Justea

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Additional notes: I needed some Earl on this dreary day, so why not go for the best stuff? Burst of bergamot aftertaste right here. I’m not noticing the tomato soup flavor that I did last time, though that was from MissB’s sample and not this sample. Maybe a different harvest? This is the loveliest of Earls. I’d love to buy some of JusTea’s teas but the shipping is a little rough. I’m envisioning a massive Steepsterer combined order for the Christmas sale….

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
TeaTiff

Ha, tomato soup. I described it in my tasting note as spaghetti. I thought I was crazy for writing that. I am glad to see I wasn’t the only one that found a tad bit of tomato in the “older” version of this tea.

Tea Sipper

Nice! Well, note #1 was the sample that JusTea sent, #2 is from MissB (not sure if it’s older/newer), this tasting note is from the same sample as #1.

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drank Handcrafted Oolong by Justea
4713 tasting notes

cavocorax sent me this one to try from Justea . I really like what Justea is doing so i’m always happy to try their teas to see if there is one that really knocks my socks off that i can get behind. Given this was an oolong, i was pretty sure this one would do the trick but i’m open to anything! :) On the whole, there is nothing about this ooolng that rocks my socks, but nor is there anything overly offensive that i don’t like. it’s just a middle of the road oolong with no bitterness or astringency, with some floral like notes hanging out in the background that i suspect would come forward as you resteeped this a bunch :) thanks cavo!

Cavocorax

Oh good! I still had a note somewhere that I need to share this with you so I couldn’t remember if I had or not. I also have that RiverTea to send your way. :D

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87
drank Kenyan Black by Justea
1633 tasting notes

Sipdown! This was one from Aug of last year so it was very satisfying to finish it off before I hit the 1 year mark. It was enjoyable but I"m not in a rush to buy another big tin of it any time soon. Maybe after I’ve sipped down a lot of what I have!

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
1684 tasting notes

SSTTB: Pick #18

More exploration of straight blacks. I’m not really sure how many Kenyan ones I’ve had but this smelled kinda chocolatey and that seemed pretty promising. I feel like I was so terribly wrong though!

Never have I ever experienced such strong and in your face raisin notes in a tea! Not grape but foul, disgusting raisins. ICK ICK ICK! Not for me. Eww. Yuck. Like, there were other elements in here; some chocolate, some malt, a little citrus maybe? But they couldn’t even come close to negating the nastiness of this one.

I guess I wont rate it because I have a severe aversion to raisin stuff to begin with so my rating would be heavily biased but if I was going to rate it I suppose it’d be something along the lines of a 10? Noooooo! Not a raisin fan. Barf.

Flavors: Chocolate, Citrus, Malt, Raisins

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mikumofu

It’s good to see someone so passionate about raisins in the right way, haha!

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drank Tea Star by Justea
1012 tasting notes

Love this tea! It so SUPER COOL! Check out the photos! It’s a handtied oolong, labelled as the world’s first bagless tea bag. It looks like a blooming tea on a string, a tea ornament. With that said, you got a tea bundled together for lots of space to expand and look gorgeous as it steeps, with little waste.

The flavor is really yummy. I went into a panic and bought 15 of them at the World Tea Expo – and from the constant crowd at Justea’s booth during the expo, they were quite popular. The tea star has a really thick creamy texture. Lightly woodsy and toffee sweet. Kind of reminds me of a light gold tipped yunnan black. I got multiple western style steeps out of this tea.

Full review with lots of pictures on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/tea-star-oolong-justea-oolong-owl-tea-review/ So many pictures, this tea is really attractive.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

SO cool! I want some!!!

Mandy

When I saw this in your World Tea Expo post, I couldn’t wait for you to review it! So happy it is good and not just pretty, And boy is it pretty!

KiwiDelight

What a unique tea! Lovely review :]

donkeytiara

looks like an underwater pine cone! :)

Tea Sipper

Oh cool! You got to go to the World Tea Expo AND Justea was there! Nice!

