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.
Christmas Chai – Steeped Tea
Ingredients: Black Tea [assam style], ginger, cardamom, black pepper, white pepper, clove, nutmeg.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
- Coco Chai Rooibos – DavidsTea
- Caramel Chai – Teavana
- Masala Chai – Chaiwalla Chai
- Kashmiri Chai – DavidsTea
- Tulsi Dosha Chai – Teavana
- Gingerbread – Teavana