Chai comes in so many flavors -- technically, chai just means "tea," so it tends to include a combination of any of the following ingredients: cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, fennel, cloves and peppercorns. Most Americans have become accustomed to drinking the coffee-chain breed of chai lattes, which actually taste heavier of sugar and cream than of authentic Indian chai spices -- but we're here to talk about straight-up chai tea bags. And there's a chai out there for every tea drinker, so we set out to find it.
We rounded up nine of the most available brands on the market -- with varying price points -- and got to brewing. We brewed the teas according to manufacturers' instructions and tasted with a teaspoon of sugar and a drop or two of milk.
There were a lot of good ones out there, but also some terrible choices. Here's what we found -- in order from worst to best. (For the record, this taste test is in no way sponsored or influenced by the brands included.)
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