Vanilla Chai [duplicate]

Tea type
Black Chai Blend
Black Tea, Cinnamon, Cream Flavoring, Ginger, Licorice Root, Natural Flavours, Vanilla
Licorice, Anise, Ginger, Cinnamon, Metallic, Mineral, Smoke, Spices, Sweet, Coconut, Vanilla, Clove
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Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
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Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 11 oz / 320 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.

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DavidsTea is a Canadian specialty tea and tea accessory retailer based in Montreal, Quebec. It is the largest Canadian-based specialty tea boutique in the country, with its first store having opened in 2008.

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836 tasting notes

Good vanilla flavour. A bit artificial-tasting. The brew is thinner than I would like it but it has a bit of a creamy edge.

3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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46 tasting notes

The last remaining tin of my 2014 advent calendar. I didn’t try this initially because my boyfriend complained about the licorice root, and it was exam season so I decided to pass on it really. But, now that the 2016 calendar has started I figured I may as well bite the bullet and finish this one off.

I don’t mind the concept of a vanilla chai, I think that vanilla is a flavor that can work really well in a chai. The dry leaf of this tea smells a lot like ginger with notes of vanilla and cinnamon, not a bad start at least. But, it seems like things have quickly gone a bit downhill because as I’m typing this I can smell the licorice root already. Not a good sign.

When steeped, the tea does turn a nice amber-brown color, typical of my favorite chais. However, the smell of licorice root is still very prominent. At least I won’t need to add any sweetener, clearly. My first sip of this without any sweetener or milk, is… as you might expect, licorice root. My boyfriend tried to warn me but here I am two years later falling to my hubris. Not even adding milk and sugar helps bring out the chai or vanilla flavor enough for me to even get through this cup.

Overall, I’m not surprised that this tea didn’t come back, but I do hope to try other vanilla chais because I really like the idea behind it.

Flavors: Licorice

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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2901 tasting notes

I drank this as a 50/50 soy milk/water latte and think chais are best steeped with milk. I liked this with milk a lot more than plain (plain I gave it a 38/100 rating before). It isn’t the best chai I have had, and the metallic licorice is really weird in it. Fennel, coriander, and anise are better chai ingredients IMO. I still have about 2 cups left, but I’m going to use it all up at once I think. It isn’t bad, and I’d drink it again if it was offered to me, but I wouldn’t buy it again. I don’t like that almost smokey base used in this blend, it adds nothing for a chai blend.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Licorice, Metallic, Mineral, Smoke, Spices, Sweet

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9 tasting notes

Sipdown! So glad to have this one out of my cupboard. It’s drinkable, but definitely won’t be buying it again.

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642 tasting notes

1.25 tsp for 300mL water @96C, steeped four minutes.

Very strong scent of licorice. It dominated. I can even smell it through a sealed plastic bag, where I dumped the wet leaves. Could not even try to drink this.

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94 tasting notes

A bit too much liquorice for me, but this is a great tea for brunch! I usually drink teas black but this one is better with a bit of milk and sugar.

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2 tasting notes

Love cinnamon, love black tea, love vanilla. This is a wonderful combination of the three. Has a very mild, sweet and lightly spiced flavour. Smells amazing. Great everyday tea.

Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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32 tasting notes

Received this in my Advent Calendar. The first time I tried it straight with no milk/sugar and didn’t like it. It’s only when I came back now to do a review that I noticed licorice listed amongst the ingredients. I’m not a huge fan of licorice so maybe that’s why I didn’t like it the first time around.
I had one last little bit of this so I thought I’d do it as a latte. I steeped a tsp of the tea in about 1/3 cup of boiling water for about 4 mins. and added 2 tsp of brown sugar to that. Then steamed a cup of 1% milk and added it to the sweetened tea. It tasted much better this time around. It’s not as spicy as a standard chai is. Quite light in fact. I guess because it was a ‘vanilla’ chai anything else would’ve overpowered its delicate flavours.
If you like the idea of chai but don’t want the strong peppery flavours, this may be the chai for you.

Flavors: Licorice, Vanilla

4 min, 0 sec

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1759 tasting notes

I had high hopes for this chai. I really did. Vanilla chai sounds amazing. In theory.
Not so much in reality, when it includes licorice?! In my head, those two just do not go together. Nope. No they no do not.
It ruins everything!!! That makes two cups of tea down the drain today. I’m thankful they allow ten gram samples.


I wanted to try this one, but so many people said it wasn’t tasty. I wish we could order samples online! Def. not going for 50g again without having an idea of what it is like.


Seriously, it is not worth it at all. That’s one reason I don’t order from them online if I haven’t tried the tea yet as well. Other companies, I seem to have much better luck with


I generally can’t stand chais that have anise in them either. It just ruins it for me, because suddenly ALL I taste is licorice. Blech. Sorry you had to have that experience!


Yea I’m with you there teataku! in moderation, I don’t mind. But most teas with anise/licorice don’t follow that idea lol


the only chai i liked was Tim Horton’s chai tea


I haven’t had the Tims one in ages!!


I had the same experience with this one. Great in theory, but sickeningly sweet when brewed.


M… YUP!!! I tried brewing it for longer to override any sweetness but that clearly was a bad idea haha


lol. hey indigobloom over-steeping can be a blessing or a curse


There was really no winning with this tea, as much as I hoped it would be great.


well im not trying this tea then lol


Kirk – haha I don’t blame you!

M, 100% agreed. I’m so glad I didn’t let the girl convince me to buy more

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20 tasting notes

Wow this smells amazing in he cup. Taste though? Not a super powerful chai thats for sure. The spice is very mild in this one, and the vanilla flavor is very prominent. I dont add anything to my teas, and this one is mildly sweet on its own (naturally from the cinnamon). I really like this one… its nothing too crazy… just an all around good chai. But I will say… if you did add milk and honey to this it would probably be AMAZING! Im just a “naked” tea kind of gal.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Vanilla

6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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