Masala Chai

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  • “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...” Read full tasting note
    Dexter 743 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...” Read full tasting note
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From CJay Tea

Ingredients: Black Tea from India, cardamom, cloves , cinnamon, ginger and spices.

Directions: Mix 2/3 cup water to 1/3 cup milk, bring to a boil. Remove from heat, use 1 teaspoon per cup. Brew 4-5 minutes.

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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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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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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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