Janet's Special Teas

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drank Hawaii Flower by Janet's Special Teas
5357 tasting notes

thank you FJELLREV! This was on my wishlist to try after a review by my darling swedish chef and so she sent a little my way. I made this tonight for me and my other half. This is delicious! it’s pineapple and papaya and sweet and delicious and yum! It’s everything i want david’s teas to be… just yum…without stupid sweetner!

Final Count: 81

Kittenna

Oooh, that does sound nice! A distinct absence of hibiscus, too!

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Ohh, I quite like this one. It’s a safe cold brew, meaning that it doesn’t go wonky on you, the hibiscus isn’t too crazily tart, yet it’s not special or particularly unique since this is a berry profile I’ve experienced in the past from other companies such as Bayswater and maybe even Tea Desire. I get primarily strawberry, rose hip, and a hint of hibiscus.

Such a thirst quencher. I’m thirsty and anxiously waiting for my brown basmati rice to cook. Two cups already gone.

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80

Bammo, sip down! I’m on a roll with these morning cold brews. 2L jugs disappear before you know it.

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80

Cold-brew-that-tastes-like-Rockets this fine morning, once again. My mom is flying over tomorrow to spend some time here, so I have xyz to do before she comes. It’s a stupid goal of mine, but I told myself to sip down a certain amount of teas before she arrives. Maybe because having less in my cupboard while she’s here would make me feel slightly better? So I’ve been trying to finish off this one plus a few others. But looks like I won’t since I have one more 2L jug of this after this one. Oh well, no biggie!

Cameron B.

…I can’t help it, the name of this tea makes me think “bumblefuck” every time. Teehee.

Fjellrev

Aaaand now I will always think of that too haha.

Cameron B.

Ha ha, I’m just happy you knew what I was talking about, not sure how widely used that term is. :P

Fjellrev

Yeah, you don’t really hear it a lot, come to think of it. Buttfuck nowhere seems more common haha.

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Now for some cold brew to wash down some of that lingering pu-erh flavour.

In a nutshell, this basically tastes like Rockets (or Smarties as they’re called in ‘Murca). To non-North Americans, it’s basically like powdery fruity candy. The apple is one of the strongest notes, followed by berry (this has blackberry in it but it doesn’t distinctly taste like blackberry), and the hibiscus is on the light side. Not crazily tart at all. It’s one of those teas that while you’ll enjoy drinking it, its not a repurchase.

Still anxiously awaiting an email from Bare Minerals, especially since the parcel is already back in their city. I’m worried that by the time they get to my email, it may be too late and they would have already dismantled the parcel or something. Makes me want to just call them but that would be very expensive.

Cameron B.

Aw, “Rockets” is far cuter. I will now call them that forever. :)

Sil

ROCKETS….

Kittenna

Speaking of rockets, I just found like 7 rolls of them in my boyfriend’s cupboard. I think they are 2 years old. Ick.

Fjellrev

Yech, run away. True story, one time in grade six, my classmates crushed up Rockets and tried snorting them. I chickened out. But later a friend and I crushed more up and sprinkled it on top of our orange juice.

Now imagine doing that with Smarties. The Canadian version. :/

Sil

hahahahahah

Cameron B.

I remember people snorting Pixie Stix when I was younger… :P

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Such a fool, I am. When I flew over to Alberta to spend time with my mom for a couple months, I brought all of my fruit blends from Janet’s thinking I’d cold brew them all while I’m there. My mom doesn’t have a jug in her new apartment, and we ended up not spending any time at the house (which was the original plan, to pack and organize stuff to eventually sell it) so I ended up bringing back every single gram of these fruit blends to the Island. Only now am I getting to them. I always shake my head whenever I pack something and end up not using it.

So this tea is absolutely beautiful. Golden hues, delicate wispy calendula with generous chunks of tropical fruits. It’s like nothing I’ve seen before. And no hibiscus (which while I don’t mind, can get a little boring after a while)!

It’s awfully yummy, too. I detect mostly pineapple with a hint of papaya. One thing I love about this is that it’s not overly sweet. This is what I wanted David’s Tropicalia to be, which to me, was like drinking pure sugar. There is no weird sweetener going on in this, either. For an extra special treat, I’d imagine Malibu would be amazing in this.

I’ll definitely be purchasing more of this in the future.

Sil

mmmmm pineapple….this sounds delicious!

Fjellrev

Want me to save you some?

Sil

that would be awesome :) i dunno what SB is sending me but i can handle overlap heh

Fjellrev

Let me know If there is anything else you are interested in. It’s about time I send something back your way haha.

