Vanilla Chai

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Black Chai Blend
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Spices, Vanilla, Cardamon, Clove, Ginger, Pepper
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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 g 9 oz / 262 ml

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  • “Comfort in a cup. After all the teas that I have sampled, this one tea remains my favorite. The vanilla and chai are in perfect harmony. Had this tea two ways tonight: plain and traditional chai...” Read full tasting note
  • “I bought this tea because my nephew Brennan said it was good and he thought I would like it. I was eager to cup this despite it being at least partially artificially flavored. In my first cup I...” Read full tasting note
  • “The third bagged tea of the day yesterday. My dad and I had teas while my mom was at a finance meeting in the evening (she’s the office manager/accountant at her workplace). He boiled the water,...” Read full tasting note
  • “Mmmm. This is my ideal dessert tea. Plain, although I keep meaning to try it with milk. Sipping and reading Watchmen. Checked it out of my college’s library. This is one thick graphic novel.” Read full tasting note

From Bigelow

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.

Ingredients: black tea, spices, natural and artificial flavors (soy lecithin)

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433 tasting notes

My at-work go-to when I can’t think of what to bring with me when I leave in the morning. The spices are coming out very nicely in today’s brewing—very nice for a cold, windy spring day!

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206 tasting notes

This has been my favorite since I was little. I made my own chocolate chai cream tea:) steeped this baby in milk and added some chocolate chips and cinnamon on top:) perfection for my last day of chocolate class:) perfect for over cast rainy winter days. The creamyness the milk adds to the spicyness of the tea is a great combo and then the sweetness from the dark chocolate chips. :) heaven in a cup.

Miss Starfish

Sounds delicious!

El Monstro

Wordddddd, their peppermint, mint, and sweet dreams (just seeing that blue package makes me feel relaxed) teas totally bring me back to my youth around bed time.

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600 tasting notes

A review of Vanilla Chai by Bigelow Tea

Company: Bigelow Tea
Tea Name: Vanilla Chai
Tea Type/Varietal: Chai
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: dark amber
Leaf Characteristics:


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

This is another delightful tea by Bigelow. Their Vanilla Chai tea is exquisitely sweet and naturally smooth. This tea is warmed and hitting all the right spot since I feel so very cold. I am enjoying this cup of warmth, the color is darken amber, tea’s aroma is filled with spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg mingles in the air and as I sip this tea I imagine the exotic lands where these spices derives from…far away places with many distant lands.

I did not add anything to the tea. I find I like it best plain. It is full bodied tea with robust, malt and spicy notes.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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52 tasting notes

This is my first Chai tea. Upon opening the packaging, I was welcomed by a pleasant vanilla aroma which felt quite promising. Steeped it for about 4 minutes and added some milk and sugar to it, and I now had a typical Chai tea in front of me. Not surprisingly, the vanilla taste came first, which I was quite familiar of from past flavoured coffee experiences probably. The spiciness came after that, which was not at all strong but actually quite mild for almost any tea drinker to enjoy. The spice did have a slightly toasty side to it as well. Although this is my first and only Chai, I am sure that this is nowhere close to the authentic one brewed from loose leaves with actual Cardamom and spices in it, but this tea was enjoyable for what it is.

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Glad you enjoyed your first Chai and nice that it was Bigelow!

Valorie for Bigleow Tea

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191 tasting notes

Maybe this is a no-brainer, but I realized that this tea is much better if you heat up the milk before adding. I’ve been adding cold almond or soy milk so I can drink the tea more quickly after steeping, but if the chai gets too cool, the flavors just don’t stand out as much anymore.

Still loving this. It is sweet, easy to drink, and a nice way to start the day.


I love hot chai and iced chai… definitely not a fan of luke warm chai though- and that’s what hot tea + cold milk gives you:(


Yeah – usually it seems like adding a splash of milk right after I steep it cools it down enough to drink immediately, but I think I’ve been a little slow/trying to multitask in the mornings lately so the tea cools down a bit more than it should.

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Great tip VegTea-so glad you are enjoying your tea!

Valorie for Bigelow Tea


This is still one of my all time favs:)

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171 tasting notes

I was given a packet of this tea from a friend at work. I made cup of chai and she insisted I try it.
It literally smells exactly how it tastes. Smooth and light. The spice isn’t very present, cinnamon yes. Little bit of clove. Vanilla, yes.
It’s not bad, but I wouldn’t buy it.

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104 tasting notes

So I wanted to try a less complicated chai after trying the spiced apple chai. This tea bag smelled like a carrot cake. One of the really nice ones with lots of yummy spices. I put one tea bag in a cup and microwaved for two minutes then steeped for three.

The taste was more bitter than spicy. Milk definitely made it better, but when I added honey, it was kind of like drinking spice cake.


That is one of my favorite bagged teas. I love drinking it in the fall. :)

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559 tasting notes

I probably should have drank this without cream. The tea simply couldn’t stand up to it. I tend to expect my chai to be strong, but this one is not. All I can taste is a fakey vanilla flavor and the cream. Sort of reminds me of a vanilla-scented candle. There are a few hints at other spices, but they’re indistinct. I don’t like it at all.

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I like my chais strong too. I’d suggest a 6 min steep in 6oz of water if you’re gonna add milk or cream.


Sounds like a good rule of thumb. The back of the packet said 3-4 minutes, but I think you’re right.


Yeah I agree – I have gotten this tea to be awesomely delicious by long steep times

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79 tasting notes

I always love this tea for late night studying. The spicyness is great for keeping me up and alert. I’ve never tried it with milk, I usually just put some honey in it. But will be sure to try it later.

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 45 sec

This is definitely nice with milk – you might like to brew it a little more concentrated than usual if you plan to add more than few drops of milk.


If you’re looking for alertness inducing spice- I’d like to direct you to 52teas Mayan Chocolate Chai- you’ve gotta like both spice and chocolate though. I agree w/ Veg Tea’s parameter adjustment when making chai (although I’ve never tried it w/ this). I add a min. to my steeping time rather than adding more leaf though.

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30 tasting notes

I have trouble with this tea, but, mostly cause it’s so popular and I was drawn into the trap of reading what other people had to say.

I like it. I don’t know if it’s because my palate is unrefined and incapable of detecting certain things, or perhaps I simply taste something different when I drink this tea. I love the smell of the tea and it tastes lightly sweet because of the vanilla flavoring. Sipping and slurping the tea in almost leaves a slightly salty flavor on the tongue for just a second before being washed away by vanilla and tea.

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