Chaikhana Chai concentrate is a 1:4 super concentrateâ€”the directions suggest 1 part concentrate mixed with 4 parts milk, milk substitute or water. And this is some powerful concentrate! Even with such a relatively small amount (1:4), the spices here are biting, and this â€œbiteâ€ seems to linger a while. The exact flavor of the spice assault is hard to pin down. It seems much like the familiar bite of ginger, yet the flavor is more that of clove. In any case, it is a form of spiciness that moves into territory you could almost call â€œhot,â€ like a spiced Indian dish. And yet it is not overpowering. The lingering quality is what I found most unusual. You will keep tasting the spices for a while after each sip.
I also found that 4 parts milk to 1 part concentrate, wellâ€¦ thatâ€™s a lot of milk. In fact, prepared in that manner itâ€™s a bit thicker and creamier than â€œstandard chai.â€ So I tried mixing half milk and half water. While certainly acceptable, than was a bit on the thin side for this palette. The best mix ratio IMO: 3 oz milk, 1 oz water, 1 oz concentrate. Perfect!