1144 Tasting Notes

83
drank African Chai by Justea
1144 tasting notes

Ah, I remember now why I didn’t order this in my jusTea buy a few months back. While I love the company and want to support it in any way that I can, most of their offerings are just outside my interest… and so I share it with friends and colleagues around the world.

This came in the last (May 2014) Amoda box. Lots of flowers in the blend, which in a chai I’m actually cool with; I find it adds a hint of smooth sweetness to the blend (usually). In this case, that’s exactly what it does, and I quite like it. I’ve obviously had it before from the rating, and I’ll keep it at that, however I doubt I’d go out of my way to order this. I do like it, it’s a very, very good chai.. just outside my tastes at this time.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Suziqzer

Bummer that Amoda canceled their program. Great price point for a monthly sampler. I’m hoping they come back with something as good or better for us all :)

Marzipan

Handmade tea has a good price one.

Cavocorax

They sound interesting, but sadly it’s US only. At least Amoda was in Vancouver so it gave us Canadians an option. Fingers crossed that their new program is as good or better than the current one!

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Again, really tasty (although I prefer the Mint, Lemongrass and Saffron more). Slightly sweet from the apple, cinnamon and clove for a bit of… spice? Almost like a heavily mulled, spicy cider, with again that hint of creaminess from (assuming) the saffron. There are things in here I normally avoid (apple, hibiscus) and I still really love this.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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91

Holy crap! This is really tasty. Shockingly, wonderfully tasty. I only get faint mint in here, it’s more a compliment than anything. Same goes for the lemongrass, and it’s creamy. Smooth. Clean. I think the saffron is the tiniest amount of anything in here, and yet, it pulls it all together… truly amazing. This is wonderful.

I was concerned about using one teabag for 12 ounces of liquid, even with the box saying use one teabag for 4 cups of tea/one pot. Honestly? This is perfect. I’m so surprised with all of it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Stephanie

Sounds real good. I love saffron!

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81
drank Wild Cherry by Fru P Kaffe & The
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Oooh, this is yummy tea. Although, I must admit it’s less ‘cherry’ than I was expecting, it’s still a cherry-like tea… more caramel cherry, if anything? A bit of creaminess to it? Gulped it down though, and look forward to more in a day or two.

Thanks Angrboda for this lovely, large sample! I must admit that all of these lovely teas are making me re-think my travel plans this summer…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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78

As I watched the season finale of Castle today, I wanted an appropriately-themed tea. Well… I’ve yet to see a Castle blend (yep, I’m looking into it as I type) so I drank this instead. I’d call this an earthy, creamy chai almost, with a marzipan hint of creaminess, with some very mild cinnamon and… puerh? Really? Wow, that’s smooth. I’m missing any sort of orange, however it’s still very tasty tea!

Thanks jump62359, you’re my Adagio pusher, and I love you for it.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cream, Earth, Nuts

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

ack!i need to catch up with my castle watching…

Marzipan

That episode made me so mad.

Cavocorax

It’s so odd, but I like it! (the tea. Haven’t watched Castle yet.)

mj

I was totally irritated too! (about Castle)

MissB

Castle… potential spoilers here…

I’ll bet anyone who wants to take it (some tea) that this is another one of the couple’s dares, and this time, it’s Castle’s turn to one-up Beckett. From the second the episode started, I felt like it had a similar vibe, and knew it would have the ending it did.

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58
drank Pink Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
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I should know by now that these blends have something in them that I’m allergic to (even though the ingredient listing for this one seems shocking accurate and thorough on here). Regardless, I made up another 2L batch of this iced for the kidlets, and wanted to try it as my teenage daughter said, “This is my favorite so far, Mommy!” Funny, as we had this the other day, however I only steeped it hot for 4 minutes then prior to icing, whereas today it steeped for a good 15 minutes hot before icing.

