Samurai Chai Mate & White Ayurvedic Chai Blend

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Berry, Flowers, Ginger, Green, Honeysuckle, Lemongrass
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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec 7 oz / 221 ml

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  • “Holy crap, Teavana is discontinuing this blend! I ordered one last mix for my stock pile, and I guess I’ll have to explore making chai blends again. This was my favorite for so long… “I’m offended...” Read full tasting note
  • “I now have my own stash of this tea (I first tried it through a coworker). It’s a windy cold day, and I’m really in the mood for something spicy. I feel like my indie cred is totally blown drinking...” Read full tasting note
  • “Made a second steep from last nights leaves. Much more citrus came through in this steep and I actually tasted some of the lovely white tea. The spices were still present and I loved it.” Read full tasting note
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Samurai Chai:
A sip of this sweetly robust straight up Mate blend awakens the Samurai within. Inspired by the Way of the Warrior, this fresh green Mate is imbued with strong spices, invigorating herbs and revitalizing citrus. A wonderful cup of tea that will get you moving!

White Ayurvedic Chai
A chai that stands apart! This energizing tea contains spicy bursts of cinnamon, cloves and black and red pepper tempered with sweet coconut and delicate lemongrass. These complex flavors enhance the Ayurvedic properties of this rare white tea.

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154 Tasting Notes

541 tasting notes

Sipdown! I really have loved this tea. I have had it both as the sample (dry) and the blend (dry) without sugar; which is the major difference between the two. Although they both taste good, I don’t find that the sugar is a must in the tea so I don’t mind spending less to get the sugar-free option.
This tea reminds me of cinnamon gum and it is a great early morning cuppa. I think that this one is much less balanced than other chai, but that’s just fine! I really love how zippy and bright the flavors are in this one and it is my #1 recommendation from this company.

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1627 tasting notes

I finished this tea up today. My husband and I shared this tea. It was so good! I am going to try to drink up all the teas that are almost finished so I can open more in my tea cupboard.

It is like ginger soda. So good and sweet! :) I’m glad I got to try this.

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243 tasting notes

It should go without saying, that I do not hide the fact that I love tea from my friends and family. It should also go without saying that in my many adventures, searching, collecting, trying and rating teas, I have converted a few of those friends and family members into a similar quest.

This one comes from one of my dearest friends. He enjoyed the sample blend at his local Teavana store and decided that he should pick up a few ounces for himself.

The tea itself, is obviously a jumble of teas, you can see some tea leaves, along with typical chai spices, big pieces of citrus peel, lemongrass and a variety of different colored shapes and pieces of tea blend that Teavana is famous for. The smell is very chai, very spiced, but there is a mellow second note, it is spiced and then calm. Smells good.

We infused it hot, three minutes, no additives. A lot of leaf came out of the infuser ball, but these things happen. The liquor is a very pale green color, and the brewed tea smells much like the dried mix in the bag: spiced but mellowed out. The flavor is meh, it is slightly bitter, bland, a hint of citrus and a little peppery, maybe some lemongrass and a bit of cinnamon, but really nothing to write home about. Upon my first sip, I was pretty sure this tea needed something.

Positive this could be better, I must say that a teaspoon of sugar went a long way in this. It awakened all of the citrus, brightened the pepper and cinnamon, even used the lemongrass to play into the whole brew. Overall, it was pretty good, and I am glad, just needed some tweaking! Enjoy!

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My mother got this last time we went into the city. We had the same problem, but for our tweaking we ended up using 2 rounded teaspoons instead of the suggested 1.5, and upped the steep time to between 4 and 5 minutes. It was much better and much more fragrant. I don’t even like chai and I could tell the difference.

She even gets two steeps out of it by doubling the steep time. We’ve found anything less than double and it’s a little weaker than she likes. You may want to try it that way. :)


I will have to next time, thanks for the tips!

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470 tasting notes

I could have sworn that I logged this before, back when I got it around Christmas, but alas it seems that I did not. Usually Teavana is WAY out of my budget based on the quality, but the Heavenly sale was just impossible to resist. I ended up with 8 ounces of this for something like $6? Okay, actually I didn’t buy the blended version (since it’s been switched for a chai/chai blend I don’t care for) but I got them individually and mixed ‘em up so essentially it’s the same thing.

