I tried this recipe and it was my first attempt at making my own chai concentrate. I loved it! I like my chai as spicy as possible and this was pretty spicy! I live in a small town so the grocery store has limited selection of spices, but I used ground ginger (instead of fresh/dried ginger) and anise seeds (instead of star anise). One thing I would recommend before you start making this to make sure you have a strainer that catches fine particles! I didn't have anything be a tea ball with a spring that made it snap shut, so I had to hold it open. It hurt my hand and was very tedious! But I still enjoy the chai very much!