French Vanilla Chai

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Black Chai Blend
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Cinnamon, Cardamon, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Cloves, Creamy, Nutty, Spices, Artificial
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200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec 9 oz / 266 ml

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  • “Ever since I saw this in the store I have been curious about a vanilla chai. I like the spiciness of chai and I love vanilla. What could go wrong? Apparently the other reviews were right. The black...” Read full tasting note
  • “My sister loves this one, and convinced me to add a bit of caramel (as in, dessert topping!) to it to “bring out the vanilla.” I was skeptical, but she was right, it really does!” Read full tasting note
  • “I wasn’t impressed with this when I tried it last year and it turns out I’m not impressed now either. It’s not French Vanilla like nor Chai like but a watered down and tasteless version of the two....” Read full tasting note
  • “Twinings order 3/27 Not gross… but weird… I can’t even discribe it. Artificial? Yeah… that’s it… Fakey Fakerton from… ok yeah I’m gonna stop now. But it’s so weird. Almost like it was made from a...” Read full tasting note

From Twinings

The finest black tea expertly blended with the enticing flavor of sweet vanilla and the savory spice flavors of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and ginger to deliver a delicious tea with a warm soothing aroma and smooth, creamy taste.

Ingredients: Black Tea, Natural Chai, Cinnamon & Ginger Flavours with Other Natural Flavours, Artificial Vanilla Flavour, Cardamom, Clove, Vanilla Pod Powder.

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37 Tasting Notes

39 tasting notes

The scent was promising but the tea, itself, was disappointing compared to what one expects from a Chai tea.

I’m not usually a chai fan, as I find them to be a bit too strong for my liking, so I didn’t hate the tea, but I didn’t like it either. Looking at this from a chai/vanilla perspective, I felt they missed the mark in both directions.

The tea was weak enough I never even removed the bag while drinking it, which is highly unusual for me when it comes to chais.

I prefer to not add sweeteners, but I may try a bit of milk or honey as suggested by other reviews and see if it changes my opinion.

EDIT TO ADD: I did a second brew at 190 degrees, steeped for 5-6 minutes, and added a bit of honey powder to it. It made no significant boost to flavor other than to make it slightly sweeter. Still would not recommend.

Flavors: Cinnamon

190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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67 tasting notes

The smell is there you really get your hopes up and I actually liked this for awhile until I began tasting other chai teas and this one really doesn’t compare. It also tastes really mild and I find you don’t taste the flavor until you added milk and sugar where with a really good chai you don’t need too.

Flavors: Cardamon, Nutmeg, Vanilla

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585 tasting notes

I was surprised by how much I liked this one. The vanilla offset some of the intensity of the nutmeg while highlighting the cinnamon and cloves (which are the two enjoyable aspects of chai, in my opinion). It was really tasty with a splash of skim.

Something about fall and winter makes me want chai, I guess.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Creamy, Nutmeg, Nutty, Vanilla

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3 tasting notes

I found this tea super disappointing. It tastes to me mainly of artificial vanilla, and I had really liked another of Twinings’ chai offerings.

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24 tasting notes

It’s gotten me through many an all-nighter.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices, Vanilla

200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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59 tasting notes

This tea smells wonderful, vanilla and cinnamon, I could sit and smell it all day. It is very mild flavoured though, this is the second tea I’ve added chocolate milk to in order to add flavour, which works well here. It’s not bad, just mild. I’m going to finish the box, but am unlikely to buy it again.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Vanilla

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1104 tasting notes

I believe my mouth had a seizure when I drank this.

However, if you spill this tea over a lunch box and leave it there for an hour it will smell like perfume for the next few weeks…

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296 tasting notes

Got this bag from a freebie sampler in the mail awhile back, decided to do it up today at work. thank goodness for emergency teas!
I was only able to enjoy the first half of my mug before the boss man dumped it out. He has a habit of tossing any drink left unattended as soon as he comes in. I also have a habit of leaving mugs of tea unattended for enough time for him to dump it out. Luckily, I rarely use our mugs at work so I am usually safe from good tea getting tossed down the drain :P
This tea was very mild in all of it’s aspects. I don’t think it was my method of preparation, I think it was just the bag. I used just boiling water, and steeped for 4-5 minutes. What I got in return was a generic teabag chai. There was a French vanilla coffee mate powder sense to it, and the chai was strong on the cloves and cinnamon. I like to avoid cloves at all costs, so this was a loss for me. The black tea base was there, the same way the water was “just there.”
Ah well, at least I didn’t have to dump it myself?

Flavors: Artificial, Cloves, Vanilla

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117 tasting notes

Water: 8oz

Leaves: Tea Bag

Steep: 6m

Aroma: Vanilla Spice

Color: Deep orange/brown

Taste: Due to my previous Chai taste test I wanted to try out another sample. On the package it stated to brew this for 4-6 minutes. I went with the later at 6m I wanted to see what this tea had at full strength thus a stronger brew. The aroma was a nice vanilla spice. As for the color it was deeper than the previous Chai this is probably due to the longer steep time. One thing I found rather interesting was the clarity of the tea I found this cup to be quite cloudy. As for the taste despite brewing for a long time this was very bland like plain drinking water, no spice flavor or anything else for that matter.

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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511 tasting notes

Tried this one at work today and was NOT impressed. It doesn’t taste like chai at all! The main flavor is a strong artificial vanilla with a bit of cinnamon. The back base is completely smothered by the other flavors.

Flavors: Artificial, Cinnamon, Vanilla

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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