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Chai Americaine from Let’s Do Tea

Chai Americaine Black Tea

When trying a new chai, I like to have a cup of untouched chai first (no added milk or sweetener), and then only add it after at least a few sips. I think when I add my own flavoring, it really masks and dilutes the natural flavor of the tea and makes such a drastic change, that I like to judge it in its natural form.

Well, I liked this “naked” chai quite a bit and ended up drinking two more cups of it without adding anything!

Let’s Do Tea lists the ingredients as:

Black Tea, Cloves, Cinnamon, Orange Peels, Flavourings.

I think this tea is named well.  It is definitely “Americanized.” That is not necessarily a bad thing; it just means that some of the sharp Indian spices have been slightly toned down. I also have some suspicions that that “flavoring” is some kind of sweetener (because you know how us Americans love sweet stuff). I didn’t find the tea overly sweet mind you, it just had a little added sweetness which might have also come from the spices. I found the whole cup quite smooth, with the herbs mixing in well with each other. The most prevalent taste was the cloves, but they certainly didn’t overpower the other flavors.

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  1. Comment by June 7, 2009 @ 3:36 pm
    DEBBY DOHM said:

    Happy to hear you enjoyed our Chai Americaine. Just wanted to clarify for you that the “2% flavoring” undisclosed on the label is the natural oils from the plants. There is absolutely no sugar added!
    Any questions or concerns, be sure to contact me!

    Have a TEA-rific day!


  2. Comment by June 14, 2009 @ 8:05 pm
    becky said:

    Thanks for the additional info. I wish they would just be more specific on the label, because really “natural plant oil” sounds nicer than “natural flavoring” which just sounds so bland and could be anything really.


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