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93
drank Kenyan Black by Justea
2307 tasting notes

Thanks to Nicole for sending a sample of this my way.

My experience with Kenyan teas generally is they can be kind of astringent and brisk, but this really surprised me. It’s fairly mellow and has a nice maltiness with some brown sugar notes. Very fragrant in the cup as well. I managed to sip on it plain a bit but it was also heavenly with bit of soymilk and coconut sugar. I sense an underlying orange note in the finish. Definitely will consider picking this up for the permanent collection as I’ve been looking for a good tea from Africa and this is the best I’ve found yet, at least to my taste. thanks Nicole!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec
Nicole

Glad you liked it!

TeaBrat

shipping to the US is expensive though. oh well!

Nicole

It is, compared to the cost of the tea especially.

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
367 tasting notes

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
1249 tasting notes

Starting my day way too early. Can’t sleep. Can’t wake up either. Brisk tea to the rescue. This is so smooth compared to most Assam teas I’ve tried. A very nice morning cup that takes sweetener well.

Terri HarpLady

Good morning!

K S

Yes, yes it is. :)

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92
drank African Chai by Justea
4322 tasting notes

Backlog:

A really different chai. I really liked it!

This has a different set of spices than the usual chai. I taste the fennel and licorice notes right up front. The clove and coriander lend a nice warmth to the cup, but this isn’t a really hot or spicy chai. The rose adds a nice floral tone.

As I mention in my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/10/22/african-chai-blend-from-justea/ This tea is more warm and spiced than it is spicy. But it is a deliciously cozy kind of tea, very nice for these cold days.

I really liked it because it is so different.

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85
drank Kenyan Black by Justea
377 tasting notes

never had a black like this one! indeed it is very clear and clean…. personally i don’t get malt. i’m getting an undeveloped brown sugar hint that is mixed with a vegetal tone: as though someone cut a swath of a demerara plant and stashed it in my tea as a stir stick.

no astringency, no bitterness…. really a clear green curl. scent wise i do get malt, but not on the palate.

i took advantage of the christmas discounts, i am interested to try the other samples now! (the rest i have saved for my upcoming not for profit course starting in january =0)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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98
drank Kenyan Black by Justea
1287 tasting notes

Additional notes: I was thinking of buying some of this one (which I really shouldn’t!) but luckily Dexter3657 sent me a few extra teaspoons in that awesome package so it will prevent me from buying some at the moment. :D thanks so much! This time around it doesn’t taste like Yunnan, though at the time I thought I was projecting what I wanted it to taste like anyway. It is tough to describe how this DOES taste other then Kenyan tea. Kenyan tea actually has its own flavor profile, especially if it isn’t processed in the CTC way and you can actually taste anything through all that astringency. But this is unique & nice.

JustJames

i just got my christmas order from these guys…. can’t wait to try this one. they gave me two beautiful samples of it! most kind.

Cavocorax

I’m waiting to see what they’ll do for Boxing Day. I asked them on twitter, and they said they would have a sale… I’d like more of this one, but I’m undecided about the other two.

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84
drank Kenyan Black by Justea
501 tasting notes

After receiving this in the mail from the crowd funding campaign (I don’t remember which one, kickstarter? indiegogo?), I finally opened this and made myself a cup (at…2am, yay!).

Added milk and sugar as is my wont with black tea. A bit more of each because I’ve heard that good Kenyan tea can be a bit strong on the astringency and needs a bit extra and I’m glad that I did because this is simply a very very good cup of tea. Probably not the best it could be because I reheated it in the microwave once because I forgot I was drinking tea but otherwise it’s very very malty and a bit chocolatey and it tastes a bit fruity to me too, though I couldn’t tell you which fruit, other than not the more acidic citrus fruits. Very subtle to me though. The malt flavour comes through the most. I have another cup of this to go tonight and probably resteep the leaves tomorrow. I’ll add anything if something is different between now and then.

ETA: And apparently this is tasting note #400. Woo!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Starfevre

Also, I really like the word ‘wont’

Starfevre

Despite my education being MATH MATH MATH, I really like words. Especially unusual words.

Sil

grats on 400 tasting notes!! woot woot!

Starfevre

Haha, not even in the same universe as you, Sil, but I’m pretty happy about it since that’s only about a half a year of active drinking (and the other half not so much).

Sil

whatever! have to celebrate those goals when you hit them!

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99

Oh WOW. I don’t know if it’s because it is winter with the lack of sunshine or because I haven’t had an Earl in a while but WOW. This stuff is amazingly delicious. Upon opening my sample, the bergamot fragrance is divine! Bright, fresh, lemony… almost like there is some lemon myrtle here. There is some yellow powder, but I think that’s just the tea itself. I definitely thought “sunshine”. I brewed a heaping teaspoon for exactly three minutes after waiting for the water to cool for about ten minutes. I don’t think it could get more perfect than this. I’m not sure if JustTea uses the Kenyan black base for this one, since I didn’t seem to find any of the notes there that I did here. This one doesn’t seem malty, chocolate or Yunnan. Maybe the bergamot is so strong it is overpowering those flavors but if I’m drinking Earl Grey, I want my bergamot to be tough stuff. Maybe I was just wishing for the last cup to taste that way. But this is amazing. This would be in strong competition with Teajo’s Earl Grey in the Battle of the Earl Greys. (I don’t recall if it was in the Battle, but if not, I demand a rematch! :D) I really hope JusTea will create more blends because the three they have are EXCELLENT. I’m very tempted to buy these for their Christmas sale!!
www.JusTea.com

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
darky

tea sipper, those tea’s by juste a are just some of the best i ever had… even compared to most oolongs or other chinese/indian blacks. They are a class of there own…

K S

One of my favorite Earls

JustJames

thanks so much for the link, i just grabbed some of their awesome xmas deals in anticipation of my not for profit class this next semester. great project to support in both directions!

