Chai (Full-Leaf Tea)

Tea type
Black Chai Blend
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Cinnamon, Peppercorn
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Loose Leaf, Sachet
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Organic
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “I bought this tea because I like the tin. But I am happy I did, because I really like this tea. It has a very pleasing level of spice to it. Smooth with a peppery kick at the end, and an...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I made this into a latte tonight. I added honey, heated some milk in the microwave and then used my handy dandy aerofoam frother to make perfect foam, and piled it on till it was practically...” Read full tasting note
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    Rellybob 254 tasting notes
  • “I had a Tazo Chai at Starbucks today. I brewed it strong--two generously filled sachets in a venti cup--then added four packets of honey and some soymilk. Based on several experiences with...” Read full tasting note
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    Shera Pop 896 tasting notes
  • “I was excited to see this tin at my local Starbucks. I misinterpreted "full-leaf" tea to mean "loose-leaf" tea, though. There are 15 "sachets" (another word for bag!) per tin, and the sachets are...” Read full tasting note
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    wosret 108 tasting notes

From Tazo

A rich combination of full-leaf black tea, sweet cinnamon, warm ginger, star anise and fragrant cardamom. TAZO CHAI is nothing if not wondrous in its ability to gather flavours of Asia, Africa and Central America to be served in a tradition born of chai wallahs in the shadow of Mt. Everest. Who knew? (Most likely the wallahs did. They always do.)

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4323 tasting notes

I bought this tea because I like the tin.

But I am happy I did, because I really like this tea. It has a very pleasing level of spice to it. Smooth with a peppery kick at the end, and an underlying tone of licorice. Delicious!!!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Meghann M

This is one of my favorite chais, I love the addition of star anise!

AmazonV

i adore it and must have one every AM at my starbucks

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254 tasting notes

I made this into a latte tonight. I added honey, heated some milk in the microwave and then used my handy dandy aerofoam frother to make perfect foam, and piled it on till it was practically overflowing out of the cup. Then, top with Penzey’s apple pie spice and you have deliciousness.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I love Penzey’s! I bought the pumpkin pie spice for my daughter, but I looked at the apple pie spice long and hard. I will have to get it next time I am in Raleigh!

Rellybob

Oh how I wish I could visit one of their stores! I’m in North Dakota, and I think the closest store is in Minneapolis. I order online. I got the apple pie spice as a free sample with an order; free samples of spices makes me almost as excited as free samples of tea. :)

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I had a Tazo Chai at Starbucks today. I brewed it strong—two generously filled sachets in a venti cup—then added four packets of honey and some soymilk.

Based on several experiences with different brews, I think that I don’t really like to use soymilk in place of cream in tea—it’s too watery for me. But the blend of teas and spices in this chai was pretty good. I’ll use half and half next time…

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108 tasting notes

I was excited to see this tin at my local Starbucks. I misinterpreted “full-leaf” tea to mean “loose-leaf” tea, though. There are 15 “sachets” (another word for bag!) per tin, and the sachets are made of nylon. Non-biodegradable nylon, and the price point is considerably higher than the previous line of Tazo teas. The taste isn’t even much better. It took quite a bit of searching for me to find out what material the bags were made of, but knowing that they’re non-biodegradable, I won’t be getting this again. (One FAQ said that users could open the bags to dump the leaves into a compost, but if I’m going to that much trouble, I’ll just use loose tea to begin with.) I can get more loose chai for less money at any of the fancy tea stores in town, and theirs tastes better. At least the tin is pretty.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

I won’t call this a bag because of what other people associate w/ bag- low quality, microscopic tea dust. And I definitely don’t want people to be confused. I prefer to call sachet another word for steeping vessel ;) I’ve always been curious as to the weight of the sachet- would you mind weighing one for me if you have a scale? Thanks! I agree though, this is chai I will only drink at SBUX (can’t stand the concentrate). I love my Mayan Chocolate Chai :)

Twilight

Well the net weight on the tin says 45g, and there are 15 sachets, so that makes 3g per baggie. Which is roughly a teaspoon, and that looks right when I eyeball them. :) I don’t own a scale for stuff like this, sadly.

Cofftea

I’ve had tea bag where the weight of (at least one) tea bag was more than the weight listed though:)

Twilight

I used the postal scale at work. XD The bag+contents was 4g, and the bag by itself (I emptied it into my 8oz teapot) was 0g. So the contents for this particular bag was 4g. I can measure the next one tomorrow, if you like! :)

Scharp

A sachet is not a tea bag. Sachets are filled with loose leaf tea; basically, it is a little infuser. Tea bags are filled with rubbish tea dust.

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I admit the only times I’ve had chai are at Indian restaurants with tons of sugar. So I ended up killing time at Starbucks again today, and I thought I’d try something new. I ordered the chai latte, and I am pretty disappointed. I don’t like ginger in general and am pretty sensitive to the taste. Unfortunately, this particular chai seems heavy on the ginger to me at least. I won’t rate it because it’s not the tea’s fault that I don’t like ginger, but I guess this note is to remind myself that this one was a no. It also leaves that sticky, sugary aftertaste in your mouth. The kind you get after eating too much candy/chocolate. At least it’s keeping my hands warm on this chilly fall day.

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Man, I cannot WAIT to get my tea shipment. Lacking a tea/pot delivery on my stoop, the day was tea-free till late. Swooped through Starbonx on the way to class to get a perk infusion and wound up with one of these weird nylon bags of chai. It looks like mulch, so it must be good. (That IS how it works, right?)

Aaaanyway. It tastes like chai! Shocking. I removed the sachet after brewing and kept it for another soak. The second try was weaker but also kind of…sparkly. Almost carbonated. Spice was nice with a little kick. Way more expensive than the Numi stuff they have at the other place, though. My internal skinflint says, “hurry home, little teapot!”

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And I had such high expectations for this tea today!
I chose it specifically because it’s cold out. I put it in a fancy new mug that my dad gave to me that looks like something a Hobbit would use. I splashed in a little whole milk and stirred in my usual lemon honey.
But when I sipped it, I was entirely uninspired.
Usually this is my favourite chai. But today it’s like faintly spiced water.
SO SAD!
No body at all. It’s got a weight less than water.
Hardly any smell.
Almost zero spiciness…
Well, poop.
I’ll drink it, but I won’t love it this time.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

I’m surprised, and sorry. I had this at — oh, hang on, I had two teabags in a large mug at Starbucks, that’s why I liked it so much. Never mind.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Such a pricey tea should not require two bags to make it drinkable and chai-licious.

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1 tasting notes

Wonderful organic tea. I originally tried a soy chai tea latte and it was SO good. I decided to try this tea and was pleasantly surprised. Not too strong. Added a little honey to it and mmm mm!!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Peppercorn

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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249 tasting notes

I received a generous sample of the loose leaf version from Zwi. Thanks! I have had many chais (as is true for most of us) and that’s what this is. I like it but don’t love it. A few years ago, I was totally addicted to the tazo concentrate with vanilla soy milk. (Bad girl… way too fattening) I’ve tried a bunch and I only like a few. This is not one of them, for me. Maybe I under-leafed. I wouldn’t buy this particular tea but it certainly would appeal to many people. I guess I was looking for a little more WOW.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I usually never drink this tea by itself. One way I love to prepare this tea is opening the sachets and boiling the loose leaves by themselves with some ginger, sugar, and clove, followed by adding milk to the boiling brew. It always comes out fantastic.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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