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Cooking TTB #6

The dry leaf scent of this reminds me so much of David’s Tea Coffee Cake! Upon sipping, I really don’t get a serious vanilla taste, instead I’m getting a lot of muted cocoa and cake notes. Not quite what I was expecting but it’s still tasty… In fact, it makes me want to go and brew up a cup of Coffee Cake!! Doh!!

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This was a nice refreshing taste on earl grey. It destine have as strong of a bergamot flavor as may be expected with something called “epic”, but it was flavorful nonetheless. The leaves gave a nice rich and citrus scent but I’ve noticed after the first 2 runs of leaves, it tends to lighten in color and disperse flavor quickly. A nice tea for some earl grey flavor, but nothing for those die-hard “Earl Grey-ers”. Not what i would call epic.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Earth

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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Tea of the morning. This is another sample that came to me from the kind Naylynn via the Christmas Card Swap. Thank you!

When I think Irish Breakfast a few words automatically pop in my head: strong, bold, and malt. Irish breakfast teas are famous for their thick malty flavor that stands up to cream and sugar so very well. Today I learned there are Irish Breakfast teas (or at least one tea) that break that rule. I love a rule breaker.

The first thing that caught my eye was the low water temp for this tea. It’s recommended at 195°F, and since I’ve never had this tea before I followed the directions. I’m glad I did. I took my first sip and possibly gave myself whiplash. You can imagine the double take I did at my mug when I sipped this and found a distinct lack of malty notes. I sipped again and what I tasted was a rich, creamy, wonderfully thick tea that tasted like the French rolls my favorite bakery sells. Oh… holy… yum. As wonderful as the bready note was the texture of the tea was what had me smiling. It was like sipping velvet. As the tea cooled the malt flavor began to appear, and I got more of a traditional Irish Breakfast feel from the tea, which isn’t a bad thing at all. Next time I have this (Naylynn sent a generous sample!) I might add cream and sugar just to see, but this is wonderfully tasty all on its own.

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

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This sample came from madametj. I don’t generally go for straight-up rooibos, but I have been enjoying my flavored rooibos blends lately so why not? The leaves are small and a medium red-orange-brown in color. Dry scent is somewhat medicinal, somewhat woody. It steeps up a dark mahogany color with some orange tones.

The steeped liquid smells woody and somewhat sweet (it actually smells a touch like marzipan). It tastes smooth and woody, with just a bit of deep caramelized sweetness. I’m not sure this is something I’d drink on a regular basis, but I’m happy it isn’t medicinal at all. However, it is making my mouth and throat feel a little bit scratchy… :(

Flavors: Caramel, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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A lovely Peony. I tasted familiar “white peony” notes such as sweet, vegetal tones and notes of melon and hints of a crisp ‘airy’ note that evokes thoughts of the air after a cooling rain. I also picked up on notes of lettuce and that’s not something I often taste with white peony.

A really nice pure white peony, I like that it’s organic.

Here’s my full-length review: http://steepster.com/teas/just-organic-tea/46100-just-perfect-peony

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Teeny Tiny TTB Round 2

I admit, I was unsure about trying this one. I’ve had a couple of other samples from Just Organic and I did not enjoy them or find them memorable at all. But since this was one of only two unflavored blacks in the box, I looked at the reviews here on Steepster and decided it seemed worth trying. The leaves are dark, wide, and extremely short. They have that reddish hue that reminds me of Japanese blacks. Unfortunately, this bag smells like sugary cinnamon, clearly it was a victim of scent contamination…

Steeped aroma is surprisingly nondescript – perhaps a touch of vegetal? Meh, nondescript is definitely the correct word for this tea. There’s a fair amount of malt, but nothing else besides a generic “black tea” taste like you’d find in unsweetened iced tea. I can taste a touch of grassy/leafy flavor and it leaves a weird aftertaste in my mouth. Meh!

Flavors: Grass, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Thanks again for the samples, Just Organic! So sorry it has taken this long… I guess I would avoid rooibos but I don’t regret steeping this cup up! It’s actually an above average rooibos. This one reminded me of wood smoked BBQ somehow. Nice flavor! And steeped in a teabag, I wasn’t getting any of the mouth irritation that some lower quality rooibos might have. Nothing but nice things to say about this one! But it’s still plain rooibos, so there isn’t MUCH to say about this one. An enjoyable no-caffeine cup late at night. Can’t all rooibos be like this?
Steep #1 // just boiled // 3-4 min steep

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I’ve been pretty terrible about writing tasting notes lately, but only because I’ve been drinking most of the same teas over and over again. One that I’ve been reaching for many mornings is this tea. A little goes a long way leaf-wise, so I’m happily surprised at how long this sample from the T&C TTB is going to last me. I think I really enjoy it because of its boldness without the usual accompanying bitterness that loud black teas can have. And it’s been fairly hard to mess this one up, which is great because my brain does not function well in the morning.

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Another gem from the T&C TTB! I think I’m gonna swipe the rest of the sample for myself, actually. I steeped this one this morning while looking for a nice wake me up kind of black tea (190 F, ~3 min). While this was a hair less bold than I would want it to be, it made up for it by being so clean and smooth. The malty flavors were there without any bitterness and only a tiny bit of astringency. I can see myself reaching for this one in the mornings when I want a reliable cup of tea to start the day off.

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HHTTB

This seems really light for a black tea! I can get the apricot notes, but I’m also getting this aftertaste that is similar to the aftertaste of the ocean, but without the salt. Weird, right?! I get more flavor from it cold than I do hot and the flavor is very light and subtle. It’s very nice, but I’m a fan of bolder flavors.

