White Ayurvedic Chai

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White Tea
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Cinnamon
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185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 oz / 302 ml

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A chai that stands apart! This energizing tea contains spicy bursts of cinnamon, cloves and black and red pepper tempered with sweet coconut and delicate lemongrass. These complex flavors enhance the Ayurvedic properties of this rare white tea.

How to Prepare
Use 1.5 teaspoons of tea per 8 ounces of water. Heat water to 175 degrees and steep for 2 minutes. 2oz of tea equals 25-30 teaspoons.

Ingredients:
White tea, green tea, cinnamon, lemongrass, red pepper, bruised black pepper, coconut chips, cardamom and cloves.

This tea blends well with:
Samurai Chai Mate
Bangkok Lemongrass Rooibos Tea
Monkey Picked Oolong Tea

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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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This is my first EVER teavana tea from my first EVER swap from oOTeaOo!!! First swap note. Yay! Thank you for giving me all these neat teas I can’t wait to try!

Observation 1: I prepared this tea myself. This tea was steep at 150 degrees F for 2 minutes as instructed. The blend is very pretty and smells a lot like cinnamon. The liquor is a deep amber color and also smells of nothing but cinnamon.

Observation 2: Naked, I taste the cinnamonn and white tea. It is very spicy and clean tasting. I suspect I should steep slightly longer than instructed or perhaps add more tea.

Observation 3: With sugar, this tea is very light. Somehow, the sugar seems to detract from the spice. I cannot taste any of the green tea; still just white tea and cinnamon.

Observation 4: With milk, I don’t even knnow how to tastefully describe this. Its gross. It tastes like milk aand something funky… like blue cheese maybe?

Observation 5: With milk and sugar: Just don’t do it. Trust me. I thought my milk was stale, I went to the fridge to investigat and my milk doesn’t expire for 10 more days.

I resteeped this later in the afternoon. It cam out very light. The cinnamon scent was still very prominent, but the taste wasn’t. It now has an after-tase reminiscent of spoiled milk..

Overall, blegh. I never say that about a tea, not even that horrid raspberry herbal of doom deserved a “blegh.” Will not buy and do not want to drink. Shame to see a tea go to waste.

Boyfriend review: Interesting combination…

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Lady 0f Spaydes

Somehow this tea is only bested in worseness by the tea that gave me nightmares.

Uniquity

Milk and white tea usually don’t pair well. Well, milk is always blegh for me but it’s especially blegh in white. Or green. Or green oolongs. :) Sorry this one didn’t do it for you!

Lady 0f Spaydes

I figured as much, I’m not a fan of green and milk, but I thought: its a chai, so don’t they make the blends expecting you to add milk? Second time I had it was naked and only with sugar and the spoiled milk flavor was still a prominent aftertaste. Unfortunate. :C

Claire

I don’t like this one either! I’m a big chai fan but the white ayurvedic chai just doesn’t hit my chai spot.

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23 tasting notes

This one just makes me swoon from its perfection.

I’ve been savoring every cup from the 2oz I bought a few weeks ago and the last week has been torture as I rationed out the last small amount. I’m not joking when I write that if I could strap the tin to my head like a feedbag just to breathe it in, I would. This morning I caved and ordered 8oz to be here by the weekend, so in celebration of that purchase I just brewed some up from the last remaining.

Man, this is sublime. I brewed 16oz using 3tsp of tea and 1tsp of rock sugar, steeping for about two minutes at around 175 degrees. That went into mugs with rice milk—2/3 tea, 1/3 rice milk. Perfection.

Thanks to a toddler in the house, I drink almost exclusively out of travel tumblers. This is one grand exception: it smells so wonderful and is such a pleasure that I want the full experience of my most treasured stoneware mug to warm my hands and thrill all my senses.

This is my desert island tea, no question.

(So many reviews mention blending this one, and maybe I’ve just not yet developed a sophisticated enough tea-palate to get it, but there’s nothing I’d change in this one.)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Carolyn

That sounds absolutely divine. I always know that a tea is truly worthy when I panic at the idea of running out of it. I will have to try this one.

firstinflight

So it’s been awhile since you posted this note, but I’m curious.

Several other commenters have said this doesn’t lend itself to milk. I see you’ve gone the milk route and liked it (and I normally do a 2/3 to 1/3 like you). Do you have any thoughts on milk vs. non-milk with this one?

