|"If you want to make the most delicious cup of chai EVER, then instead of adding just milk to the fill up the final 1/3 of your cup, use 75% milk and 25% French Vanilla Creamer (fat free of course). It is OMG good! "|
Up N' Atom Chai is a company that makes four different types of organic chai blends that vary based upon the tea type. I have had the good fortune to receive samples of all four types to try. Then again, I am a chai girl and various chai blends frequent my cup year round though I mostly drink my chai in iced latte form in the summer. One thing about Up N' Atom's chai blends is that when you receive them, they look much different than many other chai offerings on the market. This is because the spices will come to you in very large pieces (many of them whole) and there will be very little relative tea in the blend. I have worked my way through all four of their offerings now and this traditional black tea chai is my favorite.
Up N' Atom lists the ingredients in this as the organic Chinese black tea, Indonesian grown cinnamon and ginger, fancy green cardamom pods from Guatemala, coriander from Canada, cloves, allspice and black pepper. The one quirky thing about this chai is that making a one cup serving of it isn't really ideal. The chai blends offered by this company are truly meant to be prepared in a pot and simmered over time. Up N' Atom suggests preparing this using about 4 quarts of water and 3/4 cup of spices. You bring the water to a boil, reduce to a low simmer, add the spices, simmer for 20 minutes and then let the whole thing sit overnight. The aroma of the spices simmering is something to behold. If you are trying to sell your house you might buy some just for the aromatic properties. As an FYI, this will keep in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.
The black tea version of this brews up fairly red looking prior to adding the dairy. So much so that I had to double check to make sure I hadn't accidentally brewed up the rooibos version of the chai. I always like to talk about the spice load of a chai blend and this one is very spicy. Deliciously spicy and Lynn's (fellow reviewer) analogy of likening it to an atomic fireball is not far off the money. If you drink this without any milk added to it, is hot and spicy as in, "It burns!" All of the ingredients listed in the flavor profile are pretty well represented and there is plenty of heat from the ginger to satisfy ginger lovers like myself. Most chai tea blends probably come in at a 5-7 range in terms of spice load in my opinion. This one comes in at a 10. I am not complaining as I like a nice spicy chai. Up N' Atom recommends adding the milk of your choice to the cup in the proportion of about 1/3 and I would say that is about right. If it is still too powerful, you might try 50/50. However, with the addition of some milk, this becomes the perfect cup of chai to my taste buds. It has nice, rich, creamy brown color with enough heat in the flavor profile to satisfy. No one spice completely dominates, but the ginger and cardamom are standouts in my mind. Even with the addition of milk the heat of the ginger can still get in your face. Delicious. If you want to make the most delicious cup of chai EVER, then instead of adding just milk to the fill up the final 1/3 of your cup, use 75% milk and 25% French Vanilla Creamer (fat free of course). It is OMG good!
I am putting the warning out there to those who are sensitive to spices that this is probably not for you even though you can adjust the amount of spices used in preparation (maybe a half cup of spices in 4 quarts of water). This ain't no wimpy chai. The spice pieces used in this are fresh and potent. I would say that the downfall of this blend is that the black tea could not possibly stand up to the spices due to their potency. For the most part, all of the various chai blends (black tea, green, tea, rooibos, and caffeine free) that Up N' Atom offers taste pretty much the same as the spices dominate the tea leaves. Therefore, you should just choose the tea base that you favor if you are unsure of which one to order. However, I did find that I do prefer the black tea version of their chai best, but if you are trying to drink more green tea or are sensitive to caffeine, then you might make your choice that way. Further, a nice big 6 oz bag of this will only set you back $9.10. Highly recommended.
P.S. You can also purchase chai soap through their website!
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