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drank White Ayurvedic Chai by Teavana
119 tasting notes

The strangest thing happened to me this afternoon-I had a huge craving for a chai tea! I’m not normally the hugest fan of chais, but for some reason I had a craving for one and so I decided to brew this one up. I steeped this one for the recommended two minutes and it literally tasted like water, so I threw it back in for 5 more minutes. That’s how I usually steep whites, and this one isn’t really a particularly high quality white OR a straight white OR a straight white blend-along with the host of other ingredients there’s some green tea in this!

Regardless from my “Teavana overblends their teas” rant, this one is actually really good! I’m bumping up my rating a little, mostly due to my craving. This one is slightly sweet and has a good spicy bite lurking behind it. This is really yummy!

I’m going to a VERY large mall this weekend (the King of Prussia mall right outside of Philadelphia-it’s the largest mall in America in terms of retail size), and they have not one but two Teavana’s there, so I’m definitely planning on picking up some stuff. I’m hoping that they’ll have some stuff on sale in the store because that would be very nice on the wallet! I’m definitely planning on picking up a tiny Yixing because they’re relatively inexpensive and I would like one just to try. I’m also planning on getting some more of the Cha Yen Thai tea (it’s soooo good, so thanks to The DJBooth for turning me on to that one!), some tins, and a scoop. I’m also THINKING about picking up some of the Body + Mind tea and some of the Samurai Chai blend with this one in it. What are your opinions? Likes or dislikes? Thanks! :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Scott B

I bought the Samurai Chai Mate/White Ayurvedic blend in a Teavana shop and I loved it.

Bonnie

Remember they are expensive! The time I went the guy kept telling me the tea WASN’T very good on a lot of the tea because they buy in large bulk. I like the Blackberry Mojito and Genmaicha!

Ian

@Scott B-Thanks! I’ve read some reviews here and I definitely know that I want to try some!

@Bonnie-I do know that they’re very pricey! But, I’m willing to splurge because I don’t go there very often. I’m really trying not to go overboard! I’ve had the genmaicha and I rather liked it! I’m definitely looking into the Blackberry Mojito now! It looks yummy!

Scott B

You’re welcome, Ian-it’s a blend that they sometimes have free sampling of in the store, so you may be able to try before you buy.

Autumn Hearth

Two Teavanas in one mall? Wow. There are some yixing pots 30% off right now. And if you are willing to splurge, check out the Balance & Harmony gift set, it has White Ayurvedic, Body & Mind, Monkey Picked Oolong and Peachberry Jasmine Sutra all white their own small black tins for $69.99. End sales pitch.

Scott B

We met at Teavana. Not at the same Teavana but we saw each other at different Teavanas across the mall from each other.

SimplyJenW

Scott B. that kind of sounds like the start to one of those ridiculous ‘private eye’ kind of shows that usually involves a dame…. (cue dramatic music….)

TeaBrat

Ha – the film “Best in Show” I think is the reference for that comment… lolol

Scott B

Right you are, Amy!

Missy

The samurai chai does blend very well with this chai. I think it’s a bit expensive so I just use the samurai chai since that’s the part I really liked about their chai/chai blend.
I would get my tins else where. I find Teavana’s tins to be a bit expensive. However I use smaller tins for the most part and Teavana has some bigger tins that may suit your needs better. I’ve also had a couple of tins that the lids didn’t fit right so I’m a bit biased about the whole tin subject.
Good luck with your shopping :D

Ian

Autumn-It’s a really big mall with basically two different buildings, and one is in one building and then there’s another in the other building. Thanks for the suggestions! I really hope the pot I’m going for is on sale!

@Missy-That’s what I’m thinking-I’m pretty sure that I might just pick up some of the samurai chai and then just mix the remaining with this. As for the tins, I REALLLLY want some of the ones from DAVIDsTEA (the colored ones!) but I would have to pay for shipping costs and that’s a pain and I really only need two or three, so it would be better to just pick some up in store

Missy

I have seen those! They are cute and inexpensive. I figured if I was going to get them I might as well wait until I get some tea from them as well. Check the lids! :D

Dylan Oxford

Hrmm… not trying to talk you off the ledge or anything… but there’s a sweet spot with specialtybottle.com where if you buy 6 of the TWS6 tins (which hold roughly four ounces of tea each), you still get USPS priority mail price ($5.30 countrywide, me thinks). You end up with six (smaller) tins for about the price of two of Teavana’s tins.

They won’t quite get to you by this weekend though, so that might need to be taken into consideration. :)

Scott B

Teavana’s own branded tins are not that expensive-you can get a six ounce tin for $4.50 and it has the nice inner seal built into the lid.
However, they are made out of a different material than your basic tea tin and I have had a hard time cleaning out the smell from the previous tea. Of course, you could always dedicate a tin to a particular type of tea in case you have that problem.

ashmanra

Rishi Tea has some double lidded tins that I really like, and they are pretty inexpensive, too. They are the same as the ones their loose leaf tea comes in at the grocery store and I think I paid a about three dollars. I really like the double lid. My RoT tins with the gasket don’t seem to seal as well.

