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The last one from my December Sips by box, hooray! Prepared on the stovetop with half water and half milk, and sweetened with a bit of honey.
Unfortunately, I’m getting a lot more black pepper this time. And it’s a lot of pepper… There’s some ginger and cardamom underneath, but mostly I’m getting a lot of black pepper.
Clearly I shouldn’t have used the very bottom of the bag, that’s where the black pepper lived. XD
Flavors: Black Pepper, Cardamom, Ginger, Spicy
From my December Sips by box!
This is the second masala chai that I’ve gotten from Sips by. I checked my preferences and, sure enough, I marked chai as “Love” for some reason… Don’t get me wrong, I do like masala chai, but I wouldn’t say I love it. So now that’s fixed!
I prepared this on the stovetop according to the package directions – 1/2 cup each of water and milk with two teaspoons of tea, brought to a boil and then boiled for 5-8 minutes. I actually doubled the recipe because a cup didn’t seem like enough for the amount of effort. I also added some vanilla syrup as my sweetener.
It’s pretty good. The cardamom is the strongest note for me, and it melds fairly seamlessly with the black pepper. I’m having a hard time separating out the ginger from the mix, as the three spices blend together very well. I do miss cinnamon, as it’s probably my favorite spice in tea. I get a bit of malt and cereal flavor from the CTC base, though it’s fairly drowned out by the strong spices.
Overall, I like it, but I wish there was some cinnamon here. But that’s obviously more of a personal preference.
ETA: The black pepper built up a bit too much as I continued to sip on this…
Flavors: Cardamom, Ginger, Grain, Malt, Pepper, Spices
Received this in my SipsBy box (I just subscribed), and immediately brewed it up on the stove in an oat milk/water blend. A nice, cozy chai sounded so nice. Unfortunately, I’m not a fan of this at all. The lack of cinnamon really makes a difference- there’s just nothing to tie together the ginger and really spicy black peppercorn. I can’t taste any cardamom. I actually used caramel sauce to sweeten this, and it’s still just way too peppery.
Flavors: Black Pepper, Ginger, Pepper, Spicy