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===The Dreaded Monthly Shop===
It was the end of November. It was also a Sunday. Our friend Linzi found herself off work and desperate to avoid doing housework so asked if she could come shopping with me and my partner Allan. We gladly agreed. We also decided while shopping that since Linzi was staying for tea afterwards, we would pick up some treats. This lead to taking a rather long look at the hot chocolate section in out local Asda trying to decide what flavours we wanted for afterwards. All of a sudden Allan and I both looked up at a tub on the shelf somewhere between the hot chocolate and tea and got quite excited. This happens far too often. I think we inhabit the same brain space. What had gotten us so excited? A tub of Drink Me Chai Latte.
"Drink Me" started off with a woman called Amanda Hamilton selling Chai in the streets of London about 6 years ago. She started off with the Spiced Chai Latte that I'm reviewing and built up to have 6 additional flavours: Green Tea, Vanilla, Chocolate, Peppermint, Mango and a fair-trade version of the Spiced Chai Latte. Not only do they make these flavours for you to take home (supplied by most big supermarkets but not always the same flavours from each one), they do supply to café's too, the biggest chain stocking them at the moment being Caffe Nero. They have a fantastic little website (www.drinkmechai.co.uk) that will tell you all about the history of the company and even gives you some really delicious sounding recipes for things you can make. The tub itself tells you how to make both your normal hot Chai latte and an Iced Chai Latte but the website has even more ideas! Currently they have an extra Christmassy idea called Santa's Spiced Gingerbread Chai latte. I'm actually drooling looking at the other ideas so it's definitely a good little site to look around. There's also a section for samples which is currently closed down due to a high response but states that it will be opening again soon so might be worth keeping an eye on it!
They also like to hear from customers so they have included a number of ways to contact them on the site, and the address on the tub.
Drink Me Chai
Willow Walk business Centre
10 Willow Walk
Starts Hill Road,
Chai latte is basically a milky tea based drink. It's pronounced as one syllable, starting with a "Ch" sound and ended with an "eye" sound. Chai tea tends to have tea, cinnamon and ginger in it. Other places throw some nutmeg and various other spices into the mix. It's generally quite a sweet and flavourful drink that people will either love or hate. Its rich, creamy, spicy flavours and scents really make me think of Christmas so it's a very comforting drink for me. The company themselves say it's like Christmas in a cup! The scent alone is lovely and you can smell it as soon as you pop the lid off the tub.
My first Chai Latte experience was when I visited my friend Jess in Atlanta. She took me to a lovely little hippie restaurant and ordered a Chai latte to go with dinner. My first impressions were that it was too sweet with a very odd flavour. I wasn't certain I liked it. Upon trying more from Starbucks the flavour really grew on me to the point where I ended up falling in love with the stuff. Allan is also incredibly partial to a nice cup of Chai but it was, until now, impossible to make at home as the teabags you can get just don't taste as good.
£2 will get you a tub that holds 250g of Chai Latte Mix which is basically a very light brown powder that you mix with hot water or milk, similar to hot chocolate. £12 will get you a much larger tub but the small ones work out slightly better value for some reason. The tub is a creamy colour with a rich, almost blood red lid and highlights. Upon pulling the lid off (which is easy) you'll see that the tub is also sealed with a foil lid with a pull tab on it. This is really easy to pull off and doesn't leave any messy sticky out foil cut offs. It also keeps the contents fresh till you want to open the tub. The foil part obviously can't be resealed but the pull off lid can.
The instructions on the tub tell you to pop three teaspoons in a mug and then add hot water then stir well. It also states to pop half hot milk and half hot water in the mug for a creamier drink. Following those instructions is easy enough. With three teaspoons I find that the Chai flavour isn't quite as strong as I would like, so I generally add another teaspoon in to get a really nice strong flavour. As for the creamy side of things, I actually prefer to use just hot milk to mix this with. That's obviously a lot more fatty than just using water but it gives a fantastically creamy and comforting drink.
===Whisked to a frenzy===
I've noticed that if you just stir this with a teaspoon it looks like there's a bit of residue on the top of the drink. While it's fine to drink I prefer it to look a bit nicer. I've found out that my whisk fits nicely into my tea cup though and a couple of spins of that not only froths it up a little more, but mixes the powder much better, dissolving it fully. If you let your cup sit a while when you are drinking it, you may sometimes find a little residue settling in the bottom. I tend to drink it fairly quickly so it's not much of an issue for me.
