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Oregon Chai

Recent Tasting Notes

66

Rather bland, but a nice caffeine-free treat before bedtime, especially with milk. I have been working on the box for almost a year now and will finish it off but likely will not buy again.

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35

Ugh, I hate calling up my bosses and asking for letters of reference, especially on short notice. I wish finding a job was an easier process, especially for shy people.

Backlogging from months and months ago… I always kept forgetting to log this one. Perhaps that’s indicative of my experience with it. I was distinctly underwhelmed by it. It was my first and last honeybush. Usually, with chai, you have to worry about the flavors and spices being too strong, but that was decidedly not the case here.

The base was bland as all getout, and there was no helping it with sweeteners or milk. It was basically like drinking hot water with a bit of cinnamon thrown in.

Not exactly thrilling. There are far better herbal chais out there.

caile

Good luck with the job search!

teaqueen

Cheers :)

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77

I really like Oregon Chai. I found it in tea bag form while at my local super market. I have had chai tea made from their concentrate many times. I found the tea bag just as good as the concentrate flavor. I think Oregon Chai has a distinct taste for a chai, meaning, more spicy than sweet. I do usually add cream/sugar to this. If you ever get a chance, read the company history on Wiki about Oregon Chai, I found it to be very interesting.

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85

Tastes sweet and medium spicy. Goes well with a little bit of sugar and low fat milk.

This tea is an excellent alternative to a traditionally prepared Chai. The recommended time is between 3-5 minutes as per the package, but I prefer it around 3 minutes to avoid the extra caffeine.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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89

REALLY SWEET! But I can’t deny that I enjoyed it. If I didn’t know it packed a lot of calories, I would have had an immediate second cup. It was fast, simple, and fragrant (as a chai should be!). Still, I think it will probably be too sweet for some people, but I have a sweet tooth from years of drinking those awful flavored coffees from fast food chains. I will definitely want to keep this in my cupboard and try other products from Oregon Chai!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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57

I discovered this in 1998. Fell in love. I could live on it! ~ Now, in 2013, I wonder if the formula’s been changed. My tongue says, “Less flavour; more sugar.” The brew seems thinner … Why is it that once a company gets big, the product quality goes down?

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63
Overall, this is fine for when you’re at work or can’t take the time to make anything more complicated. I think there have been some changes to this mix over the last three years. It isn’t as sweet as it used to be. Also, it now has milk in it so it says you can “just add water” if you like. Of course I still used milk. ;)

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67

This was my first introduction to chai, other than purchasing at STarbucks, etc. In retrospect, after tasting other chais, I find this too sweet and weak for my taste, needs more boldness and spice.

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79

Okay so I Love Oregon Chai so much! So one day I decided since I have tried the Concentrate and Powdered Late Mix why not try the tea bags. At first I was expecting a lighter taste, one that wouldn’t be as flavorful as the Concentrate or the Mix but I was pleasantly surprised when I tried it and it was excellent! Exactly like it sister full body and flavor and I actually like it more considering in the other two I could not control how much sugar was in the other two and sometime (like when going to bed) I didn’t really want a super sweet tea, so this is perfect!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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85

A review of Energía Herbal Chai by Oregon Chai

Company: Oregon Chai
Tea Name: Energía Chai
Tea Type/Varietal: Chai
Region: South America
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup / tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: red
Leaf Characteristics: Tea bag smells strongly of the chai spices.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 4 minutes

I take one tea bag and put in my cup and pour in the boiled water, leaving to steep for several minutes. The spices fill the air around me immediately, and it is so warm and inviting encouraging me to take the cup and sip the tea…which is hot, so blowing away some of the heat so that my nose is tease further with the heady scent of the tea.

