Maharaja Chai Oolong

Tea type
Chai Oolong Blend
Ingredients
Artificial Flavouring, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Carob Pieces, Chicory Root, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger Pieces, Nutmeg, Oolong Tea
Flavors
Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg, Wood
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Low
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Not available
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 13 oz / 399 ml

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Rich spices intertwine with a delicious Oolong for a tea that the Maharaja himself would love. This is the famed ‘Spice Route’ in your cup: cinnamon, ginger, pepper, cloves, cardamom and nutmeg fuse together to create a robust and celebrated chai tea.

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I don’t believe I have tried this on its own since the first time I went through the tea wall at work. Normally I either pair this with Spice of Life or Black Dragon Pearls, though I also have an “oops blend” of Taj Masala. Anywho I am trying this today by itself with no additives, because I want to make room in my tins and I feel like reviewing something but brewing without ceremony (which rules out everything in my new Verdant order that arrived this morning and am omgs dying to get into but feel like I need people to share with!).

So three teaspoons in the perfect tea maker with 16 oz of water at 195F for three minutes yields a surprisingly rich, complex and sweet cup. I normally take my chai with honey or rock sugar but my gods this is really good on its own. I don’t necessarily taste the oolong here but the cinnamon, nutmeg and clove balance each other really well. I get the pepper and a hint of cardamom (but I think I scooped quite a few pods out of the top of the tin when I was making a custom blend). So yes very pleased, wish I had drank more of this on its own over the winter, but oh well. Edit: I got three very flavorful infusions out of this, did not attempt a fourth but I imagine quite a bit of flavor would still translate if not as strongly.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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My Breville arrived today. The opening ceremony was crowned by a cup of Maharaja Chai.

As you know (or most likely, did not knew until now) I love Chai´s and I liked this tea before. But now, brewed at the right temperature and time is like trying this tea as if it was completely a new one. And I love it.

I know there is not much Oolong in the visible mixture, but in tea, as in life, the result is whats really important, and in this case, the result is outstanding. I love it!

Edit: And now, after the second steeping while cleaning my steeper I do see plenty of Oolong leaves…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Oolong? What oolong? All I taste is chai spices. Seriously, Teavana, you could have made this chai it a much cheaper tea with a black tea. I may be cynical, but it Teavana just trying to make an excuse to charge high prices for a bunch of cheap spices by threading the blend with “Ti Kuan Yin” tea leaves? If you’re looking for an oolong, this tea is not for you. If you’re looking for a chai, you could probably make it yourself at home for a quarter of the price.

loridayton

Hello, I went to your “page” and read some of your stuff. You’re quite funny. I love the debate you have with yourself when you’re working with costumers. Next time I go into Teavana I will wonder if they are having that same debate. haha I want to ask you if you have ever tried making the Maharaja at home. I purchased all of the ingredients that are in the tea, but I don’t know the ratio of each to use. I am REALLY NEW at this whole tea thing. If you could give me any insight into this matter that would be wonderful. Oh yeah, do I crush everything up or put it in whole? If you want to email me instead of conversing on here feel free. [email protected] Thanks

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I’m all out! It was a good run Maharaja, but I’m off to try other teas for now.

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I love love LOVE cinnamon, and this tea won me over with big cinnamon flavor. If you know what to look for, you can taste the other spices in the background. But the main flavor here is cinnamon, by a long shot. It’s a bright, spicy cinnamon flavor that reminds me of a cup full of Christmas. This is the only loose chai I’ve tasted (just started drinking “real” tea last week), but so far I can’t imagine finding one I like more than this!

JustJames

this was the first loose leaf i tried!

hmmm, looking for suggestions on where to buy…. i only have online favourites, not real world (i don’t find them polished enough, lol). butiki for flavours, verdant for purist, and if you have money to burn mariage freres or damman freres. but be warned, trying either mariage or dammann will change everything for you!

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This is one of my favorite teas (it’s on my very short “restock as soon as I finish it” list). I love how spicy it is! I usually make it with 2 teaspoons of tea, 1 teaspoon rock sugar, and add a little half-and-half. Today I tried to skimp and used slightly less than 2 teaspoons of tea and steeped a little longer (10 minutes) instead, and it was noticeably weaker. No skimping! This is delicious and it should be enjoyed at its best.

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Boiling
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I love the scent of this one when it is brewed, but sadly it was a little too overpowering for me.

Christina

I agree that the spices are intense. I think this is actually the only super-spicy tea that I like.

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Teavana was nice enough to include a 1 oz sample of their blend: Maharaha Chai Ooolong/Samurai Chai Tea Blend. I’m still learning what sort of teas that I like, and apparently I love chais. This was delicious. I didn’t even have to add milk, just a little bit of sugar to bring out the spices and its a nice delicious winter blend. Out of all the teas I have tried yet, this one is by far my favorite and I never would have even thought to order it!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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My favorite chai, and the standard to which I compare every other chai blend. Spicy, flavorful, & aromatic with a natural sweetness. I like that it’s an oolong because it adds more depth than just a black tea. I also love that it has whole cardamom pods. To me, that is THE defining flavor in a masala chai.

You can steep this forever and it won’t go bitter. It can be re-steeped, but all that results, to me, is cinnamon flavored water so I just toss the leaves after steeping once.

I usually have it hot as a latte, using 1 heaping tsp per 8 oz water. If you’re sensitive to a lot of spice, use a scant teaspoon.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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This is some hardcore “chai” (I use the term loosely – is there even any tea in it?) It reminds me of a spice bag for slow-cooking some cut of meat over the holidays. Very strong aroma- perfect for wintry evenings and cool spring days. Its definitely more cinnamon-y than anything else. I like it with vanilla almond milk and, sometimes, some type of sweetener. Since its got such a strong mélange of flavors, I don’t mind adding agave nectar, as its flavor doesn’t ruin the chai (I use rock sugar if I don’t want to taste the sweetener itself). I’m not the biggest fan of chai, and would put this in the “go big or go home” category. Nothing timid about this stuff.

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I am pretty impressed with this tea despite the confusion of getting instead of the tea I ordered.
The cinnamon flavor didn’t overwhelm the other spices. I really enjoyed the nutmeg as an addition. I was surprised to find I could taste the other spices in this chai! Teavana seems to have trouble finding balance of the spices in their chais.
I really enjoy chais for all the flavors they blend together. Since this tea has done a good job of that, I’m rating it high.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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