Bear With Me

Jonesy has my stuff for you already Sil ;) sadly this was not one of the additions.

Sil

acquired taste/windsor garden/janet’s are the companies i’ve had little to no exposure to. You know me..appreciate the thought and i’m happy to try anything :)

Sil

not to worry Bear with me, i just knew you were plotting haha

Bear With Me

I plotted and came up with a good selection of Victoria treats. Some you’ll appreciate more than others, haha! And I made sure to send off a decent amount of Dolce Orange :D

Sil

…along with some blergamot i’m sure :)

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77
drank Rose by Janet's Special Teas
922 tasting notes

Onwards with the sip downs. This cup was better than the last. I didn’t steep it for as long so that must have done the trick. Now the rose is stronger whilst the base isn’t as loud and astringent. It’s winning more at life this way.

If I were ever craving rose tea and didn’t have a better one around, I could definitely see myself making a trip up to Janet’s and grabbing some more of this.

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77
drank Rose by Janet's Special Teas
922 tasting notes

Oh yes, the bin of rose tea which smelled like freshly cut roses in a flower boutique. How can I forget? It smells like BPAL’s Rose Red. Rose absolute infusion.

The rose isn’t as strong in flavour as I would have liked, however. The base is rather bold and astringent, like a strong Ceylon. It goes well with the rose but the balance isn’t quite there.

Sil

eeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

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Working through another sample from Janet. The packet didn’t contain any notes or ingredients but there are clearly tons of cinnamon pieces in here, and it’s pretty much all I can taste mixed in with the green base. Maybe a hint of ginger or clove, especially the former since I’m detecting a bit of spicy heat in my mouth. It’s nice but I wouldn’t buy more.

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Now that I am back home I can continue trying out these teas I picked up from Janet back in September. I love chai so this was an obvious choice. I taste mostly cinnamon and cardamom although I swear there is also a ginger note even though it isn’t listed in the ingredients. I had some with a little light cream and while the spices are coming through nicely, I cannot seem to pick up much coconut or chocolate from this. Maybe a touch of cacao, but nothing too obvious. Would I buy more? Probably not, however, I appreciate that I was able to try a sample and not have to commit to a whole pouch of this.

Chestnuts are currently baking in the oven! I’m rather excited because I actually haven’t tried them before. Now to pick out another tea to drink which would complement the warm roasted chestnuts.

OMGsrsly

Chestnuts! :D :D I love chestnuts.

Fjellrev

Yay! Do you have any favourite ways to eat them? I’m just having them plain and they’re yummy as is. I swear they smelled like bread baking in the oven! Must be due to their higher carb content.

OMGsrsly

Plain! I’ve only ever had them plain. I get bags of peeled chestnuts and just eat them as snacks. Or I roast them and have a fun evening of peeling my food. I imagine they’d be good in baking, and all the Italian shops around me carry different kinds of chestnut paste, so… yeah. Maybe I’ll find a recipe and bake something.

Terri HarpLady

I added chestnuts to brussels sprouts, which also included caramelized onions & bacon.

Kittenna

OMG chestnuts baking?! I had my mom buy some one year, but I don’t think we ever did anything with them. Did you just put (unpeeled?) chestnuts on a pan and bake for a while?

OMGsrsly

I stab them (or cut an X in the top, which is harder) and soak them in water for an hour first. A wee old couple told me that’s the best way. :D No idea if it’s true or not!

Fjellrev

I wish I soaked them after the fact. I used Martha Stewart’s recipe which is basically just slitting them across, then baking them for 35 minutes at 350 degrees. They were ridiculously hard to peel so there ended up being a lot of wastage.

OMGsrsly

I haven’t seen chestnuts in my local grocer yet. I might have to go to T&T to pick some up. Becuase of course, I’m totally craving them now!

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I’ve had this twice now, and I really like it. I picked it up in the bin of samples Janet had in a container on the counter in her shop. The name didn’t give any info, though the back was simple…black tea, cocoa nib, caramel pieces. SOLD!

I find the base to be pretty smooth, and my first impression of this tea is like a fraternal twin to Butiki’s Caramel Vanilla Assam. Only the vanilla here is replaced with the cocoa…and the cocoa blends in nicely with the black base that the caramel stands out more, with the smooth cocoa-ish backdrop.

I’d definitely consider getting more of this on a later visit. It is a nice morning tea.

Fjellrev

Nice! I don’t think I ever asked to smell this in the store because I didn’t think it would have these kinds of ingredients. I’ll have to check it out next time I’m there.