Tea’s color is brightly red and the aroma is that of spices from India I imagine yet it is South American spices infused with Yerba Mate, Guayusa and cinnamon, clove, ginger and Cardamom I further imagine is what I am met with when inhaling and tasting of this tea. It is a cup of warmth with nothing more needed, well a cozy nook of a corner by the window to watch the light coating of snow and take delight with living in this part of the world where seasonal changes occur and are at times quite pleasant.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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68

Okay so I am a Chai Fanatic and this was my very first Chai tea, and let me tell you I think it is a great into into Chai if you are a) New to Chai b) New to tea in general because you were transioning from coffee. The reason why I say this is because it is more like a supper sweet Cinomminy milky drink that you get when you add water to it. So yes this is a drink that a person that is just starting may like more then the tea from the Bag. If the person ends up liking it is really easy to get curious and want to try other Chai, and Teas in General so for me I love this tea because it opened my knowledge of Chai~! The taste is pretty good too! Like I said on the Sweet side but you can deffinitly taste the chai it is really enjoyable when it is cold!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C

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85

A review of Energía Herbal Chai by Oregon Chai

Date: 12/27/2012
Company: Oregon Chai
Tea Name: energía Herbal Chai
Tea Type/Varietal: Chai
Region: Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf:
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: lovely caramel / toffee
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 4 minutes

Note: I started my day very sad/depressed if truth be told. I could not sleep because my living situation is so haphazard, it is my fault since I will not change my ways of being too proud and selfish. Household is unpleasant but only from my view. Anyhow, when I reached for teas to fix this morning it was the Oregon Chai tea that I reached for; so I took two tea bags and put them in my cup and added the boiling water to it; leaving it to steep for a good four minutes before I started drinking the tea.

I have said many times that the tea’s color and aroma is everything to having a good cup of tea. If it smells nice; as this smells wonderfully of spices (cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and ginger…) and the color is caramel like, toffee even since it is darker with two tea bags immersed in the water for steeps. When I take a sip, it is cinnamon and gingerly piquant. It stimulates me to sip and sip all the more; and so I did just that, hoping to not see the unpleasantness in front of me; or as I say, it is my view (if changed slightly) it would not be unpleasant. The tea gave me strength, to just keep quiet and not say stupid things as I tend to.

This chai has much potential from creaminess in texture with the adding of milk or soy and sugar if desired.

I have seen Oregon Chai is a box like that would contain soy milk but have not viewed it closely.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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85

A review of Energía Herbal Chai by Oregon Chai

Date: 10/25/2012
Company: Oregon Chai
Tea Name: Energia Herbal Chai
Tea Type/Varietal: Chai
Region: South America
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: Cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: greenish brown; dark
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 4 minutes

Note: It has been mid-day for sometime now and a cup of chai tea is what I need just now. I take one tea bag and put it in my cup and I add the boiling water and let it steep for few minutes.

The tea’s color is lovely dark amber. And the tea smells wonderfully of the chai (Cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, allspice, nutmeg) spices. I can’t discern them all, but I do recognize the cinnamon, ginger root; which makes the tea piquant. The clove with the anise seed gives this tea that licorice and sweetly taste.

This magical blend of authentic chai spices is just as is stated on the box: reaching new altitudes in an exhilarating herbal infusion of Yerba Mate and Guayusa which are naturally energizing. A blend assured to open your eyes and focus your mind.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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85

A review of Energía Herbal Chai by Oregon Chai

Date: 10/20/2012
Company: Oregon Chai
Tea Name: Energia Herbal Chai
Tea Type/Varietal: Chai
Region: South America
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: Cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: greenish brown; dark
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings I find that I can steep this tea using the same tea bag numerous times since the spices are so rich and flavorful.

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 199 Fahrenheit
Time: 4 minutes

Note: I took one tea bag and place this in my cup and add the boiling water into my cup and cover the tea for few minutes. I can smell the spices right away; filling the air around me with notes like: Cloves, ginger, cardamom and cinnamon; tea really has a lovely aroma when I remove the cover / saucer. Tea color seems dark at first then greenish like. I take a sip of the tea and I am met with a spicy cup; with another sip and another I am reminded of Rooibos teas I have had; that of Trader Joe’s Red Rooibos.

Tasting wise it seems to be exactness in the spices to be found in rooibos teas whose color is usually reddish amber, or red tea.

