameron and Ros. :D (Well, notes on all the advents, really.)

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- royal milk tea, with half milk half water and a spoonful of honey -

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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This one sounds like your average chai – cardamom, clove, ginger & black pepper. It’s on a CTC black base, which seems to be the modus operandi for Vahdam. I’m not a fan of it myself, really, but I can see that it creates a base sturdy enough to stand up to heavy spicing. It’s also fairly nondescript, which I suppose makes sense when the spices are supposed to be the star.

This one is nicely spicy, but I could still stand stronger. I don’t think I’ve found a chai yet that quite meets my expectations in that regard. There’s a nice balance of spices here, though – I can taste the cardamom, clove, ginger and (hallelujah!) black pepper – each clear and distinct. I don’t mind the base, although admittedly I didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. It’s just there – and that’s my point. It’s not a distraction from the spices, which are allowed to shine. Maybe that’s how it should be.

I like this one. It’s the first chai I’ve drank in a while where I’ve been able to taste the black pepper, and I love that. It’s also one of the more memorable teas from Vahdam’s chai sampler, and that’s saying something because there have been some memories!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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