Chocolate Chili Chai

Tea type
Black Chai Blend
Aleppo Chili, Ancho Chili, Black Tea, Chocolate, Lily Petals, Natural And Artificial Flavouring, Red Peppercorns
Chocolate, Cardamon, Clove, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Pepper, Peppercorn, Spices, Spicy, Earth, Cinnamon, Creamy, Vanilla, Red Fruits, Cream, Fruity, Bell Pepper, Tea
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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec 6 g 13 oz / 396 ml

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  • “It’s only November and I’m already getting antsy for spring. The days seem so gray and dreary, and the nights are already so dark and cold. On the bright side, at least this cold weather is a...” Read full tasting note
  • “This smells AWESOME!!!!! Like if you were in a kitchen with Chocolate Cheesecake and peppers! That’s the aroma I am getting BUT it’s certainly MORE Chocolate than chili and I am VERY happy about...” Read full tasting note
  • “Having a cup of this while in switchboard today. Unfortunately, today it isn’t quite what I wanted. The chocolate is still rich and bold, but I am not in the mood for that. I think I’m really in...” Read full tasting note
  • “I totally meant to go to DavidsTea for Pom Power but before I made it out, I’d spent $20 and walked out with 7 other teas. I am so bad when it comes to deals. The moral of this: GUYS! IF YOU WANT...” Read full tasting note


Hot, hot, hot

Is winter giving you the shivers? Try this fiery southwest chai. A blend of black tea, chocolate and ancho and Aleppo chilis, it gives new meaning to the term “hot chocolate.” With its sweet, rich chocolate flavour and feisty finish, this bold blend is perfect base for the ultimate latte with a little frothed or steamed milk. If you really want to feel the heat, add a splash of cinnamon whisky. Arriba!

Ingredients: Black tea, chocolate bits, red peppercorns, lily petals, aleppo chili, ancho chili, natural and artificial flavouring*.

Allergens: Soy and dairy

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3653 tasting notes

I got to try a bit of this today because David’s tea had testers of this and Ceylon Star. I was a little hesitant because I was unsure how I felt about chili in teas but it was very muted. I liked this tea enough that I was on the fence about buying it but in the end I chose not to so I guess I was not blown away.

It is definitely worth trying out though.

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1899 tasting notes

I can’t believe I never reviewed this tea – I’ve been drinking it for months! I suppose now is as good a time as any to fix that.

I’d actually expected this tea to have a bit more bite to it than it actually does given that it has both chili pepper flakes and peppercorns blended in it. But it’s actually fairly mild and the dominant flavour is probably the chocolate which is rich and cocoa-y. It goes quite nicely with milk, but a touch more spice would be my preference.

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863 tasting notes

The last of my free samples from David’s…prepped at the below parameters with a splash of milk.

The dry leaf smell is INTENSE chocolate. The darkest kind of chocolate which is fine with me because I love dark chocolate. And also, something else…it’s vaguely spicy but I don’t necessarily think spicy. If anything it’s got kind of a chemically smell that I’m not fond of and I hope doesn’t have any say in the final taste.

Uh, yeah. It does. At first you are kind of sidetracked with the dark chocolate, which I think the milk nicely complements, and then you get slammed with something… I’ll go with chemically and medicinal. It’s pinging some kind of taste memory, but I can’t quite place it. Ugh. After it goes from chocolate, to yuck, there’s that pepper burn that is only slight and fits with the whole chai motif.

I’m not going to be able to finish this one. The beginning and end of the sip are fine, but that middle part totally drops the ball and ruins it for me. Again – uuuuugggghhh. I’ll be back shortly with a different tea once I rinse toss this. :(

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582 tasting notes

1 scant TB for 450mL water, no milk or sweetener.

On my second attemot with the Chocolare Chili Chai. I expected to like this one, but I’m underwhelmed.

Lots of really good chocolate aroma, but very little tea aroma. I think the base is a China black. I dunno, I can’t help thinking an India black would have been a better choice. No real heat, just a minor nibble from the chilis on the aftertaste. Except for the Chai Guarana, I’ve found anything labelled ‘chai’ from David’s Tea to be a bit dull. No true heat, no singing marriage of hot and sweet spices. Not for me.

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Without going back, I can’t see if you’ve tried/rated their Cinnamon Chai rooibos.
IT has heat and sweet. I recon you should give it a whirl, if you want satisfying spiciness from David’s.


PS: I am desperately sad that you didn’t like this. I will remember to maybe amp up the tea:water? I generally do with David’s Tea teas. I need more slap-in-the-mouth than they generally offer.

Michelle Butler Hallett

I have tried David’s Cinnamon Chai Rooibos and LOVED it. Thanks for reminding me. I have some left in a packet; must brew some today.

I’m gonna try the Chocolate Chai one more time today. I think you’re right about amping up the tea:water ratio. I might add a pinch of Assam, too.


Couldn’t agree more with your assessment!

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2148 tasting notes

Thanks go to momo for this one, I bought it during her sell off sale.

I made Tikka Masala tonight for dinner and that of course called for some chai. I think I should have saved my sample for when I had time to make a latte, I think this would be really good as one.

I love the amount of chili used, it was just spicy enough to remind me that this had chili peppers in it without being overly hot. I think that I would have really enjoyed this if it had used a better quality chocolate. So far, my biggest complaint about chocolate teas have been the low quality chocolate that they use and the fact that they all same to use the same chocolate flavoring that I dislike.

I wish I had more of this so I could play around with it. I only had enough for one cup.

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612 tasting notes

Backlog (it appears I rated these teas back then, but never described them)

I remember being so disappointed in this one at the beginning of this year. It sounded incredible—I had no idea people were doing things like this with tea!—and then just didn’t smell or taste enough like what it’s labeled as. This was my first inkling that I wasn’t a big fan of David’s, didn’t care for the base and found the flavors/scents underwhelming and sometimes artificial seeming.

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Another sample that came with my order from DAVIDsTEA. The dry leaves smell kind of spicy and have light chocolate smell.

Noble Mug with boiling water for 5 minutes. I added a little sugar to try and lighten the spice.

A very nice tea! The chai spices don’t come out as much as I would like, but the chocolate is nice and smooth and not too harsh like it often can be. The spice lightly pierces through and creates for a wonderful blend!

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13 tasting notes

Great chocolate smell with every sip. The chocolate taste is subtle however. It was a nice mixture of flavors. Good, but not great.

The fact that they gave me the tea for free with my purchase made it even better.

Ryan Freed

thanks, didn’t see it on here already, will repost

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90 tasting notes

oh chocolate chili chai. Just when I’m about to give up on you forever you go and treat me so good. Brewed a pot of this (2 heaping “perfect spoonfuls” so 5tsps) in 24 oz of boiling water for five minutes. sweetened it liberally with honey. ooo baby. Gonna be wide awake all night with heartburn and not gonna regret it

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299 tasting notes

Hmmm, liked this more this time than last. It still needs more something but it goes good with my muffins. Tomorrow I’m baking cinnamon rolls, wonder what tea to choose? ;)


Hehe. I spend a lot of time wondering what tea I’ll have next. <3


It’s part of dayplanning, amirite? ;D

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