Janet's Special Teas

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80

The initial sip didn’t thrill me. The harsh orange lemon against the black tea caught in the throat and seemed mismatched somehow. After I added a spoon of honey, the flavours mellowed to caramel citrus fruit with a whisper of spices. Nice tea. Very happy to have pulled out the honey.

After a few days of lovely breezes and gentle sunny days, the humidity is creeping up from today to intolerable levels tomorrow: feels like 40C prediction. Kill me now.

Flavors: Lemon, Lemon Zest, Orange, Orange Zest

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Hmm, maybe a mix of this and One Night in Rio. mumbling to myself

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90

The first steeping had the slightest bit of char while the second is becoming very floral. Looking forward to seeing what further flavours emerge.

Flavors: Char, Floral, Honey

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Ooh, Janet’s, hey? She offers a couple good ones but would have to go back and read my notes on which ones haha.

Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, this was a very very good one with a nice variety of steeps throughout the day. I will bump up my rating.

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90

Well then, now that my tastebuds have gotten used to the dark roast intensity of this particular oolong, as opposed to the light floral oolongs I have been drinking lately, I am very much enjoying the complexities of this one.

In the first and second steeps, plum and prune notes emerge with the slightest bit of ashiness and depth. Lovely.

I am so grateful for the brightness and breeze today and so far, lack of humidity. Glorious, glorious.

It’s going to be a slow day, hopefully slowly and gently accomplishing one or two, or a few even, postponed tasks.

Raising my rating to illustrate my newfound tea joy .

Flavors: Ash, Plums

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

Ouf! Strong oolong, especially so after all the light and easy floral milk oolongs I’ve been drinking lately. In the first steep, the flavour is almost black tea saved by the hint of oolong in the aftertaste.

Kind of works for me on this day though. Had an intensely flavoured meal in Korean town on this lovely sunny summer day, if you ignore the earlier humidity. A frisky tea is a good way to follow up.

To be continued tomorrow.

Flavors: Roasted

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Ooh, nicely done!

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95

Super chocolatey fab from the first sip. The second steep is somewhat astringent, so more experimentation needed. A lovely lovely cup.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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74

This was a tea suggestion from Bear With Me. Unlike Sil, I enjoy my citruses and florals. Mm, delicious florals.

I viewed this a more cutting kind of earl grey, and I had a good time with it. The jasmine nor the bergamot curdled the milk with their liveliness, which is always nice. Definitely a sharp, bright wake-me-up tea though. I’d add it to the mental spa category of teas.

Flavors: Bergamot, Jasmine

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

haha glad you enjoyed this one more than me :)

Christie Lee

Does it taste like Canada? ;)

CrowKettle

Honestly, when I first read the name I was expecting (hoping for) maple. Maybe this tea is meant to represent not what a stereotypical Canadian eats for breakfast but what an actual Canadian would taste and smell like during said meal: bergamot and jasmine. We are unanimously a clean smelling bunch before noon.

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69

I love mango fruits and desserts but I have yet to encounter a a mango tea that I’ve fallen in love with. While this isn’t a bad fruity rooibos it didn’t do it for me either.

There is a good dose of mango and papaya present. Pineapple is a listed ingredient but I didn’t pick up on that as much. Not bad, but moving on.

Flavors: Mango

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 15 sec
teaqueen

The Tao of Tea has a very nice Black Mango blend. It’s a CTC black tea base, but the flavoring is genuine and very tasty.

CrowKettle

Mm, I’ll have to check that out when I’m down a few more teas. I’m still hopeful.

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drank Bon Rouge by Janet's Special Teas
2194 tasting notes

This one is definitely better with milk. Sadness. I’ll probably try to finish the travel mug of this today for hydration, but the rooibos is really coming out and it does need to be softened with some cream IMO.

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Oh yeah, I recall only liking it with milk, but was impressed with the flavouring when it was fresh.

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79

one from omgsrsly that is pretty decent. My other half did come to find me while i was waiting for the water to boil… “uh hun…whatever’s in the red basket smells like vomit…” “no love, that’s blueberry.” “maybe that’s why i don’t love blueberries.”

:)

keychange

Hmmm, how do you find this compares with blueberry jam? can you remember? LOL.

Sil

i hate blueberry jam. :)

Sil

(the tea from david’s i assume you mean)

Indigobloom

Sil, would you say that this is the same as Blueberry jam minus the stevia?

OMGsrsly

LOL. I think I liked this one. (And also, more blueberries for ME! Hope the bag of them in your freezer get put to good use. :) )

Sil

IB – no because I hate blueberry jam and I like this tea lol

Omg – I love blueberries….he doesn’t understand why ppl love them

Indigobloom

Its a finicky tea for me. Sometimes I adore it, other cups not so much! But I totally get the blueberry hate. I despise certain foods with it – like yogurt or muffins. Blech. I love tarts though. Go figure…

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66
drank Black Forest by Janet's Special Teas
7720 tasting notes

another from omgsrsly this one is more woodsy rooibos than i like though i can detect a little chocolate and cherry…just not enough to make this a happy place for me. Glad to try it though…

Final Count: 170 gah!

