I've tried as many cups of masala chai as I possibly could. Nearly every opportunity to drink the spicey, sweet, and oh so utterly delicious conconction that presented itself I took. It became a mission of sorts, drink EVERY version of masala tea.
As we all know, there is a VERY wide range in the quality of tea, and in the quality/potency of the spices. Two years ago I was lucky enough to go to India, where you might say I was in masala chai fantasy land, but I was often unable to finish my drink because it was too spicey. I didn't find the perfect masala and tea mixture until I came back to the states.
Janam Indian Tea Shop was the answer to my seemingly never ending quest for the perfect masala chai. The owner has her own masala recipe that has all the qualities of the indian masala that I loved so much, and though some of the kick that masala ought to give ya, is still there, it's not overwhelmingly spices. . . Simply perfect.
Anyway . . . my recommendation? Janam Indian Tea Shop's Masala Chai. http://www.janamtea.com