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Backlog from last night…This is a really interesting contribution to the SSTTB that Bear With Me put in. Being sick, I’m sure I missed out on some of the notes in this tea, though the mint was probably the most prominent flavour, but not in a minty way. I’m to sure if that makes any sense, sorry. I definitely want to give this a better try when I have my full senses. I’m gonna have a few more steeps, and then toss it into the box again, as it is a rather generous amount in there, so more to share!

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drank Secret Mu by Janet's Special Teas
627 tasting notes

Had some of this last night or night before, because I’m sick, and this is a sick kind of tea. I got a sample of it despite it having licorice in it. Actually, Janet tossed this one in as a freebie since I had a sore throat when I was in…she is really a very sweet lady.

So, I did not find this repulsive, and I was able to drink the whole cup. But it is not my favourite tea…it something I might have on hand for being sick though. Since it is a medicinal tea, and it contains ingredients I know I dislike, I am not rating this one.

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This tea has all sorts of weird things in it. And sadly it’s not as good as the other rooibos teas I’ve had.

So this one doesn’t pass for me. Sorry, tea.

(1.5 tsp/12 oz)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Bear With Me

The black version is much nicer.

OMGsrsly

I can believe it. The list of spices is impressive. :)

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The dry leaves smell amazing, and there are bits of vanilla pod chopped up and strewn about in the bag.

Sadly once it steeps, I can’t really tell there’s vanilla. This might be because of the cold I’m still recovering from, but IDK. I made it into an eggnog latte, and it’s really good this way. :) Ahh, yes. Now I can tell there’s more vanilla than just in the eggnog!

(8oz tea, 4oz eggnog)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea doesn’t pack quite the punch of the Cardamom tea by Alokozay. The cardamom flavour is really mild and is almost clovey. And the tea itself isn’t anywhere near as strong and thick and rich.

So while I can appreciate this, I prefer the other companies version.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
teataku

There’s also a Cardamom Black carried by The Metropolitan Tea Company that is quite a kick in the mouth with cardamom flavor. My husband loves it, and while I’m not much of a fan, I appreciate that the flavor is authentic.

OMGsrsly

Haha. :) While I’m sure there are stores around here that carry it, most stores don’t admit which teas come from which suppliers. The closest one that does is across the waters in Victoria…

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Had the last of this tonight with milk. It’s so tasty! I still have some almond rooibos I’m trying to finish, or I’d be getting more this weekend.

…who am I kidding. I’ll probably get more anyways.

This rooibos isn’t too twiggy, steeps nicely even when you ahem forget it on the counter while playing on the internet doing laundry, and has a delightful delicate frangipane flavour – almonds and raspberry jam. Yum! (The one I started with was this recipe, without the tart shell and without the cream… http://www.channel4.com/programmes/jamies-30-minute-meals/articles/all/jools-pasta-with-frangipane-tart-meal-recipe but I have adjusted it. Goodness knows where that scrap of paper went to, though!)

Thanks for sharing, Bear With Me!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

I “do laundry” frequently, too.

Cameron B.

Yummy. :)

OMGsrsly

Haha. :D I did actually get a bit of laundry done. Just enough that I won’t run out of anything in the next couple days.

Indigobloom

Sounds tasty! Wonder how it’d do in a latte

OMGsrsly

Probably quite well, but te flavouring isn’t super strong so it might lose a little in translation.

Indigobloom

Hmm yeah. I guess you’d have to help it along by adding some jam :P

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I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m afraid of the dark, and that fear of the dark has led me to be a total insomniac – sleeping the day away and being stuck awake all night. So if I’m going to be up anyways, and since I’m feeling ballstastic, I might as well have some tea.

I absolutely despised DAVIDs Tea’s Mint To Be which was a coconut and mint black blend, so I’m surprised by how much I love Janet’s anniversary blend!

When she showed me this one, Janet joked that her supplier probably took all their leftovers and tossed them in a bag and shook it up then sent it to her, and she may be right! This is such a random blend, all that’s missing is the bloody kitchen sink!

That said, I love how smooth, creamy, and toasty this tea is! The mint is just enough to add a bit of zing, and the almonds and brazil nuts overpower the coconut (I’m not a huge coconut fan) and make for a creamy but toasty cuppa.

It’s random, it’s sweet, it’s nutty, and it packs a punch – it’s Janet in a cup!

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Have you ever felt SO happy but because you had no specific reason to BE happy, your brain pulled a 180 and left you feeling miserable instead? I’m having one of those nights…

I made another trip to Janet’s today. I had to pick up a couple things I promised to send a few people, this included, but I grabbed enough for myself to enjoy too and tonight I’m sure glad I did.

