Chai Them All

I have set out to taste test and review as many chai tea blends as possible. I especially love the cozy nature of a warm chai tea, with the spices, and earthy black tea, sweetness like honey and variations on this traditional tea.

Rules for consistency:

Regular way to make tea with hot water

  • 1.5 DAVIDsTEA Perfect Spoons per nordic/16 oz mug (grande or Medium at Sbux), 1 DTPS for a 12 oz mug
  • 90º water boil in Kettle
  • Steep 7 minutes
  • 1 Teavana perfect spoon (1tsp) brown sugar for sweetener
  • 1 splash of 2% milk

Traditional stove top chai

  • 2 DTPS of Chai tea
  • 1.5 cups Soy milk or 2% Milk (will aim for consistently one of these or will note which)
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • time tbd

I would like to thank all the lovely Tea-ple of the DAVIDsTEA Fans who sent me or traded samples of chai tea so that I can post this series. All other tea were purchased by me unless noted.

Chai

Christmas Chai – Steeped Tea

Ingredients: Black Tea [assam style], ginger, cardamom, black pepper, white pepper, clove, nutmeg.

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Regular:

Warm black tea with the heat of ginger that lingers on your tongue and the cozy flavour of nutmeg, smooth tingly mouth feel, a gentle kick of pepper, not overbearing. This is a well rounded chai perfect for those chilly winter days. Spice factor: 2/5

Coffee Chai – DavidsTea

Ingredients: Organic Fair Trade Certified black tea, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, coffee beans, stevia. With organic and natural flavouring.

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Regular:

This tea is pretty bland IMO. I did receive it in a trade/sample swap and it may be stale as it has been discontinued for a while so the only info I have about it is from Steepster. It is a lightly spiced chai with that little mocha hint from the few coffee beans in the blend. This might have been a better sip when the tea was in its prime. Spice Factor: 1/5

Chai Amazonia – Davidstea

Ingredients: Organic: guayusa, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, fennel, black pepper, pink peppercorns, stevia.

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Regular:

You can tell this is a Guayusa tea for sure! It has all the earthy tones and greenish colour I would expect. The chai spices are light, I mostly taste the fennel, and peppers. Another discontinued tea I received in a sample swap so the info is from Steepster. Not very spicy just has some warm notes. Spice Factor: 1/5

Chai Matcha – Teavana?

Ingredients: Unknown, I assume: cane sugar, matcha green tea and flavouring.

Regular:

I enjoyed this matcha alot, although I wish there was no added sugar. It tasted very much like a starbucks matcha/green tea latte which I usually sprinkle cinnamon on top of or it may have been mislabelled as I received it in a trade and was actually DavidsTea Pumpkin pie matcha as this tasted identical. There wasn’t a strong or spicy chai quality to this matcha at all. I enjoyed it but I wouldn’t classify it as chai. Spice factor: 0/5

Chai Black Tea – Bulk Barn (Canadian bulk food store)

Ingredients: Black Tea, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Flavor, Ginger

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Regular:

This is a great everyday chai thats got a hint of those warming spices without the fully spicy nature of a traditional chai. there hints of cinnamon, cloves and ginger but its not overpowering at all.  This tea is also super affordable, at $3.64/100g (info here), I will continue to have this stocked in the pantry simply as a regular everyday morning blend along with my earl grey. Spice factor: 1/5

Coming Up…

  • Coco Chai Rooibos – DavidsTea
  • Caramel Chai – Teavana
  • Masala Chai – Chaiwalla Chai
  • Kashmiri Chai – DavidsTea
  • Tulsi Dosha Chai – Teavana
  • Gingerbread – Teavana
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