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Ooops! I must have murdered this tea! Everyone else likes it enough that I must have done something wrong. Maybe I overleafed and oversteeped ‘coz it was awful. I am not going to rate this one; it just wouldn’t be fair.

Sami Kelsh

Aww :( hugs

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drank African Chai by Justea
1108 tasting notes

I bought a few gift packages of this a while back, and while going through my tea, realized I wanted to try it instead of giving it all away. It’s a clove-based chai with lots of floral notes (and a ton of flowers in the brew). I’m much happier when it’s less floral and more chai/clove tasting, which is most of the time as it cools. Very creamy too, even without cream added – quite a tasty chai.

Flavors: Cloves, Flowers

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Since my last cup of tea was not for me (but rhyming appears to be) I think I will try this Earl Grey, it will hopefully take away the sour taste in my mouth. (Yes chicory is now on my never, Never, NEVER! list). I want to apologise for I can’t remember who was kind enough to gift me this sample, please know that I appreciate it as I am truly an EG fan.

Sampled with a drop of milk.
This is of medium strength in terms of bergamot which is perfumed yet subtly sweet. The black tea base is a little smoky but the perfume of the bergamot dominates. It’s a nice blend but as the bergamot is not as strong as I like I’m going to add some sweetener.

Sampled with milk and sweetener.
The bergamot is smoother now than before and most of it’s perfume (and dryness) has gone. It has also balanced the bergamot and black tea base more that it was without the sweetener.

Overall – It’s a nice Earl Grey and it offers a pleasant level of bergamot for my personal taste but if I’m honest I don’t think it’s a memorable EG. If I was asked to sample this from a line up I don’t think it would be unique enough for me to pick it out, that could be a good or bad thing.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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Tea & Cards TTB

As far as Earl Grey goes this one is actually rather solid, albeit a little boring. The bergamot plays a second fiddle to the quality black base in a way that’s comfortingly normal, but wouldn’t win any awards with my tastebuds.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Additional notes: I’m sipping another cup, this time from MissB! thank you so much! I still have little from my sample from JusTea. I’m not sure if it’s because this is a different batch or I oversteeped, but this cup tastes like tomato soup! Not really any bergamot. Sad because this is one of my favorite EGs. I think I oversteeped. I really needed my bergamot today… so sick of winter! It’s supposed to be really cold for another week. :/ sigh.

Stephanie

I’m sick of winter too…we’ve got a winter storm warning here :(

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93
drank Kenyan Black by Justea
2310 tasting notes

I was digging around in my tea stash trying to decide what tea I wanted after having a matcha smoothie and this won out. Thanks again Nicole for the sample. This has such a unique flavor profile I would definitely consider getting more for the permanent collection, as IF I need more tea! See previous notes if interested.

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

Thank you for posting this note! I had been trying to find this company online although I had forgotten the name.

TeaBrat

IMO they are worth checking out. Shipping to the US is expensive though. :(

CharlotteZero

Good to know…

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Sipdown!! (117)

Thank you Cavocorax for the sample of this tea. It is nice as far as EGs go but I am not sad to see one more bergamot-centric tea leaving my cupboard.

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

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Compared to the Mount Gray I had earlier this is an incredibly smooth take on EG. It is quite nice but I am finding myself surrounded by EG teas and I just am not a huge fan of bergamot. Consequently, this won’t be a restock but I am happy Cavocorax provided me with a sample as I enjoy trying new things. Thank you Cavo!!

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

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94
drank Kenyan Black by Justea
846 tasting notes

Thank you Starfevre for this sample sachet! I really appreciate it :D

WOW this is a really good black tea! Super malty and rich. I totally dig the farmer direct/ fair trade model, too. Looking at the prices on their website, this is a very affordable tea, as well! So basically it is a win/win/win!!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

this one is a great tea!

