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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
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/
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/
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
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/
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.
Backlog from a few days ago.
Now that I’ve had two black teas from Just Organic, I can see what other people are saying about the distinctive nature of the black base tea. When I had the Naughty ’Nilla tea, the tea had this molasses-like, burnt-sugar taste that I attributed to the carob in the blend.
However, this tea has an undertaste that is quite similar. This is a decent chai, but I think that it’s best to save it for the winter. The cinnamon is strong, the orange is there, but the other flavours don’t stand out as much. I get the feeling that something is missing here. Ginger, perhaps? Not sure.
This was a middle of the road Earl Grey for me. The bergamot is there, but it’s not as strong as some other people have mentioned. The base tea is also fairly weak which isn’t something I look for in an Earl Grey. It was definitely decent and easy enough to drink, but unfortunately it’s also rather forgettable.
September Sipdowns: 4
My Just Organic Teas Kickstarter arrived in the mail!
Well, it arrived in the mail about a week ago, but I got it sent to my aunt’s house because I’m moving this weekend.
This smells like a lovely spiced apple cider! Just all the warmth and ALL THE FALL. THE BEST SEASON OF THE YEAR. I was definitely expecting a brighter, rooibos/blueberry tea, rather than the cinnamonny tea that I got, but hey, it’s tea and tea is lovely :)
Definitely a dark red cuppa with the hibiscus. I could have done with a bit less hibiscus, but I’m sure a bit of sweetner would do the trick!
Happy Labour Day!
This morning, I decided to make French toast for breakfast for myself and the hubby. I normally add cinnamon and vanilla to the egg and milk mixture to make things nice and sweet, and I wanted to have a sweet, dessert-like tea to go with my breakfast.
It seemed like the perfect opportunity to try Just Naughty ’Nilla out.
To be honest, this tea was very different from what I was expecting. I was expecting a lot more vanilla in the scent and flavour of this tea, but instead when I opened the package I smelled a dark, deep, sweet smell like burnt sugar or molasses.
I’ve never had carob before, so I’m wondering if that flavour was what I was reacting to. I’ve heard carob is rather chocolate-like, but this didn’t really remind me of chocolate very much.
The dark sweet molasses nature of the leaf carried over into the brewed liquor, and the result was almost coffee-like. It wasn’t bitter, but the in the thickness and mouthfeel of it were similar.
This was interesting. I haven’t quite fallen for it yet, but I can easily see this tea being perfect on midwinter mornings when the snow piles in drifts against the door.
Wow, first note for this tea! The pressure, it’s so intense.
This was the first tea I tried after I got my Just Organic kickstarter teas. I have to admit that out of all their blends, this is the one I was looking forward to most, because I’m a sucker for spearmint.
I’m really going to have to try brewing this again, though, as the flavour from my first attempt at making it tastes somewhat… off, somehow. Sipping the tea was fine, as I tasted mint and a fairly non-descript green tea in the background. However, if I chugged a lot of tea at once, I got this weird taste hovering in the background I couldn’t figure out.
I’ve noticed that if I oversteep peppermint, there’s sometimes a really harsh chemical taste, so I’m wondering if that’s what’s going on here with the spearmint. Anyways, more experimentation is needed.
Of the different teas that I’ve tried from Just.Organic.Tea. this one probably stood out as my least favorite. I’m just not a big fan of hibiscus and there is a bit too much hibiscus in this for my liking.
I do like the green rooibos in this … it adds a bright, fruity note to it. (I generally prefer green rooibos to red rooibos because I like that light, fruity flavor of it.) I also like the juicy blueberry taste to this. I would like to taste more rose, and I feel like the hibiscus was sort of overwhelming the delicate rose notes.
It’s sweet and tart and not a bad blend, just not my favorite from this company. On the other hand, my daughter LOVED this. So it was a winner with someone in this family!
I believe this sample came from Shadowfall. I’ve been noticing lately that I never drink any of my chai samples. I guess it’s just something that I have to be in a specific mood for? So I figured I’d try to drink some of them within the next few days. This one actually smells fairly mild. I don’t really smell orange, just some cinnamon and a sweetness that almost says vanilla to me. I did a 4 minute steep.
