Recent Tasting Notes
I picked this up at an Indian market a few weekends ago – I love cardamom and the box wasn’t expensive, so I thought it’d be worth a try. The base is your usual CTC Assam, and it doesn’t taste like much of anything. It’s slightly bitter, but that’s about all I’m getting. So maybe it’s actually a bit worse than your usual CTC Assam. The cardamom flavor is strong, but the cardamom and the base don’t come together particularly well. Plain, the tea is barely drinkable. Fortunately, though, it’s much improved by a generous splash of soymilk. I suppose that’s to be expected for a chai, which this (sort of) is. I’m enjoying it reasonably well this way, and I don’t think I’ll have too much trouble finishing off the box. But it’s not something I’ll be buying again – I’d be interested to try a similar tea made with a (much) higher-quality base, but I’m not sure I wouldn’t prefer a full-on chai for those times when I’m in the mood for spice tea.