Please please please bring back Indian Spice!!! This blend is not even close! Wil not be purchasing this again and I gave it a fair shot. Used. All of a 1lb bag.
I really enjoy the complex, spicy flavors of this chai but I must admit that I do miss that slight tingly burn of black pepper and ginger I've experienced with other chais (although the flavor of those other chais do not compare to this one). After brewing this tea haven't experienced any bitterness at all, perhaps my tastes are different or I'm brewing a less concentrated tea. The cardamom and nutmeg are the first ones to hit my palate, then the cloves, cinnamon with the vanilla rounding out the finish. On occasion I've added ground black pepper into the loose tea to get some of that missing bite, a bit of a cheater's hack, but it works! I haven't tried the old formula, but if it was peppery I imagine it must have been amazing, nevertheless I still think this is a very good chai and I haven't found any to top it that I can find commercially.
This is no chai tea!! I don't know what it is. I brew my own Indian tea as I have seen my aunts and grandmas do it and the last blend totally replaced that lengthy process of adding each spice one by one. I picked this up and made the mistake of buying a 1lb bag but wow what a weird taste profile. I ended up mixing it with some Brooke Bond - your typical Indian department store tea to make the blend palatable. Almost done with it. Will probably throw the last bit out but pass on it folks. It's a waste.
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