Vanilla Chai Tea

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Chai Tea
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Cardamon, Creamy, Ginger, Peppercorn, Spices, Spicy, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Cloves
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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 7 oz / 208 ml

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From Bigelow

Vanilla Chai by Bigelow
An exotic Chai Tea with a blend of vanilla flavor and spices.

Black Tea, spices, natural and artificial flavors (soy lecithin) gluten free

Vanilla Chai is a delightful blend of tea and exotic spices. It is often brewed with milk, which gives Chai a wonderful, creamy characteristic. In Bigelow Vanilla Chai we have added the flavor of vanilla offering you a whole new dimension in Chai.

Steep 2-4 minutes

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You know, this really isn’t that bad for a bagged tea. I always make sure to stay off that high horse whenever I approach bagged tea because there are decent ones out there if you look hard enough.

I just wish it tasted as good as it smells. It doesn’t help anyone here, I’m sure, but it smells almost exactly like a perfume I have called Invasion of the Flesh-Eating Reindeer from Uranus, which smells like rum-soaked gingerbread. This is just missing the rum, otherwise, it smells just as scrumptious.

The taste is a lot duller than the scent, unfortunately. Mostly ginger and cinnamon with a touch of vanilla. A little flat, but the base doesn’t get too out of hand or astringent. I’m sure it would taste better with cream and brown sugar but ultimately, I’ve had a lot worse.


I had to google. I didn’t dare believe there was a perfume called that. Now I do.


Oh, BPAL. That is a terrifying perfume name.


Oooh. OMGsrsly is SANTA. I should have KNOWN.


Heh. I should probably change that. Off to hunt for a different picture of my kitten.


Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone!


I kind of wish someone in public would ask me which perfume I’m wearing so I could say its name :D

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358 tasting notes

First cup of the day. I found this on top of my ‘need-to-taste’ teabag box, so I’m assuming it’s from a swap. As soon as I opened the little teabag packet, I could smell a rich and creamy vanilla scent. The tea itself is much the same, with an undertone of chai spices. I wasn’t impressed by this tea without milk, but with a little milk and sweetener it becomes a thick and creamy cup full of vanilla flavor. It’s still a little artificial-tasting, but it’s packed full of sweet vanilla flavor. I have 2 teabags left which I’m saving for my fiancee, aka the chai-aholic. I’m sure he’ll love this take on chai!

-Standard teabag with a tag.
-Teabag smells of rich and creamy vanilla with a hint of spices. Tea liquor aroma is of warm, sweet vanilla with an undertone of chai spices.
-Tea liquor is a cloudy dark orange brown color.
-Muted spicy chai flavor with a dull vanilla finish. Artificial vanilla aftertaste.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Good tea. A warming cup of thick vanilla flavor with a hint of spicy chai. Slightly artificial note.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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464 tasting notes

As we all know, everyone has different tastes. I sort of enjoyed this one. I usually take misc. teabags with me when we go out to eat. (I really don’t like most restaurant teas) I’ve had several cups over the last few weeks. Of course, one of the problems with drinking at a restaurant is that you have know idea what the temp. is and time is only vague since I’m not going to watch my phone or watch. The aroma is lovely with strong vanilla. The vanilla is a little artificial smelling and tasting. The taste is strongly vanilla with a little spicy chia underneath. For me this tea benefits from a little sweetener. I also know that I seem to like sweet teas. For the purpose of carrying it around in my purse and using it at a restaurant this is okay. Would I buy more? Unsure… but I think so. It depends what other teas are available at local grocery store. I rarely buy “good” tea in teabags, so I sort of have to make do with the cheap stuff for eating out. I am unsure about recommending this unless you do really like a strong vanilla but I do and I’ll drink what I have.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Vanilla

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A review of Vanilla Chai Tea by Bigelow

Date: 09/22/2012
Company: Bigelow Tea
Tea Name: Vanilla Chai
Tea Type/Varietal: Black
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: Cup/tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: dark red
Leaf Characteristics: tea bag smells of rich spices like cinnamon and nutmeg; it is a very inviting scent.

  1. Steepings 2 good steeps, 2nd steep was weak.

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 195 Fahrenheit
Time: 4 minutes

Note: I placed one tea bag into my mug and poured the boiling water into the cup and left it to steep for four minutes. The aroma rising in the air is very spicy and inviting; one does not want to walk away since it is such nice fragrant, inviting warmth.

After four minutes I remove the tea bag to look at the tea’s color and it is very bright reddish like color; it is not like Rooibos teas since in this cup the tea is dark as it is red.

When I begin to sip the tea I am met with the spices as they intermingle. What I recognize at once is the cinnamon and cardamom and something of the nutmeg/cloves which seem to give it that spicy salt-like kick to it.

I am having this tea plainly with water, but the recommended way is to have it with milk or soy.

So for now my cup of tea is a spice-full cup of hot water which invites for more to be done to it for better appreciation.

2nd Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

Note: I was able to get another steep of this tea with a three minutes steep since. The spices continue to be wonderfully enticing making for an invigorating cup of tea.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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I HATED this tea. I couldn’t even finish the cup.

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220 tasting notes

Found this in my moms tea cabinet.

This is the one. Years ago, this is the tea I bought when I didn’t know much about tea and wanted to learn more and made me an addict. I remember it well. I waned to like tea, but hadn’t had very good examples. I bought the big box of Lipton,and the Breakfast variety pack from Bigelow. Then I bought this and changed the way I looked at tea. I started branching out and eventually journeyed to Red Blossom.

But this is the tea that started my obsession. It’s pretty bland for a chai, decent balance but not great clarity of flavors. I do like the subtlety of the vanilla, it’s not overpowering but it is there.

It’s an OK tea, certainly down on the list now that I have tried some pretty amazing chai, but it will always hold a special place in my heart for being there when I needed it.


Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Disclaimer: I’m a former tea bag drinker converted to loose leaf teas, but am trying to use up my stash of bagged teas. They are convenient for work, so not a problem.

That said, I find this tea rather “meh”. A chai should be spicy, but this one isn’t. I do taste the vanilla, and the tea has a rather smooth feeling which is nice. It also took a considerable amount of sweetner to make it drinkable and bring out the vanila. Unfortunately, no spiciness ever appeared. I get a nice warminess when drinking it, but it’s flat.

Flavors: Vanilla

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML

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571 tasting notes

One word for this one: YUM!

Sweet and spicy and smooth and oh my God I need more.

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565 tasting notes

The spices and black tea are there but the vanilla is hiding. Perhaps i steeped too long? Hmmm no. I did just about 4 minutes but the bag says 4. It was much better at 3 minutes. Its not exotic like they claim. I love teas with vanilla usually but this one just isn’t doing it.

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294 tasting notes

Decided to make this according to the “authentic” directions on the box. While heating up, it smelled so sweet and vanillay. I simmered it for 3 minutes and then poured the whole pot in my cup, forgetting to remove the tea bag. I then proceeded to get distracted, while the tea continued to steep. Maybe 10-15 minutes later I took a sip, and instantly realized my mistake. Way over steeped! I seem to have a bad habit of doing that. I was pretty disappointed, I usually make this tea the quick way, and it’s a sweet vanilla with a nice depth added from the chai spices. If does taste a little artificial, but still enjoyable. And since I like it with the quick method, I was excited to try the authentic method. Might try again later.

8 OZ / 236 ML

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