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Now finished with my supply of Oprah Chai (I think that’s called a “Sipdown”?). Anyway, I had actually taken a steep from about a half hour earlier, added a couple teaspons to that to make it really strong, and then added a tiny bit of almond milk and stevia after steeping. It was better than the pot I had before this one, but still not that spicy yummy tea that I remember having when I first bought it. I feel like maybe I’ve had this one too long in the cupboard. Maybe I’ll buy it again, maybe not.
Nearing the end of my supply on this one. Not as good as I remembered, but maybe the water was too hot (no thermometer with me at work, so I was guessing at temperature). Am thinking of pairing it with another chai or with some plain black.
After going to Starbucks today to find out one of my favorites (Calm) was out of stock I decided to get this tea on a whim, I got it steeped in hot soy milk which is general how I like to drink my chai tea’s. I really enjoyed this tea and would say it taste a lot like cinnamon hearts which I’m actually not a fan of but found it great as a tea, it also has a subtly sweet taste which I I think would be a great alternative if you’re suffering from a major sweet tooth.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Sweet
OK, so I’ve actually had this chai a couple of times now – it’s actually really good. That’s difficult for me to admit given that this is from both Starbucks and Teavana. But it’s a well crafted chai.
Even more interesting, though, is a development from having tried this tea. After going through the drive thru at Starbucks and picking up the chai, we went to a store and I ran in to pick up what we needed, leaving my chai in the van with hubby. I figured my chai would be safe because he “doesn’t like tea.” But he decided to take a sip and apparently one sip became several more.
Now, my husband likes chai. I’ve made him several chai teas since then and he’s enjoyed them.
My husband likes chai.
And since chai = tea… my husband, the man who not only claimed not to like tea but also mocked me mercilessly for my obsession with the beverage, now likes tea.
Here’s my full-length review of my first cup of the chai which does not include the musings about my hubby because he didn’t try that first cup: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/01/12/product-review-teavana-oprah-chai-tea-latte-from-starbucks/
This is one of the best chais I’ve tasted , and I’m a real Chai lover!! I didn’t expect to like it so much, because I’ve tried the Starbucks Oprah chai & found it bland. This chia blend is so different than the Starbucks version. I do like to add ginger to all of my chai(for extra spicy heat) but other than the ridiculous price of 15$ for 2 oz , it’s wonderful. It actually inspired me to buy the spices and blend my own chai from scratch! I think it should be brewed longer/stronger than they recommend , & I use soy milk & agave syrup to sweeten.
Flavors: Anise, Black Pepper, Cardamon, Cloves, Ginger
The tea leaves are full, uniform, and black with an earthy herbaceous aroma of wood and grass. In the cup the tea is a honey amber hue and has the same malty aroma with wood and a touch of mushrooms. The taste is smooth, balanced, with a savory feel on the tongue, slightly salty, pleasingly astringent, with a slight sweetness. The finish on the palate is smooth and malty. Cost: $0.32 per six ounce cup, sourced in part from Yunnan.
Flavors: Mushrooms, Wood
Faboulous! Love the spices – lots of kick. My absolute favorite chai. It is more expensive, but it’s worth it and it is occasionally on sale. This is the ONE tea that I have to keep stocked in my cupboard. I’m giving it a 100 rating because I just can’t think of a single improvement! (Other than possibly the price.)
I wanted to hate Oprah’s tea, especially since it was the most easily accessible Chai I could get a hold of when the weather snapped. Dammit, it was spicy, warming, and delicious. But with this price, I’ll be looking eleswhere . . perhaps even to my own blend.
I tried this two ways tonight one with milk the other without. It’s ok as Chais go but I wouldn’t repurchase it. At $15 for 2 oz I wasn’t that impressed. To me it didn’t seem to have a devolved flavor. I only tasted the cinnamon no other real flavors. I do appreciate that it’s one of the only Teavana teas that doesn’t list artificial flavors as one of the ingredients. I’m not a big black tea fan anyway. I am still saying I would recommend this tea. It’s not bad. I just like a more well rounded chai.
My co-worker got me hooked on these Oprah Chais on ice from Starbucks over the summer. They have become my staple ‘treat’ when I have a rough day. However, they cost an arm and a leg. No surprise, really. A couple days ago I decided I’d just grab the chai myself from Teavana and make it up myself, because I’m over spending over $5. on these, when all it is is the tiniest amount of chai topped up with milk and ice.
