|"The resulting cup was quite tasty and very spicy."|
Preparation of the mix was very simple. Recommendations included adding one teaspoon of chai mix to one-half cup of boiling water and one-half cup of milk. If a chai latte is preferred, skip the water and add a full cup of milk. Heating times are not explicitly stated, but I brought my mixture to a low boil and allowed it to simmer for several minutes. I have tried both methods and prefer the chai latte version simply because I enjoy a more rich and creamy cup. The final touch was to add a light amount of sweetener, which is usually either honey or agave for me.
The resulting cup was quite tasty and very spicy. Much different from the store varieties I have tried in the past. As I enjoyed my cup, I couldn’t help but notice just how fresh the spices tasted. It was almost as though I visited the local spice shop earlier that day to purchase the ingredients. But be warned, because Tipu’s uses real spices, they do not fully dissolve or blend into the water/milk. This tends to make to drink a bit gritty and by the time you reach the bottom of the cup, a rather large pile of spice will be waiting for you. I suppose to avoid this you could run the tea through a strainer, but that seems to defeat the purpose of an “instant” chai. This is however a small price to pay for natural ingredients and is just a minor glitch in an otherwise delicious blend of tea and spice. The flavor is hard to beat and for fans of a true spicy chai, I highly recommend this one.
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