I may be the only one crazy enough to try to pull off a full recipe chai from scratch but here we go.
Your classic Masala Chai spices are usually made up of:
For the main note, I chose FA Cinnamon Ceylon at .75%. It is a bakery-type cinnamon that is perfect for spiced beverages that mixes extremely well with the next spice.
FA Cardamom at .5% is a sweet, green, true cardamom flavor that no other company does. Thank goodness FlavourArt does it right. You cannot have a chai recipe without cardamom.
FW Ginger has a fresh ginger root flavor. Too much, even .5%, can over take the mix. I found the sweet spot for this mix to be .25%
TPA Holiday Spice at .5% stands in for my Nutmeg spice. I love this flavor for any winter recipe.
FLV Clove at .30% is perfect to make this bold and spicy. Someone once said, "FLV Clove is pretty damn analogous to FLV Rich Cinnamon in that it's bold, ridiculously strong, way too expensive, and pretty great." I fully agree.
The last one I am sure has a lot of people scratching their heads. FA Black Pepper at .5%. It's a warm, woody spice that is a delicious addition to this recipe.
Then I added the FA Black Tea and made it sweet; And for the milk component, I went with FA Vienna Cream 1%, which really stands out when you add spice, FA Vanilla Tahity .5% for sweetness, and FA Cream Fresh 1.0% for bulk.
This puppy needs a 5 day steep and a day or so to breathe. Do not skip the breathing. It needs to breathe off some spice.
I wouldn't say it's an ADV, but it's definitely tasty with the cool weather coming.
So delicious. I cannot even with this recipe.
FLV Eggnog has a good cream and milk texture with egg whites. Light vanilla accompanies a holiday spice blend that sends this flavor above the rest. I've tested a few Eggnog flavors in the Great Holiday Recipe Search of 2017 (my own personal achievement) and this one was the clear winner. This flavor would benefit from additions of creams, vanillas, spices, and BOOZE.
TPA Holiday Spice boost the already amazing base of FLV Eggnog. It just needed a little more oomph.
FA Madagascar Vanilla sweetens and lightens up this mix just enough. I originally went with Bourbon Vanilla but it was too bold.
Optional: FA Jamaican Rum or FA Brandy at 1-2% for a more traditional eggnog.
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This bevy of tarty fruit packs blueberries and blackberries, with a hint of raspberries and a touch of sugared lemon into a recipe that makes summer feel like it lasts all year round. Due to the way the flavors are balanced, I do not recommend any substitutions. You really need all these brands.
Add Sweetener to your personal liking. The Meringue does lend a bit of sugar but everyone likes their vapes at a different sweetness. I prefer no extra Sweetener in this recipe, but if Sweetness is what you're after, start at .25%.
Certified SnV. This is not a recipe for the steep drawer.
"Tropical Melon with a Coconut Exhale"
Sounds strange but it has a cult following. And for good reason. Creamy, buttery coconut with a clean melon flavor. It breaks up the monotony of your ADV of Strawberries and Dragonfruit on top of being refreshing and unique.
Good as a Shake & Vape but gets better after a short steep.
Updates and Revisions:
Coconut (TPA) 1.5% to Coconut (FA) 1%
I can't believe I didn't think of this before. Duh.
Coconut Candy (TPA) lowered to 1%
To better compliment FA Coconut.
Introducing Honeydew II (TPA) at 2%
Lowered Butter Cream (CAP) from 1.5% to 1%.
This should be a supporting flavor and I feel this change reflects that.
Omitted Almond (FA).
As much as I wanted to continue to keep FA Almond in this mix, there was not much of a difference. Feel free to continue adding it to your own mixes, but at .5%, it seemed unnecessary.
3/21/18 BIG UPDATE:
Almond (FA) 1.5% to .5%
Coconut (FA) to Coconut Candy (TPA)
VBIC 3% to 4%
Toasted Marshmallow (TPA)
Went back to A/AP VBIC. After testing, I have concluded that Diketones are delicious and in small quantities, I have had no problems. Ordering Sweet Coconut (FLV) and will continue to test.
Changed Golden Butter (CAP) to Butter Cream (CAP). The Butter Cream lends a bit of sweetness and still brings that buttery note I wanted.
Lowered the Honeydew (TPA) by 1%. I feel that 3% still brings that overall melon tone, but perhaps without nose raping you.
Changed Toasted Almond (TFA) to Almond (FA). I feel like the sweetness of Flavour Art's Almond will really shine in this recipe.
Changed Butter to Golden Butter to reflect Capella's decision to change the name.
I have reworked the recipe to replace VBIC with A/AP free VBIC. I don't expect a noticeable taste difference.
I've taken out the Cantaloupe and reworked the other percentages.
Side note: I've seen my recipe re-posted on other sites and re-posted here. I'm glad you guys like it!
I steeped for 3 weeks and it was quite close. I reduced the Cantaloupe and upped the Honeydew. I really feel like I'd miss the Cantaloupe if it wasn't there, so I'm trying a reduced batch before I consider omitting it all together.