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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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Chai Green Tea from Wild Harvest Organic

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend
Oct. 18th, 2018

Big time Chai tea lover here! This is my favorite chai it’s the perfect blend of sweet spices to give it that perfect flavor. Hard to find though.

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50 / 100
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Decaf Vanilla Chai from Stash Tea

Style: Vanilla Chai – Region: Blend
Oct. 8th, 2018

While I normally love chai, this one fell short in my book. I've read reviews from others who say they found it to be a predominantly vanilla flavor with a touch of chai spice... I disagree. To me, the aroma seems watered down, and the flavor is almost nutty. I hardly taste the chai at all, but it's more reminiscent of...

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70 / 100
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Dawn (Tea Bags) from Turmeric Teas

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend
Oct. 7th, 2018


To date, I’ve never found a chai I didn’t like, and this one was no different. Most chai is smooth, but this one seemed to go above and beyond; it was like drinking silk. It’s a wonderful blend of a bright flavor with touches of cinnamon and ginger. Cinnamon and chai isn’t a new idea, but the ginger was a wel...

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60 / 100
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Double Spice Chai Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: ?????
Oct. 6th, 2018

This is one of my favorite Chai teas from Stash to date. It's robust, has a wonderful cardamom flavor, and an aroma to match. While I only had a little to try out right now, I'd wager this would be heavenly with a touch of cream. Will likely be buying again!

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90 / 100
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Thai Chai from Adagio Teas

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: ?????
Oct. 5th, 2018

I really enjoy the coconut and spices in this tea. The flavors are strong yet blend well, and the tea doesn't go bitter with brewing. The aroma of the dry tea is especially strong. The tea resteeps well, though the flavors are mellowed by repeated brewing. This tastes good both with and without honey added.

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Mtn High Chai

Brand:Two Leaves Tea
Style:Chai / Spiced Tea
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Golden Chai™ - Spiced Assam Black Tea

Brand:Numi Organic Tea
Style:Chai / Spiced Tea
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Brand:Rishi Tea
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Organic Masala Chai Black Tea

Brand:Wegmans
Style:Chai / Spiced Tea
Region:India
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