Product Type: Twinings Tea
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Member Name: cerys82
Advantages: great flavour
Disadvantages: not quite as good as homemade
I first enjoyed chai when I bought a packet from a food market. It came in the form of a bag of spices, some ground, some kept whole which I put in a saucepan full of boiling water with a regular teabag and sugar and latterly some milk, and then strained it. It was absolutely delicious and I have been looking for something comparable since. I have tried powdered ones but found them to be bland and artificial tasting.
Therefore I was chuffed when doing my online grocery shop from Tesco and looking for some Lapsang Souchong that Twinings did a Chai tea as part of its 'Aromatics' range. I have been a big fan of Twinings for years, predominantly as I remember them being the brand that introduced me to fruit and herbal tea. Being a brand that I was familiar with, but knowingit would be in the form of a teabag. Being a brand that I was familiar with, but knowing it would be in the form of a teabag rather than fresh spice, I had mixed feelings. However it was much better than I was cautiously expecting.
I have experimented with a few different methods and quantities of makingit. However, I would agree that the best way is that which is described on the packet - with a little milk and sugar. I would consider the sugar pretty essential as somehow it brings out the cinnamon more.
This particular chai contains cinnamon, cloves, ginger and star anise. These are a really good mix- and give off quite a good level of spiciness. Admittedly the flavour is not quite as complex as one which is homemade/made from scratch or one that you might get in a good coffee shop - however, considering this comes from a teabag it is really very good. In fact, it is so dense that the normal tea flavour does not come through at all. ( I can vouch for this as I do not like regular tea).
In conclusion, this is a really solid and economical version of a delicious tea.
Summary: A keeper!
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