Masala Chai

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Black Chai Blend
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Apple, Cinnamon, Spicy, Cardamon, Clove, Biting, Bitter, Caramel, Cloves, Cream, Ginger, Malt, Toast, Astringent, Pepper, Tannic, Spices
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Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 13 oz / 370 ml

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From Adagio Teas

To most Westerners, it is a little known fact that the word ‘Chai’ simply means ‘tea’ in Hindi. Therefore, all teas are technically chais. However, instead of the ‘chai’ that most Americans are used to (which usually contains really bad tea), we offer a Masala Chai tea – premium Ceylon black tea with a unique blend of spices; cinnamon, cardamon, and ginger.

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Adagio Teas has become one of the most popular destinations for tea online. Its products are available online at and in many gourmet and health food stores.

158 Tasting Notes

1 tasting notes

Pretty decent Masala Chai!

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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33 tasting notes

This is my kind of chai. Not too spicy, not too weak. I love it with milk and honey.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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18 tasting notes

Thoroughly disappointing, this one. The tea-spice ratio is skewed a bit too much toward tea for me to really enjoy it; I like my chai strong, aromatic, and spicy, and this just doesn’t do it for me.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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1 tasting notes

I love a good strong chai. This meets all the criteria for that. While it’s not the best that I’ve ever had, it’s definitely a quality tea and excellent for the price. Like any other chai, since you’re adding dairy which will wash out the flavor, you want a long steep time and at least one heaping tsp per 8oz (or more, depending on how strong you like it.)

205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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2 tasting notes

As an Indian, I’m used to drinking some pretty tough chai. I’m also aware that it’s tough to compare loose tea to tea brewed with fresh ginger. That said, I still think Adagio could’ve done better with this chai… it’s definitely got the taste of masala, but it’s just not spicy enough. In comparison, Tazo Tea actually produces a chai tea bag that I’ve been impressed with. Long story short, this masala chai is, in my opinion, nothing to write home about. I’ll look for other teas in the future.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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14 tasting notes

I bought a chai sampler and this was one of the choices they sent. It was one of my favorites, and next time I buy from Adagio I will be getting more. It is spicy, in the “it has a lot of spices” way, and was a great boost on cold mornings.

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8 tasting notes

Really good chai; nice and peppery, sweet, citrusy, but not bitter. Not necessary to add sweeteners or milk, it stands alone, however a bit of rice milk is delicious and makes it a really cozy beverage.

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31 tasting notes

Wonderfully spicy, more in an aromatic way then a taste bud way, however, very delicious. I brewed it with boiling milk instead of water with a lot of honey, and I think that made all the difference.

Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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29 tasting notes

This sure it a chai…by that I mean STRONG. Doesn’t mean it was bad, but, a little milk (treason!) would have sure mellowed the very intense taste. In fact, took a few washings of my infuser to stop it from sneaking into my other steeps. Good, not great.

However, I did get my wife a set-up and this was her first step into steeping. She was very happy…so I got that going for me.

5 min, 15 sec

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17 tasting notes

This is really damn good.

I have to admit, I haven’t had many chais, but I really do enjoy this. The cardamon is the dominent note. The fragrance and taste are very classic chai.

If you’ve ever wanted to summon the spirit of Christmas in 8 minutes flat, brew yourself a pot of this. It’s the perfect wintery bliss.

I will be ordering more of this from Adagio. I’ll also be ordering a few other brands and blends for comparison.

As with most chai, this is good with milk or cream and a bit of sweetener. My preference is 4 parts chai, 1 part soy milk, and a tblsp of agave nectar. A common way to drink chai is half and half, chai to milk.

I think this benefits from a longer steep time. I tried it at 5, 6, 7 and 8 minute steeps. The latter was my preference.

180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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