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Maharaja Chai Oolong Tea

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The rich, heady spices of India mingle with the royal splendor of oolong tea in this blend inspired by the legendary Spice Route. Cinnamon, ginger, cloves, caroband cardamom lead the sensory journey that begins with the first aroma of this robust chai.

Robust infusion full of rich spice notes from cinnamon, ginger, pepper and cloves



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4.5

(based on 135 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (100)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Aromatic (119)
  • Unique flavor profile (84)
  • High quality (80)
  • Soothing (49)
  • Boosts enegery (48)

Cons

  • Too strong (13)
  • Weak (4)
  • Artificial taste (3)
  • Bitter (3)
  • Too sweet (3)

Best Uses

  • Anytime (75)
  • Morning (53)
  • Afternoon (39)
  • Evening (31)
  • Dessert tea (24)
    • Tea Body:
    • Full (94), Medium (31)
    • Tea Flavor:
    • Spicy (129), Citrusy (8), Sweet (6), Cinnamon (5), Rich (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tea enthusiast (104), Health conscious (43), High-end shopper (27), Occasional tea drinker (16), Health nut (15)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Spicy goodness

This is my favorite tea bar none. I am a fall flavors fanatic and will eat, drink, or otherwise consume anything with the spicy goodness of this tea. It is strong, but...Read complete review

This is my favorite tea bar none. I am a fall flavors fanatic and will eat, drink, or otherwise consume anything with the spicy goodness of this tea. It is strong, but oh-so good, and reminds me of the good times (i.e. the holidays). It is on the expensive side, but worth every penny to me.

As another reviewer has shown me, I now give my ratings of other teas to show readers of this review what my tastes are.

Can't Drink – 1 Star
None yet! *crosses fingers*

Didn't like – 2 Star
None yet! *crosses fingers*

It's okay – 3 Star
Samurai Chai Mate

Like it – 4 Star
Chai/Chai Blend
Strawberry Lemonade Herbal

Love it! – 5 Star
White Ayurvedic Chai
Jasmine Dragon Pearls
Maharaja Chai Oolong

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

More of a Cinnamon Infusion

***Part of the 12 Holidays of Tea package***

As a consummate tea enthusiast and masala lover, I looked forward to trying this tea.

When I...Read complete review

***Part of the 12 Holidays of Tea package***

As a consummate tea enthusiast and masala lover, I looked forward to trying this tea.

When I opened the package I was overwhelmed by the aroma of cinnamon. On visual inspection of the blend, I could see the chicory, carob, clove, unfurled tea and cinnamon bark. There were very few ginger pieces, cardamom pods or pepper corns were seen.

After brewing 2 tea spoons full in 16 oz. of water for 2 minutes, the tea was a pale copper color and not a deep copper was I would have expected with a spicy blend tea. The steam aroma matched the package aroma...too much cinnamon.

Prior to tasting the tea, I was hoping for the gentle bite of the oolong and chickory balanced with the warmth of the spices and sweetness of carob. Needless to say, I was a bit disappointed when I tasted the tea. The tea tasted like a lightly sweetened cinnamon water. There were no other distinct flavors present.

Later in the day I brewed a fresh 8 oz serving with 1 tea spoon full that included 2 cardamom pods, 3 cloves and 4 pepper corns and let it steep in boiling water for 3-4 minutes. Again, I was disappointed that the tea did not darken and surprised that the chicory and oolong did not bitter. All I could taste was cinnamon.

The overwhelming taste of cinnamon leads me to believe that the "artificial flavoring" used in the blend is strong cinnamon flavoring and fully masks all the other flavors/ingredients in this blend. In my opinion, this blend would not stand up to the addition of a natural sweetener, mixing milk or serving over ice.

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5.0

Chai'm a believer.

By Ms.Mary Mac

from NH

About Me Tea Enthusiast

Pros

  • Energizing
  • Smooth Body

Cons

    Best Uses

    • After Meals
    • Afternoon
    • Morning

    This tea never disappoints. If you are a chai lover - run, don't walk (or type) and pick up two ounces if you want to give it a try. I even mixed this with a blueberry kona and it was yummy.

    • Tea Body:
    • Full
    • Tea Flavor:
    • Spicy

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    5.0

    The Soothing Maharaja Chai Oolong Tea

    By AD

    from New Jersey

    About Me High-End Shopper, Occasional Tea Drinker, Tea Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Fresh
    • High Quality
    • Smooth Body
    • Soothing

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Anytime
      • Gifts

      Interesting and Unique.

      • Tea Body:
      • Full

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      No "ACTUAL" artificial flavors

      By Snowballer

      from PA

      About Me High-End Shopper, Tea Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Aromatic
      • Convenient
      • Energizing
      • Fresh
      • High Quality
      • Unique Flavor Profile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • After Meals
        • Afternoon
        • Anytime
        • Medicinal Purposes

        I love Teavana!! I just bought another 2 lbs of this tea and just want to clear up for everyone thats concerned over the artificial flavor. FDA says that anything that is not exactly what it is titled to be is "artificial". So teas such as strawberry rose champagne is artificial because it has no champagne in it .. maharaja has nothing that is maharaja-ish in it etc. much better then store bought floor dust they have the nerve to sell ..

