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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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Picture of Enticing Chai (Spiced Chai Flavored Black Tea)

In an apparent ode to Back to the Future, Lipton, or at least its corporate boss Unilever, is again referring to this simply as, "Spiced Chai", as of Feb. 2020. Whether this is a renaming of their chai just for food-service purposes, or for keeps across the brand, remains to be seen. I uploaded a photo of the latest ...

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75 / 100
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I got a coupon from Twinings to replace some decaffeinated Earl Gray, which was really quite awful, and I decided to spend it on this.

The spices were a tad different than other chai tea bags I'd had before. I've had chai in restaurants and have bought tea bags in the Indian sector of a nearby city, and the spices i...

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61 / 100
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Bombay Chai from Mighty Leaf Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: ?????
Jan. 30th, 2020

I love chai overall, so they tend to skew high in my ratings unless they either simply suck, or as in this case, are "just" decent while being overpriced. [Though I was served a couple bags of this tea at a Corner Bakery outlet, I based "value" on the online pricing.] My version came in a rectangular sachet sewn on t...

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82 / 100
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Cinnamon Stick® Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: ?????
Dec. 16th, 2019

For a bagged tea, this isn't bad. It diffuses quickly and has a pleasantly strong aroma and flavor. The cinnamon is at a good intensity for me and it blends well with the black tea. This will be part of my collection of bagged teas at work from now on.

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Although good, and a decent value for the currency-adjusted price, this tea fell slightly off expectations for a company that usually yields outstanding quality. Maybe the loose-leaf version is better, and the latter certainly smelled amazing in their Victoria store.

The dry-bag smell was curiously weak in cinnamon...

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Brand:Two Leaves and a Bud
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Brand:Twinings
Style:Chai / Spiced Tea
Region:?????
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Style:Chai / Spiced Tea
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
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Thai Chai

Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Chai / Spiced Tea
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Brand:Trader Joe's
Style:Chai / Spiced Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
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Organic Masala Chai Black Tea

Brand:Wegmans
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