Product Review: Tazo Chai

I wore boots today…and it was wonderful. First time this season, and they felt so good going on. Never thought I’d say that.

I’ve recently started drinking tea. It’s such a cozy beverage…and I’ll admit, yeah, I started because of that whole “give me a book and a teacup” image I have in my head. You know, this one.

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Fun fact – Chai actually means “tea” in Hindi. So stop ordering Chai Tea lattes, folks. It’s typically made from black tea, milk, various spices, and sometimes sugar or some other sweetener.

This was my first “mission” with Smiley360, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. They sent me an awesome kit – three chais to try, plus lots of coupons and a tasting guide to all their varieties. It took me a little while to try them all!

Smiley360 Tazo Mission

Classic

A rich blend of black tea, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and vanilla. Black tea takes a Saturday drive in a milk-and-honey mobile through an exotic marketplace. The essences of sweet cinnamon, spicy ginger and fragrant cardamom float in through the open windows while black pepper flirtatiously grabs the steering wheel – just to heat things up a bit.

Flirtatious, huh? I like that sound of that. When I opened the package, I immediately knew I was going to like this one. It’s so much more fragrant than the other two. I waited anxiously for it to steep, then took a sip of heaven. It’s spicy. It’s comforting. It makes me want to snuggle up under a down comforter and not come out for days. Mmmm.

Chocolate

Rich cocoa decadence swirled with black tea and classic chai spices. Feeling especially decadent, cocoa went in search of a new winter coat made of velvety steamed milk. Cinnamon sticks sewed a gingery satin lining and cardamom buttons from collar to hem – for sweet spice with every step.

I tried this one second….it was the description that got me (though they spelled decadence wrong on their website!). It smells like hot chocolate. It tastes like the fake chocolate lip gloss my mother buys me every Christmas without fail. That’s about all I have to say about it.

Vanilla Caramel

A rich blend of creamy vanilla and caramel notes with black tea and classic chai spices. Cinnamon sticks gather on a lush black-tea lawn for a leisurely afternoon of croquet and conversation. Ginger offers to keep score from the sidelines while handing out elegantly wrapped vanilla caramels and crystal goblets of milk.

I actually tried this one first, which meant that everything had to live up to it! It smells like Christmas. I’m not sure how else to describe it, but it tastes like Christmas too. I suppose that’s the cinnamon, but I can’t pick out the flavors enough to tell. It’s delicious and subtle and oh-so-feel-good. And doesn’t taste like tea at all, which makes me happy…since I don’t especially like tea by itself. I’ll definitely buy this again.

The Vanilla Caramel was my favorite, though the Classic was a close second. And what’dya think of my hand warmers? You’ll be seeing them again soon! *wink*

Tazo ChaiThere’s a pumpkin spice chai for all you pumpkin lovers. I think my next one will be cocoa mint, or maybe the baked cinnamon apple (though neither of those are chai). There’s even a decaf chai. And don’t forget the coupon!!!

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