Maharaja Chai/Samurai Chai Tea Blend

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Oolong Rooibos Yerba maté Blend
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Cinnamon, Spicy, Clove, Cardamom, Cloves, Spices, Sweet
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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 12 oz / 350 ml

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  • “This one again! It’s not as good now that I’m not as congested but it’s still tasty. NO REGRETS on this one VariaTEA! (Although I don’t like the tea to flavouring ratio that Teavana has. Once I get...” Read full tasting note
  • “Oh thank goodness. This is helping me recover from the trauma of the rot tea previously logged. This smells so nice, and tastes so heavenly. Of course my standards are pretty low right now! :(” Read full tasting note
  • “Let’s play good news, bad news. Good news: I ordered something from Teavana recently and saw that it included 1 oz. sample of this blend. That’s a lot of tea. Thanks, Teavana, you are so...” Read full tasting note
  • “This was one of the first teas I loved. I thought it was amazing and could not wait to have a cup each morning. But then something happened…I started noticing the cinnamon. Like REALLY noticing it....” Read full tasting note

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Maharaja Chai Oolong & Samurai Chai Maté intermingle to form a blend that is bold in flavor and rich in heritage. Ginger, cinnamon, black peppercorn, cloves, & nutmeg harmoniously balance with sweet notes of pineapple, papaya & star anise. Spicy and rich, this sweet Ayurvedic blend combines oolong, maté and green rooibos in a wealth of flavor.

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This one again! It’s not as good now that I’m not as congested but it’s still tasty. NO REGRETS on this one VariaTEA!

(Although I don’t like the tea to flavouring ratio that Teavana has. Once I get through this phase I will likely not get much more.)


I have successfully not yet ever purchased from teavana haha


You can always pass along/sell whatever I sent. There is a lot there so if you don’t love it, you shouldn’t force yourself to drink it.


Yeah, there’s hardly any tea in this one. There’s lots of mate, so at least it’s caffeinated! :)


Oh sure, Sil, just rub it in like you’re SO MUCH BETTER than us. :P

And VariaTEA, I’ve already drank half so I don’t mind it! It’s just not mind blowing, but it is nice for a wake me up on the bus. Something good that I can smell. I don’t like drinking al ot of teas in a travel mug, but this one works well enough.

:P Poor tea-deprived-tea.


Cavo…haha hardly “better” just less gullible maybe teasing


Oh, sure, I’m totally gullible. Don’t mind me, I’m just gonna drop $100 at Davids because THIS TIME I won’t be disappointed. :P

(I’ve learned a few lessons) Also I’ve only spent $40 at Teavana in my history of tea!


haha 40 isn’t bad :)

The 13th Doctor

The secret is to get them separated. Or get a worker who is willing to put heavier maharaja then samurai chai in when mixing to make it taste correct. Otherwise you get too much samurai chai (sorry, this comment is probably coming a little too late). But if you do it you’ll see a huuuuuuuuuge difference. :D

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Oh thank goodness. This is helping me recover from the trauma of the rot tea previously logged. This smells so nice, and tastes so heavenly.

Of course my standards are pretty low right now! :(

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200 tasting notes

Let’s play good news, bad news.

Good news: I ordered something from Teavana recently and saw that it included 1 oz. sample of this blend. That’s a lot of tea. Thanks, Teavana, you are so generous.

Bad news: 85% of the 1 oz sample is German Rock Sugar, which is waaaaaaay too much sugar for me. So it’s not really a 1 oz. sample of pure tea. It’s really only for 2 cups of tea.

Good news: That’s okay. I can just open the bag and pick out the pieces of rock sugar. This should be easy, right? They’re just really large pieces, and I can tell the difference between tea leaves and chunks of crystal.

Bad news: Yeah… no. There’s way too much stuff in these tea to even tell what’s rock sugar and what’s a candied fruit.

Good news: I pick out whatever I can to best of my ability. I’m getting a good chunk of sugar out, I’m sure.

Bad news: I steep it, go to drink it… and it’s still deathly sweet. All I taste is sweetener and cinnamon. Is there anything else in this tea, because I sure can’t taste it. I can’t even taste the ginger, which is supposedly one of the main ingredients.

Teavana, I get that you love your German Rock Sugar but PLEASE think about us folks that maybe don’t want our tea sweetened to death. Would it have been THAT hard to include just the tea? And if people really needed to, you could include the rock sugar in a separate package for people to add in with the tea. That way both parties are happy and everybody wins.

Terri HarpLady

Good News: Now that you’ve tried it, you won’t make the mistake of buying it! :D


I am totally off Teavana these days…


They actually included a sample pre-sugared? That’s ridiculous.


