Review: Stash Tea Decaf Chai

(Left: teabag, and contents. Right: Outer packaging) Buy this tea here.

Overall rating: 3.5 ( of 5) on taste and 5 on steepability — this tea is EASY to make! You could just put the teabag in the cup & just leave it in there.

Abby says:

Temperature: 212
Steep time: 5 minutes

Served with:  A touch of Southern Sweets Honey

Historically Stash tea is one of my go-to brands, and chai tea is also one of my favorite types.  So, the combination of the two should be great, right?  Right.  As the tea was steeping the aroma was wonderful and very inviting.  It was making me really watch the clock.  What’s the old saying?  A watched tea never steeps?  Must be something like that.

The tea was not too spicy…in fact, the level of spiciness was good for me.  Overly spicy, chai is a common complaint for me, but not so here.  This tea is also nice and light, yet hits the “chai flavor” spot.  Even though it is bagged tea, I think the taste has enough richness.

I would recommend this to those evening tea drinkers that want the full flavor without the caffeine.  It was just what I needed after a long day.  It would also be great served the more traditional way with milk and sugar.  This tea belongs as a staple in my tea cabinet.

Rating: 4 of 5 tea leaves — quite a good cuppa!

Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!

Katie says:

Temperature: @ 212 (boiling)
Steep time: 3 minutes

As it steeps my husband says, what is that? It smells really good. And it’s true, this tea smells the way you wish those cinnamon candles would smell. Very appealing.

Served with: Alone for the first sips then with skim milk and honey

The first sips are overwhelmingly of cinnamon and ginger. Light tea flavor, but the cinnamon comes through. After adding milk and honey the tea is much more balanced. I believe that chai should be served the way it was meant to, with milk & honey.

A quick culture moment. In the fall of 2006 I spent a month In India. There, to make chai, the milk and honey are boiled in large kettles right with the tea leaves. The kettles are then carried on big sticks. Chai is served in small clay cups that are bisque fired (unglazed). The cup is placed on the ground while the tea is poured from waist or even almost shoulder height. The great distance it’s poured from gives it that frothy look we replicate in our tea/coffee houses. See the cups on the chai pilgrimage blog. What’s the best part of these cups? When you’re done you toss them on the ground and the clay breaks down to once again become earth. Pretty cool, huh?

So, back to this cup, the Stash chai decaf. As a decaf tea, it’s not bad. It makes a nice tasty before-bed drink. Although, I do recommended the milk & honey. And, unless you’re talented at pouring from great heights (I don’t recommend you try that at home) get a milk frother and give yourself a frothy and more authentic treat.


Taste: 3 of 5 tea leaves — a decent tasty tea.

Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!

(After reading Abby’s review I wonder if I would have liked it better if I had let it steep longer)


2 responses to “Review: Stash Tea Decaf Chai

  1. Ok! Well written reviews, Tea Ladies. Can’t wait to try this one. Maybe you could add info’ on where to purchase the teas you review. That would be helpful. Good luck! How about Kuerig tea reviews? I know they are less than ideal choices, but, hey, they are quick and easy!

  2. I like how the photo on the left shows the tea bag broken open, in order to show the contents of it. Tea bags have a way of disconnecting us from our tea, so that we’re less aware of what is in it.

    This little detail may seem unimportant to some, but I really appreciate it, so thanks! Maybe I will follow suit and try the same on my tea blog some time in the near future.

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