Tea-sty Tuesday: Stash Chai Spice Black Tea

chaiStash Chai Spice Black Tea: Sweet, Spicy, and Very Dark

Chai is one of those things I always thought I would drink like there’s no tomorrow.  I really like Indian food.  I really like cinnamon and cardamom.  I am even learning to get along with ginger.

Chai on the other hand…yeah, not so much.  For some reason, I just couldn’t get behind it unti recently and I think I know why.  Dairy…thou art the enemy.

Seriously.  I have never taken cream in my coffee.  I drink Thai iced teas without the evaporated milk.  Still, every chai I have ever drank has tasted (and sometimes had a mouth feel) of pure heavy cream.  Not good.

Still, this discovery (and a few bags of Masala tea) have sparked an interest in different chai blends I can make myself and skip the cream entirely.  Blends like this Stash Chai Spice Black Tea. Then if you really love coffee have a look at the Making Good Coffee blog as they have some awesome content on there.

Stash Chai Spice Black Tea’s Ingredients

According to the website, Stash Chai Spice Black Tea blends “rich, flavorful Indian black teas and cinnamon, clove, ginger and cardamom.”  While those ingredients blend into a fine tasting tea, it’s also nice to know Stash is committed to healthy, 100% natural teas and that they position themselves as a healthy tea line.  As I review more Stash teas (as there are several I am interested in), we’ll see how they deliver on the healthy promise.

Stash Chai Spice Black Tea’s Aroma

About like how you would expect a blend of black tea, cinnamon, clove, ginger, and cardamom to smell… a little like a rich, spicy dessert!  However, given the strength of those ingredients, the smell isn’t as strong as you might expect.  Therefore, it’s pleasant, but not overpowering.

Stash Chai Spice Black Tea’s Taste

It pains me to say it, but Stash did not convert me into a chai tea fan.  It was good and I’ll finish the box, but at the same time, it didn’t bring on the fandom

Certainly anyone who likes chai should adore Stash Chai Spice Black Tea mix.  It has all the hallmarks of chai flavor including the sharp ginger and clove finish that is heralded by the sweetness of cinnamon and the pungent taste of cardamom.  I’ve had chai in Indian restaruants that tasted very similar to Stash Chai Spice Black Tea, it just wasn’t for me.

Stash Chai Spice Black Tea’s Effects

I got a little caffeine buzz going.  Other than that…sadly… nothing.

Stash Chai Spice Black Tea Overall

Stash Chai Spice Black Tea is not a repeat purchaser for me, but that certainly doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be for you.  I just am not sure I can become a chai fan.

Still, Stash treated its tea with respect and used ingredients I think I can be proud of, so I will definitely be drinking more of it.

However, this tea still rated 2 cups out of five.

Thanks to doegox.


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