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I tried this iced. Iced chai, you say? I call it Iced Chai Latte! Although I think lattes have steamed milk in them or something—to constitute the “latte”—but heck if I know, and I like the name. It was inspired by Starbucks. Either because I looked at their menu and saw that they had “iced chai lattes”, or because I looked at the menu and thought “why DON’T they have iced chai lattes”.

It looks like Starbucks’ and Tim Hortons’ iced lattes, at any rate. That coffee cream colour with icecubes, that makes it look like an alcoholic drink—a coffee or chocolate liqueur—because no reasonable person would put icecubes in milk. I didn’t double the recipe because I remember this being so spicey on its own, and it does hold up quite well, although maybe I should have 1 + 1/2’d it or something, because the flavour is slightly weaker with the cold. Still very tastey.

Basically followed the usual stovetop recipe, sweetened with honey, then poured over icecubes. Ended up with three glasses, so the other two are in the fridge. I plan to share.

Very refreshing. The tea and spices aren’t so much in the sip as they are in the trailing aftertaste. But still, it hit the spot. Way better than spending four bucks at Starbucks for something similar. Although I’m sure theirs are sweeter. But mine’s homemade! Mmm.

Now that I think about it, condensed milk might have been an interesting alternative. Well, maybe not ALL condensed milk. Halfandhalf. Not that I have any, but it would have made it sweeter. It’s a thought for next time.

Or a dollop of whipped cream on top. With brown sugar and/or cinnamon sprinkled.

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Cofftea

Holy crap I love this tasting note! Yeah if it doesn’t have milk it’s not a latte- it’s just and iced chai. If you blended it, it would almost be a quick iced granita (depending on your chai:ice ratio) or slushy. Starbucks definitely has iced chai lattes, but unfortunately I can’t figure out how to use loose leaf w/ the iced version like I do the hot. Although if you didn’t put milk in yours, I doubt it looks like Starbucks’s version. Sometimes instead of milk I will put a scoop of ice cream (I actually use chocolate frozen yogurt) in the bottom of my glass and pour the chai over it. YUM! If you like chocolate and cayenne, I strongly recommend 52teas’s Mayan Chocolate Chai. It’s got me so spoiled it’s pretty much the only Chai I will drink much less like:)

AJ

I did use milk (added and heated in the pot after the tea steeped), but I figured, since steamed milk is part of what makes a latte a latte (otherwise it would be tea/coffee with milk?), they probably do the same thing/something similar before they ice it to make it a “proper” iced latte. Who knows! I suppose I’d have to look it up.

I should make my first 52Teas order at some point (that one’s on my List, though). Until then, maybe I should try something with Numi’s chocolate puerh. Hmmm.

Cofftea

Ah your 2nd sentence confused me- I thought you meant you skipped milk oops. Yes Numi’s chocolate pu erh is very good w/ milk even though it isn’t a chai- and YES! you need to make a 52teas purchase. In addition to Mayan Chocolate Chai you should try their Mayan Chocolate Pu Erh.

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Cofftea

Holy crap I love this tasting note! Yeah if it doesn’t have milk it’s not a latte- it’s just and iced chai. If you blended it, it would almost be a quick iced granita (depending on your chai:ice ratio) or slushy. Starbucks definitely has iced chai lattes, but unfortunately I can’t figure out how to use loose leaf w/ the iced version like I do the hot. Although if you didn’t put milk in yours, I doubt it looks like Starbucks’s version. Sometimes instead of milk I will put a scoop of ice cream (I actually use chocolate frozen yogurt) in the bottom of my glass and pour the chai over it. YUM! If you like chocolate and cayenne, I strongly recommend 52teas’s Mayan Chocolate Chai. It’s got me so spoiled it’s pretty much the only Chai I will drink much less like:)

AJ

I did use milk (added and heated in the pot after the tea steeped), but I figured, since steamed milk is part of what makes a latte a latte (otherwise it would be tea/coffee with milk?), they probably do the same thing/something similar before they ice it to make it a “proper” iced latte. Who knows! I suppose I’d have to look it up.

I should make my first 52Teas order at some point (that one’s on my List, though). Until then, maybe I should try something with Numi’s chocolate puerh. Hmmm.

Cofftea

Ah your 2nd sentence confused me- I thought you meant you skipped milk oops. Yes Numi’s chocolate pu erh is very good w/ milk even though it isn’t a chai- and YES! you need to make a 52teas purchase. In addition to Mayan Chocolate Chai you should try their Mayan Chocolate Pu Erh.

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I change icons often, apologies. On that note, they are usually Doctor Who related (so no, that is not me pictured in the icon, it is most likely one of the Doctors).

A tea-drinking transgendered Canadian, currently in the third year of college, majoring in geology (yes, “rocks and things”). I take most of my tea made straight into a mug, although occasionally if I’m not in a hurry (this isn’t often), I’ll have time to sit down with a pot. It’s the highlight of a good day if I have time for a pot.

My notes and reviews will often sound dis-jointed, repetitive and confused, as usually I don’t work on them as a whole, but rather add notes as I sip without rereading what I’ve already typed.

On most occasions I won’t take my tea with anything (I reserve milk for chai). Occasionally agave nectar if I want to test to see if it’ll smooth it out. Chais I will make with either the nectar or honey. Although on occasion I will sweeten unflavoured blacks the Russian way—with jam or jelly. Occasionally I will take it instead with a slice of a citrus fruit. Normally orange, occasionally lemon if I have any on hand.

When I was a kid, I used to experiment by ripping open bags of Tetley’s and stuffing in extra ingredients.

I prefer Earl Grey, and a good friend of mine (who considers himself a great tea enthusiast) hates me because of it. I cannot explain his irrational hatred of bergamot.

Also, I am a Doctor Who fanatic. As one may have noticed by my icons. For the record, my favourite Doctor is number three, Jon Pertwee.

“But you should never turn down tea, when it’s offered. It’s impolite, and impoliteness is how wars start.” ~Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann

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