LadyArden wrote:hi rubyslipper,
I did receive my oriental spice and it is excellent in my opinion. I usually put about 50/50 milk/water up to 75/25 m/w in a pot, add 2 sp oriental spice tealeaves to the pot, and heat on low until the milky beverage is hot enough to drink and it's a caramel color from the tea. Other than adding sugar/splenda to taste this is all I add. This tea already has all the spices I need in it -delicious flavor if you like chai. Some people just heat the water, make normal tea, then add some milk afterwards, but I find the tea permeates the flavor of the drink better when slowly heating the milk and tea together. I hope this answers your question.
This is close to how I make it as well. 50/50 solution usually and heat it in a pot. Once it gets warm, I add honey for my sweetener, and the tea. Let it sit for 5 min.
(Masala) Chai is really good stuff. And the Oriental Spice tastes really great brewed as plain iced tea.