The other new Chai tea that officially launched today!
Of the two that launched, this is the one that I personally prefer – though as I’ve stated it’s still not something that I love because I don’t really resonate as strongly with Chai blends as other tea types. That said…
Compositionally, I’m really impressed by this blend – it’s very heavily inspired by a Masala Chai and it’s got a very classic, traditional taste/ingredients list. I think that’s something that’s sort of missing from DT’s Chai assortment – something simple and very traditional, but with high quality ingredients. I that very begrudgingly, because I think we carry too many Chai blends as it is. However, sometimes people don’t want the crazy, twisted take on a classic (aka S’mores Chai) – they want the OG!
So yeah, this is our new “house chai” – a nice, classic Masala inspired chai!
You get a bit of everything Chai Spice: cinnamon, clove, black pepper, cardamom, and star anise! I think it’s pretty balanced, maybe a little more ginger and star anise if I had to pick out two aspects to call out? I like that mix though; you get a little bit of actual heat/warmth from the ginger but the star anise is rich and sweet and provides contrast! Plus, star anise is just so pretty – isn’t it!? I fucking love star anise (and clove) and that lovely anise note in the cup is the highlight of this blend for me personally – I’ve actually made this a fair amount of times just because I specifically was craving that note. However, for the people who don’t enjoy that taste I don’t think it takes over the cup in any way – it’s there, but balanced with all the other things to create a complex, and full bodied chai.
It’s also damn good as a latte! Very rich, still full bodied, so insanely cozy…
I’ve had it with several kinds of milk at this point, but my favourite has BY FAR been coconut milk – it feels like the kind of Chai tea someone’s grandparents could have spent all day brewing up stovetop for you, the traditional/“from scratch” way, and the coconut adds the most amazing creaminess and silky mouthfeel.
Highly recommend trying this out with coconut milk if you like Chai lattes!
EDIT: I forgot to mention that there’s ZERO flavouring added to this blend! Which, I think, it really cool!
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 and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.