Chai Classic (Formerly Organic Tazo Chai)

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Brand:Tazo Tea
Style:Chai / Spiced Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Assam, India
Loose/teabag:Teabag
Product page:Chai Classic (Formerly Organic Tazo Chai)

This tea's info last updated: Jan. 8, 2018

Commercial Description

A robust blend of black tea, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper & spices.

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Reviewer pic74 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
(225 reviews) on

Bags of this tea came from a conference's coffee-break session, alongside a bunch of other Tazo and Bigelow teas that I mostly have tried already. Somehow, despite liking chai a lot, I hadn't had this one yet. It's a keeper—not the best chai I've chugged, but very satisfying, robust, and sharp. My wife likes to pack away a selection of favorite bagged teas along on trips where one might be around no tea (or uncertain-quality tea) for awhile. This would be ideal for that purpose, except that she doesn't like chai.

The dry-bag aroma was middling, more peppery than I expected, but the taste was much richer. The label doesn't specify that Tazo uses Assam, but it's fairly obvious, given the dense, fast, very dark browning of the liquid, the large degree of swelling of wet, chopped tea leaves in-bag (a trait I've noticed with Assam more than others), and the potent, malty base-tea flavor that isn't overwhelmed by the spices. This rendition of chai did taste a little cinnamon-heavy to me—not a bother, since I like cinnamon. Still, enough of the cloves and cardamom come through to keep it from tasting like I simply poured hot water through cinnamon sticks and into Assam tea, then sprinkled it with black pepper. The aftertaste is spicy and warm, and lingers all around mouth and throat for several minutes. As such, this may be a fine comfort tea for a cold, snowy day.

I liked this tea quite a lot. The only drawbacks were the weak dry-bag aroma, only a little stronger scent in-cup, and a decidedly offputting component of wet-bag smell that reminded me of armpit odor. Don't sniff the bag (hard for me not to do with spiced tea!) and all should be fine.
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Reviewer pic83 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
(3 reviews) on

Chai is not my go to flavor, but sometimes it really hits the spot. This chai tea is the best I've found at our local grocery. It's my husband's favorite.
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Reviewer pic77 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
(315 reviews) on

As others have noted, clove and pepper come through in this tea. Cinnamon and other flavors are subtle. I added sugar and milk and really liked it. In short, as a bagged tea this one is pretty solid.
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Reviewer pic87 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
(24 reviews) on

Overall a very good chai - way I would like chai (I'm Indian) to be. I find other chai brands to be over powered with cinnamon or chicory. Tazo has a better balance in the chai masala.
In Canada, Tazo is more expensive than US, but still worth it.
Let me know what others think is a better chai brand out there.
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Reviewer pic70 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
(142 reviews) on

This tea was decent. I enjoyed its nice cinnamon flavor and smell. It wasn't too strong because I brewed it for a short time. I prefer my spicey teas to be subtle! I assume the longer suggested brew time would yield a stronger tea.
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Reviewer pic60 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
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A pleasant and drinkable, but somewhat uninteresting spiced tea or masala chai in a tea bag.

Brews a rich reddish brown color. Bold but clean flavor...moderately bitter and not very astringent.

I definitely notice clove as the dominant aroma. There's not much cinnamon, and I like that, as many commercial chai blends have too much for my taste. It does taste a bit more peppery than I like, like Slipster observed. I can't notice many discernable qualities to the base tea, which is unfortunate. There's a sharpness to the flavor, which seems typical of Assam teas, and a rice-like quality to the aroma, which I associate with some lighter black teas.

Leaves a pleasant tingly sensation on the palate, presumably from the clove.

I drank this plain; it might taste better with milk, as it had a bit of a sharp, cutting flavor that is usually a sign that it would pair better with milk.
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Reviewer pic67 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
(7 reviews) on

I find that the Tazo Chai tends to have too much pepper flavor for me. Of all the chai's I have tried this has the strongest pepper taste and I just don' like it. I prefer cinnamon and cloves.
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Reviewer pic80 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
(34 reviews) on

A strong, workmanlike chai. Ginger leads, which I enjoy. Nice body to the remaining flavors, which are assertive yet nicely blended. Good value.
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