Alrighty THEN! UPDATE I thought I would let everyone know that I have now made my masala chai with some high quality blacks lately. I tried assam melody and ceylon from Adagio, and some may think this is blasphemy..... CASTLETON MOONLIGHT hehehehhee
I must say with the assam melody it was DELICIOUS, leaps beyond the normal red label, which I expected. BUT I remind you that I don't boil my chai leaves, I steep it after boiling the milk/spices. This allows you to use just about any chai...so I started trying everything
I have two friends that were lucky enough to try it before my sample ran out....They downed every drop hahahhahaa. I only got a sip and turned around with an empty cup.. they said "sorrrrrryyy!"
After my assam melody ran out, I felt spoiled. I tried it with the usual Red Label Mamri, not good enough for me anymore!!! UNLESS I want to prepare my masala chai with a different method(boiling of the chai leaves involved)...I will begin using a higher quality assam.
I tried ceylon sonata, pretty tasty as well, but it was too weak to handle the spices. Might give it another try with more leaf.
I also tried it with castleton moonlight, an awesome chai! But still a bit too weak, again this was expected just an experiment (more leaf next time
). Assams really are the way to go!