Honey Vanilla Chai

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  • “Yesterday, after the Harney & Sons’ Peaches & Ginger black tea, I knew exactly which tea I wanted next (Numi’s Chocolate Puerh) but it was also time to cook dinner. Since I wanted to enjoy...” Read full tasting note
  • “I’m having a lazy Friday – I don’t feel like messing with loose teas and the filter bags. I’ve had a rough work week and am SO GLAD it’s Freakin’ Friday. So I’m enjoying this cupboard staple. I...” Read full tasting note
  • “Okay. I’m not sure where to start with this, because in many way this was a very not me thing to buy and in other ways it was a very me thing to buy and I didn’t even get it entirely on purpose in...” Read full tasting note
  • “A sample from Angrboda. Tried one of these as my pre-bedtime drink yesterday evening. For bagged tea, this isn’t half bad. Or rather, it’s actually pretty wonderful. The honey and vanilla...” Read full tasting note

From Celestial Seasonings

“This satisfying blend is a smooth and creamy interpretation of our authentic chai recipe. Honey Vanilla White Tea Chai combines delicate, antioxidant-rich white tea, golden honey and smooth vanilla to create a delightfully mild brew with just the right amount of spice. Add warm milk and sweeten to taste for a soothing chai experience.” — Charlie Baden, Celestial Seasonings Blendmaster since 1975

Ingredients: White tea, black tea, roasted chicory, cinnamon, natural honey and vanilla flavors with other natural flavors (contains soy lecithin), ginger, cloves, cardamom, black pepper, nutmeg and honey.

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Yesterday, after the Harney & Sons’ Peaches & Ginger black tea, I knew exactly which tea I wanted next (Numi’s Chocolate Puerh) but it was also time to cook dinner. Since I wanted to enjoy that cup and not mindlessly drink through it while cooking, I looked for something quick and easy to drink instead. I chose this one because none of my other bagged black teas were calling to me and I need to use it up. Plus I thought it sounded just fine with a touch of milk and honey.

So this tea, I’ve had an odd time with. At first, it was way way too strong. Then tastelessly weak. So I switched to two bags in a larger mug. Which was fine the first time or two. Then too strong that way. I can only assume it’s been me doing different steep times/water temperatures and not keeping track as well as I usually do of what worked. But I don’t know. I kind of think the tea is changing on me.

This time, I went one bag, standard size mug. I steeped it longer, knowing I was going to be adding milk to it and wanting it to come out on the stronger side. But after adding the honey, I sipped it and realized the milk would weaken it too much for my tastes so did not add it.

The cup was fine. Spiced with honey. But not all that enjoyable. Just something warm to sip on while I cooked. I’ll be glad once the box is done.

I’m actually bumping my rating down on this one to a 46 (drinkable range 40-50) because of the irregularity between mugs and because, while I don’t dislike it, it doesn’t really do much for me.

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I’m having a lazy Friday – I don’t feel like messing with loose teas and the filter bags. I’ve had a rough work week and am SO GLAD it’s Freakin’ Friday. So I’m enjoying this cupboard staple.

I raised the rating slightly because I do love the mix of chai spice with vanilla and a hint of honey flavor. Steep it for about five minutes and you’re in for a spicy treat.

I added some sugar to reward myself for it being Friday. I also like to add sugar to balance and enhance spicy flavors. This one is no exception.

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Okay. I’m not sure where to start with this, because in many way this was a very not me thing to buy and in other ways it was a very me thing to buy and I didn’t even get it entirely on purpose in the first place.

Ways in which it’s Not-Me:
1. It’s a chai. I’ve never been able to really get into chais although I’ve tried now and then. It’s the spice mix. There’s just generally too much going on in chais. My tongue gets a little overwhelmed by it and just seems to start looking for the nearest exit. Which is weird because I’m not generally against spices in cooking or baking so long as it’s not something burning hot.
2. It almost always involves ginger and I’m just not very keen on ginger. Aforementioned burning hotness, you see. It’s not something that appeals to me at all. I’ve never been able to understand how some people can enjoy a meal that is physically painful to eat. Ginger gives me that same sort of burning sensation, and pain =/= pleasure for me. Pain is pain and pain is unpleasant and to be avoided whenever possible and that’s the end of it.
3. It’s dust in a bag. This should be self explanatory, really.
4. Proper chai involves milk. I can drink milked tea, but I much prefer not to. I think this is also part of the reason I’ve been unable to really get into chais.