It’s tart, even sweetened. I get more lemon-hibiscus than lemonade, but I get why my daughter likes it. While it’s infinitely better than the last time I had it, it’s still something I’ll shy away from. It’s also convincing me I just need to buy a boatload of TeaGschwendner’s Bamboo Pomelo and drink that iced all summer.

Preparation: 8 tsp tea in 4 cups of 200F water for 15 minutes, then with two cups of ice added and four teaspoons of Swerve.

Flavors: Lemon Zest

Preparation
Iced 8 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML
Suziqzer

Looks like you really have to watch Davids.. they should be better about labeling what’s in their teas. Too many people have some kind of an allergy these days.
My husband really liked the Bamboo Pomelo too!

Cheri

I bought a tea from them recently and the ingredients list on the tea itself lists less than the tea on the website. I emailed asking which was correct, but haven’t heard back.

MissB

I wouldn’t hold your breath; few of the staff even know what’s what when I’ve pressed them for specific “flavors” that get listed. I should know better, I’m far from the first to get burned with them, so I just avoid them for the most part these days.

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92
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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Last cup of this about 14 hours ago, and while lovely, it’s still missing some of the WOW-factor that I remember the first time I had it. It’s likely user error again (read: I need to clean my Finium baskets more thoroughly), so I’ll just order more! :)

Thanks again jump62359 for sending this along my way, twice now. It’s a new huge favorite, and one that I’ll purchase in as large quantities as Lupicia will let me.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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78
drank Mango Fruit Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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Dammit! There are strawberries in here. Well, until I had the burning sensation take over (thank goodness I took my herbal antihistamine today!) it was sweet and mango, and surprisingly good… although only good iced, and only with way too much sweetener added. The kids will gulp this down in no time, even before it cools.

Preparation
Iced 8 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML
Suziqzer

At least you don’t have a bunch made that will go to waste thanks to the kids !

Tea Sipper

I’m sipping (gulping) David’s Mango Lassi at the moment. :D

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83
drank Masala Chai by Zen Tea
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Gosh I love this stuff. A huge thanks to Dexter3659 for sending me a sample size, so that I could whet my appetite prior to ordering more. Smooth, spicy (with zero heat) and creamy delicious.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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62
drank Just Peachy by DAVIDsTEA
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Meh. First off, there are more ingredients in here than DAVIDs lists (artificial and natural flavors). Out of the bag, this smells DIVINE. Like, I want my house to smell this peachy all the time. Steeped, it was okay, and iced it was just meh. My son wasn’t fond of it (said it tasted like “water tea”) and even my daughter just thought it was okay. Sweetened, it’s a bit more peachy and nice, and I have to wonder if I did something wrong to make it less…. less… yummy tasting.

I have another iced tea package of this to try, however it’ll take us a few days to get through this, only because no one is really loving it.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec 8 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML
JustJames

you could always put it in a sachet….?

MissB

Oh most definitely, I just brewed up a whole 2L of this at once, thinking it would be nice to have iced tea in the fridge for the kidlets to drink since it’s been so warm.

Kaylee

“water tea”! I love it.

OMGsrsly

Regarding the ingredients, I’m really hating that the ingredients are being taken out of the description and put into the “ingredient list” area. Especially when DavidsTea always loves leaving the flavouring out of their lists on here.

Mikumofu

Your kids are great reviewers already! :)

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites and rooibos blends, straight blacks and greens, and have a long-standing adoration for herbals/medicinals. Dessert teas top my list along with anything cocoa-y (like Laoshan Black, any of Verdant’s chai’s and Whispering Pines’ Mint Chocolate Chip). Missing living near a tea shoppe that offers a lot of options; other than DAVIDs a few blocks away, I’m buying most of my stuff online. Still, I have more than two cupboards devoted to tea, and a ridiculous amount of it!

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, single mom, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time either running, swinging kettlebells, or hanging with friends.

I love tea swaps, and will gladly swap anything I have that I have enough of to share.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, and thus I’m avoiding these for now as well. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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