        • Tea Body:
        • Full
        • Tea Flavor:
        • Spicy

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        If @ 1st u dont succeed, chai chai again

        By KandyGraham

        from Vancouver, BC

        About Me Health Conscious, Tea Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Aromatic
        • High Quality
        • Soothing
        • Unique Flavor Profile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Anytime

          Chai-spiced tea is meant to be spicy. Thank you for honouring the tradition with this blend. For those who think they're chai lovers, but always go for the spice-less, artificially enhanced syrups and powders, try this for the real thing. You should add the remaining ingredients to the description here though (chicory etc.), as that does make a significant difference in consumer choice.

          • Tea Body:
          • Medium
          • Tea Flavor:
          • Malty, Spicy

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Too much cinnamon!

          By Col22

          from North Van

          About Me Health Conscious, Tea Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Aromatic
          • Unique Flavor Profile

          Cons

          • Artificial Taste
          • Unbalanced
          • Weak

          Best Uses

          • Anytime
          • Dessert Tea

          Smells divine. However I was disappointed with the flavour. Watery with tons of spice and not enough of the tea flavour. I drink very dark Chai Tea and like it dark and strong with tea flavour and the spices. WAY TOO MUCH CINNAMON! If that is the artificial flavour STOP IT! I have been given Chai tea blends another store and cannot drink them even after taking out all the cinnamon bark. Way too much cinnamon and not enough of the other flavours. Unbalanced. More tea less cinnamon! I love cinnamon by the way.

          • Tea Body:
          • Medium
          • Tea Flavor:
          • Spicy

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Stronger than expected, but quite good.

          By Maureen

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Tea Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Aromatic
          • Energizing
          • Soothing
          • Unique Flavor Profile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Afternoon
            • Morning

            I've been an avid tea drinker nearly my whole life but have never tasted anything quite like this before. The salesperson at my local Teavana told me it was the tea of the month and highly recommended it. When she opened up the container and let me take a whiff, I was in love. It had all the spicy notes that I love in a tea.
            It was suggested that I use one level teaspoon per cup. In my opinion, that was way too strong. I used about 2/3 of a teaspoon and the flavor was perfect. It has definite notes of spice, ginger and citrus that blend together to make the perfect energizing morning tea. When I reuse the leaves for a second brewing, I actually enjoy it more. The second cup seems to be smoother and more mellow - perfect for the afternoon. I would definitely purchase this again.

            • Tea Body:
            • Full
            • Tea Flavor:
            • Citrusy, Spicy

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            5.0

            Refined

            By Dakota

            from Long Beach, CA

            About Me Tea Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Aromatic
            • Energizing
            • Fresh
            • High Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Morning

              This specific tea is wonderful. I recevied it as a gift for my birthday and was I in for a treat.

              The aroma right off the back was appealing and once I brewed the tea and begin to sip, the taste was astonishing. I will say, the tea is a bit strong, but great taste for a morning kick; I trule enjoyed this product and will purcahse it again.

              • Tea Body:
              • Full
              • Tea Flavor:
              • Spicy

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              4.0

              Strongly Spiced (in a good way)

              By Ariel the Novice

              from Fredericksburg, VA

              About Me Novice, Tea Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Energizing
              • Fresh
              • Smooth Body
              • Unique Flavor Profile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Anytime

                This was my first oolong, using the PerfectTea infuser I was able to brew a cup quite successfully. Initially I found this in the store as a blend but due to money constraints only bought this; I can see why the blend was so tasty, the strength of this tea on its own is (almost) overwhelming. Definitely one to sip, the spices linger pleasantly on the tongue.

                The cinnamon is definitely present but in my opinion simply adds to and doesn't obscure the other spices included. However, if you're sensitive to strong spices you might want to temper this by blending it (the one in the shop used Samurai Chai Oolong), adding milk/cream, or perhaps using less leaves.

                While I do enjoy this tea, the full body is a bit of a knockout and not necessarily something I'd want every day. However, it adds its own pep to my day - the rich combination of spices are very energizing.

                • Tea Body:
                • Full
                • Tea Flavor:
                • Spicy, Strong, Sweet

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                5.0

                Favorite Tea

                By Renegade-Runner

                from Buffalo, NY

                About Me Health Conscious, Health Nut, Tea Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Aromatic
                • Fresh
                • High Quality
                • Unique Flavor Profile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Anytime

                  By far my favorite tea I've ever had, bar none. Very aromatic, spicy, and definitively "chai." This blend is excellent on its own or sweetened and I will drink it any time of day or night.

                  • Tea Body:
                  • Medium
                  • Tea Flavor:
                  • Spicy

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                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Regardless of Artificial Tastes.....

                  By Victoria

                  from Tampa Bay, Florida

                  About Me Tea Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Aromatic
                  • Energizing
                  • Unique Flavor Profile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Morning

                    I love strong, spicy teas, so when I got this tea and tried it I adored it for many months.However, when I saw that other buyers who found artificial ingredients in this particular tea, my faith in other tea lovers slipped a bit. Did you know that there are THOUSANDS UPON MILLIONS of products that have artificial products in them? (Globalization is a beautiful thing.) If you are that concerned about man-made products (that are most often designed for preservation) in something as simple as tea, you'll need to wean yourself off of about every processed food in the world, and that is not easy to accomplish. So please, get over it and drink this fabulous tea. -end food science lecture-

                    • Tea Body:
                    • Full
                    • Tea Flavor:
                    • Spicy

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