Ways in which it’s Quite-Me:
1. Vanilla. I am, as you know, extremely attracted to any tea which has vanilla in it. Actually in recent years this is not just tea, it’s anything that has vanilla in it. Having found the Perfect Vanilla Black, I am now searching for the recipe for the Perfect Vanilla Biscuit. (I have some experimental ideas to try in that regard, but as this is not Biscuitster.com, I’ll move on)
2. Honey. I am also, probably less well known, very attracted to something with honey in it. I really would like to ‘meet’ an excellent honey flavoured tea, rather than just a tea that tastes like someone put honey in it, which has been my experience with honey flavouring so far. Because it’s not the same thing. But I find the idea of the honey flavoured tea very appealing indeed.

Reason why I didn’t buy this on purpose:
When it comes to the just-before-bed-cup, Husband and I have developed a habit of something herbal, taken in bed while reading. He favours chamomile because he feels like he sleeps better afterwards. I’m not keen on that, so I’m shopping around. I have plenty of rooibos with yummy flavours, but the thing is at that point of the day the last thing I want to do is faff about with teapots and loose leaf. Unfortunately the kinds of rooibos flavourings that I enjoy don’t seem to be readily available in bagged form. So I’ve found myself bag-hunting. Finished a box from Yogi tea and didn’t feel like I wanted to continue with that one, so I looked for another kind to try. As I was looking my eye fell on this box. And Quite-Me reasons trumped Not-Me reasons, in spite of the fact that I was looking for something herbal in the first place. So therefore it was not on purpose and not my fault, and I did also get some bags of a herbal blend to try as well (after having agonised for a bit about the bleeding inclusion of bleeding hibiscus in nearly bleeding everything that looked remotely interesting).

Not on purpose. Not my fault.

So I’ve been experimenting with it a bit. First I tried it with milk, which I had warmed (nuked) a bit first. I followed the suggestion on the box with 1/4 warm milk and 3/4 water. The box also suggested sweetening it to taste with sugar. As my ‘to taste’ with tea is entirely without sugar in a sort of ew-sugar-tea-blech! way, I figured I had already sort of done this by leaving sweetening out. It didn’t say anything about temperature but as it contains both black and white, I took my cue from the white.

It was… pleasant enough, although quite ginger-y. There were the other spices in the flavour as well, but in a sort of generic spice blend flavour where I couldn’t have picked them out from each other at all. It was just… spice. And ginger. Ginger I can pick out, but that’s because I’m so wary of it.

I could not, however, taste any tea at all, be it black or white both of which are supposed to be in here. I also couldn’t find anything remotely resembling vanilla or the slightest trace of honey.

It felt very generic beginner-chai-y and quite thin tasting. With ginger. Which, as ginger does, got stronger and stronger towards the end of the cup.

Hm. Not very succesful.

I reckoned maybe the milk was, while softening up the spices, covering the other flavours. This is why I don’t much understand the whole milk in tea concept. I find it deadens the taste of the tea and just turns into warm milk with something in it. Much like this particular cup did. So I tried a second cup with a fresh bag and without the milk.

I was a little concerned about the ginger here, because I thought without the milk to tame it, it might get out of hand completely. It was already plenty wild for me before after all.

I can actually smell something in it now. Something spicy (duh) but with a hint of sweetness in there, telling me that even if I can’t find the honey and the vanilla in the flavour they are in there somewhere.

I steeped the bag for a really long time, because the brew above had been so thin that I’d ended up just dumping the bag back in the cup and keeping it there while drinking. And it was still quite thin. It looks like a jolly big teabag but I’m wondering now how much actual tea is actually in there. It can’t be very much. Or it must be really old.

Peculiarly the ginger was much more in the background now, which was a pleasant surprise. Not at all what I had counted on. The other spices were still present as well and still just a generic could be anything really sort of spice blend.

I felt like I could pick up a hint of vanilla and honey now though, but not nearly as much as I would have liked at all.

All in all not as good as hoped but I’m pretty certain I can drink this box up eventually. I’ve definitely learned not to follow the suggestion on the box though, because that just didn’t work at all.

Perhaps I should try another go-round of both these versions while making it like a black with boiling water and like a flavoured black with not quite boiling water. So I tried boiling water, no milk.

It was less thin at this point, but still the same generic spice throughout most of the flavour. This time though I actually felt like I was drinking tea as opposed to spiced water, so that was a plus.

Honey and vanilla, though? Not so much. I seem to have misplaced them. I’m sure I had them just before!


Have you got one of those “magic” gravity infusers? I got one,got from Yumchaa, from some taiwanese teaware brand. At the beginning I was meh, and did not see the point, but have been slowly converted to it, particularly for my nightly rooibos. It strains perfectly (with rooibos that is difficult) and I can just clean it up in the morning when the leaves are cold anyway.


We have a french press pot that we use for rooibos, but it’s annoying to clean. Not the parts themselves, but the stupid little rooibos leaves. :)


If you ever get the chance check out a gravity infuser. It is not like reinventing the wheel but from thinking it was a gimmick, it’s really really great for rooibos and multiple steeps. Not cheap, but really worth it!