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2398 tasting notes

another one bites the dust… this I am not too sad to see go, it’s okay but a little sweet for me

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158 tasting notes

Redhots.

That’s the first thing that you need to know about this particular chai: it tastes like redhots, those little pebble-shaped candies that are cinnamon and sweetness and altogether too easy to eat in mass quantities. If you like redhots, you’re going to probably find it difficult to dislike this chai. I love redhots, myself, so all’s well, but I still find that I prefer to take this tea blended with something else. While I wouldn’t call it one-dimensional, necessarily, I would say that the flavors in this one aren’t so complex that it makes a muddy mess of other chais when added to them (or even just other teas), so it seems pretty ideal for that purpose. Alone, the cup is not quite enough to keep me interested, and I think that eventually the sweet red-hot taste does get a little bit overpowering. As with everything, your mileage may vary! Sometime soon, I’ll have to give this a try without milk to see if I can’t pick out the fruit and herbal flavors they mention, as most of the time I think the milk crushes them utterly.

takgoti

I have that red hot cheer stuck in my head now.

Our team is what? Red hot! Our team is what? Red hot!

I’m not going to disgrace this comment with the rest. Christ on a bike.

slytherclaw

This is exactly why I didn’t like this tea. Cinnamon is good in small quantities. You add less than a teaspoon to a whole pie, and the pie is good. It tastes like there’s that much in one cup of tea. I hate red hots. They give me a headache, which is why I couldn’t take more than one sip of this.

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353 tasting notes

I’ve had this one for a few weeks. I bought a couple ounces with there being 30% off. I have had this one mixed with the Samurai Chai that Teavana used to have as one of their samples. I have to say that alone this one is ok. The initial flavor is good but after steeps is where this one gets better. The initial steep unless you brew it with the Samurai does not have a whole lot of flavor. That might be the lemongrass? However in the second and third steeps the peppercorns come through more. It also cold brews quite well. Crazy enough this one is better went the Samurai is mixed with it. Unfortunate that this one doesn’t stand out by itself since it’s one of Teavana’s most popular blends. I do like this one and will probably keep it in cupboard in the regular rotation.

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290 tasting notes

I finally trapesed my butt into Teavana yesterday. After the ridiculously hard time my youngest gave me while school shopping I thought I deserved a tea break. I went in knowing I wanted something hot and fall like, it’s a little more soothing I find. I smelt a few and I guess from the stress I don’t even remember what I had or how it tasted.
I did however bring some of the white Ayurvedic chai home. I had it this afternoon, the dry notes smell exactly like cinnamon hearts. Once steeped it keeps this smell and it tastes just like them as well. Like their blend that I have I find it to be very light on flavour. It’s a little on the sweet side, but it’s manageable, however as it cools it becomes far too sweet and is basically drinking a cup of cinnamon hearts, just not as flavourful or hot.
I don’t think I would re-purchase this, not even to keep me warm this fall.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

man… just imagining a cup of liquid cinnamon hearts… shudder

Helena

yeah I love cinnamon but not cinnamon hearts, or hot cinnamon gum either.

tattooed_tea

I love all kinds of cinnamon everything, expecially hearts & gum. But it doesn’t really work in liquid form.

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1592 tasting notes

I saw this sitting on my parent’s shelf. I know they haven’t drank tea in a long time since they bought a Kuerig, so I decided to claim this one as my own! This is a fairly decent tea, but I don’t like the aftertaste. It isn’t the best. I am not sure what it is. Maybe the spices overpower the white tea too much. Perhaps I will like this tea more down the road.

Ze_Teamaker

I wasn’t impressed with it when I tried it in the store. I rather just have the Samurai Chai instead.

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224 tasting notes

Andrea sent me this and I can see why she likes it. It is sweet with a fragrance redolent of cinnamon, cloves, and apple. I can barely taste the white tea base, but it is there and adds its own note. It was a nice calming drink for a difficult afternoon meeting. Thanks, Andrea!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
sophistre

This one always makes me think of red hots. The candy, I mean. ^^

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1116 tasting notes

Grabbed a cup of this iced from Teavana while shopping with the kidlets, in an attempt to spice this cold to death.

Yep, just as yummy as the first time, and I love the bite to it.

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