I understand that all their samples have sugar, and most of the in-stores shames do as well. I think they leave it out of their monkey picked oolong and blooming tea.

Autistic Goblin

well that’s just silly. I love trying a tea without anything first and then if necessary adding to it.


I tried a different sample from them once and it was mostly sugar!


Pre-sugared sample? wow. And chai is “supposed” to be super sweet with milk..


I just got this sample today, afraid of what all that sugar will do to me. Dang.


I totally agree way to much sugar.


Funny the one I have of this has no sweetener at all.

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This was one of the first teas I loved. I thought it was amazing and could not wait to have a cup each morning. But then something happened…I started noticing the cinnamon. Like REALLY noticing it. And it was not a nice cinnamon spice but rather a cloyingly sweet candy cinnamon flavor. After that, I put off drinking it for a while. However, when I sent the majority to Cavocorax, I decided to keep a little to myself (what I thought was enough for a cup but turned out to be a bit more) so I could try it once again and make sure it was not just the single cup that tasted off. After taking my first sip of this tea in months, I immediately regretted not passing it all along because the cinnamon is all I am getting and I am not a fan. This cup is getting dumped and I might just toss the 1 tsp I have left unless keychange wants me to add it to her swap package. I would have added it to the package I sent Cavo had I not already sent that off.

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Sad to see this is a disappointment. :(


That’s exactly my experience. I just got the maharaja chai tho. Eugh, cinnamon candy tea. :/


Oh god, they made this last time I was at the mall with my mom, and I was like, “Hey, want to see what Teavana is all about? Try this.” Yeah, so wrong.


Haha, this is pretty much my experience! I loved this tea, bought a ton, let it sit for awhile, came back to it, and YUCK!


I am glad people know what I am talking about. Luckily I was able to pass this along to someone who enjoys it more than I ever could.

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Sipdown, 232.

This time I left in all the sugar they put in this sample. It is not as sweet as I was expecting honestly! It reminds me of red hots candy in scent and a bit in taste. The flavor is very cinnamony and clovey. But there is other stuff going on in the taste that I can’t quite place. Certainly spicy! I think I am also getting some pineapple and papaya notes as well underneath, but they are playing out kind of oddly. I don’t expect fruit in my chai. It is drinkable… But it’s definitely not something I will ever want more of.

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377 tasting notes

Big suprise I know I received this sample with my Christmas order from the big T. I too am one that loved the white tea and Samurai mix. The Samurai is still one of my favorite Mate blends. It gives me warrior like cunningness(ok maybe a little bit of an exageration). This is my after lunch brew at work. For some reason lately I’ve been obsessed with cardamon after having arabic coffee at a middle eastern restaurant. I love the lemony goodness of it. There is plenty in here. This is seriously hitting the spot today! The base oolong looks to be a Ti Kuan Yin…exciting! I wasn’t thrilled about the rock sugar but it’s a welcome change. I get the change in the combo since the the temps for oolong and mate are closer than white and mate. However in sipping I found that I had a phantom apple taste on my palate. Yes, I think this would be perfect for mulled cider!


i love the complimentary nature of this duo together…


It never occurred to me to try this as a mulling spice until I read your post here. Definitely on my “to-try” list now!

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Sipdown! This sample came with my last order from Teavana. I may not like them, but I do like their tins, and when I can get them inexpensively (i.e. their Cyber Monday deal of free tin, free sample, and free shipping with all orders) I do tend to snap them up.

I already knew I was in for some Red Hots flavor because of previous experience with their chai blends, and the fact that I have had both these teas in my cupboard before. But this? Wow. I have a horrible sweet tooth, but that being said, this too sweet even for me!

This is like drinking hard candy, and while it may be nice and warm on a cold morning, it’s just too artificial and insanely sweet to handle.

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Do you find the tea itself too sweet or was the sample overly sweet because Teavana insists on loading it up with rock sugar? I know I have had this tea and if you steep it just a little too long the cinnamon can get cloyingly sweet. Stupid finicky teas!


I find the tea itself too sweet, which was disappointing as I love cinnamon. I can’t believe they load their samples with sugar!


I can’t tell – they don"t give you the opportunity to try it without!


When I tried this in store, I really liked it. I also really liked it the first time I made it at home. Then I made it a second time and dumped it out because it was so cloying. Now I am so unmotivated to drink it because anything that unreliable is not worth the time.

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I think a lot of people have one ingredient that can ruin chai for them. With so many powerful spices in the mix, it’s no surprise! For some it’s ginger, or black pepper. For me, it’s cinnamon. It’s a spice I am very sensitive to if it’s not cinnamon bark—cinnamon flavoring reminds me of Big Red gum, and I find it way too overwhelming. In fact, it makes me a little nauseous.

