Voyant Chai Cream Liqueur claims to be the worldâs first chai cream liqueur. Will it appeal to the growing legions of fans of masala chai
(a.k.a. âchai tea
â)? Or will it be a sweet way to mask alcohol, like Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka
did with sweet tea
? Or will it, like so many specialty liquors before it, fade into obscurity? I canât know for sure, but if I have any say, Iâd love to see it spread into the mainstream like masala chai has, reaching a broad spectrum of American imbibers with its charmingly sweet-spicy flavor.
A Parisian Art Deco font an fiery package design give this bottle a decadent, sinful feel that suits this blend of alcohol, caffeine
, spices and sugar quite well. The packaging copy includes way more information than your average alcohol bottle, actually going so far as to include a fairly comprehensive ingredients list. Iâve only seen it in one bottle size (750 mL), which is usually a risky for untasted liqueurs, but I found that it was worth the investment.
Flavor & Texture
The smooth, concentrated flavor of Voyant Chai lies somewhere between classic masala chai and rum-soaked gingerbread cookies. Ingredients include oak-aged rum, Dutch cream, black tea
, âpremium spirits,â ânatural flavors,â pure vanilla and âa stimulating blend of real spices.â The taste reflects this blend of quality ingredients. Unlike many âchaiâ concoctions, the black tea can be tasted. In fact, it even has a minor caffeine buzz, although thatâs insignificant compared to the sugar buzz.
Voyant has a consistency much like Baileyâs Irish Cream. Like Baileyâs, it can be sipped straight or on the rocks in moderation. It can also be mixed, which brings us toâ¦
Like any cream liquor, Voyant does not mix well with citrus or acidic ingredients. However, itâs great with vodka, rum and other fairly neutral spirits, as well milk (or ice cream) and hot drinks (such as hot chocolate
and masala chai). I was inspired to mix Voyant Chai with coffee
and was very pleased with the results.
Voyant Chai is a welcome addition to the tea liqueur scene. It has broad appeal and a flavor with far more depth and sophistication than the sweet tea vodka
s on the market. Itâs got an appealing package design and is very mixable. I hope to see it on more drink menus in the near future!