|"Its unprecedented freshness has made me understand why people love chai so much."|
They emphasise the key to a good Masala Chai is freshness (as Ricardo over at Yogic Chai said, cardamom is essential, and once it's ground, the spice immediately begins to lose its flavour), which was apparent once I opened the package. The small black leaves are surrounded by huge, open cardamom pods and big chunks of the other chai staples. It smelled amazing as like I had just made it myself.
I didn't want any chance of a tame cup, so I dumped a hearty tablespoon of tea into 8 ounces of water, which I let boil on the stove for 4 minutes. I then threw in one tablespoon of sweetener and 1/2 cup of milk (alas, all we had around was 1%) and let it sit on heat for about a minute more. As it cooked, the tea lit up the kitchen with its beautiful, spicy scent. This would be a great tea to throw on right as guests arrive to make it smell as though you had been hard at work baking all day (why of course this pie isn't from Costco - can't you smell the spices in the air?).
The completed tea smells equally delicious and tastes amazing. It is bold without being harsh or bitter, complex without being overwhelming, and unique without straying too far from the recognisable chai taste. Its unprecedented freshness has made me understand why people love chai so much, though I'm not sure I'd trust buying it from anywhere else. Yogic Chai is the only source for me, and now that I have tasted Masala Chai at its best, I'm aching for another cup.
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