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Monday, March 15, 2010

Stash Teabag Black Tea 'chai spice black tea'

Tea Information:
Tea: chai spice black tea
Type: Black Tea
Packaging: Teabag
Company: Stash
Purchase: Here
Description: Spicy, aromatic blend of black teas, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, clove and cardamom.
Ingredients: Blended black tea, ginger root, cinnamon, cinnamon flavor, clove oil, allspice, clove, nutmeg, and cardamom oil.

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Additives: none
Water: 8 ounces hot spigot water
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: ginger, cinnamon, clove, spice
Steeped Tea Smell: tea, generic spice
Flavor: generically spicy tea
Body: Light/Medium/Full
Aftertaste: slightly bitter and astringent aftertaste with hints of spice
Liquor: deep dark reddish-brown

This was better, spicier and bolder, than I was expecting from a bagged chai made in the office, but not one that really WOWed me.

Post-Steep Additives: 1 packet sugar = smoother, better
2 packet sugar = spicier, better

think it needs milk/cream

New teabag:
1 teabag
8 ounces hot spigot water with one flavia latte packet
3 min

The result was a weak chai, I should should have steeped longer

It was very smooth, more spice after the sip than at the start of the sip

I will try again longer with a latte and some honey or sugar and a longer steep

Rating: 2/4 leaves with the potential to be a 3

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

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