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78

sample from omgsrsly thankfully i have a bunch of herbal samples from people. This one isn’t half bad. It’s not terribly “woodsy” in the rooibos department, and there’s enough of a sweetness to this one to let the fruit notes sort of come through . no floral notes here either, in spite of the rose petals :)

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I cold brewed a sample of this in 1 L of water.

I see where Fjellrev get Rockets from. :) It’s sweet-tart, almost fake berry. It’s worked well in this application, but there are other berry fruit teas that I like better.

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I picked up a sample of this a while back at a tea meetup (WOO!), and for some reason (perhaps my general tea apathy) I hadn’t tried it yet. The sample was 3 tsp so I did the whole thing in my mug.

I quite like it! The leaves are really big, the chocolate is NOT fake at all, and the caramel is a nice accompaniment. It is a little watery, even overleafed, but I think that’s because I expect something that tastes like cocoa to be thicker.

I would definitely get more of this. I’m very happy with it. (Sorry Sil, none left for you. :( )

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This was pretty good, but I’m not sure I’d call it “black forest”. At least, it’s not chocolate and cherries.

Still, Janet has a good taste for rooibos and this was pretty mild, and not too woody at all.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I picked this up, with encouragement from Plunkybug, ages ago with the Victoria group meet. I think I came away with more than sixty new teas from that event, and I haven’t even started digging through that stash in a meaningful way…

This one is smooth, maybe even watery, with a good Caramilk vibe. I’ve been in a “decadent” dessert mood lately, so it hits the spot right now. I’m going to need to wean myself back on tea after over a month without!

Flavors: Caramel, Cocoa

Preparation
Boiling

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92

Additional notes: This one is so delicious, yes I’m having it this soon after the last time. Now it’s gone! A delicious sample that has my eye on Janet’s Special Teas. I also finished Nature’s Tea Leaf’s Lavender Pu-erh. That is another one I will miss. But sipdowns are a good thing!

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92

I received an awesome tea sale package from MissB. Thanks so much! So many goodies. :D I went with this little surprise first last night. PLUM?!?! There is definitely a nice floral plum flavor here, it’s actually pretty strong after only a minute steep. I can’t even really tell this is rooibos. It’s just plum… I’d name it “sugar plum”. So nice to get some plum flavor for once. The second steep was even more plum! I only have a teaspoon left of this one, but it sure fits a plum craving when there aren’t actual plums lying about. And it’s ORGANIC. Awesome.
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // few minutes after boiling // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 2-3 minute steep

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This tea is confusing me!!! Minty and nutty and coconut and… bah!
At first it was so flat that I couldn’t taste much of anything at all except the brazil nuts. Not impressed. So I added some sugar and apparently too much. Only half of a teaspoon! Sheesh. Now it’s all super strong mint and coconut and I don’t know what else… but something else too.
Now I do think I like it. I’m just not sure how much! somewhere in between a 75 and 85?

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78

When I got this one right it was simply amazing. Two out of half a dozen steeps tasted of a potent raspberry infused honey. Nectar of the gods.

While this was also good the other four times, the couple of awesome experiences set the bar really high and made me envious every time it didn’t turn out like that. It was often just not enough raspberry, or not enough honey, or a little too much black tea astringency.

Amariel/Plunkybug recommended this one, and now I’m hooked.. although it sometimes feels a little like gambling as the flavours aren’t always consistent. Raspberries and honey make me weak.

Flavors: Honey, Raspberry

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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94

A relaxing start to what will soon become a busy day of shopping, cleaning, and prepping for tomorrow’s belated Easter brunch. I absolutely love this tea, a gift from my dear tea friend Plunkybug, and will be checking the website soon to see if Janet’s Special Teas will ship to the US now that my prized stash is gone. This is perfect for breakfast, in my opinion; a solid black tea that hits the spot every single time.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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94

This tea smells incredible! There is actually a fruitiness here that is so strong and mouthwatering. It smells like strawberries to me. Is that right? It’s at least like other berry black teas I’ve had.

The liquid was dark almost immediately after I poured the water over. The color is red, a deep mahogany. The tea is brisk and just has so much flavor. It’s exceptionally rich and layered.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 200 degrees + 6 minutes

This cup is lighter and not as flavorful as the first. It’s not bad, but I’m not sure it’s worth the second steep.

Thank you so much to Plunkybug for sending me some of this to try! I hope there is a way to get this from Canada to the U.S. because I need more!

Flavors: Berry, Fruity, Strawberry

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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In one of our first meetups, OMGsrsly got me hooked on black currant flavoured things. Now every time I see them listed in teas I can’t resist picking up some.

This particular rooibos doesn’t quite live up to my expectations, but it’s still enjoyable. I just want more specific black currant and less dry and fruity-berry rooibos.

Flavors: Berries, Black Currant

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81

The only other ice wine tea I’ve had was a white base and I didn’t care for it much. I think the sweet fermented grapes benefit from the fuller body of the black tea base here. It’s crazy easy to drink, hot or cool.

Flavors: Raisins, White Wine

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Nice! I always avoided picking this one up since I’ve always seen negative reviews on ice wine teas in general. Glad to hear hers is decent.

Plunkybug

I have yet to try mine…I just have not seemed to be in the right mood for this one yet.

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