100
drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
865 tasting notes

Dirty Chai Misto!

2 individual packets decaf instant coffee (it’s what I had)
1TB tea
just enough just below boiling water to cover the tea while it steeps (4oz worked for me)
enough cold water that the total water volume is 1c.
1c. Fat Free Smart Balance Milk

Steep tea and decant, add cold water, milk, and coffee. Serve James Bond Style.

I’ve been using Taster’s Choice brand coffee- I gotta find a different brand, this is so bitter.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Meghann M

What do you mean when you say “serve James Bond style”?

Cofftea

I’ve put that in several tasting notes and you’re the 1st one to notice. Or at least voice that you did. The same way he likes his martinis “shaken, not stirred”. I can’t wait to get my milk frother, but I’m gonna miss saying that lol.

Kaiten_Kenbu

With a spoon, not a shaker ?

Cofftea

Kaiten_Kenbu, just the opposite actually.

Kaiten_Kenbu

:) nice way of calling that

Meghann M

That’s awesome. I did pick up that youentioned how frothy milk gets just shaking it cold in a post, so now this makes sense. I like it!

Cofftea

It’s funny that I say it since I hate Bond movies.

Meghann M

Bond movies aren’t movies I rewatch, but I’ve sat through most of them. I’m going to see if my cold brewed chai with chocolate turned out and will serve it bond style. Did your cold brewed Mayan Chocolate chai turn the milk dark at all? Mine still looks the color of skim milk. Maybe I needed to rinse the leaves with hot water first…hrmmm.

Cofftea

I wouldn’t rinse the leaves, I’d be terrified of wasting some of the chocolate. Yeah the milk did change color, but really only after it’s shaken or stirred. I was kinda tempted to get this one, and may eventually since it’s a permanent collection tea, but I’m hesitant because I’m almost certain I’ll have the same reaction I’ve had w/ nearly every black based chai since I’ve tried this one. “It’s missing something!” This chai has me so insanely spoiled that it’s not even funny. I’m definitely a chai snob now. I just hope the cheesecake in the chocolate cheesecake chai is enough to make me not miss the cayenne. Although a Mayan Chocolate Cheesecake Chai would be AMAZING. Have you tried cold brewing it yet?

Meghann M

I did. I just tried some off the top of my French press I stuck in the fridge and I think I may let it go overnight. It was a bit weak. I think I used too much milk. 34 oz to 4tsp. But if it doesn’t get stronger it will sure make my plain oatmeal taste better.
I looked for smart balance milk at two grocery stores today and nada. Hoping the place by work may have it. Otherwise I’ll try a new brand of soy!

Cofftea

Did you use all milk or milk and water? Yeah I think you way over did the milk lol:) at least for my taste. I’d use 24oz (total liquid, I suggest half water and half milk) for 4 heaping tsp. Hope that works better!:)

Meghann M

I used all skim milk, figuring it was pretty watery in itself. Only milk product I had left. I think I’ll try it with a smaller amount next time, although it was a pretty tasty glass of spicy chocolatey milk this morning. Just not as good as the hot brewed method.

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Meghann M

What do you mean when you say “serve James Bond style”?

Cofftea

I’ve put that in several tasting notes and you’re the 1st one to notice. Or at least voice that you did. The same way he likes his martinis “shaken, not stirred”. I can’t wait to get my milk frother, but I’m gonna miss saying that lol.

Kaiten_Kenbu

With a spoon, not a shaker ?

Cofftea

Kaiten_Kenbu, just the opposite actually.

Kaiten_Kenbu

:) nice way of calling that

Meghann M

That’s awesome. I did pick up that youentioned how frothy milk gets just shaking it cold in a post, so now this makes sense. I like it!

Cofftea

It’s funny that I say it since I hate Bond movies.

Meghann M

Bond movies aren’t movies I rewatch, but I’ve sat through most of them. I’m going to see if my cold brewed chai with chocolate turned out and will serve it bond style. Did your cold brewed Mayan Chocolate chai turn the milk dark at all? Mine still looks the color of skim milk. Maybe I needed to rinse the leaves with hot water first…hrmmm.

Cofftea

I wouldn’t rinse the leaves, I’d be terrified of wasting some of the chocolate. Yeah the milk did change color, but really only after it’s shaken or stirred. I was kinda tempted to get this one, and may eventually since it’s a permanent collection tea, but I’m hesitant because I’m almost certain I’ll have the same reaction I’ve had w/ nearly every black based chai since I’ve tried this one. “It’s missing something!” This chai has me so insanely spoiled that it’s not even funny. I’m definitely a chai snob now. I just hope the cheesecake in the chocolate cheesecake chai is enough to make me not miss the cayenne. Although a Mayan Chocolate Cheesecake Chai would be AMAZING. Have you tried cold brewing it yet?

Meghann M

I did. I just tried some off the top of my French press I stuck in the fridge and I think I may let it go overnight. It was a bit weak. I think I used too much milk. 34 oz to 4tsp. But if it doesn’t get stronger it will sure make my plain oatmeal taste better.
I looked for smart balance milk at two grocery stores today and nada. Hoping the place by work may have it. Otherwise I’ll try a new brand of soy!

Cofftea

Did you use all milk or milk and water? Yeah I think you way over did the milk lol:) at least for my taste. I’d use 24oz (total liquid, I suggest half water and half milk) for 4 heaping tsp. Hope that works better!:)

Meghann M

I used all skim milk, figuring it was pretty watery in itself. Only milk product I had left. I think I’ll try it with a smaller amount next time, although it was a pretty tasty glass of spicy chocolatey milk this morning. Just not as good as the hot brewed method.

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1: I can’t even stand the raw leaf enough to make this (I’ve never owned a tea w/ this rating, but I’ve smelled some before buying resulting in me NOT buying them that were that bad)

2: I steeped this tea but couldn’t stand the aroma enough to get it past my nose

3: I immediately gagged at the 1st sip and spit it out.

4: I manageed to get the 1st sip down, but I tossed the rest.

5: I drank the 1st cup but I can’t bring myself to resteep

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