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Last Updated: Jul. 29, 2015 

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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Ultra Spice Chai from Twinings

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: ?????
May. 4th, 2021

The aroma is nice and spicy. I like the flavor as well. It was definitely present but not as intense as "ultra" might imply. I didn't sweeten it, but I think it could do well both sweetened or unsweetened depending on one's mood. Overall, this is a solid bagged tea!

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86 / 100
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Masala Chai from Adagio Teas

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon
Dec. 26th, 2020

Prep: 212F, 10min (per tea), sample bag, 8oz

Aroma: Very traditional cinnamon and spice aromas jump out of the mug here. I’m expecting this to be quite spicy. 9/10

Flavor: Fairly good pop of cinnamon and clove notes. This doesn’t overwhelm your palate with spice but it bring back memories of chai spiced la...

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82 / 100

Chocolate Chai Pu Erh from Adagio Teas

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: ?????
Dec. 22nd, 2020

Prep: 212F, 5min, 2 heaping tsp for 16oz.

Aroma: I often am critical of chai teas because they are too balanced. Typically, I want the spice when I go for chai. This blend delivers. Quite spicy, plenty of chocolate in the nose. 9/10

Flavor: There is not a disparity between the aroma and flavor which is nice. Ve...

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70 / 100

Organic Vanilla Chai from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: ?????
Dec. 14th, 2020

A little funny having a black tea before bedtime; however, the cab says low caffeine. David’s would not mislead me, right?

Prep: 2.5 tsp, 16oz, 200F, 7.5 minutes (directions say 205 for 7 minutes).

Aroma: You really get the vanilla notes on this one. The cinnamon pops pretty nicely as well. With the aroma bei...

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70 / 100
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Chai Love from Tiesta Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend
Dec. 11th, 2020

Appearance: Fairly saturated reddish brown. Looks pretty much the part of chai.

Aroma: Here is my conundrum. The tea smells so spicy and aromatic in the tin but the liquid is more of a black tea, malty presence with some mild cardamom.

Taste: This is a solid chai tea. It has really good malty notes but I’d l...

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Mtn High Chai

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

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

Brand:Wegmans
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Region:India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
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Brand:Arbor Teas
Style:Chai / Spiced Tea
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