PRODUCT REVIEW: Original Bhakti Chai Concentrate from Bhakti Chai

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

For more information about this product including how to purchase, visit:  Bhakti Chai

Product Description:

Antioxidant-rich black tea, fresh organic ginger, milled spices and a touch of evaporated cane juice.

Taster’s Review:

Oh. My. Goodness!  This is SO good.  This is so good, that I am on my second cup within a half an hour!

According to the website, Bhakti Chai uses fresh pressed ginger as opposed to dried ginger.  The difference this makes can be tasted!  The ginger tastes zippier, zingier, and ginger-y-er!

The black tea base here is a smooth tasting tea, but really, the focus of this chai concentrate is the spices.  And, that’s quite alright with me, because this is so delicious that I wouldn’t want to change it.  It’s absolutely perfect.

The ginger is the dominate flavor, and I can taste the black pepper supporting the flavor of the ginger.  The cardamom and cloves are a bit more subtle but can be tasted, providing that familiar background chai flavor.  The fennel is also quite subtle, but, I taste a hint of licorice-like sweetness in the distance.

One spice that seems to be “missing” is cinnamon – which is a common chai ingredient.  But, even though it isn’t in this chai, I’m not missing it.  Don’t get me wrong, I love cinnamon, but, like I said before, this tastes so good that I wouldn’t want to change it.

The ginger provides a lot of warmth (or “agni”) and offers a very warm, comforting sensation starting at the back of the mouth and permeating its way to the belly.  This is a perfect cuppa on those cold winter-y days.  Like today!

This original concentrate is sweetened, but, I am not finding it too sweet.  Bhakti Chai also offers an unsweetened version, which I will review at a later date.

If you like Chai Latte – this is definitely one you should try.  I love this stuff!

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Chai Matcha Latte from Matcha Mountains

Where to Buy:  Where Matcha Mountains Products are sold

Product Description:

Spice up your life this season with our chai matcha latte made from organic freshly ground spices cardamon, cinnamon, cloves… and japanese matcha. Accent our chai with a cinnamon stick or dollop of whip cream and enjoy hot or cold.

Taster’s Review:

THIS IS SO YUMMY!

This is a perfect Matcha Latte … and a perfect Chai Latte for that matter.  It is so good.

This is gently spiced – not something I would categorize as spicy.  More like warm and soothing.  It is sweet but not cloying.  It is smooth, rich and creamy.  The combination of adding steaming milk and the Matcha make for a very foamy, frothy beverage.

The Matcha base tastes vibrant.  It has a light vegetative taste.  It isn’t as vegetal as a typical Matcha.  Perhaps that is because it’s a latte mix, or perhaps it’s because the spices cancel out some of the grassy tones, or it could be because the milk offsets the vegetative qualities of the Matcha.  But if you’ve tried Matcha in the past and found that strong vegetative taste to be a little off-putting, try this!

I absolutely LOVE this Matcha Latte.  I love it so much, in fact, that my cup is empty!  I don’t usually finish off the cup before I finish writing the review… but, in this case, it tasted so good I couldn’t stop!  It’s a yummy treat!

PRODUCT REVIEW: Chai Masala Spice Blend from The Chai Cart

Where to Buy:  The Chai Cart on Foodzie

or visit The Chai Cart website for more information

Product Description:

Make any tea into “Masala” tea by adding this magical blend of eight spices known for culinary flavors and therapeutic qualities.

When brewed with black tea and milk, this spice blend makes a bold, fragrant and smooth cup of Masala Chai that will transport you to India in just one sip.

The magical mix of eight spices is perfectly balanced so that no single spice dominates the palate. The boldness of cloves and nutmeg with the spice of ginger are balanced with the fragrance of cardamom and the sweetness of cinnamon. Fennel and white and black pepper add further layers of complexity.

This blend can also be used with green tea or rooibos as well as in soups, stews and countless recipes that need to be spiced up!

