|"A delicious and intensely-spiced Masala Chai with all the convenience of an instant powder."|
Tipu's took home the first place award in 2 categories at the World Tea Expo for various concoctions using their Chai concentrate - essentially a liquid-prepared form of instant gratification. The instant powder adds one step of difficulty by heating up some water (and/or milk) and then adding powder and sweetener to it. In a way, there's a certain silliness associated with this. If you are going through the trouble of heating up some water - and especially through the trouble of heating up some milk - is it really going to kill you to wait 2 minutes to properly slow-brew some quality leaf? However, I can see the appeal for taking some on the go. At a restaurant, in your hotel room, at grandma's house, wherever - if all you need is some hot water, you are good to go.
Many teas have a certain wiggle room in that "1 tsp" could really mean upwards of 1 tablespoon, and it really would not have a great effect on the flavor. When using loose leaf tea leaves, you have that wide margin of error. That said, dear reader, let me caution you with extreme vociferousness that you should be careful when measuring out your Tipu's Instant Black Chai! For my first cup I stirred in "one teaspoon" of powder to 1/2 cup boiling water and 1/2 cup of hot milk, as directed. However, my teaspoon was the kind of teaspoon you stir with or eat ice cream with -- not the actual measurement of 1 tsp from a measuring spoon. Well, let me tell you that if you have never endured the true meaning of the word "spicy", go ahead and give that a whirl. After 10 minutes and 6 attempts at dilution, I could not temper the intensity of what I had brewed up. I feared my taste buds were permanently damaged.
Fast forward a few days later, and I braved another attempt - this time with careful tiny measurements. Despite a severely painful thumb-burn which should not be associated with this product, I turned out a fantastic cup utilizing such a minute amount of pulverized powder. There is big, bold, spicy flavor in just the slightest pinch of this blend. For anyone who complains about other Masala Chai blends that are not spicy enough, I implore you to give Tipu's a whirl.
As with any powdered beverage, you are going to get some settlement at the bottom of your cup. I'm not sure it's avoidable, but a few points knocked off for an unpleasant residue left at the bottom of the cup (and in your mouth if you are not careful). Despite that, this is a fantastic-tasting product when portioned appropriately, and makes for a great on-the-go beverage.
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