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Sipdown no. 97, & yes, I’m going for it, tonight!
Sil sent this one to me, mainly for my man, Tony, who loves earl Grey. I am not a huge EG fan, although occasionally I manage to enjoy a cup. I figured before I gave this to Tony I should drink one cup, so I did. As far as EGs go, this is actually very drinkable, with a real bergamot flavor, nothing phony about it. As it cooled, it did take on a vegetal taste, but I still managed to polish it off. The rest is in Tony’s tea cupboard now. I’ll let you know if he makes any comments about it when he drinks it.

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77
drank African Chai by Justea
1641 tasting notes

I do enjoy these teas from Justea, but the base is so odd, isn’t it? It’s really it’s own thing. it’s almost a sour richness or something to it that sounds terrible, and could very nearly be terrible, yet is actually good when you adjust to it.

Huh. I’m not selling this to you guys am I? :P I shouldn’t have let it cool so much before I reviewed it!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
TheTeaFairy

Huh, no, you’re not! Lol!

OMGsrsly

LOL. I really like their base tea!

Cavocorax

I like it too. Some days I like it less, but more often I like it more. :D

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TTB #1

This is an amazing earl grey! Sometimes, with earls, I get this artificial bite of what is supposed to be bergamot flavor. I don’t find that here at all. Just smooth, creamy essence of all the complex notes that make an earl grey exactly what it is. At the same time, the base is pretty bold, slightly astringent, and plain delicious.

I was so excited to find a JusTea tea in the Traveling Teabox as I’ve been wanting to try their teas for so long. Now I will definitely place an order with them at some point, and I will, in fact, add their company name to the
(neverending :P) list of tea companies I would like to order from this year.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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So I totally made this one by mistake! I meant to make Justea’s Chai and didn’t clue in that something was off, even after wondering why it was just black tea and no spices… :P

This is still good though.

VariaTEA

Haha tasting earl when you are expecting chai must be quite shocking.

Cavocorax

Haha. Well I realized my mistake when I was pouring that water in so I knew what to expect once it finished steeping.

VariaTEA

That’s good. That would have been quite the surprise otherwise.

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
200 tasting notes

I had this is in the morning, and it was perfect. Strong and malty – just what I needed for the chilly morning.

The first steep was a deep red colour, nothing like the photo. I was a little worried that I brewed it too long, but I preferred the stronger taste of the first steep. The second steep was ok and the colour was more like the photo.

Thank you Dexter3657 for sending this my way. I liked this quite a lot.

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I totally did not look at my previous tasting notes for this one and I was convinced that I was going to have a bitter cup… I remembered to underleaf it (relative to what I normally would add) but I definitely brewed it hotter and I initially set my timer for longer. I pulled it a bit early, and it turned out great! Lots of crisp, citrusy bergamot and a substantial (but not too robust) tea base. A good cup to start my (late) morning off. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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So I had this tea last night in the JusTea headquarters made by the JusTea media guy. I put milk and a bit of sugar in them because that’s how I can get around my hatred of the bitterness of black tea and it was quite good. They’re a little low-tech in their office, kettles and thermometers and pouring through a steeping filter into various mugs. Was cool.

This is actually my first time having their earl grey and it’s pretty nice. The flavour of the bergamot is pretty strong and I finally finally tasted the actual citrusiness of the bergamot in the aftertaste. It was quite nice. This is one of their machine processed teas since last year they were still teaching the tea farmers how to process their own and in order to have money to do this they contracted with one of the companies to do this and their other 2 current teas (Kenyan Black and African Chai). This year, later than now obviously, they will start offering their hand-crafted teas by the tea farmers and I had some of those at the tea cupping event last night and there were a couple of oolongs and they were REALLY good. And I don’t even love oolongs all that much normally. Search starfevre on Instagram for some pictures of the whole thing.

MissB

Oh wow, so cool! Had I known this was going on, I’d have attended as well. Or, was it open to the public?

Starfevre

I got it as a perk on their fundrazr campaign. I posted in the discussion section looking to bring a friend but no one seemed to want to on here…

Starfevre

I know they’re thinking about having a regular thing though, so you might want to keep up with their website and facebook.

OMGsrsly

I would have, Starfevre, but I was on my way out to visit family.

