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Lipton Spiced Chai Black Tea Review

A Pretty Average Spiced Chai Tea...Good...But Not Great

Summary : This tea would best be described as a moderate strength chai tea. There is definitely "spice" in this tea, but is isn't as strong as some other bagged spiced chai teas, and nowhere near a quality loose-leaf tea.

Review : I'm a spice junkie. How bad? Well, I use to put jalapeno peppers in my spaghetti. And jalapeno jelly beans, yum, yum. And I love spicy Mexican food, spicy Thai food and spicy Chinese food. So, to sum it up, I just love spices...provided there is flavor! Perhaps that is why I don't like tobasco sauce - it provides spice (heat) but no flavor.

So why this confession from a spice junkie? Simple, I was looking forward to giving the Spiced Chai Black Tea from Lipton a try...simply because chai teas are spicy!

Lipton's Spiced Chai Black Tea contains the following ingredients : Assam black tea, Sweet cinnamon, allspice, ginger root, black pepper, cloves, natural cardamom, cinnamon and clove flavors with other natural flavors (contains soy lecithin).

Admittedly, you won't be overpowered by the aroma from this tea when you open up the foil bag. You do get a spicy fragrance, but it isn't nearly as strong as Tazo's Spiced Chai Tea. Still, while the fragrance wasn't that strong, this tea still somehow smelled alright...so it was with happy thoughts that I gave this tea a try.

Here's how Lipton describes this tea on their website : "For something totally different, try LIPTON Spiced Chai, an exotic blend of savory spices, rich, all natural Assam black tea leaves and a hint of ginger. Add milk to create a Chai Latte – a delicious treat. Plus, LIPTON Tea provides a healthy dose of protective flavonoid antioxidants."

So how's the taste? Well...how about good but nothing overwhelming. As I prefer a "strong spiced tea," I found the spice in this tea just a bit on the weak side. Make no mistake...there is definitely spice there. It's just not as strong as I would have liked.

Overall, this is a good tea. And if you like spiced teas that are a bit "weaker" in kick then me, I suspect you'll really like this tea. However, if you do want a real spiced tea, then this one may be a slight disappointment.

Recommendation : Yes. This tea isn't as spicy as the similar Tazo Spiced Chai Black Tea, but it is still good. If you want "less spice in your life," this tea from Lipton is a good one to try.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : Spiced Chai Black Tea
  • Manufacturer : Lipton
  • Available from : Lipton Tea at Amazon
  • Type of Tea : Black Tea
  • Leaf Type : Bagged
  • Date of Review : December 6th, 2006
  • Tea Rating :
  • Brewing Instructions : Pour 1 cup boiling water over tea bag. Let brew for 5 minutes.

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