Review: KTeas South Indian Chai

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Thumbs up!"I then added about two teaspoons of rock sugar and a splash of half and half. The result was a sweet, mellow drink with mild spiciness that was well blended enough that I couldn't really distinguish one spice from another, except that there was still no peppery taste or sensation, and no real flavor of the tea. The flavors were well balanced otherwise, however. It was tasty and pleasant, but I can't say I was really wowed. "
Lynn’s Teaview: 7/10
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kteaslogoKTeas' describes this tea as "An authentic, South Indian delight." The ingredients include black tea, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, and pepper. I liked the sound of that.

The black tea is broken into very small pieces, as are the spices, unlike their Autumn Morning, which has very large, identifiable spice pieces, including whole cardamom pods. The largest pieces in the South Indian Chai appear to be fragments of cinnamon bark.

My sample had a very sweet fragrance, with cinnamon, ginger, and cloves the dominant notes. I infused a heaping teaspoon of dry tea in 8 oz. of 208F water for the recommended five minutes. This yielded a dark copper cup that smelled predominantly of cinnamon and ginger. I took a sample sip before adding the recommended milk and sugar. It tasted of the spices, again mostly cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. The tea was a no-show and the pepper just hadn't shown up, either, much to my disappointment, nor the cardamom.

I then added about two teaspoons of rock sugar and a splash of half and half. The result was a sweet, mellow drink with mild spiciness that was well blended enough that I couldn't really distinguish one spice from another, except that there was still no peppery taste or sensation, and no real flavor of the tea. The flavors were well balanced otherwise, however. It was tasty and pleasant, but I can't say I was really wowed.

I tried a second steep of six minutes, which gave me a cup much lighter in color, which smelled and tasted quite distinctly of cloves. I added cream and sugar again and was surprised that it was as good as the first cup, if a little different in the balance of flavors. If anything, it seemed a little sweeter.

As chais go, this is not the most flavorful I've had, but it's still pretty good, especially if you like a milder flavor. At $6.50 for 100g, it's well priced for daily sipping.

— To purchase KTeas South Indian Chai, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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