drank David's Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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The other new Chai tea that officially launched today!

Of the two that launched, this is the one that I personally prefer – though as I’ve stated it’s still not something that I love because I don’t really resonate as strongly with Chai blends as other tea types. That said…

Compositionally, I’m really impressed by this blend – it’s very heavily inspired by a Masala Chai and it’s got a very classic, traditional taste/ingredients list. I think that’s something that’s sort of missing from DT’s Chai assortment – something simple and very traditional, but with high quality ingredients. I that very begrudgingly, because I think we carry too many Chai blends as it is. However, sometimes people don’t want the crazy, twisted take on a classic (aka S’mores Chai) – they want the OG!

So yeah, this is our new “house chai” – a nice, classic Masala inspired chai!

You get a bit of everything Chai Spice: cinnamon, clove, black pepper, cardamom, and star anise! I think it’s pretty balanced, maybe a little more ginger and star anise if I had to pick out two aspects to call out? I like that mix though; you get a little bit of actual heat/warmth from the ginger but the star anise is rich and sweet and provides contrast! Plus, star anise is just so pretty – isn’t it!? I fucking love star anise (and clove) and that lovely anise note in the cup is the highlight of this blend for me personally – I’ve actually made this a fair amount of times just because I specifically was craving that note. However, for the people who don’t enjoy that taste I don’t think it takes over the cup in any way – it’s there, but balanced with all the other things to create a complex, and full bodied chai.

It’s also damn good as a latte! Very rich, still full bodied, so insanely cozy…

I’ve had it with several kinds of milk at this point, but my favourite has BY FAR been coconut milk – it feels like the kind of Chai tea someone’s grandparents could have spent all day brewing up stovetop for you, the traditional/“from scratch” way, and the coconut adds the most amazing creaminess and silky mouthfeel.

Highly recommend trying this out with coconut milk if you like Chai lattes!

EDIT: I forgot to mention that there’s ZERO flavouring added to this blend! Which, I think, it really cool!

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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Hello! My name is Kelly, though many people in the tea community call me Ros or Roswell.

I am a twenty five year old proudly queer tea addict, blogger, and all around tea geek. I grew up in the Prairies, but a few years ago I relocated to Quebec to pursue a career with DAVIDsTEA in the tea industry! I’m still working on getting my French language skills down…

My first introduction to tea, in any form outside of instant and bottled iced tea, was about seven years ago when I happened to stumble upon DAVIDsTEA while looking for a birthday present for a friend! I tried their Birthday Cake rooibos blend, and I’ve been hooked on tea ever since! In those seven years; I was introduced to the online tea community, expanded my interest in flavoured teas to include a deep love and appreciation for straight teas and traditional brewing methods, got a tea themed tattoo, started reviewing teas, amassed a sizable tea and teaware collection, became a TAC certified Tea Sommelier, & even came full circle by beginning a career in the tea industry with DAVIDsTEA!

I consider myself a Jack of all Teas, and strive to have a knowledge and appreciation of all tea types, formats, and styles of drinking. I don’t like to feel boxed in to just being a “flavoured tea” or “straight tea” drinker – my expectations may vary depending on the type of tea or how it’s been processed/prepare but if it’s good tea, it’s good tea no matter how it’s been made!

You name it, I probably drink it- and I’ll absolutely try anything at least once.

My default method of preperation is hot, Western style, and straight – but I’m not opposed to additions if I’m in the right mood. If I ever add something to a tea or use a different method of preparation I will ALWAYS call it out in the tasting note though.

I like to listen to music when drinking tea, especially when I’m brewing a large pot at a time or steeping Gongfu. Often I curate very intentional tea and music pairings, and sometimes I share them here in my tasting reviews. Music is something that I find can deeply affect the experience of having tea.

Favourite flavour notes/ingredients: Pear, lychee, cranberry, cream, melon, pineapple, malt, roasty, petrichor, sweet potato, heady florals like rose, hazelnut or walnut, sesame, honey (in moderation), and very woody shou.

Least favourite flavour notes/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger, strongly spiced profiles (and most Chai in general), mushrooms, seaweed, chamomile, stevia, saltiness or anything that reminds me too much of meat that isn’t supposed to taste like meat…

Currently exploring/obsessed with: Sheng from Yiwu, Yancha (Qilan in particular), anything with a strong sweet potato note. Also, I need to try ALL the root beer teas! Searching for a really good caramel flavoured blend, ideally with a black tea base.

Tea Pet Reference Guide:

Clay Pixiu Dragons: Zak & Wheezie
Clay Goldfish: Dot
Clay Monkey: Enzo
Jade Pixiu Dragon: Whitaker
Ruyao Carp: Splashy
Ruyao Dragon: Pablo
Ruyao Frog: Bebe
Sculpted Pig: Nelly
Sculpted Tuxedo Cat: Pekoe
Sculpted Tabby Cat: Marmalade
Ceramic Rabbit: Rupert
Ceramic Stringray: Irwin
Ceramic Horse: Bergamot
Ceramic Snail: Snicket
Ceramic Cat: Saffron
Wood Fired Man: Leopold
Brass Mouse: Stilton

Please contact me at the instagram account listed below if you would like me to review your teas.

Currently I’m employed in the tea department of the DAVIDsTEA head office. While I’m still sharing my own personal thoughts on new & existing DAVIDsTEA blends, I am no longer numerically rating them due to the obvious conflict of interest. Any comments expressed are a reflection of my own thoughts and opinions, and do not reflect the thoughts and opinions of the company. Any DAVIDsTEA blends you currently see with a numeric score were reviewed prior to my being hired there and have not been adjusted since becoming a DAVIDsTEA employee.

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