Chai Tea Review: Stash Holiday Chai

Stash Holiday Chai

Company/Brand Name: Stash

Name: Holiday Chai

Category: Black Tea Blend (Seasonal)

Form: Tea Bag (Paper)

Origin of the Leaf: Unknown

The Leaves: Not applicable because the leaves are finely ground and hidden inside the typical tea bag exterior

Additions: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger Root, Allspice, Clove, Gingerbread, Rum, Nutmeg Flavors

Flavor: A spiced black tea, where the nutmeg flavor seems to play the leading role

Overall: A mixture of spices that seem to hide the flavor of the black tea, rather than compliment it.

Tea Review:

I admit, I’m not a big fan of Chai flavored tea and therefore have not made many attempts to drink it. In all, I have only drunk two types of Chai tea, other than this one, all of the bagged variety.

I guess I should explain why I don’t like Chai tea just to set the stage here: It’s too spicy.

Of course, that is the point of Chai and why I presume that so many people select it as their tea of choice.

Knowing this about myself, I did try to approach this tea review with an open mind and did drink several cups of the Holiday Chai to get a good feel for the tea’s overall flavor.

I’ll be honest, I’m still not impressed. The spicy flavors in this tea seem to be chaotically mushed together to cover up a poor quality black tea.

If I were to have an expectation for Chai, I would want the flavors to be crisp and distinct; coming together in a dance of spice and enhanced by a creamy, robust black tea.

Perhaps I am asking for too much. Although, I’m starting to think that I might actually like Chai if I could find the combination I had just described. But, it is not to be in this version of Chai tea.

In addition, to not being impressed with the overall flavor, I was disappointed to not experience any gingerbread or rum flavors, which the label on the box claims to be present in this tea blend: “A warming winter drink infused with gingerbread and rum.”

Unless, of course, that strange acidic taste is the rum…not having tasted pure rum my entire life, I guess I am not one to question the rum flavor. But, I do love gingerbread and I certainly didn’t experience that flavor in this chai tea.

What I did taste, without a doubt, was nutmeg. It really stole the show.

Just to make sure I was on target, I rummaged through my spices and took a taste of nutmeg straight from the jar and bingo, definitely nutmeg. That could be the reason I am not a fan of this version of Chai, I like nutmeg behind the scenes, not as the lead actor in my food and drink.

So, if you love nutmeg, this may be just the tea for you!

Packaging:

Stash Holiday Chai Packet

This chai tea comes in a cardboard box and each tea is sealed in a foil packet.

Preparation Tips:

I followed the directions printed on the box: “Bring fresh water to a rolling boil. Pour hot water directly over the tea bag in a pre-heated pot or cup. Brew 3-5 minutes or to desired taste.”  Since the directions didn’t specify how much water to use, I went with the general guideline of one cup.

I Want This Tea!

If you’d like to purchase this tea from Amazon.com just click the link below. Enjoy!

Stash Holiday Chai

Vendor Provided Sample: No

Affiliate Links: Yes

Photo Credit: A Girl With Tea

This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.

Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea.

 

8 comments on “Chai Tea Review: Stash Holiday Chai

  1. Nina February 5, 2011 5:37 PM

    I’ve only tried some black traditional chai teas and rooibos chais… Rooibos chai definitely takes the cake in that category for me! I noticed Teavana has a white chai that I’ve yet to try, but I doubt I’ll like it as much as rooibos chai. Rooibos anything I think is a better fit with my palette. I work at a tea house in Orlando and we have this delicious Ruby Chai that has rooibos, coconut, cardamom, ginger and some other wonderful flavors. It’s one of my favorite Rooibos Chais.

    • a girl with tea February 7, 2011 1:00 AM

      The rooibos tea you describe sounds wonderful! I’ll be doing a tea review of Teavana’s White Ayurvedic Chai in the near future. However, the Teavana guy at the store suggested I mix it with My Morning Mate, so the review will be on the combination of the two flavors. I am actually quite pleased with the suggestion, it makes for a delicious cup, in my opinion.

  2. Liz January 5, 2011 6:56 AM

    I actually enjoy chai, particularly in the morning as the spice gives me a bit of a kick in the rear. I have found that soy milk can often compliment the flavors in chai (I’m lactose intolerant so I avoid cow milk). When I’m in a rush or I ran out of soy, a soy chai latte at Starbucks can hit the spot.

    • a girl with tea January 6, 2011 5:13 PM

      Hi Liz, Thanks for the soy milk tip! I’ve never had a Starbucks Soy Chai Latte, it sounds quite delicious.

  3. Teapster January 3, 2011 6:18 PM

    I am not a huge fan of Chai tea myself, but I remember having Teavana’s White Ayurvedic Chai tea and it was pretty good…

    • a girl with tea January 4, 2011 1:38 PM

      Funny you should mention Teavana’s White Ayurvedic Chai, I’ve got some tucked away in the cupboard that I haven’t tasted yet. I actually had forgotten about it, so brewing up a pot right now.

  4. Susan Baxton January 2, 2011 11:15 PM

    I’m a relatively new tea drinker and love to try different types and flavors. A friend gave me a few flavors for Christmas that I love. The brand is Laisum Tea and the Chai is called Kama Sutra Chai. Now I’ll have to try the Stash for comparison.

    • a girl with tea January 4, 2011 1:33 PM

      Hi Suasn, I’d love to hear what you think of the Stash Holiday Chai compared to the Kama Sutra Chai by Laisum Tea. I’m trying to develop more of an appreciation for Chai. I love trying different flavors as well. Thanks for your comment!

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