I know plenty of people who like "Chai." In they go to their favorite coffee house and they say "I'd like a chai tea latte with soy milk and no cream please..." Little do they know, they're not getting real chai!
|Company||Harney & Sons|
|Blend Name||Indian Spice|
|Country of Origin||India|
|Package Type||Loose in tin|
|Price per Package||$12.00 USD|
|*Flavor, Aroma, Boldness|
I don't care who you are, good chai... 'real' chai will take more than a few minutes to make. It takes time and preparation. You need to simmer the milk (or soy milk) with the chai tea in a pot with some water and sugar for night on 10 to 12 minutes. Unless you do that, you're really getting gypped out of an experience as much as robbing your palette of something special.
Harney & Sons makes several blends of chai tea, and thank your chosen deity for they even include generally proper instructions for preparing it!
Properly made chai is better than hot chocolate (or cocoa if you're more of a purist like me). It took a lot of convincing for me to try chai again after having the stuff from coffee houses. But I'm glad I did it, and I don't think I'll ever look back!
Harney indicated a 4 minute simmer, but a 10 minute simmer is more appropriate if you're going for a more authentic chai (at least that's as I've been informed). 4 minutes won't destroy the experience, but the flavor doesn't permeate the mixture as much ad it also doesn't allow the sugar cubes to fully dissolve.
I would recommend a finely grated sifter as a pass-through for when you remove the tea from the stove as it's difficult at points to ensure the liquid makes it into your mugs... especially with larger quantities of chai!
I may seem a bit harsh on non-traditional chai, but it's not without reason. Distiller or condensed chai products lack the flavor and undertones of a properly made pot of chai.