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drank Empress Chai by Queen Mary
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Discovery Tea box – Tea #14

Definitely a different chai here! It has thyme and pink peppercorns which isn’t usually included in every chai, but what the strongest fragrance and flavor is the cinnamon. I don’t think there are actual cinnamon pieces (cinnamon isn’t even listed on the bag) but it’s the type of cinnamon that most reminds me of Harney’s Hot Cinnamon Sunset tea. I’m sure the pink peppercorns really lend to that sort of flavor too, as to me they mostly have a sweet quality. But wow, the mug just keeps getting more and more like that cinnamon as it cools. The black tea is medium bodied. When I drink a chai I really love a completely black cup, but that is generally impossible.
Steep #1 // 1 1/4 teaspoon // 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 12 minutes after boiling //2 minute steep

gmathis

I love the notion of peppercorns in tea (it’s just fun to say: peppercorns!), but haven’t yet had one where their presence was obvious, other than visually.

tea-sipper

Yeah, I’m not sure if I can pick out flavor of actual peppercorns in any tea.

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gmathis

I love the notion of peppercorns in tea (it’s just fun to say: peppercorns!), but haven’t yet had one where their presence was obvious, other than visually.

tea-sipper

Yeah, I’m not sure if I can pick out flavor of actual peppercorns in any tea.

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