Tipu's Slow Brew Authentic Indian Chai is not an instant mix. It requires 6 minutes of simmering (3 minutes with water first, then 3 more with milk added) and straining. There is NO sweetener here. Instead, the directions are simply "sweeten to taste." Featuring organic, non-irradiated tea and spices, this chai is a great option for those who want truly authentic chai and aren't in a hurry... those who may actually enjoy the ritual of simmering and straining tea.
In straining, the tea and spices were so thick as to require pausing and rinsing my small strainer twice to facilitate straining 2 cups of chai. It is thick! And the astringent quality of the spices are strong here. The taste is surely authentic. My preference was to add slightly more milk than called for, rounding up to 1 full cup milk to 2 cups water. Using Xylitol for a natural sugar-substitute sweetener, 1 teaspoon per cup did a great job to produce a mildly sweet result.
Troy the Chai-Direct Chai Tasting Guy