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About Chai / Spiced Tea

Cup of tea with milk, in purple cup on purple saucer, on a glass table with wooden frame, with brown tile floor underneathChai (Cup of Masala Chai, Spiced Tea with Milk), Photo © innacoz (Flickr), CC BY-ND 2.0.
Chai, properly called masala chai, is Hindi for "spiced tea". The word "chai" just means tea, so terms like chai tea, although in widespread use, are redundant. A more accurate term is spiced chai.

Masala chai is a drink made by brewing tea, usually black tea, together with spices. Often, but not always, milk and sweetener, such as honey or sugar, are added. Sometimes condensed milk is used. If the milk is steamed, as with an espresso machine, the result is called a "chai tea latte".

Typically, masala chai is mixed up at the time of brewing, adding spices to taste, although, especially in the U.S., it is also sold pre-blended in teabags. A few companies sell green or herbal teas in a similar style to masala chai.

RateTea lists all pre-blended masala chai mixtures in this category. However, you can make your own spiced chai by blending spices with tea. For a classic flavor, try starting with an Indian black tea such as Assam.

Spices used in masala chai

Blend of black tea leaves with green cardamom pods, cloves, and some other dried chunks of spicesThis masala chai has a typical blend of cardamom, clove, ginger, cinnamon, and black pepper.
Traditional Indian masala chai is diverse and varies regionally and based on personal taste. Spices most commonly used include cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, star anise, peppercorn, and cloves. Other spices, herbs, and flavorings, such as nutmeg, rose, liquorice, vanilla, or mint are occasionally used.

When only one spice is used, the resulting blend is usually named with the spice itself, such as cinnamon black tea or tea with cardamom: the term "chai" is usually reserved for blends including multiple spices. Black tea blended with cardamom, or "cardamom tea" is widely consumed in the Middle east.

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Spiced Chai from Trader Joe's

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: ?????
Apr. 21st, 2018

Nice chai, although they could try it without the chicory.

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84 / 100
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Chai Latte Karamel from Fredsted

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend
Feb. 25th, 2018

Aroma is heavy caramel, milk and a little tea. Flavor is very sweet. Sweet finish. I love caramel.

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77 / 100
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Cacao Chai from Zhi Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend
Jan. 11th, 2018

A good masala chai that tasted more like a traditional Indian spiced tea than a modern flavored tea.

This was passed on to me through a friend of my family. I've been wanting to try Zhi tea for a while. This probably isn't the type of tea I'd pick though if given a choice -- I prefer pure teas. That said, this te...

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49 / 100
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This was among the least-appealing chai teas I've had so far—decent-tasting with some effort, but also, having an important turn-off and separate weakness that preclude a better rating.

The dry-bag and poured cup smelled dutifully spicy, but also somewhat urinary. That caught me off guard, and probably isn't the ...

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61 / 100
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Herfstthee from Simon Lévelt

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend
Aug. 4th, 2017

"Warming" is indeed the best word to describe this tea. It smells like baked goods: what comes to mind is Finnish christmas cookie dough. I can clearly taste the anise and the licorice, the cinnamon too, but I'm not sure about the sage, honeybush and orange. Actually, this tea tastes like anise and licorice but not tha...

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Chai Spice Black Tea

Brand:Stash Tea
Style:Chai / Spiced Tea
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Caffeine:Caffeinated
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Mtn High Chai

Brand:Two Leaves Tea
Style:Chai / Spiced Tea
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
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Brand:Twinings
Style:Chai / Spiced Tea
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Brand:Tazo Tea
Style:Chai / Spiced Tea
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
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Golden Chai™ - Spiced Assam Black Tea

Brand:Numi Organic Tea
Style:Chai / Spiced Tea
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
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Brand:Rishi Tea
Style:Chai / Spiced Tea
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Brand:Twinings
Style:Chai / Spiced Tea
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Brand:Celestial Seasonings
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