Voyant is not your typical Bailey’s knockoff — and there are many — nor is it another off-brand version of Kahlua. It is rather exactly what it claims to be: A liqueur designed to mimic milky chai tea.
It is indeed a very credible simulacrum of boozy chai — with cinnamon, cloves, and a milky consistency and color. While I wonder what teetotalling Indians might think of tea being spiked this way — it’s a paltry 25 proof, less alcoholic than most wine — for us tippling Americans, it’s good stuff.
It’s more than just spiked tea and milk, mind you. The company claims “Aged Virgin Island Rum, Fresh Dutch Cream, Black Tea from India, Premium Spirits from Holland and a Distinctive Blend of Spices from Asia” are in the mix. I don’t get any rum — or much tea flavor, to be honest — from the concoction, but it’s smooth, just the right level of sweet, and nicely spicy without being a gut-puncher. It’s complex, but not overwhelming. Just about perfect.
My only real complaint with Voyant is with the bottle. The spirit must be refrigerated after opening, but the oversized bottle doesn’t come close to fitting on any shelf in my fridge. Seriously, folks, if you’re going to require something be put in the fridge, at lease make sure it’ll fit!
A- / $22 / voyantchai.com
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