Review of Tesco’s Finest Chai Tea

As a tea blogger I am on the constant look out for new teas to try. I have tried a few chai teas but tend to have these in the colder months as I associate the aroma and flavour with Christmas. As the nights are now drawing in and autumn has well and truly arrived I decided to find some new chai teas to try. As I was picking up a few essentials in Tesco’s I saw a packet of their finest chai tea so decided to give it a try.

Onto the packaging I liked the design of the packaging with the red, white and yellow symmetrical patterns against the black background. It certainly caught my attention. Onto the ingredients black tea, ginger root (10%), cinnamon (8%), Ginger (7%), cloves (2%), cardamom (2%) and allspice (2%) are listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is a no may contain warning.

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 each of the other individual elements to this tea but combined they complimented the cinnamon and the allspice. The aroma of this tea did not change on my close up sniff test. However, on smelling an individual teabag it weakened but was still present.

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 4 minutes as I have my tea medium weak and milk free. I was soon hit with the aroma that I associate with a nice chai tea. The aroma from the black tea was slightly overtaken by the cinnamon and the allspice. There were faint undertones of the other flavourings but I was unable to distinguish these individually. The aroma slightly intensified on my close up sniff test with a hint of cloves and ginger noted. On sipping the tea it tasted like a nice every day black tea with definite undertones of the cinnamon and ginger, clove and all spice noted. If I am honest I struggled to taste the cardamom but this didn’t really matter. The aroma and flavour of this tea just reminded me of Christmas.

58 Comments

  1. September 19, 2017 / 6:51 pm

    Chai is definitely associated with Fall in my brain. They just seem to go together – cool weather and spicy, warm tea:)

    • September 22, 2017 / 8:18 pm

      Great summary and I totally agree.

  2. September 20, 2017 / 8:54 am

    Never tried Chai tea before but reading your review – I’ll sure give it a try.#fortheloveofBLOG

    • September 22, 2017 / 8:16 pm

      If you do a chai please let me know what you think , thanks.

    • September 22, 2017 / 8:15 pm

      If you do please let me know what you think, thanks.

    • September 22, 2017 / 8:15 pm

      If you do, please let me know what you think, thanks.

  3. September 21, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    Those flavours definitely sound like the scent of Christmas to me! Sounds like the perfect one to get in stock for the season. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • September 22, 2017 / 8:12 pm

      Hi, yes its a great tea stock up for the festive season.

  4. September 22, 2017 / 10:27 pm

    Hi, The flavors and aroma of cinnamon and clove are very pungent. And the goodness of cardamom and ginger makes Tesco’s Finest Chai a must try. Thank you for sharing the review.

    • September 24, 2017 / 6:27 pm

      Hi, reading this I want a chai tea right now 😊.

  5. PossesstheWorld
    September 23, 2017 / 9:23 am

    The smell of Chai is so comforting and reminds me of cold days too. Will give the Tesco’s a try

    • September 24, 2017 / 6:24 pm

      It sure is comforting, if you try this please let me know what you think, thanks.

  6. September 23, 2017 / 9:26 am

    I love Tesco’s Finest teas and chai is my favourite! Nice review 🙂

    • September 24, 2017 / 6:23 pm

      Thank you 😊.

  7. September 24, 2017 / 2:00 am

    Reading your review is a great treat itself. Now I need my chai!

    • September 24, 2017 / 6:22 pm

      Hi, I hope that you got to have your chai 😊.

  8. September 24, 2017 / 7:11 pm

    This sounds lovely! Especially for winter x

    • September 24, 2017 / 7:48 pm

      It certainly is perfect for the colder months.

  9. September 24, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    I’m feeling way too Christmassy for the end of September hehe and I’m sure that this delicious tea will make me feel even more festive! The red colour is gorgeous too, glad you enjoyed your taste!

    Abbey 😘 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • September 24, 2017 / 7:51 pm

      Hi, the red colour is lovely isn’t it. Sorry for making you even more festive.

  10. Corinne and Kirsty
    September 24, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    I am not sure I ever had Chai Tea but now that I shop at Tesco, it would be the opportunity to try! Especially coz you recommend it! xx corinne

    • September 24, 2017 / 7:52 pm

      Oh if you do give it a try, please let me know what you think, thanks.