Unless it can change the stupid little rooibos leaves that are tiny and stick to everything into larger leaves that are generally less annoying to deal with, then I don’t think a change of equipment is going to make much different. The french press is fine, the parts are easy enough to clean and the whole thing can go in the dishwasher (and does regularly). It’s the tiny little leaves that irritate me during the cleaning process. Besides even if the tiny little rooibos leaves weren’t so annoying, right before bed would still not be a time where I would really wish to mess about with loose leaf. Herbal tea of any sort honestly isn’t anywhere near so important to me that I can’t do it bagged.

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A sample from Angrboda. Tried one of these as my pre-bedtime drink yesterday evening. For bagged tea, this isn’t half bad. Or rather, it’s actually pretty wonderful. The honey and vanilla flavouring comes out really clearly, and is sweet and comforting. The spice mix is fairly subtle, but nicely balanced, with the cinnamon and cloves coming out most clearly, and the other flavours hovering just out of reach in the background. What I mean here is that the flavour wouldn’t be the same without them, but they’re hard to pick out individually in the overall taste, unlike the cinnamon and cloves, which are readily identifiable. I didn’t read the ingredients list before trying this one, so I’m a bit surprised to learn that there’s white tea in here. I can’t say it was noticable, although I’ll pay more attention next time.

I brewed this for about 6 minutes in just over half a cup of boiling water, and then topped up with warmed milk. This works really well as a chai latte — it’s sweet, comforting, spicy amazingness. I have three more bags remaining, and I’m looking forward to drinking them as the nights get colder. I needed comforting yesterday, with the storm supposedly arriving, and the fact that HR have messed up my new contract weighing on my mind. Anyway, this is s really lovely blend — probably the most pleasant vanilla chai I’ve tried to date! I’ll definitely look out for this when I’m next shopping for tea — it’s one bagged tea I wouldn’t mind having more of in my cupboard. Thanks again to Angrboda for sharing this with me!

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Do you want to know the closely-guarded secret to taking a rather mediocre chai tea and turning it into something incredibly delicious?

whispers Just add Bailey’s. ;)


HAH! Will need to remember this the next time I’m at a family gathering.



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This tea reminds me of one of those gift shops that sells candles and potpourri and such. The scent of vanilla is strong and warm, with touches of honey and spice underneath. It’s a soothing blend, but I think it could become cloying quickly. Luckily I like my chai heavy on the vanilla and light on the spice. I added a packet of raw sugar and a healthy splash of whole milk, so this is a very sweet and rich mug. Overall I think I would rather add my own honey than buy a tea with honey flavoring, but I was glad to get to sample this.

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After Zoomdweebie’s strawberry honey black I actually really like honey flavored teas (odd since I don’t add honey to my teas or even like it lol)… would love to find a loose version of a honey vanilla flavored chai!

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98 tasting notes

Had my last bag of this this morning, and dang if it wasn’t fantastic. Creamy, smooth, spicy (but not really spicy). Better than all the other bags, I think…this tea knows how to go out with a bang.

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652 tasting notes

Unbalanced. Too sweet. Not enough white tea in the blend to notice. Hollow.

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I’ve never really had a Celestial Seasonings tea that I’ve particularly cared for.

Michelle Butler Hallett

I must have spent hundred of dollars over a fifteen-year period trying to find a CS tea I really liked. They all sound good on the box. Most of them smell okay, if not fab. But the taste never lives up to the smell. Two exceptions, both discontinued: Emperor’s Choice and Mandarin Spice. The MS needed an absurdly long steep to taste like anything — hello, tealight under the teapot — but once it got there, oh yum.


I do love the fact that the only two teas that were really any good end up being the ones that are discontinued!

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Having a nice quiet eve at home. When reading a good book I love a large hot strong cup of chai. And this certainly holds up to some cream and sugar, they seam to bring out all the flavors of the honey, vanilla, and spices. Nothings smothered! Very Good.

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I’ve tried many, many types of chai tea and I keep coming back to this one as my daily standby. I like my tea full bodied (which this one is) but I don’t tolerate bitter well, and I find this tea rarely if ever gets that bitter flavour, even when I accidentally leave the bag in for 10 minutes (isn’t tea supposed to improve memory?). It has more of a full-bodied, warm flavour then a really spicy chai flavour with the vanilla being very noticeable.

I find it tastes best with a bit of milk and honey to sweeten it up, though it needs rather less sweetening then other chai because of the vanilla flavour and aforementioned lack of bitterness. The only thing that makes me sad is that since Celestial Seasonings has revamped it’s packaging this tea has disappeared from most of the grocery store shelves around here! I’ve been forced to hit up Wal-Mart for my fix.

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