Hearthside Chai Tea (TE35)

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Black Chai Blend
Artificial Flavouring, Black Tea Leaves, Cacao Nibs, Cardamom, Cinnamon Chips, Ginger Root, Licorice Root
Cinnamon, Cloves, Vanilla
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 12 oz / 354 ml

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From Upton Tea Imports

A classic chai tea, blended with cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, licorice, and cacao pieces. A creamy taste lends a smoothness and elegance to this selection
black tea, cinnamon pieces, cardamom seed, ginger root, licorice root, cacao pieces, artificial flavor.

Steeping Suggestions: -
Leaf Quantity: 2¼ g/cup
Water Temp: 212° (boiling)
Steep Time: 4 min.

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17 Tasting Notes

985 tasting notes

I think I have found it! The chai I want to marry…….well, at least one of which I could buy a whole bunch and not regret it.

This one is really good…..Others I have had were a little on the spicy side for me and some of the spices seemed disconnected. The flavors in this one are all blended up into a warmth that is perfect. Nothing seems out of place. It is like freshly baked cinnamon rolls. For those of you wanting the more traditional, super spicy and peppery chai, you could probaby skip this one. For me though, it is the one! (I still have one more to sample, though!)

1 1/2 cup water and 3 tsp tea simmered for 3 minutes. I am out of milk, so I added about 1/4 cup half & half plus another 1/4 cup water and simmered for 2 minutes. Sweetened.

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921 tasting notes

The wonderfully generous MissB tossed a sample of this into my massive shared BF order box.
I’m still questing for my favorite chai, and after trying this one – I’m still questing. I actually didn’t like this at all. The whole blend of spices just didn’t work for me and I thought the licorice really stood out and spoiled the party. Big miss.
Appreciate the sample MissB – thank you so much.

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287 tasting notes

This was in the traveling tea box I received. The person who included it noted that it was their favorite tea, so I really wanted to try it. Without reading anything about the flavor, I was expecting a smokey chai, maybe a lapsang/chai mix(does anyone make that)?

Even though I was a little disappointed that this wasn’t what I was expecting, it is still good. The spices are really mild without being weak. I can definitely see myself sipping this next to a fire with a nice book and a kitty. I was worried the licorice would be strong, but I didn’t notice at all.


52teas’ Mayan Chocolate Chai has chai spices + a bit of lapsang souchong + cayenne! It’s marvellous!

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212 tasting notes

So I had several teas today. I tried to review them earlier but Steepster was down for kettle cleaning. Someone finally turned off that kettle.

I get creamy chocolate notes with licorice mostly. Cardamom, cinnamon and ginger seemed to have blended into a different sort of spice. It’s difficult to pick each one up separately. The tea feels a bit malty and smooth. I think I’d rather keep a different chai around, since I’m not a big fan of licorice. So far no one has been able to beat the comfort and pleasure I get with Indian Tea from MarketSpice.

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136 tasting notes

First, for technicalities, Upton now calls this “Hearthside Chai” and it appears to be limited edition.

It’s a chai kind of night. Chai is something I can usually count on liking. For those of us who like the chai spices, it’s usually a matter of trying to find the perfect blend for our own personal preferences. Upton has already won me over with their Tropical Chai Spice, but there’s always room for more favorites in this category : )

Ok, the smell of this one is wonderful. It smells like it has vanilla (but does not, and doesn’t come through on the taste either). First sip, I’m thinking about a friend who likes her chai spices to be very mild. For me, I want a little more pow. The flavors are very well blended. Can detect the licorice, cinnamon isn’t dominating (common) and it’s a nice “mild” blend. If that’s what you’re looking for, this is worth a test (but hurry, it’s limited) : )

Does anyone know whether this is seasonal (will be back next year?).

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That is the first time I noticed this one was limited. In the past, when I have seen a product get like this, it could mean that is all they will have until the next batch, or it could mean they will not have it again….. I would email and ask if you want to know for sure. They are very helpful and respond pretty quickly.


Hmmm, that’s possible (that they are just running low). I did order more of the Tropical Chai that you knew I was going to like (and the Vanilla and EG Vanilla that I also liked). This is probably not going to be one I order, but did notice that you liked it a lot (if you’re low…).


I am pretty good for now…I haven’t been on a huge chai kick, lately, but maybe that will change! I actually like the Tropical one very much, too, so I would not be opposed to ordering that one if they run out of this one.

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185 tasting notes

Not as fond of this one as I feel like I should be. Withholding rating for now. Will give the sample another chance in the future :)

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4833 tasting notes

I ordered a sample of this ages ago, and I just came across the sample pack (still sealed) last night as I was rummaging through my stash. So, I decided to finally try it.

This is quite YUM. Not my favorite chai (not by a long shot), but it is nice. I find myself missing the cloves, and wishing for a more substantial black tea base. But, the cacao is really nice in this, as is the licorice. It is very pleasant, warming but without being too spicy-hot or peppery. Nice on this foggy, chilly afternoon.

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267 tasting notes

I think I’ve finally found a blend that tastes like the delicious chai I get in Indian restaurants- but without having to simmer spices in milk for an extended period. This is… so ….good. With a touch of my vanilla soy milk it’s even better. I feel like I’m sipping a spicy Indian dessert. Most chais really do let me down, but I knew I was in for a treat when I opened the package and smelled a delicious waft of what seemed almost graham crackerish (I know, that may sound dubious.)

What are you doing still reading my pithy review? You should be on upton’s website adding this to your cart- at least one of the cheap samples’ worth! (That is, if you like chai at all.)

Just kidding, I like it when you read what I write :)

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156 tasting notes

I’ve been kind of bummed lately, because I have too much tea, which is actually a good problem to have, but it also means no new reviews/teas to try for awhile while I drink my collection down. Then while going through my tea tonight, OH SNAP YO, I found this unopened sample hiding in my cupboard.

Smells great in the bag, nice and balanced. I hate it when chais have one or two ingredients overpowering the rest. Taste is quite good. I think this might be my second favorite chai, and perhaps a contender for the first spot…we’ll see. I have to experiment with it a little more to know for sure.

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18 tasting notes

Amazing, absolutely A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Tastes like the inside of a warm gooey Cinnabun, but with ginger and some woody tastes too! What makes this stand apart from most teas is the fact that the cup tastes exactly (if not better) than it smells. Probably going to buy this in bulk; I went through the 15 gram satchel in under 3 days.

Try it, all of you.. TRY IT. If you’re apprehensive, just spend a dollar on their 15g sample packs like I did. But be forewarned… you will crave it.


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