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!


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.

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Stash Holiday Chai

Vendor Provided Sample: No

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Photo Credit: A Girl With Tea

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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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