===A cup or four===
Having swiftly fallen in love with the cinnamon flavour of this Chai latte, Allan and I have been pretty much drinking it non stop. We have noticed that it runs down very quickly: there's only about six cups worth in each tub. We both put a teaspoon extra in so if you stick to the guidelines you'll get about eight cups. Still not that many, especially for £2. I guess though it depends on how you want to drink it. As it's 99% caffeine free I've been replacing it for the tea that I usually drink. Caffeine and I don't really see eye to eye at the best of times. I feel a bit hung over if I have more than a couple of cups of tea. Coffee kills me. Chai is a nice tasting and hot alternative.
Despite its lack of caffeine there are other slight drawbacks. There are 93 calories per 20g of this stuff. If your tub lasts you six cups then you're having 41g per cup meaning roughly 190 calories per cup which is more than some chocolate bars. That's probably down to the top two ingredients being sugar and skimmed milk powder. A normal cup of tea with milk is around 14 calories without sugar adding 17 calories for each teaspoon of sugar you want to add. Basically, this stuff is much more fattening than your average cup of tea.
===Who can have it===
Drink me Chai is both gluten free and suitable for vegetarians. Vegans can't go near it as it's got milk powder in it. It is approved by the vegetarian society to back up its claims too. The only issue I have with the tub is that it doesn't go into detail about the spices it uses which may cause issues if you have allergies to certain things. I can't find an exact list on their website either. For those interested I'll list the ingredients here, if you're not interested please just skip!
Sugar, skimmed milk powder, vegetable fat, whey powder, black tea extract (2%), colouring (caramel), caseinate, thickener (cellulose gum), spices, natural flavouring, stabiliser (E451).
Personally I'd like a bit more information on what spices and natural flavourings they use as I know a few people with awkward allergies and this could cause a little doubt.
I really love this stuff. It has a strong cinnamon flavour which I love and the creaminess just makes it a total comfort drink. The flavour is something that some will love and some will hate so you might want to get some free samples from the website before you decide to buy a whole tub. For me, however, this is a sure thing. I have a tub of it in my drawer at work and my cupboard at home, as does Allan. I may have to calm down on it after realising the high calorie count. I would happily give this product five stars if it had a clearer ingredients list but I will have to knock one off for that as it could cause issues in being certain that some people can drink it. For most people, though, I'd definitely recommend a nice hot cup of Chai. We'll probably be having a cup of it on Christmas morning while we open our presents.
I am a huge fan of starbucks and I always bought Soya Chai tea lattes from there. I have now discovered that you can actually buy the chai tea powder in Tescos for £1.99 for 250g. This is a huge saving as you can get around 6 cups from the tin and they cost £3.30 in Starbucks!
Add at least 4 teaspoons of the powder to hot soya milk, also if you have a milk frother then it tastes even better if you do this. I am allergic to normal milk so you could also make it with semi skimmed milk.
The taste of chai is very different to normal english tea. It tastes mainly of cinnamon and nutmeg, basically very fruity and it smells of spice. It doesnt come in a teabag as well and so make sure you stir the drink a lot to avoid eating bits of powder.
It is a perfect winter drink but can become quite calorific as you are drinking a whole cup of milk each time. It is suitable for vegetarians and if you arent keen on drinking caffeine then this is great as it contains no caffeine and so wont keep you awake late at night.
You can also make this drink in the same way but use water, I find this makes it taste different and very weak. Without the milk it looses its creaminess and you may as well have a normal cup of tea.
Drink Me Chai Latte comes in a standard 250g cylindrical pot, very similar to the old hot chocolate pots. I actually think it looks a bit old fashioned and could do with a bit of a marketing over hall.
The back of the pack contains helpful nutritional information and a list of ingredients as you would expect. There is also instructions on how to mix the Drink Me Chai Latte and how to make an 'iced' version.
I paid £2.50 for a 250g tin which seems quite reasonable. However, I think you need to use a minimum of 4 teaspoons of powder per cup, which means it goes quite quickly. In light of this, I would say that Drink Me Chai Latte is a bit pricier than I first thought.
The first time I heard the term Chai Latte, I imagined it to be something like your regular cuppa with tons of milk (like a café latte but with tea). This sounded pretty gross to me and meant that I avoided Chai Latte like the plague. Happily though I was completely wrong. Chai Latte is a creamy and spicy mix of flavours including cinnamon, ginger, pepper and nutmeg that bares little resemblance to a standard cup of tea.