Taster’s Review:

This blend of spices is so versatile that it could be used in just about anything.  I considered grinding it fine and using it as a rub on a pork loin, but then, remembering that I still had a teeny-tiny bit of my Sweet Caramel O’Mine tea, I decided that I would use my sample of this spice blend as an enhancement for a cup o’ Spiced Sweet Caramel O’Mine.

I used three teaspoons of the spices with three teaspoons of the tea blend.   This made a very pleasant 3 cups of bold and spicy tea.  I added a dollop of honey and found that it was just perfect served this way.  To make a latte, I would have reduced the amount of water that I used to brew (only 2 cups of water) so that the milk wouldn’t dilute the flavors.

And … OH MY GOODNESS.  This is good.  Somehow the spices bring out the burnt sugar aspect of the caramel, giving this an almost sweet-and-savory kind of taste.  I think the nutmeg and the caramel compliment each other so well!

The main spice flavor that I’m tasting is the ginger, which when combined with the white and black peppers give this cup a very peppery kick!  The cinnamon comes just after the ginger, and the cardamom and cloves add pleasant dimension.  I can’t taste much of the fennel here, and while I do like fennel, perhaps it is a good thing that I can’t taste it too strongly with this tea.  I think it might taste a little too funky with the caramel.

I really like this blend.  I think I may be buying a tin of this in the near future so that I can use it on my next pork loin roast.  If I do this, I’ll be sure to post a review and the recipe on my Foodie Blog!

PRODUCT REVIEW: Vanilla Cappuccino from GreenTeaHP/Green Tea Pros

Product:

Vanilla Cappuccino (Green Tea Base) from GreenTeaHP/Green Tea Pros

Product Description:

Humor is contagious.Chilly Morning. Crackling Fire. Cashmere Soft. Simple Expectation. Unexpected Laughter. Joy.

One box of Vanilla Cappuccino contains 60 pixies of MOCHA GreenTeaHP. For best results drink a minimum of two pixies every day, one during breakfast and the other during lunch. Mix each pixie in 12 – 16 ounces of cold water.

The ultimate Anti-Aging Antixodant Alliance
GreenTeaHP contains a proprietary formulation of complementary antioxidants designed to work together to boost bioavailability and maximize EGCG and other antioxidant absorption and benefits.

EGCG: a powerful antioxidant exclusive to green tea clinically proven to help reduce the risk of chronic disease, improve overall wellness, and promote weight loss

Açaí: Rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, açaí has been prized for centuries for its healthful properties

Noni Juice: Polynesian cultures have used noni for ages for vitality, strength and general health

Pomegranate Juice: Contains potent antioxidants linked to cardiovascular health and mental clarity

Resveratrol: One of the most promising anti-aging ingredients, resveratrol is the antioxidant found in the skin of grapes

Trace Minerals: Derived from sea water, trace minerals provide key nutrition to facilitate proper cellular function

Plus: Polyphenols( flavonoids), l-theanine, vitamins, amino acids, minerals, fibers, and more

Use: GreenTeaHP comes in convenient single serving pixies that you can take on the go. Open a pixie and pour it into 12-16 ounces of water then shake it up. We recommend using one pixie with breakfast and one pixie with lunch.

Difference between GreenTeaHP and other teas? GreenTeaHP contains the right amount of green tea antioxidants in each pixie which contains 1250mg of green tea extract and 200mg of EGCG. GreenTeaHP comes in the right form which provides convenience and the best delivery system. The optimal way to harness the power of green tea antioxidants is to mix them with water to allow for maximal absorption. GreenTeaHP also contains the right blend of complimentary antioxidants. GreenTeaHP provides the right taste which makes it a great fit for any healthy lifestyle.

