Tipu's Chai

Recent Tasting Notes

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So, super storm hurricane whatever hitting today, raining already and I made it halfway to the office before deciding not to get trapped at work. Reading and cocoa today instead. Pj’s likely. Was going to have chai, but eww. I just ruined a perfectly good cup of coffee by adding a touch of this. I know, I bastardized this tea. Since this is the third time I have attempted to drink this, each time dressing it up more and more, I think can review with some authority though.

I know several people like this, in fact that is why I got it. Maybe they just sent me an off bag, but this is awful. My boyfriend claims it’s a big bag of ground coriander. I have never eaten a coriander, or to my knowledge seen one in the wild. Not sure I can describe it. There is a little ground ginger in this bag, and some cinnamon if I taste really hard, but mostly there is a bitter aromatic herb that has gripped my soft palate and is accumulating there making me kinda ill. I have tried this with some water, milk and sugar, good cream and honey. Pouring those out was sad, but losing a perfectly good cup of french press coffee was the last straw. If my favorite Indian restaurant doesn’t blow or swim away in this storm I will go find out what herb blend he uses.

Bonnie

Probably it’s not the coriander which would be sweet unless it’s bad or something. Is there clove in it? That would be bitter. If you’ve gone this far with the mix and it’s aweful, it should become room freshener!

Londo Mollari

Hmm. There is clove in it, I guess that might be part of it, but I usually love clove. I loved the gum back when it was around, I used to smoke them, even chewed whole cloves when I was a kid. If it tasted or smelled like that I think I would be ok with it. Maybe it is ground ginger? I love fresh ginger but I know ground it tastes and smells completely different. It’s a pumpkin pie spice. Nutmeg? Lol! I am about to go taste my spice rack just to sort this out!

ashmanra

A lot of the Indians around here out black pepper and turmeric, which really turns me off.

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Don’t know what’s prompted this uncharacteristic adventurous streak…but I took the other half-packet and stirred it into a bowl of cooked stone-cut oats. Chai oatmeal! May have to lay hands on a larger supply of this for culinary purposes this fall.

ashmanra

Ooo, that sounds pretty tasty!

Terri HarpLady

Wow! That’s a great idea!

Nicole

Sounds good!

MsWhatsit

Nice to know I’m not the only one who gets a little crazy with their tea.

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I forgot which one of you nice people sent this one my way, but thank you!

Our first real raw, damp cool-down of the year. Temps were mid-40’s after dinner last night; so I tried half a packet in a cup of dark chocolate cocoa. Perfect!

I am a chai wimp, so I’m thinking this would be too strong for me straight up. Reminds me of a very potent version of the instant Nestea that used to be around our house when I was a kid.

DaisyChubb

mm this would be so good mixed into hot chocolate! Good call

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I like the sound of that!

gmathis

I’m seeing lots of tea-cocoa hybrids in my future.

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Appreciate the sample, fellas! But….alas…

NOT a favorite of mine. I followed directions. Instant tea, Im sorry to say, should not need straining. and straining. and picking out little leaf dusts and fishing out little half broken pieces of clove.

Too much work to even enjoy it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Tipu's Chai

Hey Amber, Tipu’s Chai here. I’m not sure what sample you received as we stopped calling it “Microground Instant” last year when we changed the formula. We don’t call it “instant” any more for just that reason – expectations! Chai is made with lots of spices and we didn’t want to use extracts and filler to create a truly “instant” chai. So there will be spices in your cup and we believe that is a sign of REAL chai. It also creates the full bodied chai kick that so many of our fans love. It isn’t for everyone, especially if you don’t want any spice sediment left in the cup (makes the last sip unfriendly). But we think it makes a lovely flavor and allows the health benefits of the spices to really come through. Thanks for taking the time to review us and good luck on your journey through the vast land of tea!

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80

wow, i love this chai! I’m very particular with my masala chai- i find that most mixtures usually taste only of cardamom. this one is just right! it’s peppery, gingery, clove-y…sort of like a strong gingersnap cookie but with cardamom. i added it to hot milk and a little sugar. lovely!!

The DJBooth

peppery, gingery, clovey….I like it!

