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Jul 2, 2012 08:09 PM

Spirit to Mix w/Chai?

Any thoughts on a spirit to mix with Chai?

The tea is generally Keyhung the homemade Masala quite spicy & I thought Brandy (Paarl IIRC) would work but ended up with a thin brassy taste that didn't suit.

Rum maybe?

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  1. I'd try bourbon - it's warm and a little sweet, which seems like a good match for chai.

    1. Something brown and "warm" -- an aged molasses-based rum, apple brandy / calvados, bourbon, or even rye.

      Rum would have the advantage that you can look to pie-spice flavored ingredients like Falernum and Pimento Dram in Tiki recipes for inspiration.

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      1. I don't know anything about this product, but I was at my local shop today and saw Tiffin tea liqueur. It said it was a product of Germany (not the first place I think of when I think of tea). But it made me think of your post.

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        1. In Austria there's a tradition of making a fortified tea called J├Ągertee ("hunter's tea") with strong rum and sometimes kirsch. I agree with EvergreenDan that rum would be a pretty good flavor match with chai.