Other Ingredients: Green Tea Extract (Camellia Sinensis), Noni Juice, Açaí, Resveratrol, Pomegranate Extract, L-Theanine, Bioperine, Orange Fruit Powder, Cherry Powder, Mango Powder, Lemon Powder, Peach Powder, Pineapple Powder, Strawberry Powder, Fructose, Citric Acid, Beet Root Powder, Matcha, Natural and Artificial Fruit Flavors, Xylitol, Malic Acid, Lecithin, Ascorbic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Beta Carotene, Tumeric Powder, Roboflavin-5-Phosphate, Sodium Copper Chlorophyllin, Ace K, Silicon Dioxide, & Sucralose. Mocha flavor contains fat fee dry milk.

Tasters Review:

The color of this once ‘mixed’ is that of a Yellowish-Grayish-Light Brown.

It smells a little like Cappuccino and a little like Vanilla…neither scent is very strong tho.

The taste, well, you know…I was skeptical on this one…but…it DOES taste like Cappuccino!!!!   I was shocked!   And the vanilla is noticeable!  I really do feel like I am drinking an ICED Vanilla Cappuccino! There’s no doubt about it!

What an interesting green tea based product and flavor!  Another winner from our friends at GreenTeaHP/Green Tea Pros!!!

PRODUCT REVIEW: Authentic Chai Concentrate from Third Street Chai

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

For more information, visit:  Third Street Chai

Product Description:

A generously spiced blend of fine black tea and freshly-milled aromatic spices.

Ingredients:  Filtered Water, Evaporated Cane Juice, Fair Trade Certified Organic Black Tea, Organic Cardamom, Organic Clove, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Ginger, Organic Black Pepper, Organic Fennel, Organic Nutmeg, Citric Acid.

Taster’s Review:

Having already tried the Spicy Ginger Chai Concentrate from Third Street Chai, I felt confident that I’d also like this “Authentic Chai” Concentrate from the same company.

And I do.  This is actually quite similar to the Spicy Ginger Chai except, obviously, it isn’t as spicy.  While this chai still has some detectable ginger flavor, it isn’t nearly as spicy.  This is the chai for those who like their chai lattes to be a little more gently spiced.

But make no mistake, the spices are still here.  This is much more like a coffee house chai – smooth and rich in flavor, but even-tempered enough to enchant even those who are otherwise put-off by the spicier things in life.   Personally, I like the heat of the ginger in the Spicy Ginger Chai.  That being said, I think that this slightly milder version is a better accompaniment with meals and especially with that morning scone!

YUM!

I really love these chai concentrates from Third Street Chai.  It lets me enjoy a delicious chai latte any time of the day with very little mess or fuss.  And the price of one 32-ounce concentrate bottle is about the same price as one chai latte from the local coffee house!  This chai from Third Street Chai is the best of both worlds:  convenience and value!

PRODUCT REVIEW: Raspberry Cream from GreenTeaHP/Green Tea Pros

Green Tea Based Product Review

Where To Buy: GreenTeaHP/Green Tea Pros

Product Description:

Smile at Yesterday. Fall in Love with Today. Kiss Tomorrow. Bright. Open. Giving. A Sense of Purpose. The Power to Envision and Create.

One box of RASPBERRY CREAM contains 60 pixies of RASPBERRY CREAM GreenTeaHP. For best results drink a minimum of two pixies every day, one during breakfast and the other during lunch. Mix each pixie in 12 – 16 ounces of cold water.

The ultimate Anti-Aging Antixodant Alliance
GreenTeaHP contains a proprietary formulation of complementary antioxidants designed to work together to boost bioavailability and maximize EGCG and other antioxidant absorption and benefits.