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Scott B

I bought the Samurai Chai Mate/White Ayurvedic blend in a Teavana shop and I loved it.

Bonnie

Remember they are expensive! The time I went the guy kept telling me the tea WASN’T very good on a lot of the tea because they buy in large bulk. I like the Blackberry Mojito and Genmaicha!

Ian

@Scott B-Thanks! I’ve read some reviews here and I definitely know that I want to try some!

@Bonnie-I do know that they’re very pricey! But, I’m willing to splurge because I don’t go there very often. I’m really trying not to go overboard! I’ve had the genmaicha and I rather liked it! I’m definitely looking into the Blackberry Mojito now! It looks yummy!

Scott B

You’re welcome, Ian-it’s a blend that they sometimes have free sampling of in the store, so you may be able to try before you buy.

Autumn Hearth

Two Teavanas in one mall? Wow. There are some yixing pots 30% off right now. And if you are willing to splurge, check out the Balance & Harmony gift set, it has White Ayurvedic, Body & Mind, Monkey Picked Oolong and Peachberry Jasmine Sutra all white their own small black tins for $69.99. End sales pitch.

Scott B

We met at Teavana. Not at the same Teavana but we saw each other at different Teavanas across the mall from each other.

SimplyJenW

Scott B. that kind of sounds like the start to one of those ridiculous ‘private eye’ kind of shows that usually involves a dame…. (cue dramatic music….)

TeaBrat

Ha – the film “Best in Show” I think is the reference for that comment… lolol

Scott B

Right you are, Amy!

Missy

The samurai chai does blend very well with this chai. I think it’s a bit expensive so I just use the samurai chai since that’s the part I really liked about their chai/chai blend.
I would get my tins else where. I find Teavana’s tins to be a bit expensive. However I use smaller tins for the most part and Teavana has some bigger tins that may suit your needs better. I’ve also had a couple of tins that the lids didn’t fit right so I’m a bit biased about the whole tin subject.
Good luck with your shopping :D

Ian

Autumn-It’s a really big mall with basically two different buildings, and one is in one building and then there’s another in the other building. Thanks for the suggestions! I really hope the pot I’m going for is on sale!

@Missy-That’s what I’m thinking-I’m pretty sure that I might just pick up some of the samurai chai and then just mix the remaining with this. As for the tins, I REALLLLY want some of the ones from DAVIDsTEA (the colored ones!) but I would have to pay for shipping costs and that’s a pain and I really only need two or three, so it would be better to just pick some up in store

Missy

I have seen those! They are cute and inexpensive. I figured if I was going to get them I might as well wait until I get some tea from them as well. Check the lids! :D

Dylan Oxford

Hrmm… not trying to talk you off the ledge or anything… but there’s a sweet spot with specialtybottle.com where if you buy 6 of the TWS6 tins (which hold roughly four ounces of tea each), you still get USPS priority mail price ($5.30 countrywide, me thinks). You end up with six (smaller) tins for about the price of two of Teavana’s tins.

They won’t quite get to you by this weekend though, so that might need to be taken into consideration. :)

Scott B

Teavana’s own branded tins are not that expensive-you can get a six ounce tin for $4.50 and it has the nice inner seal built into the lid.
However, they are made out of a different material than your basic tea tin and I have had a hard time cleaning out the smell from the previous tea. Of course, you could always dedicate a tin to a particular type of tea in case you have that problem.

ashmanra

Rishi Tea has some double lidded tins that I really like, and they are pretty inexpensive, too. They are the same as the ones their loose leaf tea comes in at the grocery store and I think I paid a about three dollars. I really like the double lid. My RoT tins with the gasket don’t seem to seal as well.

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Hello!

I’m Ian and I’m a 15 year old student who lives in Vermont. I started (heavily) drinking tea in Late 2010 and have been obsessed ever since!

I tend to drink more black and herbal teas, though I do enjoy oolong, green, and white, and I’m exploring other facets of the tea world (I’m still trying with pu-erh!)

I tend to lean towards sweeter and fruity flavors in my teas, and I’m not a big fan of smoky flavored teas, or anything that’s VERY bold.

I also enjoy a cup of coffee every once and a while, though it does mess with my stomach sometimes so I don’t drink it as often as I drink tea.

In addition to tea drinking, I’m also really interested in:
Classical music (I’ve been playing clarinet for 5 years now and it’s my favorite thing to do), independent arts/music, education on environmental sustainability, reading, Fair Trade and safe-trade practices, Cognitive science, art history, and a lot more.

I’m open to swaps, but I don’t have a very wide collection. Regardless, if I review a tea and you would like a sample, feel free to message me and we can work something out! If you would like to just try something without a swap, feel free to ask too! I know that I personally don’t have a lot of teas to swap and if you’re in the same position as me just feel free to ask for a sample and I’ll send you some, no strings attached!

I run a blog on TeaTrade which you can find here: http://serendipitea.teatra.de/. The goal of my blog is to better connect tea with the arts and go beyond just the taste aspect of tea. Enjoy!

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