Review: Tipu’s Chai Instant Black Chai

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Thumbs up!"The resulting cup was quite tasty and very spicy."
Erika’s Teaview: 8/10
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tipuschaitealogoThis was my first introduction to Tipu’s Chai and I was especially excited to try the instant variety.  I’ve had other instant chai mixes before, but they never seemed “authentic” or all that spicy.  In fact, they all seemed to consist of a sugary power that was more a sort of imitation chai drink rather than actual chai.  Tipu’s Chai contains only black tea and spices (cinnamon, cardamom, ginger powder, clove, allspice, nutmeg, mint, and black pepper).  The scent of the mixture is amazing and a little dangerous if you get your nose too close.  The contents of the bag have been ground into a cinnamon-colored powder, and individual spices and the black tea are not distinguishable.

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.

— 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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