Saigon Chai (organic)

Tea type
Black Chai Blend
Ingredients
Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Indian Black Tea, Natural Flavours, Pink Peppercorn
Flavors
Cardamon, Cinnamon, Pepper, Ginger, Spicy, Cloves, Peppercorn
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Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Fair Trade, Organic
Edit tea info Last updated by partea
Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec 12 oz / 343 ml

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  • “I know I go through this all the time, but I have found the Saigon Chai sweet spot! I had another 50 g tucked away somewhere and brewed a cup today. Only 2 or 3 minutes to steep and I shook out the...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This tea had an 'accident' this morning and ended up down the drain. The flavoring brings it over the top to that sickly sweet candy place. I infinitely prefer chai that relies on the spices...” Read full tasting note
    OMGsrsly 1620 tasting notes
  • “Tea 7 in my chai quest. I was expecting this to be cinnamon heavy. I think Davids usually are. This one isn't really that bad, it's peppery and spicy - but not really as "chai" as I would like...” Read full tasting note
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    Dexter 752 tasting notes
  • “This is one I've been wanting to try, so I grabbed it on my recent order. It's a decent chai, although not my favorite. It does remind me of fall, as most good chais do. And it's very...” Read full tasting note
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    tea-slinger 576 tasting notes

From DAVIDsTEA

It’s back!

In the 1950s, Saigon cinnamon was one of the finest spices on the market. But then came the Vietnam War, and exports ground to a halt. Half a century later, it’s finally comeback time. Prepare for dark, sweet perfection. This blend of Assam tea, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves and pink peppercorns is on another level of delicious. Try it iced, Viet-style, with sweetened condensed milk. (MK Kosher)

Organic: Fair Trade Certified Assam black tea, Saigon cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, pink peppercorns. With organic and natural flavouring*.

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85 Tasting Notes

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I love cinnamon. And good cinnamon teas. This tea has a strange cinnamon smell. Doesn’t do it for me, in fact, really turns me off. I tried to drink a few sips, but it wasn’t worth it with all the other yummy teas I have to choose from. I didn’t dump it though. My mom was coming over to watch the kids so I can get some stuff done and I saved it for her. Her first comment, “This smells great.” So as always, to each their own!

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I’m not drinking enough soymilk.

I keep forgetting this and buying soymilk anyway, even though I’ve got unopened cartons at home, so now I have a ridiculous surplus of soymilk and ought to try to correct this.

And most of the time when I drink soymilk, it’s in a chai latte.

Soymilk because dairy milk makes most chai taste oddly sugary to me, even before sweetening. Soy lets it retain an edge for some reason. One day I’ll be a good enough flavour scientist to explain it.

A lot of people seem to think this chai is sort of meh, but it ticks a few important chai boxes for me. First, it’s not heavily clovey, which is good since I’m not fond a ton of cloves at all. Second, peppercorn, which makes me happy. And there’s enough cardamom and ginger happening in there that it doesn’t taste like hot soymilk that somebody’s sprinkled a little cinnamon into (why bother?).

Now I just have to make sure to finish the other two-thirds of soymilk in the carton before it starts to go. It’s so hard to eat all the servings of food before they start to go funny when you’re single and you live alone.

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

I so agree, soy milk is the best for me too. Can’t stand cow milk for some reason, the smell it gives to hot beverages ruins things as much as the taste, but this is only my personal taste, I’m the minority by far with this!

Sami Kelsh

I like cow milk in some contexts, but chai absolutely HAS to be soy. And ovaltine, for some reason.

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WOW! This tea has a kick! I’m absolutely loving it today.

This tea was in a gift pack that my dad got me and I haven’t gotten to trying yet. It is SO good! The cinnamon is strong but not overwhelming. I can clearly taste the cardamom and ginger. I love the chai flavour and how strong it is but not like over the top. Given too, I have milk and sugar in it and it held up SO well! This would be a good chai tea to have on hand for those days that I need a good wake-me-up. This tea is awesome.

I’m so glad I got to try it. I think once another tea or two are out of the cupboard, that this is one I’ll have to get. (Which is funny for me to say ‘cause I just order three or four new ones. Shhhhhh don’t tell anyone. My name is TheKesser, and I’m addicted to tea… specifically DavidsTea.) :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Here on Steepster, we never judge… all tea addicts are welcomed :-) (The only addiction where admission doesn’t have to lead on the road to recovery…)

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Living in the very cold city of Montreal, you learn very quickly how costly heat can get just to keep you from freezing in your bed. However, sometimes my roommate and I decide that we can last through the cold nights and try to avoid jacking up the bank-account-draining heat for as long as possible (we usually make it until mid December…or until our mother’s come to visit and yell at us to put the heat on). Anyways, in our everlasting fight to stay warm we turn to the more economic and student-budget friendly option of sweatpants and tea…lots and lots of tea! However I should note that this may not be the more economic choice for long if I continue to explore all the new tea shops/websites that steepster has opened my eyes to.

Well this morning I had a craving for some stormy night (tis the season) and while I was searching I noticed a small bag of Saigon Chai which I picked up on Sunday and still have yet to try. As a result, I opted to make one tea in my steeper (Saigon Chai, in case I was not a fan)and the other in my timolino (so I can take that with me to school).

