I’ve always been a bit of a social butterfly, so at least once a month we make plans to have people over for dinner and adult conversation (something that has been in short supply since I’ve started working from home.) Last weekend, thanks to House Party and Tazo, I had the opportunity to share a whole boatload of Tazo Chai with a few of my favorite friends. They sent me a party pack with coupons, tea bags, cups, and a box of chai concentrate, so I whipped up a few hot drinks for us to enjoy by the fire pit.
Can I let you in on a little secret? I don’t make all of my tea from scratch. In the last year I've started to keep a stash of chai concentrate on hand for last minute guests and snowy days when I can’t pop out to the coffee shop and let my favorite barista feed my need for sugar and spice. What I love about ready-made chai concentrate is that all I need to do is mix equal parts concentrate with milk, half & half, or milk substitute, heat it up, and drink. It comes in a variety of flavors—Original, Vanilla Caramel Latte, Pumpkin Spice Latte, Chocolate Latte, Decaf, and even Organic—which we’ll be reviewing today.
The Organic Chai Concentrate tastes very similar to Tazo's Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte Concentrate which we reviewed last year, with one major difference—it isn't as sweet. A quick look at the package shows that the organic concentrate has 16 grams of sugar per serving compared to 20 grams in the pumpkin spice. To keep things in perspective an 8oz classic chai from Starbucks has 21 grams of sugar, so if you're looking to cut your sugar intake without giving up your favorite pre-made beverage the organic chai concentrate might be a good option.
I have a hard time finding Organic Chai Concentrate at many of our local stores and when I do it's rather expensive—$9+ for a 32 ounce carton of Rishi Masala Chai. This was available at Target with a shelf price of $2.99, although it frequently goes on sale for $2.49 or less. Couple that with one of Tazo's frequent coupons and you've got a great deal. When I buy a small chai at the coffee shop it costs around $4 for a 12 ounce drink, so the concentrate is definitely more cost efficient.
The flavor of this concentrate is a little sharp, especially if you prepare it in the microwave rather than on the stove. I've discovered that if you don't heat it throughly the ginger takes over and the other spices are more difficult to taste. Speaking of spices, Tazo's chai is pretty mild in the spice department, so if you find chai to be over powering you may find this more enjoyable (plus you can always add more milk as necessary.)
My Rating: 80/100
Would I purchase this again? Yes. I like the convenience of this latte concentrate, it's low price, and the fact that it's organic. Although I do have a habit of adding more spices if I'm making it for myself as the flavor is very mild.
A rich blend of black tea, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and vanilla.
Black tea takes a Saturday drive in a milk-and-honey mobile through an exotic marketplace. The essences of sweet cinnamon, spicy ginger and fragrant cardamom float in through the open windows while black pepper flirtatiously grabs the steering wheel – just to heat things up a bit.
Where to Purchase: Grocery and big box stores nationwide
Suggested Serving Tips
Shake the carton and mix equal parts of Chai Latte concentrate with milk or any milk substitute. Heat on the stove or in the microwave. Or simply pour over ice.
In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that House Party and Tazo have provided me with free coupons to help facilitate this review. As always, all opinions are my own.