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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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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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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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Backlog:

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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Hoo boy. I have not posted notes here for a week or so at least, and I have quite the backlog to catch up on. Here we go: Note 1 of 13!

I’ve had this at least twice in the past few weeks, and it’s surprisingly good! I can taste the black base, but the base doesn’t have that odd molasses-like flavour of JO’s other black teas. It’s a bit malty, but not that astringent, and the flavours are subtle but there. I’m surprised by how little I taste the lemon myrtle, because in my experience it’s quite a heavy-hitting herb.

I’m really happy I have this one in my cupboard. I don’t taste much in the way of peach or apricot, but that’s ok.

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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Ooh, I like this one! Lots of lemon flavor with the holy basil and spices making an appearance towards the end of the sip. I added a little sugar and am really enjoying the sweet/savory combination.

Thank you, Just Organic Teas for sending me this sample. It’s great!

September Sipdowns: 20

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is a really good Assam. I love it. It’s not only a very flavorful, rich Assam, but I love that it’s organic and that it’s fair trade. Bonus points!

Bold, malty, full-flavored. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/17/just-awesome-assam-black-tea-from-just-organic-tea/

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A really good green tea. Fresh tasting and exhilarating, I find this to be an energizing type green. Sweet, vegetal, and clean. Brothy.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/10/just-pure-green-tea-from-just-organic-tea/

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This might be my favorite I’ve tried from JOTea so far… just my thing! I love tulsi since it is holy basil and I love basil.. especially the purple type. I also love that this type of tulsi tastes slightly like green beans since I love those too. I eat them raw.. I’d actually prefer them to potato chips (in the case of green beans they look like French fries!) This one is a very unique blend in that it also has lemon myrtle and spices. After waiting around ten minutes to steep the spices don’t overpower the lemon or tulsi. The lemon is definitely noticeable so there is a lovely balance between the tulsi, spices and lemon. Very nice! I’m so sorry for the late reviews, JustOrganicTea.com!
Steep #1 // 10 min after boiling // 4-5min

TeaBrat

I love tulsi :)

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The bergamot is a bit softer than I would like it to be for an Earl Grey. I do like this Earl Grey, though, but for me, an “Epic” Earl Grey would be one with a stronger bergamot note. This would be the ideal Earl Grey for those who like their bergamot to come on soft and smooth.

The bergamot does develop as I continue to sip, though and I enjoyed that. The black tea is robust and pleasant and doesn’t attempt to hide behind the citrus notes. Tangy, a little sweet, and enjoyable to sip.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/30/just-epic-earl-grey-from-just-organic-tea/

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I remember looking at the ingredients and feeling doubtful. But I had recently tried another peachy white from another company that I enjoyed greatly, so I took a leap of faith…. and was disappointed.

This tea is not at all reminiscent of the peach fruit, even of it’s close cousins the apricots. I wonder if the company was trying to convey an peachy as in the adjective, and not the ingredient. I would not have chosen this tea based on how it is.

The dry tea is very fluffy, as white teas tend to be, and at least they packaged the 2oz in a larger packet to account for that. Dry I get the smell of alot of cinnamon and cloves. Brewed, I just get cinnamon. White tea and cinnamon. Overall the effect is ‘this is what I would put in a peach cobbler, but it’s not peach. Not even close.’

This might appeal to someone, but it isn’t “my cup of tea”. You might find it wandering around in a TTB after I’m through with it. I would also suggest a name change please.

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Backlog from whenever.

I’ve figured this tea out, I think. This one is best with the shortest steeping time possible: 3-3.5 minutes, with 4 being the max. Otherwise the spices just overwhelm everything.

This is decent, but doesn’t hold a candle to the Kashmiri Chai I have from Golden Moon. (However, since Golden Moon is revamping its stock to be organic, I wonder if its chai will still be around. One can hope.)

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