Review: Tipu’s Slow Brew Original Chai

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Thumbs up!"Fans of bold flavors will not be disappointed with this mix..."
Erika’s Teaview: 8.5/10
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tipuschaitealogoAfter sampling Tipu’s instant chai I was interested in comparing it to the slow brew variety.  Each mix contains identical ingredients (black tea, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger powder, clove, allspice, nutmeg, mint, and black pepper) and the only real difference is in the preparation method.  Upon opening the bag, the very familiar spicy scent greeted my nose.  The tea and spices in the slow brew chai are not ground into as fine a powder as the instant variety, and tiny specks of spices were visible.  The color of the mix reminded me of a cinnamon and sugar combination.

To prepare my cup I followed the instructions printed on the back of the packaging.  They suggest using one rounded teaspoon of chai with two cups of water and two-thirds cup of milk.  I added the water and chai first then brought the mixture to a boil and simmered for 3-4 minutes.  I then added the milk, returned the mixture to a boil, and allowed it to simmer for 3 minutes.  The kitchen filled with a wonderful spicy aroma.  After the final simmer, the resulting liquid was very thick and muddy, and I added approximately one teaspoon of agave.

The flavor of the cup was delicious and spicy, basically a more complex version of the instant variety.  I can’t say this cup was perfect, but I think with a few tweaks to the amount of mix, and the amount of milk versus water, this has the potential to be one of my all-time favorite cups of chai.  Fans of bold flavors will not be disappointed with this mix, and since the four-ounce bag contains roughly 36 cups of chai, you will have plenty of time to experiment and adjust to your own unique taste.

— To purchase Tipu’s Slow Brew Original 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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