Review: Tipu’s Chai Instant Black Chai

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Thumbs up!"The fragrance was a mélange of ginger, cinnamon, perhaps allspice, and black pepper, warm and inviting."
Lynn’s Teaview: 9.5/10
Other Teaviews: Dan gave it 8.5/10, Erika gave it 8/10, Katie gave it 9.0/10
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tipuschaitealogoFirst of all, this powdered chai mix from Tipu’s gets my vote for easiest preparation. The tea and organic spices are ground fine, to be stirred into hot liquid, and not strained.

According to company president Bipin Patel, this is an old family recipe that originated in Gujarat, India. Opening the package, I thanked his ancestors for the sweet, pungent aroma. The ingredients include Assam tea and organic cardamom, cinnamon, allspice, black pepper, nutmeg, ginger, mint, cloves. The fragrance was a mélange of ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and black pepper, warm and inviting.

Following the directions, I heated a half cup each of water and milk to boiling and stirred them into a level teaspoon of the spice mix. Don’t use more than that; this is powerful stuff. The flavor was a good approximation of the aroma, if not quite so mellow. In fact, this chai has real bite, attributable, in my mind, to the ginger and pepper. I drank it unsweetened and found it very good.

The only downside to this chai is that because it is a powder that is not strained out, it is initially a bit gritty. However, I let it sit for a few minutes and the spices soon settled out.

This is an intensely flavorful chai. I particularly like the ginger and black pepper notes. There’s nothing bland or hesitant about this chai, and as I said, it couldn’t be easier to make. Highly recommended.

— To purchase Tipu’s Chai Instant Black Chai, 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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