Drink Me Chai Latte is a deliciously creamy and sweet tasting drink. The predominant flavour is of cinnamon, followed by nutmeg, and it is an exotic tasting alternative to regular tea or coffee. The consistency is far thicker than standard tea or coffee, which makes it feel a touch more luxurious.
Drink Me Chai Latte certainly brands itself as an exotic drink and the packaging evokes images of a bustling Indian market place as Chai is drunk throughout India and Southern Asia. To be honest, I can't think of anything worse than sitting in the 40°c heat and drinking a hot drink but for a rainy night in London it is absolutely perfect. There is something very comforting about the drink, especially if you have just come in from the cold.
As I mentioned earlier, you definitely need at least 4 teaspoons as recommended in the instructions. If you try to eek out the pack by using less, you will be left with a weaker and ultimately less satisfying drink.
If you haven't tried it yet, what are you waiting for? Drink Me Chai Latte is a rich and spicy treat which will have you ditching regular tea and coffee in no time!
I don't drink regular tea or coffee but I do drink Drink Me Chai 'Spiced Chai Latte'. It is a blend of sweet and spice all rolled into one mug and it's delicious !
According the the founder, Drink Me Chai is based on the original 'Latte' invented in India more than 5000 years ago and is a sweet, exotic blend of spices, tea and skinned milk so let me tell you more ...
I discovered Drink Me Chai, Spiced Chai Latte in a well known supermarket in the tea, coffee, hot chocolate aisle. I purchased the Spiced Chai Latte in a 250g pot; however, it is available in smaller sample sized sachets if you just want to give it a go. It is also available in 'Vanilla' although I've not tried this version. Courtesy of the Drink Me Chai website, I have discovered that it is also available to buy in a number of coffee chains, including Coffee Republic, Cafe Nero, O'Briens Irish Sandwich Bar, etc.
Anyhow moving on to the all important review ...
Spiced Chai Latte is really easy to make. The first thing you'll notice when you remove the lid is the amazing aroma, it reminds me of Christmas ... gingerbread men and lots of cinammon. Simply place 4 heaped teaspoons of the powdered product into a mug, add boiling water and stir. You can use a combination of milk and hot water if you prefer a creamier taste and texture but for me it's perfect with hot water alone. The spiced chai latte only takes a few moments to stir. I have found that some grains of cinnamon tend to float to the surfact if I haven't stirred sufficiently, but another quick whizz with my spoon and these soon disappear. Despite the fact I only use water, the texture is smooth and not too thin or watery. The taste is amazing, it really is a combination of sweet but with an undercurrent of spices due to the fact it contains: cinnamon, cardamon, ginger, skimmed milk and sweetened tea. The Spiced Chai Latte makes me feel warm throughout so when summer arrives I may need to try making it in the 'Iced' style.
The tea is 99% caffeine free, suitable for vegetarians and glucose free ... the only possible downside is the 115 calories per mug but it really is worth it. I have replaced my mid-morning snack with a cup of Spiced Chai Latte and it keeps me going til lunch !
If you fancy a change from tea, coffee or hot chocolate then give this a go ... it's a great alternative.
A beautiful comforting, winter time drink with spices and a creamy texture that warms you through and fills you up.
Im a great fan of drink me chai, however as much as I buy this particular one I do prefer the vanilla chai drink as it tends to have a more subtle taste and is more creamy, both though are a great drink and this one tends to be more spicy and is a great warm me up.
Bought in general supermarkets, asda, tesco, sainsburys this drink is a great alternative to tea and coffee when you want and need something different but still creamy. It doesnt suit everyones taste so if youre a newcomer to this drink try the vanilla one first and then youll adapt more to the chai one alone to get used to the spicy overtones. Comes as a powder which is mixed with boiling water and milk, or for an extra treat and to make it really indulgent mix with hot milk, and a sprinkling of cocoa on the top or cinnamon.
Speaking of which if you like cinnamon you are sure to like this drink, but bare in mind it is an acquired taste and whenever I serve it to freinds and family I have a 50/50 mixed reaction, some love it others are not so sure.
Certainly a drink to try and at a reasonable price you should certainly add it to one of your shopping lists, if youre really nervous then buy one of the sachets which is now on offer for one drink, try before you buy!