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drank Kathryne Kenyan Earl Grey by Justea
1691 tasting notes

My eyes weren’t focusing too well this morning when I grabbed this packet not noticing the clearly written Earl Grey on it…so the strong whoof of bergamot caught me off guard. Lemon Pledge furniture polish strong. So I was a little suspicious from the get-go. Fortunately, it doesn’t steep as perfumey as it smells, though it was definitely floral bergamot rather than lemony bergamot. You EG folks will enjoy this.

Veronica

I like the sound of this one! On to my shopping list it goes.

K S

Loved this one. Lemon Pledge Bahhh! Glorious bergamot!

gmathis

I keep trying to like EG. Really. I feel so disloyal when I don’t.

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83
drank African Chai by Justea
1108 tasting notes

Finished this off during the 10 days of sickness earlier in the month. I actually enjoyed it more while I was sick! Might need to add this to my wishlist for another time.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank African Chai by Justea
1108 tasting notes

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drank Tea Star by Justea
1373 tasting notes

I picked this up on the weekend to share with my parents. It’s super cute! As it brews the star POOFS up and becomes huge.

Sadly, the flavour was not for any of us. I would say “strong marine notes” but it tasted like kelp. So seaweedy.

Still, I’m glad I had a chance to try it. Such a neat idea, and I’m sure that people who like darker oolongs would like this a lot more.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Courtney

“strong marine notes” hehe.

OMGsrsly

IDK, it just feels more professional somehow. :)

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drank Handcrafted Oolong by Justea
299 tasting notes

Part of the May Amoda box….

This is pretty nice. It’s buttery, almost nutty, almost fruity. Just nice and easy drinking. I’ve gotten multiple steeps from it today, too.

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I received this from BrewTEAllySweet in a tea stash sale. Thank – you.

I like earl grey and I have really enjoyed trying different earl grey’s with different bases. It is interesting to me how the base can change the taste of the bergamont. I have never had a Kenyan tea so I do not know the characteristics of the base. This was a smooth base, but the taste was a little different. The bergamont was at the tail end of the sip and it was very light. I had the thought that I was sipping spagettii when I was drinking this tea. The base just had an odd smell. For me this tea is a no. There was something about it that just wasn’t my cup of tea. I am glad for the opportunity to try this one.

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

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
223 tasting notes

I picked this out because it was low hanging fruit – a single serve sample that someone sent me, and it was an easy sipdown. In other words, I wasn’t expecting much.

It’s actually very good! A nice strong black with yummy malty tones. It’s rocking my afternoon.

Normally I keep all of my “day” teas (caffeinated) in a big basket on my kitchen island. I separated them into ones that are easy sipdown candidates, such as samples people have sent, and larger packages. It helps when I don’t have a taste for anything specific to rifle through the sipdown basket. I guess somehow it helps me justify the ridiculous amount of tea coming in. :D

Tea Sipper

I wish I had more of this one just to add to the teabox!

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83
drank African Chai by Justea
1108 tasting notes

Ah, I remember now why I didn’t order this in my jusTea buy a few months back. While I love the company and want to support it in any way that I can, most of their offerings are just outside my interest… and so I share it with friends and colleagues around the world.

This came in the last (May 2014) Amoda box. Lots of flowers in the blend, which in a chai I’m actually cool with; I find it adds a hint of smooth sweetness to the blend (usually). In this case, that’s exactly what it does, and I quite like it. I’ve obviously had it before from the rating, and I’ll keep it at that, however I doubt I’d go out of my way to order this. I do like it, it’s a very, very good chai.. just outside my tastes at this time.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Suziqzer

Bummer that Amoda canceled their program. Great price point for a monthly sampler. I’m hoping they come back with something as good or better for us all :)

Marzipan

Handmade tea has a good price one.

Cavocorax

They sound interesting, but sadly it’s US only. At least Amoda was in Vancouver so it gave us Canadians an option. Fingers crossed that their new program is as good or better than the current one!

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drank Handcrafted Oolong by Justea
1633 tasting notes

Well, it looks like Justea has branched out into oolongs! And I’m the first to taste it here! :O

And it’s an odd oolong at that. It has that dark thick mouthfeel I get from Kenyan teas, but can never fully describe, and yet once I get past that I can taste floral and fruity notes. It’s an interesting and enjoyable cup. Once it cools a little, the light and the dark notes come together and balance themselves out a bit.

