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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

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Lexie Aleah

This company sells a really yummy chai tea concentrate at my local farmers market.

Cameron B.

It’s probably made from this tea!

Lexie Aleah

I’ll have to look for this one next time I go. The concentrate also has jaggery in it and some other things as well but this is probably the base.

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Lexie Aleah

This company sells a really yummy chai tea concentrate at my local farmers market.

Cameron B.

It’s probably made from this tea!

Lexie Aleah

I’ll have to look for this one next time I go. The concentrate also has jaggery in it and some other things as well but this is probably the base.

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Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, bento, baking, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is collecting hobby related-things… ;)

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I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I will often sweeten iced tea. I brew Western style, and fluctuate between using mugs or teapots with small cups depending on the season. Occasionally I’ll brew Gongfu style when I’m in the mood. I also use a kyusu for Japanese teas.

I am always up for a swap! Just let me know if you’d like to try something in my cupboard.

Current Subscriptions:
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Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, and oolong varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however. I also enjoy maté, rooibos, honeybush, and herbal tisanes. I love matcha and drink it often!

Fruit: All of them! My ‘go-to’s tend to be in the red fruits, stonefruit, or citrus spectra. I also really love apple, banana, berry, fig, lychee, melon, pear, and rhubarb flavors. Tropical fruits aren’t among my favorites, but I still enjoy them once in a while – especially passionfruit, mango, and pineapple. I am not generally a fan of coconut in tea, though there are some exceptions.

Dessert: I love creamy vanilla and marshmallow flavors, along with anything in the caramel family such as butterscotch, toffee, or maple. Chocolate is also a favorite, though I’m often disappointed by it in tea. And don’t forget anything buttery, cakey, or cookie-y!

Floral: I’m a little bit more particular in this category. I very much enjoy jasmine, even strong jasmine, along with sakura and chamomile. But I’m not crazy about rose or lavender flavors, and I prefer hibiscus in moderation only.

Spices: I don’t generally find myself drawn to masala chai, but I do enjoy spices combined with other flavors. My favorite spices are the warm ones, especially cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and cardamom. A bit of heat from black pepper or chili is okay too, as long as it’s not overwhelming! Ginger can be a lovely accent, but I find it difficult to drink as a starring flavor.

Aromatics: I’m obsessed with Earl Grey! I also love cooling flavors such as mint (especially spearmint), pine, juniper, and eucalyptus. I am not a fan of strong rosemary or sage in tea.

Favorite Purveyors:
3 Leaf
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Kusmi
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
Lupicia
Taiwan Tea Crafts
TeaVivre
Yunnan Sourcing

Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
00-39: Repulsive, I spat it out

I will sometimes refrain from rating a tea if I feel I’m too biased due to my personal dislikes, or if I suspect the sample has been compromised by age.

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