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

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Oh man! I didn’t pay attention to the recommended steeping temp and steeped this way too hot. It ended up wicked bitter, but adding cream and sugar made if palatable again. It’s not the same as the first time I had it, but there is a little malt shining through and it is helping me wake and recover from a rough night with a sick two year old.

Tealizzy

Aww, I hope your little one gets better soon! Everyone, including me, has been sick lately! Fortunately, we’re all better at my house.

Dustin

Thanks, I hope so too! I think we are nearing the end of this round of sickness so I’m hoping last night was a one off thing. :/

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HHTTB

This tea is really interesting! It almost has a spice on it. It is really smooth, has a little malt to it. I added some cream and sugar and WOW. This is really good. I need to hang onto this and have some more.

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A tasty blend. Not my favorite vanilla blend I’ve ever had (they can’t all be my favorites, can they?) and I suspect the reason is the carob. Not a fan of carob. Just not. I like chocolate, I don’t like that fake-y chocolate taste of carob. Never have.

But, as I mention in my full-length review of this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/06/just-naughty-nilla-black-tea-from-just-organic-tea/ – I think that this tea has potential. The black tea base is well-rounded and full tasting. Notes of malt. Robust. It would make a nice breakfast tea. (A little dessert for breakfast!)

Ubacat

I love carob and don’t think it’s fake tasting at all. It has it’s own taste but yes different than chocolate. I like to mix the two together (carob and cocoa) when making my fudge brownie. The cocoa gives them a deep rich chocolate taste and the carob adds a sweetness and silkiness.

LiberTEAS

Yeah, I’d probably like carob like that. I just don’t like it when it’s used as a “like chocolate” experience because it’s really not chocolate. When I was younger, it seemed like that was what it was marketed as – a chocolate substitute.

Ubacat

It does have a similarity to Chocolate but is very different in other ways. I agree. You can’t appreciate carob for what it is when you’re expecting chocolate.

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This chai wasn’t as spicy as I hoped for. It’s still a tasty chai, but I was hoping for a really zesty chai and it didn’t quite live up to that.

The medley of spices is a warm and comforting combination of cinnamon, clove and cardamom. I wish there was a bit of ginger and/or black pepper in this to give it some zing. The orange brightens the cup a little.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/27/just-charming-chai-blend-from-just-organic-tea/

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Backlog from I don’t know when:

Hi guys! I’m sorry I haven’t been on that much. Rest assured that I’m still drinking tea.

I was looking forward to trying this as I know it’s the base green for JO’s Just Marvelous Mint Green. I’ve found the mint/green blend to taste kind of odd, and I always assumed that it was because of the steeping time involved in the mint.

However, having tasted the base green, I can attest that the weird, chemically, funky flavour I’m noticing is definitely due to the green tea they use, and not the mint.

This is disappointing.

I only have about a spoonful of this left, but I’m going to sip it down soon. Now I just have to steel myself to finish off the mint/green blend.

Cheri

Yeah, it’s kinda weird.

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Backlog from a few days ago.

This is a really bergamot-heavy EG. It’s not the most bergamotty one I’ve ever had, but it’s up there. Glad I only got a small sample of this – I have enough left to make a quick sipdown.

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Backlog from whenever.

Like JO’s Just Charming Chai, I’ve found that this tea works best with a shorter steep – 3-3.5 minutes is a good range. It also helps if you add a smidgen of sugar or agave nectar.

This is a decent tea, though I do wish the orange came out more.

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I’ve had this tea a few times now. I love the idea of it in theory – all those nice warm spices combining with the coldness of autumn and the falling leaves. However, this isn’t very orangey, and the spices are quite strong. The orange only makes itself known at the end of the sip on the back of the tongue. The flavour is subtle, but round.

Yesterday I made this using a 4-minute steep. Perhaps it would be better at 3 minutes?

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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This was one of the teas I asked for a small sample of with my Kickstarter passage, and it’s surprisingly nice. Just a nice, solid, medium black tea, without too much going on. However, the flavour becomes a bit harsher when it’s cold – it’s best to drink this one up quick.

The nice thing is that I only have another cup left – perfect for a sipdown.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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I enjoyed this one from Just.Organic.Tea. As I said in the full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/02/just-tulsi-with-a-twist-from-just-organic-tea/ It’s sweet, lemony, and has just enough spicy kick to keep the taste buds happy.

The peppermint is not an assertive flavor and I was kind of surprised by this because normally peppermint is quite an aggressive herb. Everything is nicely balanced here.

A nice, calming tea, especially nice after meals.

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Mmmmm. I loooovveeee minty teas. I normally get herbal but this one is perfect! Now I can drink mint tea EVERYDAY. It is not one of those teas that leave a taste in your mouth, it’s really interesting. You have the taste while it’s in your mouth but then nothing.

[[ I do two steeps with all my teas. ]]

Flavors: Green, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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I’m starting to think they meant peachy as in that’s just peachy and not as in a peach white tea. This is pure cinnamon to me. It actually makes the roof of my mouth itch. Definitely don’t taste peach at all. I will be passing the last cup of this on to someone who might enjoy it because I did not.

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Backlog from this morning.

I don’t get a lot of peach or apricot from this blend, and I do get some of the lemon from the lemon myrtle, but I there’s an extra flavour here that I can’t put my finger on.

It’s heavy and somewhat floral, but not musty or rosy. Is it the calendula? I have no idea what calendula smells or tastes like.

Anyways, this is a decent black tea, but I think it doesn’t lend itself well to winter sipping. This is definitely a summery black tea instead. I wonder what it would be like iced?

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