Sadly, this blend has a LOT of cinnamon. Funny, because their other chai/chai blend (samurai mate and white whatever) smells much more cinnamon-y but is lighter in flavor. I placed an order at Teavana for just those chais when they were about 40% off and got an ounce of this blend as well. Of course I ended up adoring the other chai/chai and placed a second order for more (and like 7 other teas) during their Heavenly sale and got ANOTHER one ounce sample of this. Meaning I now have 2 ounces pretty much, funny that they are so generous with the samples. I was kind of hoping I’d love this one too, but alas.

At first sip it’s really nice: clove and nutmeg. There’s almost no ginger or cardamom though, which are my favorite chai spices. And while it says there is pineapple in the blend, it’s not really fruity at all like the samurai/white blend which had double fruit. It’s just… a kind of regular chai with too much cinnamon. The oolong/mate mix does add something extra, like a layer of richness, but honestly I can’t get past the cinnamon abuse. It’s drinkable, but I doubt I am ever going to think “man I could go for a cup of this tea.” This one just isn’t for me—which is fine, because I have 8 ounces of the other (better) one to tide me over until the next sale!

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T&C Box 17/18

Oh, Teavana. I didn’t have a problem with them until I took a snoop around the Steepster boards and found out about how badly they treat their employees. I’ve been in one in Indianapolis and while the employees did overpour me very slightly they’ve never been pushy or rude in any way. I don’t like companies that treat their employees badly, though, so I’m now underwhelmed by them as a whole.

I told myself I wasn’t going to try this one. I was going to pass it along unopened to Kat_Maria. But then I got curious, which means I opened it and made myself a cup. I’ve never had this without the huge amount of sugar Teavana stores put in their samples; however, unless candied papaya now comes in crystal form I’m pretty sure there’s rock sugar in here, and not in the ingredients list to boot. Sigh. There’s also so many ingredients that I’m hoping I got everything in the teaspoon.

This does smell good to me, but that’s because of the overwhelming cinnamon. I tried to get everything into the teaspoon but I see no evidence of blooming oolong leaves anywhere. In fact I see very little that could be qualified as tea at all. This tastes mostly like cinnamon and fruit, with not much going on other than that. It is also definitely sweetened, as I suspected. Maybe I should have left this one alone.


Haha! If you hadn’t opened it I wouldn’t open it either because I currently have 2 of these sachets, unopened :D And I had one of these before – sweet god of sweetest mercy, was it sweet!

Yeah, I have a bunch of blends that I got from Teavana during their recent sale and they are all supposed to be “oolongs” but there’s barely any tea in there. I actually treat them as fruit tisanes, meaning, I add a bit of sugar to them and I drink them very late at night, cause, seriously, how much caffeine can there be? ;)

I will be probably passing a few servings of some of them in the travelling box… They can be decent, but only if you treat them as fruit tisanes, and only if you sweeten them to taste YOURSELF.


Oh, dear! I’ve never gotten their samples before, because I’ve only bought one tea from them in store. It was a straight oolong, but there was something sort of…off about it, so I don’t think I’ll get oolongs from them again.


I believe it does have rock sugar in it. I got that one included as a free sample with a teapot I bought from them online. I’d had it before and knew it wasn’t for me. I hope it finds a tastebud that likes it. :)

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So this is a sample which I received with a more recent Teavana order. I read through some of the reviews and decided to pull out all the sugar I could find before brewing some. I found 3tsp. of sugar in my 1oz baggie. It seems like a ton to someone like me who never adds sugar to their teas. The amount of oolong in the blend is crushingly low. My blend was about 1/3 sugar, 1/3 mate, and 1/3 everything else. I used 3tsp. of leaf to make 16oz.
Dry and steeping this smelled mainly of cinnamon. Not exactly the same type of cinnamon in the Ayurvedic Chai, which is kind of a sweet cinnamon. Rather, this is a hot cinnamon. There were also so peppery, nutty, and citrus notes as well.
Wow! I left the room and came back and the smell permeated the whole room. It really does smell nice, but very strong. If I was just a bit more sensitive it would probably annoy me. I think I really like this one. It still somehow tastes sweetened. Maybe a few little crystals got in there. If someone blind tasted this with me I’d guess there was only herbs in this and maybe a black base. I really cannot discern the teas because the spices are so overwhelming; but I like my chai that way! I am a huge fan of overtly spicy chai teas and this one is really good. I still think the older samurai/Ayurvedic chai is better.

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