Review of English Tea Shop Chai Tea

One of my favourite teas at the moment has to be chai. I drink it most days as I find it a comforting drink to enjoy on a cold day. So when I received an English Tea Shop gift box full of a variety of teas I couldn’t wait to try the chai tea. I personally liked vibrant orange colour scheme to the packaging, with a picture of a teapot to the bottom with the teas ingredients integrated to the design.

Onto the ingredients list organic Ceylon black tea (46%, organic cinnamon (12%), organic cardamom (8%), organic cloves (6%), organic nutmeg (6%), organic mace (4%), organic ginger (4%), organic liquorice (4%), organic mace (4%), organic ginger (4), organic liquorice 4(%), organic star anise (4%), organic fennel (2%), organic orange peel (2%), and organic black pepper (2%) is listed. There are no allergens highlighted and no may contain warning.

On opening the packet the teabag emitted a fairly faint aroma that I associate with a chai tea. This was much weaker than I had anticipated especially when compared to other chai teas that I have tried. I was able to distinguish the aroma of the cinnamon and cardamom with a hint of black tea noted. I really struggled to smell the other elements to this tea. This didn’t intensify on my close up sniff test.


I placed my teabag into my teacup and added the freshly boiled hot water. The water soon changed to a medium brown colour. It took a couple of minutes for the teas aroma to develop once it had it was quiet weak. Its aroma reminded me of a quality every day black tea intermingled with a hint of subtle hint of cinnamon and cardamom. I was unable to distinguish the other elements to this tea. This didn’t change on the my famous close up sniff test. On sipping the tea, it was definitely one of the weakest chai teas that I have tried. The Ceylon became more the predominant flavour with faint undertones of cinnamon, cardamom, and clove noted. I struggled to taste the multitude of flavours to this tea just like the aroma. It was a bit of a let down when comparing its taste to other chia teas that I have tried. It was certainly one of the weakest that I have tried. I didn’t even get that warm comforting feeling that I get when I drink a chia tea. Very disappointing really.

So would I recommend this chai tea? Sadly not. It just seemed to be a weak tea in terms of both aroma and flavour. I’m afraid that I won’t be buying this tea. Sorry English Tea Shop but this tea just wasn’t for me.

25 Comments

  1. March 14, 2018 / 2:09 am

    I Love Chai tea & lattes too! Interesting post! Not all Chai blends are the same!
    Jennifer

    • Pinkiebag
      Author
      March 14, 2018 / 8:30 pm

      Hi Jennifer, you are certainly right not all chai blends are the same. This sadly was not one of the best that I have tried.

  2. Kat
    March 14, 2018 / 6:43 am

    Oh I love chai tea! I’ve recently been drinking a lot of peppermint myself.#bloggersbest

    • Pinkiebag
      Author
      March 14, 2018 / 8:29 pm

      I think that you can’t beat both. Sadly this was a weak tea.

  3. March 14, 2018 / 8:36 am

    Sorry to hear it was so weak! We love strong Ceylon black teas, so probably wouldn’t try this. Thanks for sharing #BloggerClubUK #BloggersBest x

    • Pinkiebag
      Author
      March 14, 2018 / 8:27 pm

      Oh yes if you like a strong Ceylon then this probably wouldn’t be for you.

  4. March 14, 2018 / 1:11 pm

    Shame as it seemed to have so many potential good flavours! Ah maybe another will be better. Thanks for sharing with #bloggersbest x

    • Pinkiebag
      Author
      March 14, 2018 / 8:26 pm

      Hi, yes I think that maybe there were maybe too many flavours and they were not strong enough.

  5. March 15, 2018 / 3:15 am

    I am always happy to hear the reviews. Especially since this one seems to have saved me money.

    • Pinkiebag
      Author
      March 16, 2018 / 6:57 am

      Hi, thank you glad to have saved you some money.

  6. March 16, 2018 / 9:44 pm

    I love Chai but this seems so disappointing. Most recently I had Twinings Spicy Chai and I liked it alot. The 20 teabags in the box were gone in no time! 🙂

    • Pinkiebag
      Author
      March 20, 2018 / 5:16 pm

      Hi, sadly it was little disappointing. I also like the Twinings chai and the little envelopes are great to take out with you.

    • Pinkiebag
      Author
      March 20, 2018 / 5:17 pm

      Hi, yes I like the Twinings chia tea as well, the little envelopes are great for taking out with you.

  7. March 17, 2018 / 12:45 pm

    What a shame it didn’t taste as you expected it to. Looking forward to hearing how you got on with the other flavours.

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. Have a lovely weekend x

    • Pinkiebag
      Author
      March 20, 2018 / 5:20 pm

      Hi, yes it was a hame about this one, slowly making my way thorough the tin.

  8. March 17, 2018 / 6:52 pm

    Oh how disappointing! The ingredients list made it sound so fragrant too. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Pinkiebag
      Author
      March 20, 2018 / 5:21 pm

      Sadly it was disappointing and lacking in fragrance hey ho more to try.

  9. March 20, 2018 / 1:14 pm

    My mum loves a weak tea, I’ll have to let her know. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheblogLove

    • Pinkiebag
      Author
      March 20, 2018 / 5:33 pm

      Hi, I would love to know if she likes this tea then.

  10. March 21, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    I love chai too but had a similarly disappointing teabag experience yesterday. Whole leaves and spices are definately the way to go. My current faves are T2’s Ayurvedic Chai and Fresh Chai Co’s Golden Turmeric Chai.

    • Pinkiebag
      Author
      March 25, 2018 / 11:11 am

      Oh no, whole leaves and spices are for sure the way to go. Although I have had the odd nice chai teabag. I shall be adding your recommendations to my list of teas to try, thank you.

    • Pinkiebag
      Author
      March 25, 2018 / 10:55 am

      Hi, sorry if I have caused you some confusion. I am just saying that this tea was one of the best chai teas that I have tried. Many thanks for the feedback.

  11. March 28, 2018 / 7:35 pm

    Chloe, I love that cup and saucer in this post! What is the pattern called? Sorry the tea was a disappointment. I rarely drink flavored teas, other than Earl Grey.

    • Pinkiebag
      Author
      March 30, 2018 / 8:17 am

      Hi, the teacup is made by Pip Studio they have a few designs which you can get in a few department stores. Do you have any recommend any earl grey teas that I should try? Thanks.

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