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drank Masala Chai by CJay Tea
4840 tasting notes

YYZ sent me this one and now i think i’m officially finished with the wonderful tea journey her samples sent me on. As far as chai’s go, this one was quite lovely. There is still a distinct clove flavour going on here, but it’s not overpowering the other spices and steeped in milk, this softens into a really pleasant cup of tea. “Masala chai” was the first tea that really got me in to loose leaf so i love revisiting companies takes on it. Especially since there are so many different varieties! Thanks for sharing YYZ! I rather enjoyed this one :)

yyz

I’m glad you liked it!

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drank Assam TGFOP by CJay Tea
370 tasting notes

When I first got this tea In was a little dissappointed as I quite like their English Breakfast and I love their Chai, but this tea when I brewed it my normal Assam way at about 92/3 min was relatively weak and dissapointing. Before I gave it away, I decided to give it another chance and brewed it at a slightly higher temperature for around 5 minute, like Ahmad’s Halmari Assam and it redeemed itself.

This one is a fruity, spicy, malty Assam. And has a deep almost rosewood red liqueur.
The scent is of cherries, sour plum, and citrus notes, malt , biscuit and spice.

The taste is relatively smooth with all of the above flavours, a touch of molasses for sweetness a very faint hint of floral, and only a very faint bitterness from the malt. This one is mostly red fruit, spice, biscuit and malt. It’s not an amazing Assam but it is a decent budget option. I’m glad I gave it a second chance!.

Otherwise they sell some of their teas at Whole Foods, Starskey’s, and Highland Farms that I know of.

TheTeaFairy

Stop.bragging.about.awesome.tea.places.I.can’t.visit. ;-)

yyz

You can order from this one… The site just is a little disorganized. I actually almost never get yo the end of the GTA either.

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86
drank Earl Grey by CJay Tea
370 tasting notes

Revisiting this tea and increasing the rating as bit, as it has become a staple in my house. I like both the base and the flavouring in this tea. The bergamot is a at about the same flavour intensity as twinings and it is a good compromise between spicy and citrusy and the base adds a good dose of sweetness which is fruity and almost syrupy contrasted with a good dose of both the upper and lower tones of malt. It blends well with other teas as well. At the moment this is my favourite mild-medium level bergamot Earl Grey.

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drank Masala Chai by CJay Tea
728 tasting notes

Yes, I’m drinking yet another Masala Chai – the quest continues. This sample comes courtesy of yyz thank you.
I really like this one. I don’t think it’s perfect but it’s a lot closer than most I’ve tried. What I like the most about this one is that no one spice is screaming “look at me”. I almost can’t pick out the individual spices, it just tastes like chai. That’s a good thing for me, I like when the spices blend together, compliment each other rather than compete for attention. My only complaint about this is that it’s not quite spicy enough, it’s a little subtle for my tastes. It’s more of a soft and gentle chai, rather than hot and spicy. I don’t like them when they are really HOT, but this could use just a little more kick.
All in all, I’m putting this way up on my chai list – top 3…..

TheTeaFairy

Wow, top 3, that’s really awesome!!!

yyz

I’m glad you really liked it. So far it’s still the closest in flavour to those I had in North and Central India.

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49
drank Peach Chai by CJay Tea
33 tasting notes

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drank Peach Chai by CJay Tea
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drank Masala Chai by CJay Tea
370 tasting notes

I normally don’t buy Chai as I prefer to make my own. However, when I smelled this tea it’s scent brought me back to memories of waiting out Curfew at a chai stand in front of the train station in Jaipur.

Jaipur is semi-arid and can get quite cold at night, especially when it is just coming out of it’s winter season. So, there was a large group of us huddled together around a fire drinking Chai and eating those flaky, unsweetened pastry like biscuits all the Chai Wallahs seem to sell. I remember being asked for my passport by a police officer who seemed to think I was Kashmiri (this was during another period of tension between India and Pakistan over Kashmir) and even after kept trying to trip me up by speaking to me in Urdu. My ancestors are mostly of Irish, Scotch and British descent, but for some reason people have trouble placing me. I have been told at times that I look like a vey tall and pale person from Portugal, Italy or Ireland at times but also have been asked whether I was Afghani, Turkish, or Kashmiri as well, In a way this makes sense and I could truthfully answer yes, because the Celts originated somewhere north of Turkey before migrating west.

Anyways, back to the tea. It smelled pretty authentic in the box, I was nostalgic so I bought it.

The dry tea is a mix of grades of tea ranging from CTC to OP and smelled heavily of cardamom with the other spice enriching it in the background.

Once brewed, the tea smelled of cardamom with a hint of cloves with cinnamon and ginger in the background/ The base tea smelled deep and biscuity and fruity.

The tea is smooth with little astringency. Cardamom is the strongest flavour. While, cloves provides a cooling top note. Ginger and cinnamon follow these flavours. The base is still present and is fruity, and malty with biscuit notes underneath. It is quite a naturally sweet tea with the base and spices blending nicely. It is not peppery and hot like some Chai’s can be. Although Ginger Chai, is still my favourite, I can definitely appreciate this one. The Cardamom is lovely in it and the other spices nicely support it.

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Sil

Wow nice!

Never heard of the company but this sounds lovely.

yyz

They’re actually in the GTA, but you can pick up some of their teas at Whole Foods. They’re often better stocked at the one in Mississauga, but they do carry them at Yorkville as well. Whole foods mostly carries the basics, Earl grey, Darjeeling, English Breakfast etc. but, the company carries many flavoured teas and some Japanese and Chinese teas. They’re in Markham and you can pick up an order there in order to avoid shipping. There shipping was around $10.00. However, their teas are really affordable. Their sample size is 25g.

http://cjaytea.com/upload/index.php?route=product/category&path=20

Dexter

Chai that is heavy on the cardamom? Yes please!!!

Sil

thanks YYZ! I’m close to yorkville when at work, but i’ll actually try checking the company out i think :)

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86
drank Earl Grey by CJay Tea
370 tasting notes

This is probably my lightest bergamot earl grey, but it is also my most versatile as it is easily drunk on its own but also blends very well with other teas and flavourings.

The tea brews to a translucent copper colour and smells of a light bergamot over a dark chocolate base.

The bergamot tastes of citrus, mild spice, and floral notes and mixes nicely with a sweet slightly citrusy and lightly astringent tea base which has hints of cherry.

The tea feels bright and lively to drink, despite having heavier malt and cocoa undertones. It has an aftertaste of sweet tea with citrus and spicy floral notes. It is a medium bodied tea. The flavour is pleasant and good for blending with other teas as the bergamot here is quite mild and blends at just above an equal balance with the natural flavours of the tea.

A nice earl grey for those who dislike strong bergamot or who want a tea for blending.

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84
drank English Breakfast by CJay Tea
370 tasting notes

This is a nice very affordable everyday tea.

The dry tea is mix of grey black and reddish brown leaves with raisony, biscuity odour. Tea brews to a nice reddish brown with an aroma of citrus and spice.

It has a smooth and pleasant taste and clean mouth feel. with a shorter steep, it has fruity, sightly spicy top notes, with base notes referencing artichoke and a little bit of malt. The aroma of tea is deeper than flavour though this may be the result of what I ate before hand. With a longer steep, the flavour intensifies, with the base notes becoming more present and the top notes remaining light and fruity. Makes a nice bright breakfast tea drunk without any additions. This is a type of tea i’d be more inclined to add lemon to than milk. Resteeps well, though it becomes more astringent.

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64
drank Irish Cream Chai by CJay Tea
1220 tasting notes

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64
drank Irish Cream Chai by CJay Tea
1220 tasting notes

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