Friday, April 22, 2011
Taylor's Tonics Chai Cola
This caught my eye while I was shopping at my local World Market a few days ago, and from the moment that I saw the label, I knew that I was not going to be leaving without one. Chai and cola is definitely an interesting and unique combination. I'm actually somewhat surprised that this was the first Chai cola that I have ever seen, as a relatively accurate prediction of the flavor popped into my mind upon seeing it.
Taylor's Tonic Chai Cola is a naturally seasoned and brewed mix of chai tea, cola, and herbal ingredients. Upon opening the bottle, I could smell the heavy aroma of the chai spices almost without even having to pick up the bottle. The drink has a fair amount of sedimentary material in it that settles out at the bottom, and requires "rocking" before consumption to redistribute some of the spices. Overall, I really like the taste of the chai and cola combination. However, the drink is a little bit on the heavy side. The sedimentary content that is mixed back into the drink during rocking does thicken the fluid a bit, making the drink a little bit more of a commitment. Due to the thickness, I've found that it is difficult to drink this one quick enough to enjoy it, as it takes me so long that the cola starts to equalize to room temperature about halfway through, making it even harder to finish a serving. The spices also add to the heaviness, and although I enjoy the taste, it does tend to get old a little bit fast.
As a novelty, this is a really great beverage. It's definitely worth a try to have the experience once, but I don't know that this one will be a repeated purchase for me. Overall, I think that this drink would benefit from being produced in a smaller serving size, as right now the 12 oz. serving is a bit much.
Verdict: Worth a try
Purchased: [World Market]
Size: 12 fl. oz. [355mL]
Price: $4.99 [4-pack]