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Hm. Weird tea. Got it as a sample in their Kickstarter campaign, and it’s…. better cold. A bit floral, juicy berry (can’t tell what exactly), and definitely hibiscus. There’s something in here though that’s giving me an allergic reaction, even though the ingredient list seems solid. I’ll pass off the last cup to someone else who might enjoy it more.

Flavors: Berry, Floral, Hibiscus

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Sipdown!

I had 1 tsp of this left so I mixed it with the rest of the lemon myrtle I had. The lemon-basil blend turned out pretty well, actually. Just glad to get one more tea finished off.

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I’ve heard that tulsi can be very soothing and relaxing – which means that I’d love to develop a taste for it. However, it still tastes sort of weird/funky to me. I keep expecting to get a cup of diluted pesto when I brew it, but the taste is much different than what i’ve built up in my head.

This tea isn’t so bad – it’s quite sweet, actually – but I really just want to finish it off so I have one less tea in my cupboard.

Fjellrev

I’m not sure if I’m a fan of it either, tea-wise.

Michelle Butler Hallett

I like it blended with lavender, but I gotta be I the mood.

ashmanra

I blend my Tulsi with lavender, too!

Christina

The one time I had lavender in tea I though it was so icky I just sent the rest of the pack to someone else in a swap. To each their own, but for me, lavender is lavenblerg!

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75

This was interesting – it wasn’t juicy at all, like most fruit flavored teas. It was tea and flowers from the chamomile, with a tropical edge. Can’t say I tasted mango specifically, but mango is such a strongly flavored sweet fruit, I find it is not easy to duplicate in a flavoring without a lot of flavor and a lot of sugar. I even cold steeped this, which normally really enhances any fruit flavors in a tea.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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Sample sipdown!

I was saving this sample from their Kickstarter campaign last year, and I finally decided to drink it last night. I overleafed it, but it was still quite nice. it had a really nice juicy flavour to it, and the presence of the hibiscus wasn’t as overwhelming as I worried it would be. The interplay between the cinnamon and the blueberry was also quite nice, and the liquor was this beautiful juicy red colour.

I… I kinda wish I had known I would like this blend – if I had, I would have chosen it over some of the blends I did ask for. Ah well, one less tea in the cupboard!

Indigobloom

Doh. Hate it when that happens. C’est la vie!

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73

This is hibiscus all the way. I taste a slight herbal flavor with it, but not much else. Good for iced tea, but steer clear if you were hoping for more Orange. I cold brewed,and when I do so I usually do three cups instead of four to keep the flavor strong, and this one would have done really well to be steeped that way, but with 5 cups. Maybe even 6. Then I might have tasted the orange more.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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Sipdown!

Laughs bc I threw the remaining 3g of this into my Steeper, brewed it like normal, poured it over ice, and spiked it with a bit of spiced rum. Yuuuummmm :))

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82

Ok, finally getting around to reviewing this one. Again, my thanks go to Just Organic Teas for giving me this sample to try!

It smells flat-out wonderful. Bright, sweet mango scent with something perfume-like. The aroma is so inviting and juicy. Citrus and apricot and mango scents – basically any kind of orange fruit. As it steeps, it comes out to a light tan color and the aroma of chamomile appears. Once iced, the tea fades to a more normal green tea color – like faintly green straw.

The flavor is a little milder than I expected, but I like it. It’s not like drinking mango juice or anything. There is no tartness, but you can tell it’s made with tea in the finish. The chamomile is also present – surprisingly unmuted by the fruit. However, in my second glass, I plan on using a less ice-heavy ratio. I suppose my only critique of this would be that the mango flavor needs more of a kick.

Flavors: Citrus, Fruity, Mango

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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85

I enjoyed this, but was surprised to see that it smelled more like lemon dry than I could smell or taste it brewed. That said, the mint is the real deal. It is a bit spearminty, but frankly, real mint to me usually doesn’t have a strong flavor. It iinstead creates this cooling mint effect that is more of a feeling than a taste, kind of like drinking air conditioning. Which I LOVE in an iced tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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Another sample from lolainred! I’ve heard her talk about this company, so I was glad for a chance to try one of their teas. Unfortunately, I made it in a hurry and I’m afraid I over-steeped it. My cup came out quite grassy and vegetal with a bitter tang to the aftertaste. Not going to rate this one, since I didn’t really give it a fair trial.

Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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83

’Here’s Hoping’ Teabox Round #4 – Tea #4
There is a big ole two ounce pouch of this in the teabox… had to try it! The spearmint takes over in this one leaving a great fresh flavor while hiding the green tea a little. The flavor of the green tea must be very light. It’s delicious though! Both steeps were excellent. Very refreshing.

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70

Thanks Just Organic Tea for the sample!

I’m enjoying this. It reminds me of a unsweetened McDonald’s ice tea with a slight hint of berry flavoring. When you open the tea bag, the berry smell hits you in the face. But I don’t think that really translates itself into the flavor. That or the base is just really strong. All in all I like it, but I’m not sure I would pick it up again. If the berry flavoring was a bit stronger I could see this as a great everyday iced tea.

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73

Very minty, but light on the lemon. I made a nice large pitcher out of this bag, with great results. I have been using it as my liquid base for my green smoothies all week and let me tell you, a hint of mint in a pina colada green smoothie is the tits.
When I wanted more of a lemon punch in the face, I added a slice of lemon to my glass as I drank it, and it proved to have much better results.
This was not my favorite out of the bunch, I know it would be more appreciated in the dog days of summer, with the icy mint flavor to cool me off. Nevertheless, this was a fun tea to sip on all day.

Flavors: Mint

Preparation
Iced

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85
drank Orange Hibiscus by Just Organic Tea
513 tasting notes

Nearing the end of my Just Organic Teas reviews with this one. I’ve got the mango-citrus one next, then I’m on to other things.

The scent of it instantly reminds me of Tazo’s “Passion” and this glass bottled juice tea they made called “Brambleberry”. (Which turned out to be marion berry juice and cinnamon.) The hibiscus is bright and in the forefront, complimented by cinnamon. Honestly, I can just barely smell the orange peel and lemon myrtle over the hibiscus, but we could all assume that was going to happen.

When finished, the tea comes out to such a dark purple it’s practically eggplant. It’s very fragrant, fruity and spiced. Once iced, it comes out to a lovely cranberry-like shade of red. Sipping it over ice seems like drinking fruit juice. There’s zero tea astringency or bitterness since it’s herbal, so it’s very smooth and even after sweetener, it’s tart. The cinnamon is a nice touch, too. It makes it stand out. However, the cinnamon and hibiscus are loud and don’t really give the other notes a chance.

I can’t really say this tea tastes very “orange”. But that’s fine, as I’m not really into that. But if you are looking for something citrusy, I wouldn’t recommend it for that. Still, I like it. It reminds me of sangria! That’s what it is! Maybe it wil have to make another appearance this summer for that reason alone.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity, Hibiscus, Tangy, Tart

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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So anyone who knows me know that I don’t drink green tea, pretty much ever. But I had committed to reviewing these, and wanted to try it.

The funny thing is that this is probably my favorite so far. It doesn’t have a very strong tea flavor compared to a black tea, but the mango and slightly floral flavors are really nice.

BezoomnyChaiVeck

A slightly floral green, and you say it’s really nice?

Are you alright Marzi? ^^

Marzipan

I know!

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88

Thank you for providing a sample, Just Organic Tea!

I was looking forward to this one the most out of the bunch, and it is one of the two that I really liked. Spearmint is my favorite herbal tisane. I was expecting peppermint so it was great to to the former on the packet. Spearmint and lemon (and lemon myrtle) go well together. Tastes mostly spearmint-y. There is a hint of the lemon/citrus notes. I drank this over the past couple days. The weather was so cooooold, but this was still refreshing to drink.

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81

This is the epitome of plain black iced tea. It is great alone and unsweetened, but I also suspect it would make a fabulous sweetened southern style iced tea too. Probably great with lemon or whatever else anyone would add in. It’s flavorful but not bitter.

