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drank Original Masala Chai by Chaiwala
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You guys know I don’t love chai but you may have also noticed I’ve been trying them more and more. This particular chai is a wet chai that I grabbed at the one of a kind show in Toronto a couple months back because I tried the sample and it was very creamy and delightful.

This company recommends doing the chai on the stove and I’m lazy so that hasn’t happened until now. However, today while still watching Ratatouille I decided to make it since I could cook and watch all at once (a luxury I don’t have at my own apartment but do have at my sister’s place).

Making it at home, it’s still just as good as the sample at the one of a kind show. It’s creamy and sweet with a nice ginger flavour to balance the honey. Add to that a nicely balanced mix of chai spices and you have a really lovely chai among chais. I think it’s my favourite and it’s one I have in a large quantity which would usually be stressful but I’m happy to work my way through it.

Cameron B.

Aw, I love Ratatouille!

VariaTEA

It’s great!

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Cameron B.

Aw, I love Ratatouille!

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

Tea Ratings Guide (as of December 10, 2017)
90-100 Teas I NEED on hand at all times
80-89 Teas I want to keep around for a cup every now and then
70-79 Teas I am glad I have around and can experiment with but probably don’t need more than what’s in my cupboard
60-69 Teas I would not turn down a cup of from a friend but that would probably be enough
50-59 Teas I can see why someone would enjoy but are not for me
Under 50 Teas I really did not like and most likely got dumped

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