Review: Tipu’s Chai Authentic Indian Chai (Decaffeinated Concentrate)

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Thumbs up!"It had everything it needed and didn't slouch on the taste - loud, spicy and good."
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tipuschaitealogoAbout a month ago (June, 2010, depending on when you're reading this), I was drafted by my parents to help them move their furniture from Oregon to Wyoming. The trek called for driving through Montana. We've stopped in Missoula before, but never for very long; either to drink, eat or sleep. If I'd known that Missoula also had a bit of tea culture to it, I would've stayed longer. It turns out that Tipus Chai originally had their start in Missoula some thirteen years ago. They are now based in Ronan, a small town on the Flathead Indian Reservation. When one thinks of Montana, they don't think of *East* Indian masala chai.

Along with my sample of their decaffeinated concentrate, I also received a very kind and detailed letter from the company's president, Bipin Patel. He emphasized how no chemical additives were used in the preparations of their concentrates. That and another interesting fact was that a fair share of their products were Fair Trade Certified and USDA Certified Organic. Ingredients included filtered water, evaporated cane juice (for sweetening), ginger, decaf black tea, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, nutmeg, clove, allspice, mint and citric acid. Everything but the water, mint and citric acid were organic. Nary a fructose mention among 'em.

The liquid concentrate certainly smelled like a masala chai - spicy to the core - and it was muddy brown in appearance. I likened it to chocolate milk mixed with ginger and cinnamon powder. Directions on the bottle called for mixing 2 *insert-measurement-type*-s of concentrate to 1 *insert-measurement-type*-s of milk; half-and-half exactly for lighter blends. I did 1/2 cup of concentrate to 1/4 cup of milk. Heating instructions were quite lax. I just put the measuring cup-laden mix in the microwave for two minutes. Afterwards, I frothed it a bit to make it more bubbly, like a chai latte. Bubbles make everything better.

Subtleties are not a must for my opinion on this. I am a simpleton, and by nature, I sometimes like simple ways of preparing things. That's why I don't knock fans of teabags. They're easy, and - if you get the right kind - good as well. Here was a company that used quality ingredients for a well-rounded masala chai. It had everything it needed and didn't slouch on the taste - loud, spicy and good. Ginger and cardamom jumped out first, cinnamon rounded out and closed the flavor gates. A frothy texture didn't hurt either. If I only had one nitpick, it's that sometimes it's fun to prepare your own herbs. However, for those short on time - or in my case, attention span - this is a high quality quickie.

— To purchase Tipu’s Chai Authentic Indian Chai (Decaffeinated Concentrate), or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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