India Spice Chai

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200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 45 sec 30 oz / 887 ml

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  • “Got a pack of this for Christmas – I’m 100% out of every other kind of chai I had, so I’ve been making this. This one is definitely heavier on the black pepper than anything else I’ve tried. Not...” Read full tasting note
  • “This was one of the K cup options at church and I wish I had made a coffee instead. Very disappointed on the flavor in this tea. Weak tea flavor but over powering cardamom/cinnamon flavor that was...” Read full tasting note
  • “The worst chai I have ever tasted. Prior to trying this tea, I was under the impression that chai was pretty hard to mess up. Let me preface this by saying that I am not a “chai snob”; I grew up...” Read full tasting note
  • “Fixed with a K-cup in the machine at the dentist. Nice but not a great cup. It reminded me of The Republic of Tea’s Cardamon Cinnamon Herbal Tea. The Cardamon overshadows the other flavors.” Read full tasting note

From Celestial Seasonings

“It’s said that every family in India has its own chai recipe. You might call India Spice Chai the Celestial Seasonings family recipe. This authentic blend infuses rich and hearty Assam black tea with lively spices like ginger, cloves and cardamom and a touch of smooth vanilla. Add warm milk and sugar or honey, and prepare to embark on a true chai experience.”
— Charlie Baden, Celestial Seasonings Blendmaster Since 1975 to all the red tea descriptions

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8 tasting notes

So I’m sitting here watching some cartoons on Netflix, and I decide to try this. I just bought it today. I was going to make four different cups, to try and find a way I like it. But only after one cup, I’ve decided that I will not buy this tea again. I’ll finish this box, and be done. It’s bitter, and not strong enough. I let it steep for about 5 and half minuets, the length of time I usually steep any tea. It does however have a wonderful aroma, and would taste a little better w/o the after taste, and little less cinnamon. Not very impressed, I’m sad to say.

5 min, 30 sec

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65 tasting notes

I love Chai tea so on my last order of Keurig k-cups, I figured I’d add in a nice Chai for those mornings I’m a bit rushed. When I opened the shipping box, I felt a little twinge of guilt – tea in a Keurig. Oh boy.

I tried it right away and I was disappointed. Bitter and flavorless – how on earth do you do that to a Chai? HOW?

Now, I’ve got a whole box of k-cups I need to do something with, right? So the next one I tried, I mixed in a healthy dose of International Delights French Vanilla and crossed my fingers.

I’ve never, ever added International Delights to any tea prior to this experiment. I never thought I would. Seriously.

The tea was saved. Definitely drinkable, which also raised the rating of the tea significantly.

I will not be buying this tea again.

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15 tasting notes

First I tried this chai on its own – the flavor profile didn’t seem right. Then I added some honey to find the sweet balance – it still wasn’t that great. When I mixed it with Italian Sweet Creme creamer and had it as a latte, it was okay. However, the flavor profile has a strong pepper taste – not the spice I want to be the strongest in my chai mix.

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49 tasting notes

This is my idea of a nice cup of chai: a well-rounded group of warm flavors, all interestingly competing for notice, but none sticking out to the detriment of the entire blend. The tasters at CS did a terrific job blending all these flavor notes together. There’s the warmth of the cinnamon and cardamon piqued with a bit of star anise. There’s a subtle bit of licorice taste, though that’s probably from the star anise. The black pepper fills out the background quietly. I blend a bag or two of my other chai blends with it, so this one can mellow it all out together.
Do I recommend this tea? Absolutely!

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 30 OZ / 887 ML

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13 tasting notes

Certainly has spices and caffeine, does it take the way my mom’s does? No, but I also didn’t expect it to. I may have to try this one again with milk and sugar, made the way it traditionally is. The spices do have a nice kick though, which was better than I expected and it smells heavenly.

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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4 tasting notes

I loved this blend of spices. The cinnamon and richness was just want I was craving. I added a small pack of sugar and had a sweet treat.

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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5 tasting notes

Chai is probably my favorite tea. I have tried many and often disappointed. That said, I am highly surprised by the negative reviews on pre bagged tea. The flavors are strong and clear. Included are star anise and vanilla which I look for in Chai. I steep it for 5-7 minutes and usually drink it straight, occasionally with a splash of unsweetened almond milk. I don’t detect any bitter flavor either way. Very enjoyable.

190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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56 tasting notes

Prep: Hot water from hot water spigot (probably 180-190* F or so)
It tastes like a cookie. a really weird cookie. Reminds me of Graham crackers. or some cheap ginger snap cookies that have a bit of cinnamon in them. It maybe the Chicory or the vanilla, but for now I am going to say it is the chicory that is throwing the flavor off.
I have a whole box that I received for Christmas. It may go up for swap soon.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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8 tasting notes

I picked this up at the supermarket just to try it. I’ve been drinking it at work so far and have not been overly impressed. It’s ok, but I would rather spend my time drinking a better tea.

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1 tasting notes

Seriously sad I wasted money on this after reading an oh so heavenly review on another blog.
Will stick to Stash double spice chai.
Celestial’s chai India Spice, way to bleh for me.

7 min, 0 sec

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