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drank Vanilla Chai by Just Add Honey
490 tasting notes

About two weeks ago, I left my job of 4 years to find something better. During my week and a half of being unemployed, I did some research on Atlanta-based tea. Sure enough, I found Just Add Honey, with their small brick and mortar store at the edge of downtown. While they weren’t hiring, I got to visit and meet the owner, a kind lady by the name of Brandi. There were a couple teas I wanted up on the wall in jars, but being in between jobs, I just got a sample of chai. (And made sure she had a copy of my resume, haha.)

Let me tell you, this tea packs a punch! It does not disappoint on the spice aspect. When I sniffed it in the glass jar, I was surprised at how clovey it was. Most blends of chai I’ve tasted were a little shy with the clove, or even left it out completely, but not this one. It also has a nice, balanced taste of cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom. Star anise is listed in the ingredients, but I can’t really taste that aspect.

As far as the vanilla goes, it’s interesting. Not a coconutty or French vanilla. It’s a buttercreamy, dessert-like vanilla. Combined with the spices, it comes out to something that tastes like… dare I say it… pumpkin spice. It was definitely a good choice for fall. I might have to go back for more pretty soon. The contrast between the warm spice and the chilly air will be nice!

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cream, Creamy, Ginger, Vanilla

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML
Sil

good luck with the job hunt!

Tabby

Thanks! I’m already working again. :) My friend was quitting her second job and I took over for her, haha.

Sil

haha well that’s great news Hopefully it’s better than the last job. :)

Sil

(also this sounds really tasty heh)

Ysaurella

congrats on the new job. That’s so nice too to discover new nice tea shops locally

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22
drank Green Caramel by Just Add Honey
556 tasting notes

Green Caramel – Just Add Honey – 2/5/14
2 minutes, 175 degrees

This smells smoky to me. Is there smoke in the ingredients? Looking at the ingredients, I suppose it could be one of the roasted things but it’s really quite strong. I kept to the green steeping parameters because although rooibos can do boiling and a long steep, I don’t think the green would survive that. The steeping smell still has a bit of smoke but I can pick up more on the wood smell coming from the rooibos now. I’m not really a fan of rooibos so I hope it stays subtle.

Without sugar, this tastes very smoky to me. Like a very very mild lapsang might. With sugar, I’m still tasting a horrible taste reminiscent of beef jerky covered in caramel. Wow. I’m forcing myself to drink the rest of this but it’s a struggle. This is not a tea for me.

TTBB #6 (after lunch)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Georgia Peaches by Just Add Honey
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drank Wild Blueberry by Just Add Honey
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drank Sencha by Just Add Honey
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drank Papaya Ginger by Just Add Honey
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drank Mint to Be by Just Add Honey
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drank Jasmine by Just Add Honey
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drank Good Morning! by Just Add Honey
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drank Berries! by Just Add Honey
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drank Green Caramel by Just Add Honey
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82
drank Green Caramel by Just Add Honey
1520 tasting notes

Another from Teabox B! I thought ‘just add honey’ was steeping suggestions, not the name of the tea. haha. This one seemed a bit odd.. especially as it mentioned cocoa beans. But this is really nice. I waited a while for the water to cool and steeped for 2-3 min. This has a really smooth flavor that lingers (except for maybe the rooibos, which I’m not really sure WHY it’s in this blend.) There is something like genmaicha about it, since it has popped corn, which kind of makes it like caramel on its own. I wouldn’t think caramel would go with green tea! Maybe I should have just added honey anyway…

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drank Green Caramel by Just Add Honey
361 tasting notes

I was pretty nervous that rooibos was an ingredient in this. I’ve had some less than stellar experiences with rooibos lately and almost ignore them completely at this point. But the rice and caramel mixed with the green tea made me give it a try. I’m quite happy with it. I don’t taste the rooibos. Maybe it gives it a slightly sweeter edge? I don’t know. But the genmai cha is awesome. And it’s overall just a smooth, buttery, enjoyable night time cup! I will definitely think about keeping this on hand.