Starfevre

I’m not mad or anything, I understand about prior commitments. It just would have been nice to meet some steepster peeps. Maybe we can set up a get together. It’s not more than 3-4 hours of driving depending on the border for me to get to Vancouver.

OMGsrsly

Ooo. Meet-ups are fun!

JusTea

It was great to have you here! So glad you could make it. We’ll be hosting the tastings more often from now on, and we’ll post all about it on www.Facebook.com/justeatea
Happy Steeping!

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Good morning, bergamot! This may be the first earl I’ve had where the bergamot smell (<3), is matched in its instensity by the taste. I think I like it.

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Yowza! I couldn’t finish this cup this morning. It was just TOO strong. I think I oversteeped it and that made it thick and tar like. DNW.

I’ll be more careful next time because I remember that it had a nice lemon bergamot flavour when I did it right!

Sil

“Nice” and “bergamot” don’t belong in the same sentence :)

Dinosara

Hey keep your anti-bergamot prejudices to yourself, Sil! ;D

Anna

I said BERR
It’s GREY in here
Must be some EG fans in the ATMOSPHERE

(Man, that’s the best badgood movie ever.)

Sil

Dino…freedom of speech! down with the berg! the berg is MOT needed in things giggling

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
132 tasting notes

Unfortunately, I underleafed this cup. It was still a good cup, but I can tell I’m missing the tea’s full potential. I’m looking forward to trying again with a better leaf to water ratio.

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77
drank African Chai by Justea
1641 tasting notes

I made a timolino of this today, except that I didn’t really. I think I turned my kettle off after putting it on as this water is barely warm. So the tea is barely steeped.

:(

I’m still trying to get in the habit of getting to bed at a proper time for work, but the kiddo stays up until midnight and I keep ending up with 6 hours. My poor brain! Next week will ( easier bc she’ll be up earlier for daycare, while her dad is in class.

I will make real tea when I get to the office!

keychange

I hope your sleep schedule sorts itself out soon. Working on not enough sleep really sucks.

Cavocorax

Thanks! I’m sure it’ll work out.
Also I just successfully steeped Butiki’s caramel vanilla assam and am quite happy now.

keychange

Great choice! that tea makes me really happy, too.

Tuscanteal

I can’t function on less than 7 hours of sleep… but function better on 8-9. I am one of THOSE people. When I hear of people who only get 5 hours of less all the time, it makes me cringe

Terri HarpLady

I used to be able to get by on 6 hours, but now that I’m getting old, lol, I need at least an average of 7.5 hours. I can do 6 hours once or twice a week, if I do 8 or more another night or 2 to make up for it. I’m really bad about staying up til 2am, my creative juices start flowing around 8 or 9pm. That’s why you never see me on steepster before 10am or later :)

JennyFur

God when I was younger I wouldn’t sleep for days and when I crashed I would sleep for like 12 hours. My body now whines if I dont get at least 7.5 a night.

Cavocorax

I did 6 hours a night for a long time bit it wasn’t enough, and it made me irritable, emotional and unable to remember anything. I can’t believe how much happier I was once I averaged 7.5+!

Sil

They say an extra hour of sleep a night would give ppl more happiness than 60,000 salary increase. Or something like that heh

Cavocorax

I believe it!

Shmiracles

omg you guys rub it in why don’tcha! hahha kidding
but i can’t ever sleep more than 6 hrs. not even on the weekends. i average 5 to be honest. and i’m incapable of napping.
and my fitbit says i toss and turn a lot. duh fitbit! i couldh’ve told you that!

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
1641 tasting notes

My Justea box arrived today and the mailman was nice enough to leave it outside for me! Whee!

I bought it on Boxing Day so I snagged 75g of Chai which is going into another box witha bunch of samples to my sister. I hope she enjos exploring all of these.

The first few sips of this were sorta sour and just really strong and ripe, and a little weird. But it mellowed out once it cooled and now it is really good: malty and fruity and strong. Phew! Now I have no regrets about 150g of this baby sitting on my shelf!

TeaBrat

this is good stuff!

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85
drank Kenyan Black by Justea
377 tasting notes

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