Soho Chai

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Soho Chai is our unique blend of strong Assam black tea, vanilla, black pepper and cardamom. The dry leaves give off an intoxicating spicy aroma, but only when brewed does it give away its best secret- the distinct taste of Bourbon vanilla overlaying the traditional spicy chai blend. A mild taste of vanilla lingers after the last sip. It is delicious alone or with milk.

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Sanctuary T Shop is the online expression of New York City’s unique tea-restaurant based in Soho. It is dedicated to celebrating tea’s many forms, attributes and tastes. Owner Dawn Cameron and her team of tea-loving staffers are always experimenting for the perfect tea blends, tasting for the best pure leaf, expanding their tea knowledge, and innovating with new ways to use tea in food, cocktails and just about anything else!

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Thanks to the lovely QuiltGuppy I was able to give this one a try…and it is a new cupboard essential! I love the flavors in the chai! It’s spicy but also sweet, without sweetener. It may actually beat Teavana’s chai (which is quite a feat but would be a welcome change since Teavana is…well Teavana.). The black tea is strong and bold, perfect for an AM cup. I love the vanilla flavoring too – it’s strong as well. Pepper, cardamom and I taste a little bit of clove too. Delish! Thank you so much for sharing, QG! I’m hooked!


I just don’t know how to appreciate chai, but I’m really glad that you do! What did you think of the BYOTea?


I love the BYOTea – but I usually make my tea that way anyway… chai is definitely an acquired taste. My mom hates it, even though she likes other teas. I see a future article for my blog – How to Enjoy Chai. :)


I’d read it! :) I despise milk, though. Aren’t a lot of chais made with milk?


not in my world! ;) I don’t like milk either…and even if it’s soy milk in a chai, it better only be a latte! I love spicy teas on their own, or with a Splenda packet. I can handle it. :)

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I’ve had this before, but for some reason never made a note on it. Why? Who knows?

So, with my semi-new chai obsession, I had to get some of this when I ordered from Sanctuary T. They didn’t have it in a teaser, so I took the plunge and got a full tin. I’m so glad I did. The tin itself is very nice; brushed metal and short, it’s very classy. The dry leaf smells almost exceedingly spicy, but has a hint of sweetness.

Brewed up, this makes a dark, rich cuppa. The spices are strong but not overpowering, and I can’t single out just one. Rather, they meld to form a single taste that can only be described as “chai”. And the vanilla really, really makes this blend. It gives it a cookie-like quality; it tastes more like a dessert tea than an early morning blend. I’ve not tried it with milk yet, but I think it’d be very good that way as well.

A perfect cup to have whilst cuddled on the couch, listening to the rain and the thunder.

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A cold brewed, bold and creamy chai…

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Here’s another BYOTea from Sanctuary T. I’m having a lot of fun making up these little tea bags. So, today was Soho Chai. It smells nice, but faint, not robust as I’d expect a chai to smell. I’m not a huge fan of chais, but this one came with the set, so I’ll try them all.

boiling/4 min. Now, I can smell the tea some more. It has cardamom, which I adore. It’s pleasant, but I’m finding that there’s a distinct squash-like (perhaps pumpkin) flavor to the tea. It creates a smoothness to the flavor, although I think I would prefer spiciness with a chai. It’s pleasant.

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