|"I am pleased with this blend's ability to maintain its spiciness once the milk is added. It is creamy and yet still offers the full flavor profile that I prefer in a chai blend. "|
Today is a good day to review a chai blend--for April anyway. It is cold outside and I am awaiting our annual April blizzard (Spring Fail). I am much less into chai in the warmer months than I am in the colder ones. Kokomo Tea is a company that I have just begun to familiarize myself with and so far I am fairly impressed. I also love their website. It is worth a few minutes to frequent it and if you drill down in it you will likely find it is full of information. I even learned some new things today while perusing it! I am pleased with what I see in my sample package--tons of spice and no black pepper that I can identify. For those of you that follow along, I like my chai blends spicy. While Kokomo doesn't identify the spices used, it appears to have cardamom, clove, ginger, and plenty of cinnamon.
Kokomo's website suggests brewing this strong and indicates that this was made with the chai latte lover in mind. I infused a nice strong amount of this in water that had been brought to a full boil and allowed to cool a bit for close to 4 min. I did immediately sweeten the blend, but I also like to taste it a bit without the milk to I can get a feel for the actual flavor profile. The chai is plenty spicy and nicely balanced. It also has enough ginger in it to satisfy the ginger lover in me. It gets major brownie points for using Assam as its base. Overall, the spice profile is nice and no one spice totally rules the blend.
I am pleased with this blend's ability to maintain its spiciness once the milk is added. It is creamy and yet still offers the full flavor profile that I prefer in a chai blend. I bet this is excellent when you use the preparation method where you add the tea into the milk and sugar in a saucepan and simmer---rather than the ghetto latte version that I typically make which involves just adding milk and sugar to the prepared tea. This is very well done and may have just given my long-time favorite by Yogic Chai a run for it's money! I definitely recommend this to lovers of chai blends that like a little spice in their cup. I hope to try more blends from this company.
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