Review of Marks & Spencer Chai Teabags

I found myself yet again in Marks and Spencer food hall grabbing an emergency sandwich and having to pass their tea section to get to the tills. I fancied some chai tea so grabbed a box to try. I had recently finished my Marks & Spencer Fair Trade Christmas Spiced Tea which I really enjoyed and hoped that this may be able to replace it.
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Onto the packaging well this grabbed my attention its black design with pink four leave clovers over the top of this. It is described as having a carefully balanced blend of spices with black tea. Whilst being highly aromatic with distinctive flavours of warming ginger and sweet spice. Onto the ingredients black tea, all spice, cassia bark, liquorice root, and ginger flavouring. No allergens are highlighted and there is a no may contain warning.
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On opening the box I was greeted by a sealed foil package containing the teabags. I like this as it keeps the tea nice and fresh. On opening the packet I got a delightful aroma of cinnamon intermingled with all spice. I was unable to smell the ginger element to this tea. The aroma did not change on my close up sniff test. However, on smelling an individual teabag it had virtually disappeared.
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I placed the teabag in my teacup and added freshly boiled water. The teabag soon infused with the hot water and it changed a medium brown colour. I let the tea infuse for 3 minutes as I have my tea medium weak and milk free. The aroma from the tea smelt a lot weaker than the initial aroma on opening the foil packet which was a tad disappointing. That said the cinnamon element was still present. On sipping the tea it tasted similar to its aroma and I was unable to distinguish the various elements to this tea. It just tasted like an everyday black tea with a faint hint of cinnamon and all spice. I just didn’t experience that warming ginger that was promised on the front of the box.
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So would I recommend this chai tea? No I wouldn’t. Its aroma and flavour was simply lacking. I have tried much nicer chai teas. Sorry Marks and Spencer but this tea just wasn’t to my liking.

35 Comments

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 28, 2017 / 7:55 pm

      Oh I need to try this one.

  1. February 28, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    Why did they use ginger flavoring instead of real ginger? That warm feeling is why I love chai. Twinings is still my favorite!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      March 2, 2017 / 5:39 pm

      I know a bit of let down and a bit of a naff tea overall. I must try Twinings, Chloe.

  2. March 1, 2017 / 12:23 pm

    Which chai tea do you recommend? I love chai! 🙂

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      March 2, 2017 / 5:40 pm

      Oh my goodness I’ve only tried a few. I really like Basilur and have enjoyed Tazo. I have been recommended Twinings so that may be worth trying, Chloe.

  3. March 1, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    This is something I need to try, I love fancy tea! #bestandworst

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      March 2, 2017 / 5:36 pm

      I hope you enjoy it, sadly it wasn’t for me.

  4. March 1, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    The first thing I wanted to know was the ginger too! That’s a shame but a good honest review. thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      March 2, 2017 / 5:36 pm

      Hi, yes it was a shame it didn’t meet the description on the box. Never mind there’s others to try, Chloe.

  5. March 1, 2017 / 8:58 pm

    I never fully appreciated Chai tea until this Christmas. I received a box as a gift and it was so delicious. It felt like a yummy biscuit dipped into a brew. I will have to try the M&S ones after I’ve made my way through the Twinnings 😊 X lovely tea set #bestandworst x

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      March 2, 2017 / 5:35 pm

      Hi, that tea you had sounds delicious. I would perhaps stick to the brand you have, Chloe.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      March 2, 2017 / 5:33 pm

      I hope you will 😀☕

  6. Corinne & Kirsty ⛄️ (@corinnekirsty)
    March 2, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    I have never tried Chai tea before. I just loaded my cupboard with earl grey and camomille ahah but would happily try this one! Coz it sounds really nice! Great read! xx C&K

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      March 2, 2017 / 5:32 pm

      Hi, thanks for stopping by enjoy your earl grey and camomile. If you decide a try a chai perhaps try another brand, Chloe.

  7. March 2, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    Thanks for the honest post. Love Tea so it’s best to have an honest review before falking out cash.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      March 2, 2017 / 5:30 pm

      Thank you I’m glad you found my review helpful, Chloe.

  8. March 2, 2017 / 5:28 pm

    Oh no, how disappointing! Thought it looked super pretty as well, but oh well! Love the honesty!

    Jessica & James | foodandbaker.co.uk

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      March 2, 2017 / 5:30 pm

      Hi, thank you sadly it had been a bit hit and miss with M & S teas, Chloe.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      March 2, 2017 / 5:53 pm

      I’m afraid not it is very hit and miss. Thanks for stopping by, Chloe.

  9. Charlotte
    March 2, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    I’ve never tried chai but would love to, perhaps not this one though! Good, honest review!xx

    theassortedwriter.blogspot.co.uk

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      March 2, 2017 / 6:30 pm

      Yes I would perhaps give this one a miss. Thanks for your kind comments, Chloe.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      March 2, 2017 / 6:45 pm

      Hi, you should give chai tea a try, but maybe not this one. Thanks for stopping by, Chloe.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      March 2, 2017 / 8:52 pm

      Hi, you should give a chai tea a try perhaps a Tesco’s one. Thanks for stopping by, Chloe.

  10. March 17, 2017 / 10:35 pm

    How disappointing! Chai should have so much flavour… It’s a little pricy, but I found that Teapigs was nice and spicy.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      March 19, 2017 / 7:40 pm

      Oh I have liked most of the teapigs that I have tried. So I shall take a look out for their chai thank you 😊

  11. Sonia
    April 27, 2017 / 4:56 pm

    Glad it isn’t only me who can no longer detect the strong aroma and flavour the Chai tea flavour it used to have. It is advertised as Strong 3 on the box, but taste is little more than bland now. Will go back to the Twinings one.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      April 27, 2017 / 5:18 pm

      Hi, yes these seems to be a common opinion I need to try Twinings.

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