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PRODUCT REVIEW: Chico Chai Strong Brew Chai Concentrate from Chico Chai

September10

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Product Information:

For more information, please visit:  Chico Chai

Chico Chai Strong Brew Concentrate is available at these locations.

Product Description:

A strong, spicy brew, ready to be mixed with milk and heated or poured over ice, for a lovely “chai latte”. Chico Chai is brewed by hand, from whole, organic ingredients, and is less sweet than mainstream chai. Each batch is made without preservatives, it’s simply brewed and refrigerated for a unique, fresh flavor.

Taster’s Review:

It would seem that lately, I’m on a bit of a chai kick.  What can I say?  At the first signs of autumn, I’m all about the chai!  Now, I’ll happily consume a chai latte any time of year, but, there’s just something that is so rewarding about sipping a chai – whether it be a latte or drinking it non-latte with just a dollop of honey to bring out those spices.  Nothing tastes more like autumn to me than a good cup of chai!

Right now, I’m enjoying this Chico Chai Strong Brew Chai Concentrate from Chico Chai as a blended ice drink.  I measured out a combination of ice cubes and milk into the blender, and then added the same amount (OK … I admit it, I eyeballed it!) of the strong brew concentrate into the blender and blended it until it was smooth.

Side note:  My husband would like me to add that the blender is loud.  Ha!  When I operated the blender, he thought I was making a chocolate milkshake, and when I told him what it was and that I’d be writing a review, he asked me what I thought of my iced chai drink and I told him “It’s YUMMY!” and he says, there you go.  That’s your review.  Tell them that it’s yummy and your blender is loud.

I am really enjoying this blended drink.  It is cool and frosty and refreshing – but with just enough spice to get my taste buds all warmed up and tingling!  This is sweet – but not too sweet.  (I didn’t add any additional sweeteners to this blended drink.  It is just ice cubes, milk, and the strong brew concentrate.)  I get a good amount of peppery taste from the ginger … ginger is the note that stands out strongest to me.

The peppery quality of the ginger is accentuated with black pepper, and as I continue to drink this icy beverage, I notice the pepper more and more.   I also taste the rich black tea in the background.  It’s a malty black tea – but in this concentrate, I notice no signs of bitterness.  Just a good, strong black tea flavor.

I taste hints of nutmeg.  Ohhh I like the nutmeg!  There are notes of cinnamon, anise, clove and cardamom.  It’s a warm and comforting combination of spices … and it’s spicy, but it’s not a spicy-hot kind of spicy.  It’s more of a comforting warmth that I’d liken to curling up with a good book in front of a crackling fire … that warm, cozy feeling with just enough heat to keep the taste buds dancing.

As delicious as my blended ice beverage was … serving this hot with a 1:1 ratio with milk is even better!  I actually used a combination of half 1% milk and half half & half (did that make sense?  ha!  that is to say that my milk was one part 1% milk and one part half & half!) because I don’t really care for 1% milk but my hubby prefers it.  So, I usually doctor up the 1% with some half & half to give me that creamy taste that I miss with the 1% on its own.

Once I measured out the milk, I brought it to a steamy heat and then frothed it a little bit with my hand held frother.  Then I added the strong brew chai concentrate and heated it up a little bit (Since this product is stored in the fridge and I wanted a hot latte) and frothed it a little more.  The result is a creamy, frothy, deliciously decadent treat that is better than what I’ve ever had from any coffee house!

This is spicy and sweet … but not too sweet.  Of all the sweetened chai concentrates that I’ve tasted, this is definitely one of the best ones (if not THE best) that I’ve tried because it isn’t overly sweet.  This is JUST the way I like it.  Sweet but not cloying.  Spicy but my mouth isn’t on fire.  The spices here are balanced in such a way that I can enjoy all the little nuances of the different spices as well as the black tea … and none of these are overwhelmed by the milk.

This is pure chai JOY!  I’m absolutely loving this stuff!

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