I picked this up on a random Sainsbury's shop in the vague hopes that it would taste like coffee shop chai lattes. Subsequently, I've been buying a new pot every week! This is seriously good tea and I make everyone who comes to visit me drink some. It's really easy to make too which is an added bonus; you simply spoon the mixture into a cup and pour hot water over it. The best thing about it is that it's caffeine free; I find that I can't drink normal tea past 9pm or I won't sleep properly (decaffeinated tea is made of pure evil, by the way). I find that it's nicer than hot chocolate - for me, hot chocolate always sits rather heavily on the stomach, whereas this is nice and light.
It also works very well when baking cakes! Just add a spoonful or two to your cake mixture and you have a really tasty chai latte cake!
Me and my mum are huge fans of tea and coffee , and we both have cupboards bulging with different varieties . So, when we spotted Drink Me Chai (Vanilla Variety) on sale in Tesco , we snapped up a pack to try .
This is a Chai Latte - according the the packet a mixture of sweetened tea, skimmed milk, and exotic spices. With this being the Vanilla variety, theres obviously some of that in there too .
Chai as a drink originates in india , and unlike many of the trendy coffee varieties, it just doesn't seem to have hit the big time in the UK coffee bar and restaurant scene yet . Essentially, its milky tea with the addition of exotic spices, such as cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger .
To make it, its pretty much like making instant hot chocolate - simply bung the desired amount in a mug, and pour over hot water . There are also alternative suggestions on the pack - mixing with half milk half hot water, or entirely with iced milk for a cool,refreshing drink .
I drank my initial cup hot - I found blending it was easy but the cinnamon flakes floated on the top of the mug. The smell was sweet, vanilla, cinnamon, and clove mingling to create a heady aroma . Taking a big long sip, I was surprised - not by the taste, but by the warming relaxing sensation that immediately went through me . My shoulders relaxed, I tucked my feet up, and I forgot everything else for a few minutes and focused on my drink .
My drink was creamy (I'd made it with only hot water) and no thicker than an ordinary cup of tea. I got a gentle ccreamy vanilla flavour, chased up by some cinnamon heat, and just the faintest little glimpse of ginger .
I found a pack lasted me for about 8 or nine mugfuls, but do bear in mind I work in heaped teaspoons, I have no doubt it could stretch to a good few more . The problem came when I wanted to buy some more - the initial pack had been purchased while shopping with my mum, a tesco shopper . I went to Asda hunting for a new pack - and found they did not stock the vanilla variety . They did however have a spiced variety, without the vanilla that I purchased instead , which was equally nice.
Overall, I'm very impressed with this drink - not just because of the flavours, but because it seems to have an amazing relaxing effect on me - I don't know what it is, but it really is doing me the world of good having a cup of this every time I get stressed .
One small point to make though is the calories - at 110 per cup, its not a hideous amount, but worth taking note of for those on a diet . Its caffeine free also, so an excellent drink before bed .
At 2.23 from Asda, its certainly not a cheap drink, but it is probably something you'd only drink once a day as a wind down, and I do think that for the taste you get, its excellent value for money . I'll definately be buying this again .
Drink Me Chai: Vanilla is not the runaway success I hope it would be - at least not where I live - as I can only find it as ALDI in a forlorn wire basket all by itself. It should be popular and so, I bring you this review!
Drink Me Chai is a great idea, the only place you tend to find it is upmarket (expensive!) coffee shops and it's not usually the most tempting drink on offer so most people have not drank chai or know the history of it. Chai is a spiced tea with cinnamon, cardamon, cloves and ginger that originates from India. It's traditionally a very strong tasting tea but this product is much milder and drinkable. The vanilla gives it a sweetness that it very pleasent (althought I go have a sweet tooth).
It's much like making a hot chocolate from powder - you mix a couple of teaspoons with hot water to your taste though I tend to mix the spoonfuls of powder with a bit of milk to add a creamy element to the drink. It's 99% caffeine free so ideal for night-times (and very nice at that time too!) or for people who want to cut down their intake of caffeine but still like a hot drink.
While it does cost more in relation to coffee and hot chocolate mixes, you're paying for fuller and more complex flavour which in my opinion, makes it worth it. It also comes in sachet form for people who just want to taste before commiting themself to a jar - it's very addictive though!
Brand: Drink Me Chai / / Type: Chai