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Inconsistant tea quality. I'm bummed.

puppymomma Feb 1, 2007 11:40 AM

I recently started turning a lot of my morning coffees in for morning chai tea! I love the Tazo chai. It's my favorite of the chais that I've tasted. I like that it's peppery and compared to other teas it's got less anise and cardamom. Since I'm having this quality/consistancy problem I've tried Trader Joe's chai, Minister of Tea, and Numi. Of those, I like Numi, but I have to add pepper to it, so that seems stupid.

But there've been a couple of times now that I've bought the Tazo Chai it at different retailers and for some reason it tastes funny to me (a whole box of it). Then I have to throw away the box and hope that the next time I get it that it's regular quality.

Has this ever happened to you? What do you do?

  1. twiggles Feb 1, 2007 12:36 PM

    i actually don't like the bagged chai teas, so i make my own with black tea, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, etc and cook it with milk. but it's not exactly convenient to do every morning! try loose chai teas, i like ordering from uptontea.com but i'm not sure how many chai blends they have.

    1. yayadave Feb 1, 2007 02:30 PM

      I think twiggles is heading you in the right direction. You may just have to get aquainted with a good tea merchant. It might be very rewarding. Here's a post with a list of a few from another thread.


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        SusieQ40 Feb 1, 2007 02:59 PM

        Well I agree that making your own chai is the way to go. There's supposedly a ritual to it. However I'm more a strong black tea drinker and prefer loose tea although use teabags when I'm in a hurry or traveling.

        However, I would like to say I've that same experience with Tazo Awake teabags from different retailers (different batches?) sometimes being good to sometimes mediocre to sometimes my even throwing away a whole box. When it first came on the market it was very good. I even wrote to them the first time I got a really bad box but no reply. That was quite a while ago, probably at least 5 years.

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        1. re: SusieQ40
          twiggles Feb 2, 2007 05:58 AM

          now that you mention the tazo awake, that reminded me- i've had this problem too! i don't drink teabags often, but if i'm travelling or need a fix i'll grab a tazo awake. sometimes i like it, sometimes i don't. this must be why!

          1. re: SusieQ40
            Loren3 Feb 2, 2007 12:15 PM

            Of the "premium" tea brands, I've found Tazo to be my least favorite. I've found to be sometimes weak and sometimes horribly tannic, but never consistently satisfying.

          2. puppymomma Feb 2, 2007 06:39 AM

            So, I guess I need to find a way to make my own concoction.

            Does anyone have a recipe for something I can mix up that doesn't need to be made as a singular batch? I'd like to be able to fill a canaster and take a little each day. All the recipes I've seen on the internet are the type that you mix and boil and serve immediately.

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