Oprah Chai Tea

Tea type
Black Chai Rooibos Blend
Ingredients
Black Pepper, Black Tea, Cardamom, Carob Pieces, Chicory Root, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Natural Flavours, Rooibos
Flavors
Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg, Sweet, Ginger, Anise, Black Pepper, Cardamon, Rooibos, Peppercorn
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Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by rantHappy
Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 14 oz / 408 ml

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  • “I was out running around with a friend and she wanted to hit Starbucks. Guess its been a while since the only teas they had last time I was there was Tazo. I got this tea for something warm and...” Read full tasting note
    65
  • “Brews up really sweet! A little cinnamon but not a spicy kick. Really good! Second steep is alright too.” Read full tasting note
    79
  • “Was steeply discounted at Teavana, so I gave it a go. Will not do so again. By itself, the ‘spiciness’ is overwhelmingly sharp and yet very flat, without any depth of toasted spice flavor or...” Read full tasting note
    30
  • “I really wanted to love this. It tasted like cinnamon stick with some other indescribable flavor. Very potent and overwhelming. Maybe if I bought and played with it I could get it to work for me...” Read full tasting note
    66

From Teavana & Starbucks

Teavana’s most spirit-warming Chai ever, this boldly-spiced black tea and rooibos infusion was created in partnership with Oprah Winfrey to support educational opportunities for young people.
Also available at Starbucks.

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28 Tasting Notes

65
43 tasting notes

I was out running around with a friend and she wanted to hit Starbucks. Guess its been a while since the only teas they had last time I was there was Tazo.

I got this tea for something warm and spicy and hopefully not too bad. I was surprised as it was enjoyable.

Chai can be a bit of a hit or miss with me. While I enjoy clove, it too easily dominates, and I despise it when clove dominates. I could barely taste the clove in here. I adore cinnamon, but I couldn’t taste any in here at all.

The flavor I could taste is difficult for me to nail down. Possibly the cardamom. I’ve never had it in anything where it wasn’t dominated by another flavor. If this is indeed what I was tasting, I do enjoy the flavor.

I didn’t realize until looking this up that this is a black/rooibos blend. I normally have trouble with rooibos since it always have a medicinal flavor to it However, this tea, as well as another, I do not get that flavor from the rooibos.

Anyway, if I ever end up going back to Starbucks wanting something hot to drink, I will likely get it again. But its not something I would go out of my way for.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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79
41 tasting notes

Brews up really sweet! A little cinnamon but not a spicy kick. Really good!

Second steep is alright too.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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30
16 tasting notes

Was steeply discounted at Teavana, so I gave it a go. Will not do so again. By itself, the ‘spiciness’ is overwhelmingly sharp and yet very flat, without any depth of toasted spice flavor or smoothness of rooibos or black tea that I would hope backs such a chai. On the second attempt, I mixed with Red Label black chai grounds as a backing, treating the Oprah Chai like a tea masala. Still no good, too pointy a flavor palette.

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66
4 tasting notes

I really wanted to love this. It tasted like cinnamon stick with some other indescribable flavor. Very potent and overwhelming. Maybe if I bought and played with it I could get it to work for me but that is just too much “extra”. I need it to work with little effort. I ordered it from Teavana and my first impression was that I didn’t like it. I was so glad that I didn’t let the impulse bug get me and order it online based on the Youtube reviews and go to the store and buy a cup prepared first. It isn’t awful and I think some people who like bold spice may love it, just not me.

Flavors: Cinnamon

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90
3 tasting notes

very spicy, lots of cinnamon

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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100
47 tasting notes

This is one of my absolute favourite teas. I am a huge chai lover, so it is no surprise. It is so, so good as a latte. It is a pricey tea, but, fortunately, Teavana had multiple 50% off sales around Christmas and I definitely took advantage on that. I have a lot of stock on hand, in case it is discontinued on short notice. I do think that it is a tea that you either love or hate. I can definitely see how some people would not enjoy it. But I love it! It is my go-to tea and I dread the day that it is discontinued.

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199 tasting notes

One of the worst chai teas that I’ve had. There was way too much cinnamon and was very poorly balanced. Also, the price is quite high for a chai tea of this quality. The aroma was pleasing, even after brewing. It smelled like it should taste better than it did. Overall, I don’t recommend it.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
carol who

I think that many on Steepster felt the same way about this tea. What were they thinking!

twilight-thoughts

I feel like the version you get from Teavana differs a bit from the Starbucks version. The one at Starbucks I agree is way too overpowered by cinnamon, but the one I picked up at Teavana is so smooth and delicious. http://twilightlotusthoughts.blogspot.com/2015/08/tea-tea-bars-are-g-rated.html

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60
15 tasting notes

Now finished with my supply of Oprah Chai (I think that’s called a “Sipdown”?). Anyway, I had actually taken a steep from about a half hour earlier, added a couple teaspons to that to make it really strong, and then added a tiny bit of almond milk and stevia after steeping. It was better than the pot I had before this one, but still not that spicy yummy tea that I remember having when I first bought it. I feel like maybe I’ve had this one too long in the cupboard. Maybe I’ll buy it again, maybe not.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90
2 tasting notes

After going to Starbucks today to find out one of my favorites (Calm) was out of stock I decided to get this tea on a whim, I got it steeped in hot soy milk which is general how I like to drink my chai tea’s. I really enjoyed this tea and would say it taste a lot like cinnamon hearts which I’m actually not a fan of but found it great as a tea, it also has a subtly sweet taste which I I think would be a great alternative if you’re suffering from a major sweet tooth.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Sweet

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76
37 tasting notes

This tea was very enjoyable, I especially liked the spicy kick it had!

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Megan

Glad you enjoyed :)

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