Ah yes, Intensity Academy. This review has been a long time coming…ok, it’s been 4 months, but you get the point. It’s always a refreshing change to see a company using organic products and coming out with a quality, reasonably priced, and extremely tasty product!
Chai Thai Teriyaki Ingredients: Water, sugar, natural Tamari soy sauce, honey, organic Chai tea, Thai peppers, garlic, ginger, salt, toasted sesame oil, corn starch, sesame seeds, citric acid and natural spices.
I really wanted to do this sauce justice by going to a good sushi place here in Cleveland, ordering a Dragon Roll with freshwater eel, and dunking the slices into this wonderfully colored sauce. But the economy is in the shitter and I’ve got too many bills to pay right now. So instead I settled for some home made stir-fry and sticky rice. After many tasting seasons, I’ll admit that this is the best teriyaki sauce I’ve ever had the pleasure of consuming.
The sweetness of this sauce is the first things to hit the palate, the sugar and honey are very prevalent but don’t overwhelm the tongue. Up next is the Chai tea. Now, this was definitely an interesting addition but I find it adds a tad bit of bitter/gritty/coating taste to what should be a very smooth sauce.
Up next is the soy sauce flavor that you always expect from a teriyaki sauce. This has that quality flavor written all over it, not some over the counter, standard restaurant soy sauce flavor. Following that is the ginger which pairs well with the slight bite of the Thai peppers. Fading into the aftertaste realm is the garlic and a hint of smoke which I’m assuming are from Chipotles.
The heat is around a medium, regardless of how much is consumed. The Thai peppers give this sauce a nice all around tongue which lingers and slowly dies down to a low flame. After a few shots of this, you do start to feel a little bit of a pick me up from the Chai tea. Very nicely done! If you consume a lot of Asian cuisine, you definitly need this sauce!
Taste: 8.3, Heat: 5