7 Tasting Notes

drank Oprah Chai Tea by Teavana
7 tasting notes

I’ve had this both from Starbucks and brewing it at home. I prefer iced at Starbucks and hot at home.

I tried making it iced at home, but it always seems to taste watered down, even if I brew it with a large number of scoops of the tea leaves. It might be my infuser basket is too small. I’ll try to experiment more.

Hot is another story. It’s a magical tea. Sweetened, unsweetened, with or without milk, it’s magical.

For the rating of 95, I use about 12 oz of water and 2 teaspoons of tea. This way, it has good flavor, but I’m not plowing through tea. I set my tea maker for 212*F and 3 minutes 30 seconds. While that’s going, I warm some milk and froth it. I put ~1/2 tsp of sugar into the bottom of my glass and add in the tea. I pour in about 2 oz of milk, and add some of the foam on top. I then sip away (or chug depending on who you’re asking). I added an image of before the massacre (it’s the one in the double walled glass with the red couch in the background).

To make it a 100, I’d probably use a spiced milk instead of just plain milk (like add cinnamon, or warm it with some mulling spices). Oooh, I’ll have to try this next time with some coconut milk or something…

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Peppercorn

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This tea is simply delicious. Right now I’m drinking it iced.

When I prepare it for iced tea, I put 8 teaspoons into my tea maker with 32 oz of water at 200℉. I fill a 64oz pitcher with ice and some sugar (I wanted something really sweet, so there’s 8 table spoons…). I steep the tea for about 3 minutes.

After all of the ice melts, I pour myself a glass, and add around 2 table spoons of milk.

This time, it was delicious and awesome.

I know that some people have said there’s almost no oolong in it. I’ve noticed that the oolong and spices tend to separate in the container. When buying, sometimes you can ask them to stir it prior to filling your container, and also be sure to stir it from time to time to keep it mixed.

I don’t think the cinnamon flavor is too strong. It might be the lack of diversity of spices. If you compare it to other chai blends, it is lacking in the multiple blends of spice area.
I do know that one of my friends doesn’t like it when I prepare this tea alone for that reason. They like it with some Cha Yen Thai mixed in with it.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Magical is one word I’d use to describe Chocolate Phoenix Chai.

I wasn’t really sure what the expect when I got this tea (I just wanted free shipping).

I’ve had other chocolate chai’s before. Most of them are just a standard chai with chocolate flavor attached.

This chai is different. The chocolate flavor feels natural to the tea. Everything blends together well to create a comforting and warming tea. It doesn’t have a massive kick of spice, and it doesn’t have an overpowering chocolate sensation. Chocolate Phoenix Chai has the right amount of everything to make it a wonderful tea.

The description above suits the tea perfectly.

I drank it with milk and sugar (I don’t have honey). And it was delicious. I loved all of the different flavors that came out. I also tried it with condensed milk. The condensed milk hid some of the more subtle flavors, but it was still good (something I’d cuddle up to bed with).

All in all, I’m ordering more before they run out. Definitely sharing this with friends and my next tea party.

Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I really want to like this tea, the description sounds heavenly and like my cup of tea.

Sadly, this tea doesn’t come up to what I imagine it would be. I taste the pumpkin and the tea, but I’m not getting a lot of spice.

It is good, but it needs more spice in it.

I’ll keep drinking it, and I’ll probably order another bag. I’m hoping the next time I order it will be from a better batch (I’m guessing from reading the other reviews)? So far I’m mixing it with another chai, and it’s tasting pretty good.

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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I usually like chai teas. I love the spice.

When I first open the canister, I was concerned because it looked like I bought ground pepper…

I decided to persevere and try the tea anyways. I steeped it as directed, and took a swig… Big mistake. It looked like pepper, smelled like pepper, and tasted like pepper. There wasn’t the nice spice or tea flavor, it just tasted like I was drinking pepper.

Not sure if I’ll try it again, I think I got a bad batch. I mixed it around, and it just looks like pepper.

Scott B

So you liked the pepper water better than the bland spice tea from Adagio?


Well, the pepper tea had flavor, and the adagio tea gave me a headache from drinking it.

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Blathugama… If I had to describe this tea in one word, that would be it.

This tea doesn’t have much of a kick. It needs more spice. Some people may enjoy this. The taste wasn’t bad, it just didn’t have any spice.

I could taste subtle hints of cinnamon, and the tea, but it was bland.

205 °F / 96 °C

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Good, but not great. I like this tea. It goes great with some milk and sugar. It tastes like a spiced chocolate latte.

It’s not something I’d drink every day, but it is one of those I’d want to have around for when I need something to cozy up with.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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