  11. September 24, 2017 / 7:26 pm

    I love Chai teas- can’t believe I’ve never come across this one before!
    I’ve also never come across a tea blog before and I LOVE your review! Thanks for sharing💙

    • September 24, 2017 / 7:53 pm

      Hi, thank you for your kind comments, is there any chai teas that you recommend that I should try? Thanks.

  12. September 24, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    I’ve never actually tried chai tea but after reading your post, would definitely be keen to! It sounds amazing. Great review! 🙂

    • September 24, 2017 / 7:53 pm

      Hi, you should give it a go, it is perfect at this time of year.

  13. September 24, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    Yum I love chai tea and this one sounds lovely. Like you said it’s perfect for this time of year. Going to get some when I next go shopping xx

    • September 24, 2017 / 7:54 pm

      Hi, it sure is, if you get some please let me know what you think, thanks.

  14. September 24, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    I love how descriptive you’ve been in this blog post. The depth you’ve gone into properly helps me get into the autumnal mood, and I love the sound of this tea, even though I’m not the biggest fan of it myself. It sounds like you’ve found a winner in your local supermarket!

    • September 24, 2017 / 7:55 pm

      I am glad I’ve helped you get in the mood for autumn. It s always good to find a great supermarket tea.

  15. September 24, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    Ohhh I always start getting out the more spicy teas come autumn, and especially around halloween! I love the sound of this! Eva x

    whatevawears.co.uk

    • September 24, 2017 / 7:56 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who gets out these teas, is there any that you would recommend that I should try, thanks.

  16. Bronia
    September 24, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    I’ve never tried chai tea but this sounds lovely! The packaging is really pretty and I also love your tea cup!

    • September 25, 2017 / 6:02 pm

      It was a gift from my mum for my blog.

  17. lisamclachlan
    September 24, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    I LOVE chai tea and am always on the hunt for a good one. Totally agree with you about chai being the herald of Christmas too. Thank you for the recommendation! X

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • September 25, 2017 / 6:01 pm

      Hi, I hope that you like this one, please let me know what you think, thanks.

  18. September 24, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    Ooo ive never tried chai tea before but looking at the ingredients on this I cant wait to give it a try! Thanks xxx

    • September 25, 2017 / 6:01 pm

      Hi, if you do decide to give it a try, let me know what you think, thanks.

  19. Louisa
    September 24, 2017 / 10:31 pm

    I’m actually not a big tea drinker but this definitely sounds perfect for autumn/winter.
    If you’re looking for recommendations, try the Buttermint tree from Twinings, it’s delicious!

    http://www.loubeeloublogs.blogspot.co.uk

    • Louisa
      September 24, 2017 / 10:31 pm

      *Oops, I obviously meant tea not tree

      • September 25, 2017 / 6:00 pm

        Hee, hee stupid predictive text 🙈.

    • September 25, 2017 / 6:00 pm

      Hi, it sure is perfect for the colder months.

    • September 25, 2017 / 6:00 pm

      I’m glad that you found it helpful.

  20. September 25, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    Chai is definitely a cold-weather tea for me as well. It tastes cozier than most other teas and gets me in the mood for fall. This one sounds yummy!

    xx
    Emily

    • September 25, 2017 / 5:58 pm

      Hi, it sure is a cosy tea for the fall and Christmas.

  21. Amy
    September 25, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    Reading your reviews on these teas really makes me want to try them out! This one sounds really yummy, definitely would make me think of Christmas! Xx

    https://allaboutamy.uk

  22. September 25, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    All I drink is herbal tea and I have tried so many out yet neglected to try Tesco Finest – I’ll be sure to check them out. A little obessed with Pukka Teas at the moment.

    • September 26, 2017 / 5:42 am

      Hi,Tesco’ have a great selection of teas, I also like Pukka teas.

  23. September 26, 2017 / 8:25 am

    This looks like a good one for Christmas, one for my SIL stocking I think! Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • September 28, 2017 / 4:45 pm

      Hi, years perfect as a stocking filler for Christmas.

    • September 28, 2017 / 4:43 pm

      It sure is. I need to try Taylor’s of Harrogate tea.

  24. Sian | The Mama Story
    October 7, 2017 / 11:08 am

    Ohhh this one sounds nice! I think I need to expand my hot drink range now the colder days are coming – will check it out.
    #MMBC

    • October 8, 2017 / 6:45 pm

      Hi, yrs its the perfect time of year to give it a try.

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