Hey there Teacups! Even though is been very hot in the UK recently I’ve still been drinking a lot of chai lattes both hot and iced and I’m constantly doing whatever I can to add my own unique twist on them and that’s where I turn to experimenting with blends. For this specific custom blend, I used T2’s Choc Chip Chai (A Black Tea based blend) and T2’s Creamy Choc Chai (A Green Tea based blend). I’ve never experimented with blending green and black teas before, but I wanted to take a risk and see if it would work as well as I thought it would and if it didn’t at least I would have given it a try and there’s no harm in trying is there.
When it came to blending you all know I bought a lot of T2’s Selfie Packs around Christmas time and as I had one left of choc chip chai and one of creamy choc chai I thought why not use those to put this blend together at least then I would know that there would be an equal amount of both in the final blend. When it comes to mixing blend, I like to put the tea into a pestle and mortar add a pinch of sugar it just helps to make sure they are thoroughly mixed don’t grind them to much though because all you will make is a tea power and that something you want as it will pass through your infuser.
Chai Latte – How To
To make a latte with this recipe I place a half and half mixture of Oatly Barista milk and boiling water in the glass/cup/mug I’m using to make sure I have the right amount and then I put it into a non-stick saucepan. After doing that I add the tea and a little bit of hone, combine and use a medium heat to slowly warm it (you must make sure your heat isn’t to high or you will just boil it). I’ve been told you can leave it to infuse and go back to it after a few minutes, but I like to stay with mine and stir constantly making sure the leaves are constantly moving and don’t stick to the bottom of the pan (Even with a non-stick it can happen believe me) Once its ready I used an in-cup infuser (the one I use is from For-Life and is damn near perfect) to make sure absolutely nothing can get through even the fine spices it just makes for a much smoother latte. After all of that (unless I’m travelling) I top my lattes with frothed Oatly barista milk and for this specific latte if I hadn’t been using my travel cup I would have sprinkle it with some chocolate shavings for a treat. Overall this made for an indulgent, yet rather light and slightly floral latte and I’ll definitely be making it time and time again.
I’m really enjoying being able to be creative when it comes thinking of blends for these post so if you have any suggestions for teas or tisanes I should use or specific taste you want me to try and recreate in the form of a blend let me know and I’ll try my best to have them be part of a future How Do You Brew? post. As always Teacups if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them as soon as I can.
Speak to you all soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley