Unless the leaves are bought from Teavana, or we’re talking about Tazo teabags, chai teas are a difficult thing to master. Because of this, a great chai tea is like a diamond in the rough.

Things did not start off strongly, literally. The tea does not have a strong enough aroma to really excite my senses. The bag is quite unassuming, worryingly so that I doubt any space is allowed for it to breath in.

Steeping gives a nice deep cherry color. Unfortunately, the scent does not say quality, giving more a weak pale spice.

I was quite reluctant to taste this, as a great chai can be a great chai, but a terrible chai is very very terrible. To be safe, I added two packets of sugar.

Once it hits your lips, the flavor is very watery. You can taste the pale black tea, which is not strong enough, and the weak spice floating around. Even with two sugars, the taste is not very appealing.

Although not terrible, it isn’t anything outstanding or great, it is barely even good. Probably with a bit of milk, it could smooth things out.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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