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Winter is finally showing itself here tonight, with the winds picking up and temp dropping. Fully expect to wake up to see snow in the a.m…. not much I hope. But hearing the wind outside caused me to reach for a chai to test.

For the record, I love their popular chai/chai blend (haven’t had a chance to add review to site yet). And I added a tbsp of honey while brewing.

This chai is tamer to me than the blend. It’s missing that slight “red hot” element that makes it unique. But as soon as I said tamer, I realize that it really isn’t tame per se…just different. The spices are in the “medium” spicy category (preferred) and you can tell it’s a black tea background (not a favorite, but this one pulls it off). Not dominated by cinnamon, the other spices meld nicely. Enjoying this cup and warming up already : )

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Tamm

I almost bought this the other day! I haven’t been purchasing tea at all so far this year (trying to get through some stuff). I’m glad to know that it’s pretty well received.
I actually have only done one review on their site and you know what? It took them almost 2 months to post it! It wasn’t worth it at all imo. I was very upset when they released their newest teas and only just recently let them be posted to the actual site.
I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t like the chai/chai blend…

Tamm

Sorry, that should have read they released the teas and then waited until much later to post the reviews.

Cheryl

I haven’t tried to post reviews on their site, but have heard they do hinky things on the disc. boards (taking down negatives?). Sounds like the reviews there should be taken with a grain of salt. But yes, this chai is pretty good. I still like the chai/chai blend a bit better, but will finish this too. If I had a way to send a sample bag, I would (but alas, don’t know where to get them). Still have the Samurai one to test too, but know I got it to blend with the White Ayurvedic if worse comes to worse : )

Going to go back and read your reviews of their teas….

Tamm

I actually only ended up doing a review on the aurora tumbler that I had purchased (I love it!). What else was surprising is that the day mine showed up a whole bunch of other reviews for the same product also suddenly appeared…I don’t understand their posting procedures.
I haven’t had a chance to try the chai/chai blend as its separate components. I also realized when I was drinking mine (the sample) it had sugar pre-added.
:p I’ve posted quite a few reviews of their teas on here! I have immediate access to their store so it’s what I often order b/c I hate shipping fees.

Cheryl

Oh lucky you! I can get to one, with about an hour drive, but I’m one of those strange females who avoids malls whenever possible :)
Let me know when you get a chance to try it. I did add a bit of honey (trying to stop using white sugar and don’t want/like artificials).

Tamm

LOL I go to the mall for two reasons only; the Gap and Teavana. So everyone in that section of the mall is starting to know who I am (they’re very close to each other). I go a lot with my siblings. :p I just remembered that one of the Teavana workers is in a class I attend! Now she knows my shopping habits! O.O Oh I’ll let you know! :D I do like adding honey to certain blends, but it really depends on my mood. I’m with you on the not liking artificial sweeteners. They taste very obvious to me.

gmathis

I don’t like strong chai, so this sounds about right for me.

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Tamm

I almost bought this the other day! I haven’t been purchasing tea at all so far this year (trying to get through some stuff). I’m glad to know that it’s pretty well received.
I actually have only done one review on their site and you know what? It took them almost 2 months to post it! It wasn’t worth it at all imo. I was very upset when they released their newest teas and only just recently let them be posted to the actual site.
I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t like the chai/chai blend…

Tamm

Sorry, that should have read they released the teas and then waited until much later to post the reviews.

Cheryl

I haven’t tried to post reviews on their site, but have heard they do hinky things on the disc. boards (taking down negatives?). Sounds like the reviews there should be taken with a grain of salt. But yes, this chai is pretty good. I still like the chai/chai blend a bit better, but will finish this too. If I had a way to send a sample bag, I would (but alas, don’t know where to get them). Still have the Samurai one to test too, but know I got it to blend with the White Ayurvedic if worse comes to worse : )

Going to go back and read your reviews of their teas….

Tamm

I actually only ended up doing a review on the aurora tumbler that I had purchased (I love it!). What else was surprising is that the day mine showed up a whole bunch of other reviews for the same product also suddenly appeared…I don’t understand their posting procedures.
I haven’t had a chance to try the chai/chai blend as its separate components. I also realized when I was drinking mine (the sample) it had sugar pre-added.
:p I’ve posted quite a few reviews of their teas on here! I have immediate access to their store so it’s what I often order b/c I hate shipping fees.

Cheryl

Oh lucky you! I can get to one, with about an hour drive, but I’m one of those strange females who avoids malls whenever possible :)
Let me know when you get a chance to try it. I did add a bit of honey (trying to stop using white sugar and don’t want/like artificials).

Tamm

LOL I go to the mall for two reasons only; the Gap and Teavana. So everyone in that section of the mall is starting to know who I am (they’re very close to each other). I go a lot with my siblings. :p I just remembered that one of the Teavana workers is in a class I attend! Now she knows my shopping habits! O.O Oh I’ll let you know! :D I do like adding honey to certain blends, but it really depends on my mood. I’m with you on the not liking artificial sweeteners. They taste very obvious to me.

gmathis

I don’t like strong chai, so this sounds about right for me.

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Originally started testing teas, to replace a lifelong Coke (Coca-Cola) habit. Now I’m just amazed at all the choices. Still in beginner stage of tea education. Until I get really good at iced/cold tea, the Coke habit remains, but is down to a minimum.

My cupboard here on Steepster was ridiculous, containing each and every sample size that I have been accumulating. It now only contains non-sample size teas. Loose leaf outweighs the bagged teas, but it doesn’t look that way by the list (over 100 samples).

I started my tea journey testing flavored teas. My favorites are chai and mint flavored teas, along with Earl Grey. Also like chocolate, caramel, coconut, almond, vanilla, cinnamon, clove and some others. Most flavors are better with a nice black tea base. The mint ones seem best paired with greens. I’m branching out now to unflavored teas and it is way more overwhelming then the flavored category. Phew.

My (grown) son has decided that he wants to try to find tea that he likes too, so I’ll be passing along the ones I don’t care for to him (with instructions to then pass them on to his sister…evil plot? yes!). So I’ve removed my shopping list from Steepster and moved it to a spreadsheet (swaps are out for now). My shopping list had grown to 197! By going through each one, I was able to split that in half (since many were added in beginning, before I knew what I like/don’t like).

While not swapping, if there’s something in my cupboard that you’d like a sample of, please feel free to ask : )

Ratings (for now):
90s: Must have in personal rotation. Crave it.
80s: Makes me a happy tea drinker. Very good. Unsure of long term relationship.
70s: Like this. Will drink what I have (sample/tin/box), but unsure of whether I’d buy again.
60s: Probably a good tea for what it is. Just not to my personal liking.
50s and below: Do not like…at all. Either poor quality, yuck flavor or … (see tealog).

Old (and still current) obsessions: books, music and fragrances. Hopefully my tea collection stays much more “normal” then those. (too late)

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