Chocolate Chai Supreme

Tea type
Black Chai Blend
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Cardamom, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Ginger, Spicy, Tea, Vanilla, Artificial
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Bulk, Loose Leaf, Sachet
Caffeine
High
Certification
Not available
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Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 45 sec 2 g 14 oz / 415 ml

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All-new but an instant favorite, our Chocolate Chai Supreme combines the flavors of a classic chai with rich chocolate and vanilla. We begin with a base of blended Chinese and Indian black teas, then add all the necessities for a delicious chai—ginger root, cardamom seeds and pods, cinnamon (ground and in chips), and nutmeg. Finally, we swirl natural chocolate, cardamom, and vanilla flavor through the blend, creating a one-of-a-kind tea experience you won’t soon forget.

Ingredients:
Black tea, ginger root, cardamom seeds, chocolate flavor, cardamom flavor, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom pods, cinnamon chips and vanilla flavor. Contains natural flavors.

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Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.

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84
47 tasting notes

more palatable than their regular chai. This one I could drink everyday and WRP full size/4oz

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80
14 tasting notes

This is pretty mild for a Chai. I find it interesting that there are no cloves in this. For me, cloves are the first spice I think of when I think of a Masala Chai. The two primary flavors here is the chocolate and the cardamom. There is also a good amount of cinnamon and vanilla. The ginger adds a very subtle spiciness at the end of each sip. The nutmeg is not really there, I don’t think. The 4 primary flavors is chocolate, cardamom, cinnamon and vanilla.

I think they made the spices really mild in order to give the chocolate a chance to shine through – which it does. It’s very dessert-like and more decadent than a normal Chai. The flavor reminds me very much of LU Bastogne cookies.

This tea actually reminds me of a tea from Kusmi Tea called “Spicy Chocolate” which is a black tea flavored with chocolate, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger.

The tea base here is a blend of Chinese and Indian black teas. It doesn’t say anything about CTC pellets on their website or on the tin, but it looks like the Indian black tea in this is a CTC, like their regular Chai. The tea also has a stronger body than usual – medium to full in body. The CTC pellets together with the ground cinnamon and nutmeg makes a dust that settles on the bottom of the tin (the whole leaves settle on top), which doesn’t look very good. So you have to dig deep in the tin every time you make a mug of this tea, in order to get some of those dusty parts on your spoon. I don’t know if it’s supposed to be this way, but it is very unfortunate in my opinion. You’d need a paper filter when you make this tea so the dusty parts don’t end up in your cup.

Overall, this is an excellent and flavorful tea with lots of chocolate and spice notes, but the dust in the tin detracts from the aesthetics of the tea. Sadly.

Dry leaves, appearance:
Whole black tea leaves and dusty CTC pellets mixed with cinnamon chips, ginger root, cardamom seeds, cardamom pods and ground cinnamon/nutmeg.

Dry leaves, aroma:
Sweet chocolate and vanilla notes with the warmth and spiciness of cardamom and cinnamon.

Liquor:
Dark brown

Flavors: Cardamom, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Ginger, Spicy, Tea, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
ashmanra

Any chance the dust is vanilla bean specks? I thought Vanilla Comoro was dusty and didn’t drink the “ dregs” but they turned out to be vanilla and now we fight over them…

Martin Bednář

I never had this tea; but I think you may be right ashmanra, as they are indeed small.

Andreastt

ashmanra: I don’t think it is vanilla bean specks. It only says “vanilla flavoring” on their website so I don’t think there is any actual vanilla in it. The dust looks like very small CTC pellets mixed with brown and yellowish dust (ground cinnamon and nutmeg). It’s a shame that there is so much dust in it but it’s still a very tasty tea.

Andreastt

Martin Bednář: It’s a nice tea. I would recommend it if you like masala chai and chocolate. But the spices are mild compared to a regular chai and the chocolate makes it more dessert-like.

White Antlers

Vanilla prices are currently through the roof due to climate changes which are causing weather changes. It takes 4 years for vanilla vines to fully mature, then the plants only bloom for one day and they must be pollinated by hand on the same day. The pods need almost 6 months to cure after harvesting. The trend for ‘all things natural’ also put a big demand on vanilla bean farming and upped prices. All this to say that I doubt Harney & Sons is able to add real vanilla/vanilla beans to this tea and still sell it at a not exorbitant price.

ashmanra

White Antlers: I expect so, and I wonder if Vanilla Comoro might be getting no bean specks right now. I bake a great deal so I make my own vanilla. Years ago I paid $16 for a batch of beans. Then I really balked when it went up to $50 but bought the big pack and six bottles of vodka and made enough vanilla extract for about three years. That $50 pack of vanilla beans is now quite a lot more expensive, so I am glad I swallowed my outrage and bought it when it was $50.

White Antlers

ashmanra I rarely bake but I am hoarding about half a dozen vanilla beans and a few small bottles of bourbon vanilla extract.

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8 tasting notes

I ordered this because I love Harney & Sons Chai and I was certain I would love the chocolate chai at least as much. To be honest, I much prefer the original. This one isn’t bad but the chocolate doesn’t come through as strongly as in their other chocolate teas. This is a nice spicy chai and is a warm relaxing cup of tea to enjoy but I’m very underwhelmed by the chocolate aspect. I’ll have no problem drinking the tin but I probably won’t order another of this version. Your mileage may vary.

Flavors: Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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3525 tasting notes

I had to try a sample of this from an order a while ago, as it sounded amazing. With additional elements like nutmeg, chocolate and vanilla, it sounded like a blend I should try. It’s also on a base of Chinese and India black teas which also seem perfect for the tastes going on here. All the ingredients look extremely small in my teaspoon, so I just used one teaspoon. Overall, sadly, I was imagining the blend much better than the result: it seems like a typical chai, but with only a hint of mediocre chocolate flavor. The second cup I let steep for quite a while, so I think the flavors really made it into the cup. Somehow there were still a ton of chocolate flavor in the second steep. I’m also surprised the oversteep didn’t get a bite to it. It was actually quite good. I’m glad the black tea is brisk, as this is chai, but I was imagining the Chinese black tea itself to have a natural chocolate flavor. So this blend couldn’t live up to my imagination, but it’s a decent cup.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for a full mug // few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 2 minutes after boiling // 5 minute steep

AJRimmer

Chocolate chai is one of those things where I don’t understand why it exists. I haven’t tried it, but it just sounds unnecessary. Idk.

tea-sipper

It sounded like a great blend to me… in theory..

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735 tasting notes

First to review! I should come out and say right now that I put Cool Whip on top of this, so I’m going to be getting more vanilla and creamy sweetness than someone who made this the traditional way.

This smells rich with gingerbready spices and warm chocolate. However, it already comes across as artificial chocolate, like a Tootsie Roll. Why is it so hard for tea companies to do chocolate right?? Is cacao too expensive?

Anyway, the flavor is less chocolatey than the aroma, as expected. This basically tastes like a ginger-heavy regular chai, with some odd spice notes I’m having trouble separating out. It almost tastes like rooibos. I only really get the chocolate notes on the exhale. This isn’t bad in any way, just not what I had hoped it would be. I need to learn to avoid Harney & Sons’s attempts at chocolate.

Flavors: Artificial, Cardamom, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Ginger

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 30 sec 7 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML
tea-sipper

oh crap, I thought I had written about this already. :D

ashmanra

My husband says their chocolate teas smell like mildew to him, so I don’t even buy them anymore. He can smell it as soon as he walks in the house. I would prefer cocoa nibs for my chocolate flavor!

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