I’m having this stovetop method, mixed with milk & honey and simmered for a good ten minutes. It’s so good—not to cinnamony like their other chai blend, and with a really nice fruity pop along with a hint of citrus in the background and a whole lot of spice. I know people hate on Teavana a lot but they really do have some gems mixed in with all the overly-hibiscus berry blends. One of my favorite chais!

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45 tasting notes

I had high hopes for this after trying a sample of it a Teavana store.

So I, beaming with excited tea-happiness, asked the clerk for a couple ounces of it and brought it home. Sadly, I just couldn’t replicate the strength of flavor that was present in the sample I tried. Even when using a full 3 teaspoons of leaf and letting it steep longer than normal standards (the guide on the side of the bag) would advise I still couldn’t get a comparable flavor out of it.

I’m convinced that the employees at Teavana use some kind of magic to get their sample teas to taste like they do. I’d ask them to show me but I’m scared that I’d end up in some shady back room selling my soul to a superfluously titled tea god.

In short, this tea is not worth the hefty price tag.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Madison Bartholemew

ahhh the teavanna god… here’s a little bit of insight …
a friend of mine is a former store manager… she says that they used the winter white honey in the samples instead of the rock cane sugar.. but they couldn’t advertise that… and that many times they doubled to an iced tea amount of tea for the samples without watering them back down…
AND their rigs in the store only pour at a pre-boiled 208-210… there is no measured 195 or 175 in the store… they cool it down while it’s steeping so the initial water hit is much hotter that what you would do at home and it’s cooled during the steep so it doesn’t burn the leaves.
I really don’t like that they don’t follow their own instructions… and the only reason she talked to me about it is because I kept ordering cups of tea that I swore up and down were burned… so now I don’t complain… but I know I can’t trust the cups you buy there.
I hate the corporate side of that company.


I bought it because of the sample as well and it tastes nothing like the sample at home. It’s frustrating.


The new blend is the Samurai Chai Mate and Maharaja Chai Oolong. I don’t know what it was like three years ago but now there are definitely two water heaters with different temperatures, and the sample definitely has german rock sugar!

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2009 tasting notes

Was able to connect briefly with my best tea drinking buddy while on the road and she brought me a do-it-yourself kit with this blend and several packets of turbinado sugar.

Tasted it straight up, then after adding the sugar crystals, and couldn’t taste much difference.

I do like this better than most chai blends because of its naturally sweet personality…most chais to me taste like somebody randomly emptied the contents of their spice cabinets into a tin. Not getting any citrus from the Samurai Chai part of the mix; but plenty of the cinnamon and pepper from the Ayurvedic half.

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372 tasting notes

This is becoming my morning starter. No sweetener it’s great!

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5 tasting notes

I’m back! I’ve still been drinking tea, but have taken a little leave of absence from Steepster. I’ve been trying a lot of different Teavana teas, just because I know that there’s more to discover with them—at least more than a Celestial Seasonings type of tea. So this was one of my first Teavanas, and I love it. I’ve shared it with multiple friends, and they’ve all really enjoyed it too. It has very earthy tones, and I like that about it rather than the fruity teas that I usually drink. Today I over sweetened it a little bit, so that gives it a different flavor. But I still enjoy it, and it’s a great tea that works just as well throughout the day as it cools down a little bit. Love it!

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Welcome back! If you would like some free samples take a look at my cupboard and send me a message. I send out samples to people getting their tea stock started with some variety.

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15 tasting notes

This was the first loose leaf tea I ever had and its one of my favourites that I am desperately trying to make last. Its lovely and each steep seems to bring out a different hint of flavours. On the first steep you can really taste the spices, and it makes a beautiful morning tea with just the slightest undercurrent of citrus, the second steep certainly brings out more citrus and on a third steep – albeit weak, you can really taste the white. I absolutely adore this tea for whatever ocassion. I love the multitude of flavours that come with this tea – its like trying something new with each brew!


I love matés. I have recently tried «My Morning Maté» from Teavana and it’s also really good. I think I might go for this Samurai next time!


I’ll have to try My Morning Mate by Teavana, my boyfriend brought this one up for me since he knows I’m a tea drinker and its essentially what started the conversion over to loose leaf. Definitely recommend it!

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392 tasting notes

Had this today as a sample at teavana – it was pretty heavily sweetened, but it was pretty good. It was nicely spicy. For some reason I found it to taste a bit like rum which I thought was odd. But it was decent. I would have to have more of it and have it non-sweetened to more properly rate it.

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