I decided to make it straight and hot today, just to see if it’s as tasty as the Starbucks one with milk and ice. Not so much. It’s actually a bit bland for chai. Perhaps I need to steep longer, though I followed the paramaters the tea came with. Cinnamon is the primary flavour here, followed up by something spicier.
I’ll be sticking to making my chai on ice with milk for this tea.
P.S. The price of this tea I found exorbitant. $13.50 for 50g. And 50g doesn’t go very far with this tea – it’s nice and heavy. It will save me money for the Starbucks drink, but I would never purchase this tea for the price just to have it as straight tea.
Backlog – I had this iced last night from Starbucks.
Hmmm… As a die hard TAZO Chai latte fan… when Starbucks launched their Oprah Chai, not only was I pretty irritated with them, but I was irritated that they had to pick HER to be the ambassador. I personally cannot stand Oprah. I find her whole deal to be pretty fake. As much as people say she’s made strides for women, race etc… sorry I just can’t stand her.
I initially felt this way about her Chai. There is an off-putting after taste that comes from both the hot and the cold version. I can also taste the rooibus which I don’t appreciate. I like rooibus, but on it’s own merit.
So why did I order this yesterday? Well because Starbucks is giving 4 stars to registered members if they order this. Marketing ploy to get the numbers up on this drink no doubt, but I’ll take the 4 stars and put it towards my typical TAZO Chai Latte.
I do find it’s to be spicy, but I also find the other flavours just do not go well together. I wish Starbucks wasn’t skirting TAZO under the rug. I feel like they refuse to acknowledge that the original tea company that made them famous to tea lovers is probably being phased out. How about… since Starbucks owns TAZO too… they just amalgamate the brand under Teavana, but keep their blends???
I digress… After having it twice in the last couple days, I still remain faithful to my TAZO Chai… I do not like the Oprah one. It tastes more generic and like every other coffee shop Chai latte out there.
I’m currently stranded at the airport. My flight was supposed to leave at 4:30, which was delayed to 5:30, then 6:15, and now 8:00. When we deboarded the plane, the first thing I saw was a little Starbucks kiosk, so I decided to get the passion tango lemonade since I enjoyed it yesterday. Today, it is oversweetened and heavily mango flavored, so not as great as the one I had yesterday, but it’ll do. Fingers crossed that I don’t get stuck overnight in Chicago!
I’m killing some time at Starbucks, so I decided to try out the passion tea lemonade. I haven’t had it since it was the Tazo version, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Teavana version is fruitier. I think it’s because it’s not as tart as before, but rather has a nice jumble of flavors. The lemonade part may have been a bit of overkill considering all the different flavors already in the tea, but I enjoyed it anyway. I nice, caffeine free refreshment that comes with a guilt free spot at a table with an outlet! Wins all around today :)
I occasionally get this in the “shaken iced tea” version with one pump of sweetener and extra ice from Starbucks in the afternoon. (I have to be VERY specific or they mess it up!)
I have no idea how they prepare the tea as by the time I see them make the drink the “tea” is in a concentrate they pour in with water and ice. I have no idea if they make this concentrate in-store or if it comes in a jug they decant to make it look fancy. Anyone know how this is made?
This has a STRONG sweet-tart flavor profile. I get a little bit of cinnamon at the end of each sip. The sweet-tart overpowers all the other flavors and I really can’t single out any fruit. I like this tea for ease of access at any Starbucks on a hot day. For that, it hits the spot.
In terms of buying this tea loose or bagged, I don’t think it would make my shopping list. Anyone else drink this beverage from starbucks?
I recommend this tea for people who love sweet and spicy chai. I haven’t tried Starbucks’ Oprah Chai version (I don’t think I ever plan to, to be honest) because I work at Teavana and I prefer it steeped over the idea of drinking its concentrate (Starbucks). When the Oprah Chai launched, we experimented with its flavors to see what really works best and I personally prefer it steeped without any sugar. It has all the sweet elements: cinnamon, ginger, and cherob pieces that do its job perfectly. If you love the Maharaja Chai Oolong from Teavana, the Oprah Chai is crazy similar but less spicier and a bit sweeter (naturally, of course.) My favorite way of having the Oprah Chai is iced with coconut milk. It’s super refreshing!
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger, Rooibos