This is a slightly malty black with lovely maple flavour. Not sweet maple like syrup, but unmistakably maple nonetheless. It feels like waffles in a mug and is getting me through this bit of a slump.

I predict another sleepless night. Bah.

Flavors: Creamy, Malt, Maple

Anlina

Ah that sucks, I’m sorry. I hope you can get those happy-stealing brainweasles out of your head.

Vwinsloe

“waffles in a mug.” MMMMmmmmm!

Bear With Me

I have some set aside for you vwinsloe :)

Vwinsloe

You rock!

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Nice medium bodied oolong. The leaves are dark green and crumpled and open up nicely with the first steep and allow for a second steep. The roast level is warm and nutty, though not as roasted as David’s Oolong Supreme, Butiki’s Gui Fei, or an oreiental beauty or big red robe. This is a little lower than those, but still more roast than some of the greener oolongs I’ve had. I don’t find this one to be terribly floral. It’s a nice simple oolong, and I think a good starter one for someone. I found that it did not go bitter or astringent with the 3 or so minute steep and less than boiling water.

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Backlog…I really like this tea…and it’s a rooibos! I did not try it with milk, but I will next time. I’m so happy I have a few rooibos that I like well enough to repurchase.

OMGsrsly

It is SO GOOD with milk. :)

Amariel

K. Will def do that next time. I’m trying the Pumpkin now, and will likely add milk to it.

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Not sure what to think of this tea. There is no actual rhubarb or rhubarb flavour in this tea, though there is the tartness of the blackberry and lime leaves, combined with the jasmine petals, that does give it a bit of a rhubarb feel. I’m not sure how I feel about it all. I am drinking it with a little organic cane sugar, but may go add milk to see how or if it changes the flavour. I think that this is probably a tea that would be good cold steeped, or iced over the summer. I think that I will be ok to drink the rest of the sample, but I’ll reserve judgement on whether I want more after I’ve had more.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Sample sip down. This cup was much better than the last since I made sure not to steep it for that long. It can get super bold ultra fast. The malty cereal notes are popping through re now, and combined with light cream, it’s breakfast in a cup. Assams are truly a wonderful thing.

Bear With Me

Try the Rembeng Assam next time :)

Fjellrev

Will do!

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Ladies and gents, I’ve just done one of the craziest things I’ve personally ever done to tea. But before I talk about that, I accidentally oversteeped this tea, so it was extra bold. That said, I’ll give it a more proper review with the last of my sample next time. But for now, it’s a decent Assam, just not as malty as I had hoped.

My cotton candy pink hair inspired me to go out and buy the actual stuff because I haven’t had it since I was a kid, and you know what? I was in the mood for some of that fluffy pink and blue candy floss. Looking at it (and tasting it too!) got me thinking about all the cotton candy blends that have been popping up (David’s, Della Terra, 52teas) and how they don’t taste like the actual thing. To be fair, I haven’t tried Della Terra’s, David’s is the best I’ve had to date but it’s even sweeter than actual cotton candy, and as for 52teas, it just tasted like generically sweetened black tea. It lacked that special something that cotton candy has.

So blah blah blah, I MELTED ACTUAL COTTON CANDY INTO MY TEA. Equal parts blue and pink to be fair. And while it has indeed substantially sweetened up this bold tea, the flavouring from the cotton candy (blue raspberry and bubblegum, respectively) gets lost. If there’s one thing that this experiment has taught me, it’s that the flavours that make cotton candy, well, cotton candy are muchly too delicate and subtle to be accurately captured in a tea. I could see it potentially work better with green rooibos (hence why David’s probably is the most successful, in my humble opinion) but the black bases smack those cutesy flavours down to the pavement and steal their lunch money.

The funny part is my lips are sticky from the liquid cotton candy though. Sticky lips but no cotton candy flavour satisfaction. Ripoff!

I have enough left to try with another cup or two with another base. Maybe I could try it with one of Butiki’s Assams? Or just screw it and eat the rest? Errrrrrrr?

Anlina

A delicate white tea might be a good base.

Fjellrev

Good call! I’m personally normally not a huge fan but that could definitely work.

aisling of tea

My favorite, favorite drink is one I had back home in Tennessee, a cotton candy cosmo. They’d bring you a martini glass overflowing with cotton candy and a shaker with vodka and cranberry juice. The cotton candy would just melt and it was awesome. They had a non alcoholic version using sprite. So…you should try vodka! XD

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