2nd Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

Note: Steeping the tea longer and using the same tea bag does not seem to have changed at all. Tea color is same darkly greenish brew with a spicy aromatic blend.

In all this tea is an exhilarating herbal infusion of Yerba Mate and Guayusa botanical filled with energy to awaken the senses, open your eyes and experience better focus.

You know the song: I can see clearly now that the rain is gone…clarity is achieved!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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76

Love this! Better than the Taazo Chai concentrate IMO bc there is less of a peppery taste if you will?

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70

Bought this on-sale at the Old Fashioned Foods, not sure how “old fashioned” chai latte mix is, really.

It’s not bad in a pinch, when you’re craving a chai latte, but don’t want to go through the trouble of boiling up tea, spices, + milk on the stove for 10 minutes. I agree with others that it’s rather sweet, so much so that I added extra milk just to mellow it out a bit. Not getting any of that strange aftertaste that people keep mentioning…

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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84

My sister bought me this a few years ago for Christmas and I liked it. She bought me more last Christmas, and I decided to have some last night. After dinner I wanted something quick and sweet and this fit the bill.

If you’ve never had it before, this is black tea powder, sugar, dried whole & nonfat milk (why both I ask myself?), dried honey and natural flavors. Now I don’t consider this a true Chai-mainly because of the tea powder. It does have plenty of other delicious flavors, and tastes like a sweet Chai tea. IMO, it is too sweet, and the black tea flavor is there, but not strong enough.

It is a dessert Chai, and that being said was just what I was in the mood for. It is delicious, and quick. I also prepared two other quick teas, so I could watch the 136th Annual Westminster Dog Show! :)) I love dogs (and most animals), and I watch it every year. So, I began preparing two other teas I’ll review later. I spent the next 3 hours watching the competition next to my dog Lotis. :)) More on him later!

Cupped: Tuesday, February 14, 2012.

Reviewed: Wednesday, February 15, 2012.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Tamm

The sweetness is what I didn’t care for in this concentrate either. I like my chai on the spicy side! :p

ScottTeaMan

Yeah, but I do like it occasionally as a dessert, but it is not a true tea.

ScottTeaMan

Yeah, but I do like it occasionally as a dessert, but it is not a true tea.

Tamm

Is the black tea powder simply made from grinding leaves? O.o

ashmanra

I missed the dog show, I was busy being eaten by our three rescue puppies. I am hoping hubby will fall in love with one or two of them and let us keep them! :) He needs a new canoeing buddy.

ScottTeaMan

I think so Tamm.

I hope he’ll come around Ash!

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39

I had this without any milk and I had to make it strong because the water ran out of the kettle and I only got half a cup. Wow, this tea packs more of a sweet, sweet punch than I remember. I actually don’t really like it that much any more. I’ve had better by just making my own chai strong and adding milk and honey. It isn’t terrible. I’ve just had better now.

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100

this an oldie but a goodie! this spicy milky tea drink is very smoothing to me on cold winter night. drink it best with steamed milk and a tiny bit of nutmeg on top. never drink this cold

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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71

This was one sent to me by Batrachoid Not bad It tastes just like the chais at non Starbucks coffee shops…but instead of black tea it’s mate. I could drink it regularly.

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62

A pretty classic chai flavor. I don’t really taste the rooibos and honeybush much. They’re probably doing some background work. While it was okay, the flavor was pretty weak. I’d probably use two teabags next time.

Anyway, it fulfilled my craving for a caffeine-free chai before bed. :) I added a bit of almond milk and honey, but I think I like it better plain.

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91

This was the first Chai I ever tasted. That’s not saying much, since I’ve only had two others for reference. I love it. I adore strong tea with milk and honey, and Oregon chai is made for that combination. It’s not quite sweet enough for me, so I add sugar or vanilla espresso flavoring syrup. The other chai teas I’ve tried have been way too spicy and harsh for my taste, so I’m guessing this may be mellower than others. In my area most espresso shops offer this on their menu, and it’s a favorite of mine.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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