Oregon Chai

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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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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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62

I was intrigued by a bagged honeybush chai put out by such a specialized company when honeybush is so new to the American market. Given this speedy release, I expected it to be fresher than bagged usually is and worth a try.
It was not a disappointment and much fresher than most bagged teas. I was wary of the cloves, which are always over powering but this is well balenced and survived in coconut milk. I couldn’t taste the honeybush or rooibos (thankfully) so its unique selling point is nominal, but as a caffeine free chai masala it succeeds.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
Batrachoid

Oh, yikes I just caught that typo! XD I wish I caught it sooner.

SimplyJenW

Ah, I missed it…. ;) I am looking for a good herbal chai, though!

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9

Disgustingly sweet. Sweet was pretty much all I could taste. This really has no right to call itself chai.

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80

This was the first Chai concentrate that I tried. It is a pretty solid concentrate but I prefer more spice in my chai than what this product offers. It is a pretty mellow blend with lots of honey flavor.

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25

At our conference last week, one of the vendors was giving away samples of this at her booth. She gave me a handful to try.

Oh. My. God. It’s sweet. Jaw-locking sweet. Painfully sweet. The taste itself is actually not too bad once you get past the sweet (okay, the aftertaste isn’t too bad), but it’s way, way too sweet for me.

I’ve got two more samples of this…who wants them?

Cofftea

You have been so generous to me… if no one else claims them I will save them from the trash.

Jaime

I’m going to try to get your package out Monday or Tuesday. If nobody else wants them by then, I’ll tuck these into it!

Meghann M

I used to love these, but have stayed away for sugar for so long, I’m sure I would have a very similar reaction to you. This is what a coffee shop I worked at served as their chai, the liquid concentrate though.

Cofftea

Meghann, I agree I kinda get burned on things I used to like if I don’t have them enough- it’s really sad. Although I normally have very good luck w/ powdered chais (I can’t stand liquid concentrate though)- they’re a different beverage than loose or bagged chais, but good none the less.

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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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39

I had two cups of this for dinner. I had them in a school coffee mug which is a little smaller than my normal mug so it was strong. The first one I had plain and the second one I had with some milk. The milk mellowed out the flavors but drinking it strong was an interesting experience.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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39

I was browsing my teacher’s tea basket and found this instead of the tea I was looking for. So I decided to pick it up and make it for dinner.

I wasn’t sure how to make it so I just dumped it into a mug of hot water and stirred in the powder until it was dissolved. Because I wanted a cooler drink with my meal, I then dumped the mixture into a 16 oz glass filled 1/4th with milk.

It was really interesting. The milk made it very creamy. I thought it tasted like a pumpkin pie. It was good. I would probably have it again but not very often. It was almost too sweet for my taste.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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67

Tall double dirty chai latte on Monday morning for breakfast at a cafe in Seattle who’s proceeds go to support New Horizons Ministry. Not the slightest sickeningly sweet. Delicious actually.

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62

This was my introduction to chai. I’ve since had better ones, by FAR, but for what it is, it doesn’t suck. And it piqued my curiosity about all the other kinds of chai out there, so can’t really fault it toooo much.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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31

Huh. Today this actually hit the spot. It is very sweet, but it’s not “yucky” the way my last cup was. At the same time, this was so sweet that I had to chase it down with some water. I definitely won’t repurchase, but I may be able to at least finish off the carton.

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31

Meh, on the borderline of yucky. This is almost too sweet (and I like my sugar with tea and cream). Hardly any spices. Actually, this tastes like sugar cane flavored milk with a hint of tea and honey. Yuck. While I was pouring the mix into my cup, it smelled like Arizona sweetened Iced Tea….:O
I haven’t had it in a few years, but I remember the Tazo chai mix being much, much better than this.

Preparation
0 min, 15 sec
Cofftea

Tazo has a mix? I thought it was just the concentrate or bags? Last time I was on vacation I went to this ice cream/coffee shop and got a 12oz double shot dirty ice cream chai latte… basically a dirty chai poured over a scoop of ice cream in the bottom of the cup. Absofreakinlutely amazing!!!

S

That sounds soooo good. And yes, I meant concentrate, again. :)

Cofftea

IT WAS!!!

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59

It was rather sweet and uneventful. I am not a huge fan of chai teas normally, so the lack of spice was nice, though untrue to the heart of a real chai tea. It is rather quick to make though which is a plus. The free sample was nice at least.

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59

More wireless mooching.. last day in Austin. Sad. But at least I’m leaving with a ton of new tea..

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59

Got this at a coffee shop where I’m mooching free wi-fi. Meh.

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90

Throw this in a cup with hot water and milk if you like. Instant yum. Their isn’t many instant beverages that are worth buying often…this is one of them.

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41

Made a chai latte with this chai concentrate for the first time last night.
Meh.
It was good. Better than I presumed it would be. But… I’ve had better.
I’ve had much better.
Quite sweet. Rather mellow for my taste in Chai. And, I knew something was wrong right away when I saw how watery it was, as it poured out of the box.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C
Cofftea

Concentrate… ick.

Fred

Yeah, I agree with Cofftea, ick. I have had both this and the green tea latte from this company and they are really lacking in depth and flavor. I guess that is just what you get for trying something that is meant to be convenient.

Cofftea

Why use a concentrate when you can use the real things? Baristas always look at me strange when I order my dirty chai lattes and dirty chai mochas and caramel mochas w/ bags.

Fred

I find that although i do love a good chai tea, I admire the simplicity and complexity of a good pan fired chinese green tea over something such as chai with all of those ingredients anyday. It just seems to me sometimes that a lot of the ingredients in a chai are just used to mask or make up for inferior black tea often used in the formula.

Fred

my comment should say chinese black tea not green tea. sorry.

Cofftea

@Fred that’s why I buy chai spice mix (sans tea) and add it to my favorite tea- black, green, oolong, yellow, white. It’s REALLY good w/ Adagio’s chocolate chip or Botanical Indulgence’s Caramel Creme Oolong.

Oh Cha!

@Cofftea – I like your last post! That sounds like a great thing to try!

And… concentrates do not HAVE to be bad. Many of them just… are. :(

I’M ON THE HUNT FOR A GOOD ONE! I will never prioritise chai over my other teas, but, a good chai latte has it’s place in the world! And chai concentrate can be important to certain recipes… (mmmmm… chai ice cream.)

Cofftea

For chai ice cream why not steep real chai in milk then cool?

Oh Cha!

I’m already flavouring my own ice cream! ;)
Yes, you’re right. :)

S

If you’re still looking for a good concentrate, have you tried Tazo yet? I haven’t had it in years, but I remember it being infinitely better than this sugar cane mess.

Cofftea

Wait… is this a mix or a concentrate?

S

Sorry, I meant concentrate. :)

Cofftea

But the name says mix…

S

I know, but it’s a liquid concentrate.

Cofftea

Sigh Misrepresentation again.

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