EGCG: a powerful antioxidant exclusive to green tea clinically proven to help reduce the risk of chronic disease, improve overall wellness, and promote weight loss

Açaí: Rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, açaí has been prized for centuries for its healthful properties

Noni Juice: Polynesian cultures have used noni for ages for vitality, strength and general health

Pomegranate Juice: Contains potent antioxidants linked to cardiovascular health and mental clarity

Resveratrol: One of the most promising anti-aging ingredients, resveratrol is the antioxidant found in the skin of grapes

Trace Minerals: Derived from sea water, trace minerals provide key nutrition to facilitate proper cellular function

Plus: Polyphenols( flavonoids), l-theanine, vitamins, amino acids, minerals, fibers, and more

Use: GreenTeaHP comes in convenient single serving pixies that you can take on the go. Open a pixie and pour it into 12-16 ounces of water then shake it up. We recommend using one pixie with breakfast and one pixie with lunch.

Difference between GreenTeaHP and other teas? GreenTeaHP contains the right amount of green tea antioxidants in each pixie which contains 1250mg of green tea extract and 200mg of EGCG. GreenTeaHP comes in the right form which provides convenience and the best delivery system. The optimal way to harness the power of green tea antioxidants is to mix them with water to allow for maximal absorption. GreenTeaHP also contains the right blend of complimentary antioxidants. GreenTeaHP provides the right taste which makes it a great fit for any healthy lifestyle.

Other Ingredients: Green Tea Extract (Camellia Sinensis), Noni Juice, Açaí, Resveratrol, Pomegranate Extract, L-Theanine, Bioperine, Orange Fruit Powder, Cherry Powder, Mango Powder, Lemon Powder, Peach Powder, Pineapple Powder, Strawberry Powder, Fructose, Citric Acid, Beet Root Powder, Matcha, Natural and Artificial Fruit Flavors, Xylitol, Malic Acid, Lecithin, Ascorbic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Beta Carotene, Tumeric Powder, Roboflavin-5-Phosphate, Sodium Copper Chlorophyllin, Ace K, Silicon Dioxide, & Sucralose. Mocha flavor contains fat fee dry milk.

Tasters Review:

Here at SororiTEA Sisters we have reviewed a handful of the GreenTeaHP/Green Tea Pros Products and I must say they continue to amaze us for different reasons!  One of those reasons, for me at least, is that their flavors actually DO smell and taste completely different that their other flavors!  I have had other ‘products’ from other companies who claim they have all these different flavors, but to me, they all seem to taste the same or at the very most taste very similar!  But NOT at GreenTeaHP/Green Tea Pros!  They do it right!  Each of their MANY flavors has their own personality, aroma, taste, and mission!  And I LOVE that!

As for their Raspberry Cream…I give it a sparkling review!

It has a Raspberry Mocha type taste to it that I really like!  It smells like Raspberry…very pleasant!  The “mocha” taste I will chalk up to being the “cream” part of it.  It gives you a kick at the beginning of the sip and a smoother finish.  It has a lighter and semi-smooth aftertaste that I also appreciate!

Another good product from our friends at GreenTeaHP/Green Tea Pros!

PRODUCT REVIEW: Lemon Curd from Heavenly Tea Gatherings

Where to Buy:  Cupboard of Blessings

Product Description:

Complete your heavenly scones with my deliciously “sweet and tart” lemon curd. Freshly made with eggs, sugar, water, butter, lemon puree and tapioca starch, my lemon curds are always a winner!

Taster’s Review:

In my review of Heavenly Tea Gathering’s Organic Scone Mix, I compared the flaky, tender texture of the prepared scones to my grandmother’s pie crust.  Well, this Lemon Curd from Heavenly Tea Gathering is almost (almost!) as good as my gramma’s lemon meringue pie filling!  Put the two together, and you have the most delectable tea-time treat imaginable!

This lemon curd is sweet with just the right amount of lemon-y tartness.  The lemon flavor is bright and sunny but doesn’t come off as pucker-y.  The curd is very custard-like, just like the smooth filling of a lemon meringue pie.

Sweet, silky … perfect!

I have tasted a LOT of lemon curd, but I can honestly say that this one is the best I’ve ever tried.  I love the creamy, custard consistency – I could eat it right out of the jar!  Yeah – it’s that good!

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