When I opened the bag of Chai tea I was quite excited because I could smell all the various spices and I could already feel them starting to warm my bones. So I boiled the water and got ready to have my nice morning cup of deliciously spicy chai. However, despite the delicious smell of the brewing tea I felt disappointed by the taste. I can’t quite put my finger on what I am not happy with (perhaps too much peppercorn/cardamon and not enough cinnamon for me) but I am definitely glad I didn’t make this to enjoy through class. Ultimately, I don’t hate it but I doubt I will be drinking much more of it either. Into the swap bucket it goes!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
yyz

Memories… My friend and I had an apartment like that where electricity was not included and heat was electric, Hydro however was and we did not have individual water heaters. We didn’t turn on the heat until January, but survived with the heat seeping up to our apartment and for a while until we caved and turned on the heat, hot baths. Another friend had the unfortunate luck of moving into a “new” house that was so poorly insulated that even with six of them, they were often paying over $100/month on heating!

Dexter

Hmmm, was just about to seal up your package when I saw this tasting note. I’m going to take that as a sign. Every chai is different and I think, maybe, possibly that this spice blend isn’t for you. Since we were talking about Camilla last night, I’m going to toss in a bit of their chai. Let you try it before you buy. I have tons of different chai, but will send you this one so you have easy access to it if you do find you like it.

VariaTEA

Yyz, I definitely felt that pain. I had a roommate from Peru a couple years back who didn’t know how to work our thermostats (or just didn’t care) and so while the rest of us living in the apartment froze because we tried to keep the heat off (or at least at a minimum) she kept her heat at like 32C and would walk around in short shorts and tank tops. Our bill came out to like $700 that month between the four of us. Needless to say, that living arrangement did not last long and I think that is part of the reason my roommate and I avoid heating our apartment – we fear another one of those bills :P. I think the main reason we even bother to put the heat on is to avoid our pipes freezing.

Dexter3657, I honestly cannot thank you enough for all your help. You are truly a godsend when it comes to my new tea discovery :D.

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I think I might like this one better than coco chai rooibos, but I will not buy any until I use up the coco chai… I have NO ROOM left on myshelf! lol

My friend and I purchased this (iced) to sip while we tried to decide how to spend my $20 gift card I had received from a student… so many decisions… ahhhhh!!

I noticed how all the different elements were complimentary, and that this tea was actually very pleasent iced! I can’t comment more about it because I bought it early this morning, and with the crazy day I have had running around helping co-workers get their sites ready for Summer Camp as well as my site, my impression of this tea is somewhat muddled.

But I will say it will be purchased!

Jenn

I just orderd coco chai largely due to your recomendation, and this one will go on my list as well :)

MaddHatter

I’ve had lots of chai’s and I have only every liked Starbucks chai latte, this one is great

potatowedges

I LOVE coco chai! I’m thinking of getting Saigon now…

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This has a nice spicy scent. I do love the spices in this. Nice blend of cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon. The flavour is mostly cardamom, which is good. And goes really well with soy milk.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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It’s all about the cinnamon. The smell of this tea tickles the nose a bit, it’s a dry cinnamon smell…and somehow it reminds of incense. I’m not really sure why, sometimes my brain doesn’t give me all the details on things. But I deffinately get a bit of an incence-monk-temple sort of vibe from this one.

Somehow this tea always surprises me when I steep it. The color always turns out cloudy for me, and I’m sure a tea probably isn’t supposed to be thick…but somehow it seems like it has a bit more body to it than other teas i’ve tried. It’s sort of like comparing a bud light beer to a guinness, I suppose. Thise one would deffinately be the guinness.

The taste, however…comes off more like soggy cinnamon water than tea. The great smell of this just seems to dissapear after steeping, and perhaps just doesn’t have the bite I’m looking for in a chai.

I was madly in love with David’s Tea when I first started on my tea advernturing, but now I think the relationship is cooling a bit. I just can’t seem to get it right lately.

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Normally I’m not big on chai teas and the spices but there comes to a time when you get tired of the same old and want to try something new. I picked up a tiny bit of this tea as a sample last week and finally decided to try it today.

Smells like cinnamon, looks really nice, i see a good mix of everything: assam, ginger, cloves, peppercorns, and cardamoms. I’m happy there is no anise, I hate that stuff Not terribly strong, and not terribly spicy this is really easy to drink (for me at least). It does remind me of the Coco Chai Rooibos, but i think this one does a better job with the black tea… actually… some coconut might be good with it.. Happy with it so far, might add some sugar next time in to see what the difference is but I think I wouldn’t mind getting some more of this to drink from time to time.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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379 tasting notes

Drank this one up without even logging it.

Pretty straightforward chai. Didn’t get much from the peppercorns, honestly. I liked that it had them and cardamom added, plus ginger—always my musts for a chai. Only picked up a small sample, and never once made it the proper way as I hadn’t the time.

It seemed like it would have made a good one, although otherwise I never found it particularly strong.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
lily10177

try crushing or grinding the spices before you steep it. I find that a lot of spice based teas (especially ones with whole cardamon) taste weak because the flavours haven’t been woken up yet. Grinding the tea before I steeped it defiantly made the flavour more pronounced.

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94 tasting notes

A pretty basic chai. I thought it seemed a little weak but I have been experimenting with a new mug and having trouble with getting a tea strainer that will fit in it (this new mug has a 3.5" diameter, too wide for my normal tea strainer) I actually used the infuser from my teapot and I think the infuser resting on the bottom of the cup kept gravity from making this tea as strong as I would like it.

I did not notice anything unusual about this chai, maybe more cinnamon taste than most chais I have had.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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