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100

I can’t believe it’s cold enough to drink apple cider today… it’s been 90 the past 3 days. 1tsp chai in 1 cup hot Mott’s Medley’s Apple and Carrot Juice Blend. The sweetness and flavor of the juice surprisingly hold up well. Next time I’ll add some caramel creamer. Very good and healthy. :)

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100

Ok, this is amazing. The weather here has been a bit bi-polar. 60 yesterday and 90 today. Same thing predicted for Thurs/Fri: 67 Thurs and 97 on Fri. The A/C isn’t on yet and while it isn’t unbearable, I wanted to satisfy my chocolate craving in a cold format vs. hot. May I present my Iced Mexican Chocolate Chai:
1 cup ice
1 cup cold milk
1 TB chocolate creamer
2 tsp chai
2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 pinches crushed red pepper
Blend til smooth

Extremely rich and decadent and smooth and cold and hot and yummy (haha yeah I know that’s a lot of “ands”)… Next time I think I’m going to add caramel ice cream topping and dissolve 2 packets of instant coffee in to the water I make the ice out of.

Preparation
Iced
mostlymexican

You should add cinnamon! That would make it even more Mexican. :)

Cofftea

No need. As chai, it’s already in there. Mexican chocolate also uses cayenne instead of cinnamon at times which I added.

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100

Decided to be brave: 2 pinches of crushed red pepper steeped in 8oz boiling water for 3 min, reboil the water, add 2tsp chai, 2tsp cocoa powder, 2 TB caramel coffee creamer, and 8oz fat free milk. WOW. Definitely even more of a kick w/ the red pepper. So good though. Gotta get some decaf instant coffee to add to this.

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100

Finally slept great… but I was awake at 6:30. Caffeine will help me from crashing later. Mom left me about cup and a half of coffee this morning so I used the last half of a cup or so to make chai w/ milk added to make it a full cup. Normally just “dumping” really annoys me, but this turned out good.

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WOW! Do not use your normal tea measuring spoon! My first cup went down the drain…it was actually viscous at the bottom of the mug! Seriously, the directions are for 1 teaspoon to 1 cup of liquid (50% milk and boiling water). I don’t like it with milk (weird, I know) and figure about 1/2 tsp per cup of boiling water. Stir well, Stir often (keeps the solids in suspension).
Heavy clove and black pepper tastse. Cardamon in there too I’m thinking. This is the “Real Thing”…Soooo good.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
Cofftea

LOVE this. But I like the full teaspoon. I’ve also found boiling water necessary then just stirring til it’s cool enough to drink. Definitely cuts down on the chunky factor verses just using water cool enough to drink right away. You could also try what I do with matcha- when you get to the end just put a splash more hot water in to drink the last of the “sludge”.

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100

Was sooo tired last night I actually fell asleep at 9. Then woke up when breaking news started and forced myself to go to bed at 11:30. Really should have been up at 7:30, but I slept til 8:30. Having coffee w/ a tsp of chai and a tsp of cocoa powder to try to wake me up.

MelissaPicoli

Missoula Born! Go Tipu’s.

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100

Rough morning. Watched a movie til 1am, my dog kept me up til 2am, and I had to be up by 8am (thank God I have no commute to work or I’d really be in rough shape). Just as my alarm went off my boss sent me a text saying he forgot he had a meeting at 9 so we’d have to push back training. Decided to get up anyway rather than going back to bed to force myself to practice. Needed massive caffeine today so I made my morning eye opener: 1tsp chai and one packet instant coffee in a cup of boiling water w/ 1tsp caramel creamer. I’d be a zombie without it today.

Preparation
Boiling

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70

This is just what I needed this morning. It is rainy and gross out, and I slept in a little. The extra bite to this woke me right up! Yum!

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70

This was super tasty today! Teaspoon Tipu’s Instant Chai + Hot Water + Teaspoon Brown Sugar + 1/2 mug of milk = easy breezy delicious treat! I am in super cleaning and cooking mode today!

Cofftea

This reminds me to put brown sugar on my grocery list. I’ve also found that boiling water makes it less gritty and there’s no need to heat the milk since the water is so hot. LOVE this stuff!

Atacdad

Ok, you’ve peaked my interest. Just orderd the 4 oz. bag for a try.

Cofftea

I buy this by the pound :)

oOTeaOo

Its great! I made some more this morning since I didn’t have much time before going to work. So easy to shake and sip too.

Cofftea

Shaking hot liquids doesn’t work for me lol.

Atacdad

I tried shaking to make hot chocolate once…eruptions of hot, sticky, sugared chocolate milk resulted.