I’m not particularly fond of this type of oolong but I think people will enjoy it! I’ll pass the rest of my sample to Sil/Terri! (bc we know they need more tea!

(Sipdown: 216. Will I ever hit 200?)

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

Oh, if their oolong is anything like their other teas!

OMGsrsly

You can make it to 200! Go you! :) (Oh man, this seriously makes me want to go to one of their Volunteer Tuesdays.)

Sil

hahaha

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
1847 tasting notes

SSTTB

Don’t google “Kenyan Black” when searching for brewing instructions as you will just get a bunch of pictures of people from Kenya. It will not help. However, adding “Justea” didn’t really help either since I didn’t notice a website and I was too lazy to search through the results on my iphone. I ended up just following the recommendations on the steepster page.

The result? A pretty good straight black. Malty and rich and with the slightest hint of bitterness that calls to mind dark chocolate. Pretty tasty.

MissB

Oh do find jusTea’s website. The stories that go along with the teas are breathtaking, and make the experience so much more enjoyable to me. http://justea.com/

VariaTEA

Thank you!

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
18 tasting notes

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Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Bittersweet, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I just compared this EG with one from A&D Damn Fine Tea, and Hugo. See notes here: http://steepster.com/cavocorax/posts/239066

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This is one of the best Earl Grey tea’s that I have tasted. A spoonful lasted an entire afternoon. Yum! (Thanks Nicole for the sample)

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90

I keep my (very large) tin of this tea at home for all of my weekend Earl Grey needs. I really should bust it open more often.

This was a very tasty Earl for the morning. It has enough heft to stand up to breakfast but still remains smooth and easy to drink without additions. It’s a nice, very bergamotty Earl that is pretty simple, but sometimes you just need a simple Earl. I’m sure I will be drinking this tin for years to come, but I have a feeling it will age well.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank African Chai by Justea
1847 tasting notes

Thank you MissB for sharing this with me. I was seriously worried that I would not like this given it is a chai with licorice root. However, sipping on it now, it really is not bad. I don’t think it is something I will be stocking but I am also not looking to find someone to pawn it off on either. The most prominent flavor is cloves but all the other spices are present and balanced. Not bad though not necessarily for me.

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
4713 tasting notes

thanks for sharing more of this with me Cavo! I’m still undecided as to whether i need this in my cupboard full time. it’s a lovely black tea that isn’t bitter, has a bit of a sweet note to it depending on how long you steep it and overall i really like drinking it. I also really like what the company is trying to do. On the other hand, there are a large number of blacks that i prefer over this one simply because i have had a great many types of black teas haha. I think, this will be a rotation in to my cupboard from time to time though, because i’d really like to continue supporting the work the company is doing. :)

Terri HarpLady

I have not yet ordered from them, but I’ve enjoyed the samples you sent to me, & I agree all all counts!

Dexter

“because i’d really like to continue supporting the work the company is doing.” Ditto – love the work they are doing and this is a solid black tea for me…

OMGsrsly

I cheat and buy my JusTea at Steam. :)

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
4713 tasting notes

i had this first thing in the morning which seems so long ago that i can’t even think. I was hoping to get some tea in to me today but it’s been one thing after another with work today. I did however get to enjoy this cup again courtesy of Cavocorax this morning with my bagel, the only thing i’ve managed to eat today! soo tasty! and i still have another cup to enjoy later :) thanks cavo!

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drank African Chai by Justea
2859 tasting notes

Here’s another sipdown from my *Sil*box.
This is actually quite tasty! Thanks to Robert the Devotea, my homemade chai making will never be the same. I used the whole sample with 16oz of vanilla almond milk, letting it warm up slowly in a pan for quite some time. After about 20 minutes I started bringing up the temp, until it was nice & hot (but not boiling).
It took a lot longer to make than it is taking to drink, LOL.
The blend of spices is very nice with this cup, with ginger & a molasses taste being up front.

Sil

i quite liked the justea teas, though this one would have to be made traditional style for me to get behind it

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