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This is buttery, smooth, sweet, sugary, rooibosy, slightly vegetal-green but in a sweeter way, and pretty darn tasty. Better than I thought it would be. Yum!

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aww it IS a kinda buttery cup isn’t it!
so nice yum from the Traveling Tea Box

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hilarity ensues!!!

TeaEqualsBliss

I just drank this, too

OMGsrsly

That is hilarious! I love it. :D

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92

Backlog:

I brewed this tea without reading the website prior to brewing … so I brewed it the way I would brew a black tea … without making accommodations for the green tea (a genmaicha). Fortunately, the boiling water did not produce a bitter tasting cup.

This is a deliciously chocolate-y tea. It lacks any real green tea notes to speak of. If I slurp the tea to aerate, I notice barely there hints, but really, they are very difficult to discern. Mostly what I taste is chocolate and black tea, and I’m not complaining about tasting a lot of chocolate!

Mid-cup, some of the toasty nut flavors of the genmaicha start to emerge and I like the way these meld with the chocolate notes and add depth to the cup. This is a really pleasant cuppa from Just Add Honey.

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54
drank Georgia Peaches by Just Add Honey
230 tasting notes

BACKLOG! I drank this yesterday.

This came in my LiberTEAS tasting box.

This is a really light tasty blend. The black tea is a lighter variety and I can taste the Ceylon and Darjeeling. The flavor is more like eating a peach and less like a peach pie. I find sometimes with fruit teas the flavors tend go to into the realm of pie / candy.

This is a light blend that was pleasant to drink over the course of an afternoon. The peach flavor is very subtle. This was a nice cuppa tea but not something I would stock regularly.

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88
drank Green Caramel by Just Add Honey
4633 tasting notes

Oh yes, it is so much better now! My first attempt with this, as you might remember, was brewed thinking that this was a green and white teas blend, when it is actually a green teas and rooibos blend. A slightly higher temperature and shorter brew time made a big difference in what I taste now. I TASTE the genmaicha! and it is so YUM in this. The toasty genmaicha with the caramel tones is so warm and comforting.

I really like this … almost enough to forgive it for lying to me in the first place. But, I wish I didn’t waste that first pot, is all!

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88
drank Green Caramel by Just Add Honey
4633 tasting notes

Either the packaging of this tea or the website is LYING to me. The package says that this is a green and white tea blend. The website says that this is a blend of green teas and rooibos. If it is a green and white blend, I would brew it at a low temperature for the white tea, at a slightly longer time. If it’s a green and rooibos blend, I would have kept it a little higher than I would for the white tea, and for a slightly shorter time. Since I had the package with me in the kitchen and was not looking at the website at the time that I was brewing, I went with the green and white tea brewing parameters, and that irritates me because this IS a green and rooibos blend.

So, I guess I am going to have to try again with this tea tomorrow or the next day before I write my full-length review on this tea. And it wasn’t nice to lie to me, it makes me grumpy.

Kittenna

How annoying! It drives me crazy when information is different in different locations (e.g. ingredient lists, brewing parameters, dates/times).

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82
drank Georgia Peaches by Just Add Honey
4633 tasting notes

This is really quite good. The peach flavor comes through nicely without tasting too sweet. I don’t taste a heavy cinnamon and ginger taste which is what I expected after reading the ingredient list. These spices just seem to add an agreeable background flavor, enhancing the peach notes without overwhelming them.

The black tea is a satisfying blend of Ceylon and Darjeeling and this provides a light … even crisp sort of taste to the cup. It doesn’t taste heavy, and this is probably not the best choice for a breakfast tea, but would make a great afternoon tea or a delightful iced tea. The peach tastes light … and when I really focus in on the flavor I detect just a slight artificial quality to the peach … it doesn’t really seem apparent to me though unless I’m really trying to zoom in on the flavors to pick out all the various notes. Overall, a pleasant cup.

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