Monday, February 8, 2016

My Cuppa: Blending bonanza brew 2!

Okay! I’m ready to taste brew number 2 made during my blending bonanza session at T-Buds a few months back. I’ve already tasted “Seduced by Sencha”, the first blend, which really wasn’t that bad at all. This time, I’m trying “My Chai to Die For”.

This blend contained the following ingredients:

  • Assam Tea BOP (Broken Orange Pekoe)
  • Ceylon Tea FBOP (Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe)
  • Ginger
  • Cardamom
  • Cinnamon
  • Pepper
  • Clove
  • T-Buds Chai Mix
  • Rose Petals

I will die for you!

Looks like another list of long ingredients, but really, this is a fairly classic Masala Chai with the exception of the rose petals which were just added to make the mix look pretty. The T-Buds Chai Mix is just a combination of the other spices listed, in a powder form. The aroma was intoxicating! Not a strong, over-powering of spices. Just lovely, light hits of ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon. It was nice. Oh, and here's my post for an explanation on the acronyms BOP and FBOP.

I prepared 
“My Chai to Die For” the same way as I do for Assam. I made two cuppings of this blend . One to drink on its own, and the other, with a little milk and sugar added. 

Double your pleasure!

The infusion produced a golden, reddish-brown liquor. It was sparkling! It tasted good on its own. Much like it smelled. Not strong and with just a little astringency near the end. 

Naked tea!

Combined with milk and sugar did no harm to the tea. It cut down the astringency and created a creamy, smooth finish. I liked both results. 

Tea all dressed!

I find many of the spiced teas on the market way too strong. They really overdo it on the ingredients thinking that’s what makes a good spiced tea. This chai is to die for! Two down, two more to go!

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