The Shatto Milk Company’s latest collaboration is now available for your glass. The dairy in Osborn, Missouri, has released a new limited edition flavor, Chai Milk, that was made with the Hugo Tea Co.
Hugo recently released its chai blend after 18 months of development and founder Tyler Beckett believes it could be the start of a new fall tradition.
“It’s like egg nog [Shatto’s Pumpkin Spice Egg Nog is just on shelves now]. Egg nog has its detractors because it’s so rich and creamy. Whereas with chai, you have a lot of the same flavors – cinnamon and cardamom and nice fall flavors — but it’s so much cleaner,” Beckett says.
He approached Shatto about collaborating on a chai milk in the beginning of the year.
“We really wanted to do something with Tyler,” Barbara Shatto says. “We thought this was very exciting.”
The chai milk took nine months of development, but visitors to the annual Family Day at Shatto this June got a sneak preview of the flavor.
“There’s cinnamon and cardamom. It’s creamy and it’s got all these wonderful spices like pumpkin pie,” Shatto says.
The milk uses a chai concentrate, which is brewed over eight hours over at the Big Rip Brewing Company in North Kansas City. Beckett uses whole spices for the chai tea blend: cloves, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper and cardamom.
“We brewed chai last week and then they did a [bottle] run two days later,” Beckett says. “You couldn’t do that if we weren’t local.”
Beckett expects that most people will drink the milk cold — similar to an iced chai latte at a coffee shop.
“The chai that Shatto used, it’s a little less sweet and little more cinnamon heavy [than the standard blend],” Beckett says. “We wanted something that tasted really good cold. If we had too much sugar, it wouldn’t be so refreshing. We wanted something that was drinkable, but was clearly chai.”
The milk will be available in half-liter bottles stamped with the word ‘harmony’ — similar to the anniversary flavors (blueberry, chocolate cherry, mint chocolate, apple pie, cookies and cream [which became a regular flavor in 2014], birthday cake, candy corn) released last year to celebrate the dairy’s 10th anniversary.
“It’s harmony that the chai and milk really go together,” Shatto says. “The tea is a nice, really relaxing drink. You can have it hot with a dollop of Shatto whipped cream and cinnamon or just enjoy it cold.”
While those bottles — only 4,000 were made — are expected to sell out quickly, it will be available in pint bottles through November.
“It’s a limited release. But everything depends on our customers. We’re excited about it and we’ll see what our customers think,” Shatto says.[Bottle image via Facebook: Shatto, Spices image via: Tyler Beckett]