Vanilla Chai

Tea type
Black Tea
Black Tea, Cinnamon, Ginger, Licorice Root, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Vanilla
Anise, Artificial, Bitter, Cinnamon, Clove, Licorice, Spices, Sugar, Sweet, Vanilla, Cloves, Ginger, Nutmeg, Apple, Candy
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Edit tea info Last updated by Perry Papadopoulos
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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec 38 oz / 1130 ml

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There’s no better way to warm up a chilly winter day than a hot cup of chai. The combo of rich black tea and exotic spice is like a cup of pure comfort. And this spicy black tea blend turns up the heat even more with a sweet and creamy hint of vanilla. It’s as cozy as a teddy bear wearing a scarf. In front of a roaring fire. While cuddling with a puppy. Try it with milk and sugar for a warming treat that’ll have you wishing for snow.

Price per 50g: $8.50

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6964 tasting notes

So, last week(ish) we had a big staff meeting at the store. Part of that staff meeting was trying a handful of the online exclusive teas that will be out this year with the winter collection! This was one of them, and it’s actually one that I’ve never had before so I was pretty excited to get to try it – since starting at DT I’ve been pretty obsessed with trying literally every tea that we’ve put out, and I’ve done a pretty damn good job. What can I say, I’m a completionist!?

I do think that this may have still been on the tea wall when I first started drinking tea at DAVIDsTEA – but at that point I wasn’t trying to be the very best like no one ever was, to taste them being my real test, finishing the tea wall as my cause. I just drank whichever teas interested me at the time…

I don’t hate this; it’s pretty simple in terms of flavour. Especially compared to a lot of the blends that come out now. Normal mix of chai spices, some vanilla, and… Oh. Wait. What is that!? A HURRICANE OF LICORICE ROOT in the finish of the sip. That’s kind of gross. If it weren’t for all the licorice root in this blend, I think I’d be into it. It’s just so much licorice root, though.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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Gotta taste ’em all, ochamon!

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237 tasting notes

Live for chai tea.

This is a licorice tea not a chai tea in the classical borders on too sweet even lessening the amount of tea leaves used. It may be good for the licorice tea lover but as a chai it doesn’t represent.

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Pretty good for a work tea, though I feel like I could have used 2 teaspoons instead of a tablespoon and gotten a similar flavor. The sweetness from the licorice is consistent and hangs around, though not in an unpleasant way. The cinnamon and vanilla flavors, however, are more inconsistent. Though, I did have a few cups of this that tasted like cinnamon rolls gooey from the oven … That was kind of spectacular.

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1184 tasting notes

Nope, too much licorice. It just overwhelms the whole cup


Agreed. So gross.

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561 tasting notes

I like vanilla. I like chai. I like them together. But I don’t like licorice. It’s just not right and it hits the back of your throat in a weird way… and it makes my cheeks feel weird.

Either way… I like the idea of this tea, but the licorice makes me dislike it so much. I’m sure if I like licorice, then I wouldn’t mind this tea but since I don’t, I don’t like this one at all. I should have known… Anyways, I’ve given the tiny bit left to my aunt. I know she’ll enjoy it or one of her girls will.


I had the same thoughts. Great idea. Blech to the licorice.

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674 tasting notes

Nom nom nom. A little heavy on the clove. Rice milk mellows it out and highlights the vanilla. I think the rice milk is also smoothing out the artificialness that others have noticed, because it’s not bugging me here. Thanks to EmilyGee for the swap!

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50 tasting notes

There is a chemical taste in the mix that spoils the spicy flavour.

Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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68 tasting notes

I had this as a soy latte chai. I think my refusal to try any of the chai tea as just teas and needing them as lattes skew my perception. I love the way the smells pops out of my kitchen and the aroma fills the breathing air with the aroma that speaks to me that this is a place that tea, coffee, and book lovers worship.

The books recommended for this tea are: I Know Why The Cage Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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55 tasting notes

I wanted to like this so badly. Vanilla and chai? Sounds like a dream team, except theres this weird artificial vanilla taste and no spiciness of the chai like you’d hope. Tried this like I normally drink chai – milk and sugar – maybe if I try something different it would be better? Hopefully, since I bought 40g of it expecting it’d be great (and because it was 40% off)!

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307 tasting notes

I… actually like this. The vanilla adds a creaminess, and there’s a liquorice/ginger sweetness that lingers if you sip. Oddly, taking a gulp makes it far less appealing, but in sipping and savouring, a nicer flavour seems to emerge. The vanilla disappears and the liquorice gets stronger with milk and sugar added. To be honest, I actually prefer it without.
I’m not sure how chai-y this tea actually is, but it’s interesting and not bad. Definitely worth the try at least, and I’ll enjoy finishing up the sample I have.

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