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81

I made this hot, to compare to the strawberry which I cold brewed. I found them to be pretty comparable, which means next time I would make it hot. Cold brewing means using more leaf for the same amount of water, and in this case there is no good flavor reason to do so. The raspberry is more sweet raspberry flavor than tart, but it was still noticeable in the final product. I would get this again.

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76

I love anything raspberry flavored, so you could imagine my excitement at seeing this particular pouch. Upon opening, the smell of the Ceylon and the raspberry mingled to create a nice malty, juicy raspberry and cocoa smell that got me jonesin’
But of course, dummy me let it steep for over 10 minutes in hot water what I was doing god knows what. I hardly tasted any raspberry at all, just drinkable jet fuel. There were trace amounts of astringency, but nothing I couldn’t ignore. I hope the raspberry comes through nicely when steeped properly, it could be real good!

leaf in hot water

i loled at ‘drinkable jet fuel’ :D

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86
drank Iced Strawberry by Just Organic Tea
513 tasting notes

I’m pretty excited about trying this one because for the longest time, I thought I was intolerant to all things strawberry flavor. But! It turns out it’s just Red Dye No. 40 that makes me sick! That leaves me free to drink all the strawberry teas I want now! Yay! This will be the first. (I still wish I could have Starburst, though…)

It smells wonderful before it hits the water. Like sweet strawberry preserves. It makes me want jam on toast. Like the other iced Ceylons I’ve tried from Just Organic Tea, it gets very dark and concentrated in the quart of water they recommend using. This prepares it to be hit with an almost full glass of ice, where it must stand up to being diluted.

The flavor puts a smile on my face. After a little sweetener, it’s a fruity and oddly wholesome-tasting treat. Like the others I’ve tried, the black tea aspect sort of falls into the background. (Though the caffeine boost it provides is nice.) I’m still definitely reminded of strawberry jam as I drink it on this bright spring day. It’s almost like a dessert tea — the black tea add a sort of base that makes me think of strawberry shortcake. Mmm. Definitely recommend this one, guys.

Flavors: Berries, Fruity, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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85

Another sample from Just Organic Tea! I’m genuinely surprised that I’m the first person to review this.

It’s late, but I want iced tea, so this is perfect. Something naturally caffeine free as it only contains herbal ingredients — spearmint, lemon peel, and lemon myrtle. All organic, of course. The spearmint in the aroma is very soothing but strong. It mutes the smell of the other ingredients, but that’s kind of normal with mint. It doesn’t play second-fiddle.

The water slowing changes to a cheerful light greenish-yellow, then darkens to the color of a light black tea. A sort of brownish amber. The aroma of the tea, which I know is concentrated for icing purposes, is very pungent. I smell spearmint above everything else, followed by a scent that reminds me of lawn clippings that have dried in the sun.

The resulting tea is my favorite so far in the batch of samples. The mint they use is obviously quality – devoid of that weird “dill” aftertaste I’ve encountered so often in mint teas. I’m not sure what causes that taste, but I only seem to notice it in cheap mint teas. I know this might not be something others experience, but to me, this also one of those “creamy” spearmints. The lemon myrtle and peel, like in the aroma, are muted almost completely. There’s a hint of them in the finish, but you really have to be looking for it. Still, the result is very refreshing and manages to be minty without being “toothpastey”. It leaves my mouth feeling cool. I like it very much. It would be glorious to put some fresh mint in with the ice.

Flavors: Lemon Zest, Mint, Spearmint

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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78

Thank you for the sample, Just Organic Tea!

The aroma of this one smells soooo good. I rinsed my iced tea pitcher with hot water for a few seconds and dropped in the tea bag before heating up some more water. While I waited for the water to come to a boil, the raspberry filled the pitcher. Yum!

Taste-wise, almost like the strawberry iced tea, the raspberry flavoring could also be stronger – just some more flavoring to be even more enjoyable. Even though the temperature today didn’t reach above 45 this was still refreshing!

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Thank you providing me a sample to review, Just Organic Tea.

Solid base tea. I can’t taste much of the strawberry flavor, even when I put few ice cubs into the glass. It’s definitely there but needs to be much stronger. The tea bag and liquor do smell of strawberry, though – nice aroma.

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