Janet's Special Teas

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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

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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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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80

I kind of like this one! It’s green, it contains tangy limes, and there is something dessert-like and almost creamy about it. Many happy meringue and key lime pie vibes, at least with this session. It reminds me a little of 52Teas’ Lime Jello Salad tea, and the Lime Gelato from David’s Tea.

This would potentially make a good iced batch, but if I tried that I’d only have one serving left instead of two..

Flavors: Custard, Lime

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Fjellrev

Oh damn, I never saw this one. Anything that is reminiscent of Lime Jello Salad must be great.

CrowKettle

I’m not sure I’ll ever love a lime tea as much as I did Lime Jello Salad, but only time with 4oz will tell. Next time I’m in Sydney I’ll pick up enough to share!

Sil

ooooooh

Fjellrev

I don’t think anything can ever top Lime Jello Salad, either. So freaking delicious.

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Sooooo I got a sample of this when I was in Victoria, and it was the first tea I could steep with hot water that I pulled out of the BIN OF DOOM (seriously, so many samples).

It’s really good! Of course, I have a bunch of milk in it, so YMMV. But I really like the flavour!

I’m sending the rest off to Sil, but this is definitely something I need to revisit.

(2.5 tsp, 16 oz, 195F, 3 minutes.)

leaf in hot water

what does ymmv stand for?

Maddy Barone

Your Mileage May Vary (if OMGsrlsy doesn’t mind me chiming in)

OMGsrsly

:) Yup! That’s it.

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I have some of this and the rest is going into the box for Sil la la la…

I added milk, but IDK that I should have. I just LOVE milk in my tea. It smells nicely fruity, with low levels of rooibos woodiness.

It’s lovely, actually. Not sure I’d want a lot, but I am quite enjoying this large mug! Nice and fruity. Sweet-ish. Not too floral. I’m glad I picked up a sample!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

oh god..

OMGsrsly

I got about 10 samples from Janet that I need to try and pass on. Plus the puerh. :D

Sil

feel free to make it uh a birthday box….in like July. bwahahaha

OMGsrsly

It’ll take me that long to get through everything. Sigh.

Sil

perfect!

Plunkybug

This one had rose petals in it, right?

OMGsrsly

Pretty sure it did.

Plunkybug

Yeah, I think I looked at it and had to put it back because of that.

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New tea! Cold brewed for a couple of days because I forgot about it in the back of the fridge.

It’s yummy. I get a lot of strawberry from it, which is nice.

Also, hi! I’m not around much at all due to busy, but hi!

Sil

Hihihihihihihi

OMGsrsly

omgggggggggggg! You!

Sil

Me?! No wai!

OMGsrsly

Liek omg totally

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The cherry flavouring in this rooibos crosses all cherry territories, including my favourite cherry blasters and actual cherries. Tart hibiscus and goji are extremely subtle. When I do pick up on those two ingredients, they add a layer of depth the otherwise syrupy sweet cherry profile.

Bear With Me recommended this in the store and I’m glad I was easily persuaded. This is my favourite go to tisane in the evening right now; it tastes so “red.”

Flavors: Cherry, Goji

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

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79

I had this earlier today, and it was a nice, mild green tea, with a mellow mango taste. Neither taste dominated the cup, though maybe the mango was a little stronger, but not by much. It was a nice cup, and I will probably make one more before sending the rest of my sample to a friend of mine.

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Backlog…not my favourite rooibos, and not as good as the plum, but definitely not bad either.

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Backlog—-this is a nice light green, with a mellow berry taste. Nothing too tart or overpowering.

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68

Taken with milk, although it doesn’t need it; the tea is creamy enough on its own and the rest of the flavouring is light.

I would’ve preferred a heavier dosage of bergamot, or a brighter, citrus-y base. It does deliver on the vanilla cream puff front, however. I just wish there was more action, which I probably don’t need for paper writing anyways!

Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Vanilla

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

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75

Delicious. Would drink again.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Equusfell

You are the worst.

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78

This tea smells wonderful and reminds me a lot of the coconut chai I already have from Satori Teas. There are large slivers of coconut, pieces of ginger, and whole cardamom pods and peppercorns. There are also pieces of what I think must be cinnamon bark. It just smells so spicy and warm, like a freshly baked loaf of spice cake. I love it.

I added honey and cream so it’s sweet and rich. The tea on its own is good but a little weaker than I normally like it so I think next time I’ll do six ounces of water instead of eight. I’ve been doing that with a lot of my teas lately, and I think I might enjoy this one prepared that way as well.

Second Steep
6 ounces water + 212 degrees + 8 minutes

This second cup is even better than the first. I used less water and steeped a bit longer and it’s just right. After 80 degree days this past week, the weekend has decided it wants to have one last fling with winter so this is nice and warming and perfect for a cooler afternoon. I just finished my second cup and I want another. I think that’s saying something.

Thanks so much to Amariel for letting me try this one!

Flavors: Coconut, Ginger, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sample from Amariel – thank you!

This tea had a bit of an accident, in that it was involved in a water spill on my counter. I tried drying it out, but decided to steep it up ASAP just in case it was still damp.

It smells fruity and floral. Kind of generic fruity I think, and I can see jasmine blossoms in the dry leaves. Now, I just had some chocolate covered espresso beans, but the tea tastes fruity-floral. I’m not really getting any rhubarb out of it… maybe hints of rhubarb (What does rhubarb taste like other than itself?) but I’m not sure. And I think the reason it’s creamy is because I put cream in it and also the jasmine.

It’s nice, and definitely springy. But it doesn’t have that punch of rhubarb flavour that I was looking for. Not necessarily sour, but that fresh fruity creamy flavour you get in a pie filling.

I will have to pick up a sample of this for Sil when I go to Victoria. See what she thinks. :)

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

rooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo barb!

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Thank you for the sample, Amarial!

This is pretty darn good, but unfortunately doesn’t hold a candle to even the smell of the raspberry tea I tried to make this morning.

The black tea almost overpowers the delicate raspberry and honey flavours. I was hoping for something with a bit more kick.

So while I’m enjoying this mug of tea, it’s not exactly what I was hoping for. Oh well! I can continue looking for a raspberry black tea, I don’t mind. :)

(PS. I’m at 212 again, plus I still have all of MissB’s teas and the samples Dexter shared. Umm.)

Flavors: Bitter, Candy, Raspberry, Sweet

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

It’s more honey than raspberry to me.

OMGsrsly

I think I was hoping for more raspberry. :) It was still good, just not exactly what I had in mind.

Plunkybug

Maybe cold steep it over the summer with some frozen raspberries?

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71

Umm, no. Almost tastes medicinal. The rooibos is too strong on this one for me.

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75

Will have to try without out milk, but with it I got pretty much nothing in any sort of passionfruit way.

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