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Masala Chai

Tea type
Black Chai Blend
Ingredients
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Flavors
Cinnamon, Cloves
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Average preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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From Adagio Teas

To most Westerners, it is a little known fact that the word ‘Chai’ simply means ‘tea’ in Hindi. Therefore, all teas are technically chais. However, instead of the ‘chai’ that most Americans are used to (which usually contains really bad tea), we offer a Masala Chai tea – premium Ceylon black tea with a unique blend of spices; cinnamon, cardamon, and ginger.

About Adagio Teas View company

Adagio Teas has become one of the most popular destinations for tea online. Its products are available online at www.adagio.com and in many gourmet and health food stores.

139 Tasting Notes

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152 tasting notes

I mostly detect clove with a little bit of cinnamon. I’m not sure if there is any orange rind in here or not, but I’m picking up hints of that as well. I’m not much of a chai person, but this is a worthy effort. It’s one of the rare chais I’ve preferred without milk.

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31 tasting notes

I used this spicy little blend to make a tea latte. Upon opening the pouch, my nose was assaulted by clove and cinnamon, making me think this would make an amazing stove top potpourri. Brewing yields an unremarkable light medium amber brown color. The aroma, as with most chais, is simply intoxicating. The taste, however, is a bit underwhelming. The chai I make from scratch has SO much more flavor with only tea leaves and one spice. This particular chai begs for more cardamom. While this chai blend is decent, I anticipated a stronger, heartier and more robust flavor rolling around in my mouth. The spices blend well with the tea leaves, helped by the vigorous snap of the ginger, so I’d be willing to keep this in my cupboard…as an emergency back up.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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13 tasting notes

Solid.

Truthfully, I haven’t had a whole lot of different masala chais yet. I like this one however. Not too spicy and not too much cinnamon. The base tea flavor comes through well too. I would like a spicier blend however but I still end up making this one with milk and honey at least once a weak usually.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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52 tasting notes

Not my favorite Chai tea. The flavor is okay, but I feel like I need more to get any flavor. I had the sample bag & once it runs out, I doubt I’ll buy it again.

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20 tasting notes

I just received my Adagio order tonight and was very excited to try this tea. I did find this tea enjoyable and will have it again. I could really taste the cinnamon coming through. I’m finding I really like cinnamon in my tea. I’m still new to the tea tasting so take it for what its worth.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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1 tasting notes

Pretty decent Masala Chai!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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33 tasting notes

This is my kind of chai. Not too spicy, not too weak. I love it with milk and honey.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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18 tasting notes

Thoroughly disappointing, this one. The tea-spice ratio is skewed a bit too much toward tea for me to really enjoy it; I like my chai strong, aromatic, and spicy, and this just doesn’t do it for me.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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1 tasting notes

I love a good strong chai. This meets all the criteria for that. While it’s not the best that I’ve ever had, it’s definitely a quality tea and excellent for the price. Like any other chai, since you’re adding dairy which will wash out the flavor, you want a long steep time and at least one heaping tsp per 8oz (or more, depending on how strong you like it.)

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

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2 tasting notes

As an Indian, I’m used to drinking some pretty tough chai. I’m also aware that it’s tough to compare loose tea to tea brewed with fresh ginger. That said, I still think Adagio could’ve done better with this chai… it’s definitely got the taste of masala, but it’s just not spicy enough. In comparison, Tazo Tea actually produces a chai tea bag that I’ve been impressed with. Long story short, this masala chai is, in my opinion, nothing to write home about. I’ll look for other teas in the future.

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

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