The internet is a strange place. Sometimes beautiful, sometimes terrifying, sometimes a place for communication and learning, other times a place that shows you things that make you wonder how we have survived as a species.
However, I am grateful for it for a number of reasons. Most of these are connected to friendships, either made within its weird landscapes, or rediscovered because of them.
I have met some people I am truly blessed to know through the internet.
One of them was the reason this particular tea came into existence, and part of the reason for the choice of name.
A while back I went looking for some old and dear friends from high school. Happily, I found most of them, alive, well, and thriving in various ways. Due to one of the amusing facets of social media, comments on posts of one of those old friends introduced me to a lady who seemed sane, intelligent (both raw and in the capacity for actual thinking), honest… and a number of other qualities I find to be important. She also had dogs. Wonderful dogs. So, I reached out, and we started talking.
Over time we became good friends. She is one of those people who makes me grateful for the internet. Some of it was over thoughts on life, some of it was an assortment of shared types of experience (good and bad), some of it was shared fandoms, some of it was (of course) because of dogs… It still amazes me, despite how long I have known it to be true, how deeply one can communicate and connect over the internet.
When I posted about our ‘Straight-Up Chai,’ I mentioned that I’d had to curb my own personal taste for cardamom when it was created. The first test batch that I blended was near perfect for what I wanted in a “nothing extra” chai. When Mister Tea tasted it he made a face and said something about it having far too much cardamom to be considered a standard chai. (He likes many of the same desserts with cardamom, but is less thrilled with it in beverages. Ask me sometime about my experiments with adding cardamom to coffee.) I knew he was probably right, so I made another test batch, taking his thoughts into account. However, I kept the original recipe.
There were a number of reasons for this, but one was that I knew one person who would appreciate a strong-in-the-force-of-cardamom chai as much as I would. I sent her some of the test batch. In the discussion we had regarding the tea, I decided that not only would I keep it and make it one of our blends, I would find a way to honor the friendship that was attached to the tea for me, with the name. We discussed it a bit, and for reasons that don’t need full explanation “Ravendane Chai” was the one that stuck.
We were both amused by the fact that it sounds like a place you would be sent to for a quest in any of a number of RPG’s.
There. I have rambled. Perhaps a bit more than usual. If you have a yen for cardamom, and like the other chai spices, this tea is pretty spectacular.
Now for the basics:
Organic Ingredients: Fair Trade Black Tea, Ginger Root, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Black Pepper
Batch Size: 5.3 ounces, approximately 30-35 cups of tea
Options: Loose Tea (Bag, Jar, Tin), Teabags
* Please be advised that both Cinnamon and Cardamom can drop your blood sugar. Be mindful of this when regularly drinking this tea.