Starbucks owned Teavana and my girl Oprah have come together and created a new "spirit warming blend" of chai tea, appropriately named Oprah Chai Tea- which launched today.
As some of you may already know, I love Oprah- so I jumped at the chance to attend the taste testing event held at the Teavana store located in the Altamone Mall.
The lovely lady at the store explained how to properly steep the tea and the different ways you can prepare it.
You can view how Oprah prepares her chai tea here.
Oprah, who is a tea aficionado, did not only associate her name with this project- which is the first time she's ever done that with any brand- but she also had a huge part in the creation of the chai tea. With the aid of Naoko Tsunoda, Teavana's lead teaologist, Oprah crafted a tea blend that is an infusion of loose-leaf black tea, rooibos and the standard masala chai spices: cinnamon, cloves, ginger and cardamom.
Watch as Oprah, alongside Starbuck's CEO Howard Schultz, come up with the perfect blend- love her reaction!
"I looove tea," said Oprah Winfrey. "My daily tea ritual is a vital part of my morning. Savory and spicy chai, with its deep flavor, has long been a favorite of mine. When Howard Schultz offered to have me come into the Starbucks tasting room and create my very own tea blend, I thought that sounded like such a unique opportunity and fun to the tenth power. To share one of my favorite things with the rest of the world and support youth education at the same time is truly the perfect blend."
For each Teavana Oprah Chai product sold, Starbucks will make a .25 cent donation to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, which benefits a variety of youth education charities. So not only will you be enjoying that delicious cup of chai tea but you'll also be giving back at the same time.
In addition to creating the new tea, Oprah launched Steep Your Soul, which is an extension of the Super Soul Sunday series. This new online destination will inspire moments of reflection and an insider's behind-the-scenes look at how the Starbucks partnership came together and how Oprah "steeps her soul".
You can find Oprah's Chai Tea, starting today, at Starbucks and Teavana stores nationwide, offered as a handcrafted latte or loose-leaf tea, and at Teavana online.
Get ready to fall in love and steep your soul with this delicious perfectly made chai tea!!