I dunno, this tea is fairly weak for a chai. I added a little sugar but no milk, so I guess I’m appreciating the weak flavor right now since it’s not diluted. But normally, I feel chai should be strongly spiced so that it can stand up to the traditional preparation method. I would call this a spiced black tea, not necessarily a chai. I taste a wee bit of orange, but mostly cinnamon and some clove. The flavor that’s here isn’t bad, there’s just not enough of it.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Orange
Thanks again for the samples Just Organic! This one seems like it could be a holiday tea. Cinnamon and orange on a nice black tea base: this base seems like it has more bite than other Just Organic teas. There is plenty of cinnamon here, it seems more of the spicy/savory than the sweet, if that makes sense? I didn’t taste too much orange, but oddly enough I was tasting strawberry. There was no possible contamination with other teas, so maybe that is what the black tea base tasted like? The second steep was just as flavorful. A nice one!
Steep #1 // 3/4 mug full // 14 min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // 3/4 mug full // just boiled // 4 min
Thank you again for the samples, Just Organic Tea! I feel terrible they have taken me so long to get to. I’m disappointed with myself! To me, I would use a ton more leaves for each serving than Just Organic sent over, so I tried filling the mugs less than usual. I love these dark twisty leaves. I waited too long to steep – the temp should have been at 195 degrees. I’m not sure if this is the base for some of their other teas, but the flavor is like them – hints of pumpkin and tomato soup. The flavor is too light for me though! I would use two teaspoons of these leaves normally. The leaves have an intense natural sweetness, so I’m glad I didn’t steep this with the sugar JO provided. A very smooth tea!
Steep #1 // 15 min after boiling (accidentally) // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // half a mug // 4 min
In my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/01/just-outstanding-orange-spice-black-tea-just-organic-tea/ I mentioned that I never tire of smelling orange spice teas. It’s true … there is something so alluring about an orange spice tea. I won’t go so far as to say it’s my favorite type of blend – it isn’t – but there is something so tempting and autumnal (my favorite time of year) about orange spice blends.
And this one is quite good, and it’s a bit different from others that I’ve tried. The spices didn’t overwhelm me as so often is the case with orange spice blends. Everything is thoughtfully balanced. I taste orange and I taste spices and I taste TEA!
I love that this is an organic tea and I love the ideas behind this company. Just an all-around great Orange Spice!
Another freebie from Shadowfall. I’m kind of trying to get through all the samples I have, tried and untried, and these little single serving ones make it really easy on me. :P This has a strong cinnamon scent, with some clove and orange in there somewhere. I expected it to be similar to the Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice that I have in my cupboard. I originally steeped it for 3 minutes, but then I put it back in for 2 more because it didn’t seem strong enough.
Even after the 5 minute steep it’s nowhere near as strong on the spices as I expected. I find this to be more similar to Kusmi’s Prince Vladimir. It definitely has that more subtle French-style flavoring, and I can taste the base tea. The cinnamon, clove, and orange is more of an accent flavor than I expected. Not bad, but I find the base tea to be unremarkable, just kind of a has a somewhat malty generic taste. It’s not at all unpleasant, but not something that I would drink plain. I also added sugar to bring out more of that orange and cinnamon taste. Not bad!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Malt, Orange
Another freebie sample from Shadowfall! I’ve never had tulsi before, but this sounded like a nice spice or citrus blend for the evening. Dry, it smells pretty spicy with some lemon in there. I steeped for 5 minutes.
I actually really like this tea! After taking a sip, I added about half a teaspoon of sugar. I like lemon better when it’s a little bit sweet, though not quite at lemon drop status. The lemon is definitely the main flavor in this tea. I’m not sure I detect anything that could be the tulsi, but I have no idea what it tastes like so it’s hard to say. I do get a little bit of the mint in there somewhere, and it gives a nice cooling sensation. The spice hides until the end of the sip and the aftertaste, where I get the kick of the pepper/cinnamon and the ginger makes my tongue tingle. Overall, this is a very likable tea, although I could’ve done without the ginger. :P
Flavors: Ginger, Lemon, Pepper, Peppermint