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100

Made this the way I always do… 1TB chai stirred into 1 cup boiling water then added 1 cup cold milk while continuing to stir. Although I didn’t pay attention to what spoon I grabbed. I grabbed a plastic spoon from Dairy Queen because of the length of the handle. Ended up w/ a bent spoon by the end of my cuppa. Lovely. :)

Preparation
Boiling

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100

I bought a pound of this when the 15% code was active. Shipping is really expensive though. Almost $7.50 for this and a 4oz package and my friend that introduced me to it said shipping is about $20 for a container of the concentrate. Luckily there’s a place 45 min from my house (and in the same town my cousin who comes home every weekend goes to college) that sells it. I must price compare sometime.

Anyway… I have a massive headache so I made a 16oz mug (per my usual when I don’t add it to drip coffee) heavily spiced to drink w/ my 2 asprin. I used 1TB (yes, tablespoon) for my 16oz mug and then added 3TB of spiced rum creamer. You’d think I’d die from the spice, but all the creamer does amazing things to calm the spice. Anyone wanna take bets on if my headache will go away before the chai burns a hole in my stomach? lol.

Oh, and P.S. my friend gave the rest of her slow brew to her gastro-intestinal Dr. who’s an Indian man and he said this really is the real deal.

Cofftea

And my headache is gone! Gotta love caffeine. I also made this in a mug I got from my best friend last Christmas- I think that helped too. :)

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100

Made this as a latte today and it was just amazing. I used mostly milk and added a little half and half for a creamy touch. Then I topped it off with whipped cream. I bit decadent but I am worth it. :-)

Preparation
Boiling
Cofftea

Heck yeah you are! Did you buy this while the code was active? Still waiting for mine- I ordered a pound for myself and 4oz for my neighbor- husband of the lady that introduced me to it. (She has an ucler so she can’t have it for at least 6 months)

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

No I bought it about 2 weeks ago. Wow, I don’t think could wait 6 months but that was super nice of you to pick some up.

Cofftea

Well she has to wait.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I know, it just stinks that’s all.

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Wow this is AWESOME! If you are looking for accuracy this is it. I am originally from Gujrat, India and was a little skeptical since I had tasted the real thing. I just couldn’t believe how this tastes exactly what chai in the Gujrat region of India should taste like. I love it and the fact that it is easy is the best. I am glad I finally bought this as it will be a staple. I will have my parents try it next and if I get their approval I know this is the real deal. As for me a true winner!

I used half milk and half water in my preparation.

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70

Today I added about 1/2 teaspoon and added some Milo and brown sugar to hot water. I then added some milk to it. The pepper is not as prominent. DELICIOUS! Woo! Great start to this morning. Going to the city today :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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100

Ya know the saying “most good things in life are illegal”? Well this should be.
1 cup warm milk
1 packet Christmas VIA
1 tsp chai
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp rum extract
1 TB spiced rum creamer
1 TB marshmallow mocha creamer

YUMMMMM! Rich. Creamy. Sweet. A bit savory. Spicy. There’s so much going on here that even a coffee hater would love this. The VIA just adds depth and character, not a lot of coffee flavor. The large amount of chocolate and rum flavor also cut the spice. Perfect.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Wow, this sounds awesome and decadent.

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70

Too spicy. I think I need to use less next time… maybe 1/2 tsp or 1/4 tsp? I did as directed. I felt like my mouth was stuffed with a lot of powdered nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper, and cloves.

Cofftea

Did you make this with water, milk, or a combo of both?

oOTeaOo

I made it with a combo of both. Do you have any suggestions?

Cofftea

Sorry, not really. I like a “kick you in the mouth” chai lol. The only thing I could suggest is use all milk and sweeten it.

oOTeaOo

I’ll give that a try :) Thanks!

Chai Goddess

The way I like it is one LEVEL MEASURING teaspoon in 8 ounces boiling water, add a nice slosh of milk or soymilk (half and half if I have it) and a TBSP of sugar or honey. It is spicy but lovely!

Cofftea

The only way I can do a “slosh” is if it’s coffee creamer- and then it’s a level TB. I like this lots of ways: Just water, water and coffee creamer, black coffee, coffee and coffee creamer, coffee and cocoa powder, all milk, milk and instant coffee, milk and cocoa powder, and half water half milk.

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