Dinosara

Yeah I bought a big tin of this one!

Cavocorax

I found this one was really bright and lemony as well! I’m really tempted to pick some up with their sale, but I don’t know how to choose as I enjoyed all three teas.

MissB

They really are quite wonderful, and I love the handouts they give with every order. I grabbed their chai’s in the specially made bags and they’re stunning. I may need to have some Kathryne later today!

gmathis

Do you know what? I’m a delinquent! I think I have a sample of this I haven’t tried or reviewed yet. That needs to be fixed, quick!

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98

Backlog:

Love it! A really good bergamot flavor here. It starts out bitter and then evens out and becomes tangy with hints of sweet.

The black tea is smooth and well-rounded. This is one of the nicest Earl Grey varieties that I’ve tried. If you love Earl Grey, you’ve gotta try this one!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/09/23/kathryne-kenyan-earl-grey-black-tea-justea/

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96
drank Kenyan Black by Justea
4322 tasting notes

backlog:

Really, really good. The more I try Kenyan teas, the more I like them, and this one from Justea is very robust … a solid black tea. Full-flavored and rich.

It has a distinct ‘bake-y’ sort of note to it that is sweet, chewy and caramel-y, but I like that it’s sweet but not overly so. A really enjoyable cup of tea.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/09/17/kenyan-black-tea-justea/

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
612 tasting notes

Another great surprise pick from Dexter3657! Thank you.

Man, this is why swapping is the best. I didn’t know anything about this tea or the company so this was quite a sit-up-and-take-notice surprise in every sense. It doesn’t taste like any other tea I’ve had. It has a smell sort of similar to Grandpa’s Anytime Tea, vaguely like Grape Nuts (that might sound weird but in the morning it’s good!), and then the taste is eyes-wide-open refreshing. There’s a malty smell, and a texture and lightnesss similar to darjeeling, brisk and astringent but so floaty it’s not overpowering, plus a fruitiness. Then there’s this…brightness, that refreshing quality I’m having a hard time mapping because I haven’t experienced it with the other qualities of a black tea before. I really like this, and it’s unlike anything I’ve had before! A solid hit. Thanks so much Dexter3657!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Dexter

:)) I wish I could win the lottery so I could support them more. I just love what they are all about – and the tea is pretty good too. Glad you are enjoying it.

Sil

this IS a good tea, though i’m not as big a fan of the others.

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
367 tasting notes

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74
drank Kenyan Black by Justea
471 tasting notes

Tea #1 From “Another Traveling Tea Box”

This tea smells sweet like honey, but it doesn’t taste like it. There is something almost smoky at the top of the sip that disappears before I can really identify it. Over all, it’s a good cup of black tea, but not my favorite.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
678 tasting notes

Ah the scent of straight black tea is so comforting.

This tea is so fresh with the slightest hint of astringency. I’m really enjoying this one mid-afternoon.

Thanks Dexter3657!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Kenyan Black by Justea
1630 tasting notes

Goodbye my sweet kenyan tea. Goodbye!

Goodbye! (89)
(I seriously need to order some more of this though)

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drank African Chai by Justea
4704 tasting notes

Sipdown! since this is not the tea for me. While i do like the chai taste of this one, i can’t get past the floral notes that ruin the good thing i have going on with the spices. That being said, i would recommend this as an enjoyable chai for anyone who isn’t quite as florally sensitive as i am haha. It’s not overpowering at all, it’s just that for me, the subtle floral notes in the bottom just dont work for me :) still though, a lovely tea to try!

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drank African Chai by Justea
4704 tasting notes

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83
drank Kenyan Black by Justea
1913 tasting notes

Sipdown, 126. I drank the last of my sample pouch of this today. I do still have two individual small samples of this, but those are the spread-the-world “gift” pouches that I am supposed to pass on to others, so I will save them for future swaps, and I am counting this as a sipdown.

I had it with a bit of maple syrup, which was divine. I still think I probably shouldn’t drink assams (Kenyan teas being the C. sinensis assamica varietal of the tea bush) on a nearly empty stomach (with just some cereal) because my stomach wasn’t too happy with me after a pot of this. Still, it was quite tasty. Thanks again to JusTea for this sample… I just saw that they have some neat Christmas gifts on their site now, if you missed the crowdsourcing campaign they had earlier!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Kathryne Kenyan Earl Grey by Justea
1249 tasting notes

Wow, the week is kicking my butt. This is also the last tea I logged three days ago. I am having it today for the same reason. I know it is good and I don’t have time to think. Note to self: pick up the pace, you’re falling behind.

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91
drank Kathryne Kenyan Earl Grey by Justea
1249 tasting notes

Realized how far I am falling behind in my class that I was ahead of every one else in until I caught the lazies. So today I went to the library and watched all the required videos. Still have to download some example pdf’s and I have two assignments due before Wednesday that will require a ton of research and work.

Walked in the door at home exhausted and knew I needed Earl Grey to help me relax. This is a wonderful version. Not heavy on the bergamot and lots of emphasis on the Kenyan base. Really like this one.

The tea helped but I made the mistake of checking my FB page before coming here. Please bear with me as I vent. Trouble in the praise team is brewing. Ladies, no offense, but in general you are really hard for guys to work with. With guys you just tell them to stop being a jerk and get over themselves – and they do and even if they don’t that’s usually the end of it. Drama and having to constantly calm people down wears thin after a while. The lady involved knows she is behaving terribly but that doesn’t seem to stop her. I’m not in charge so I am not sure why this has become my issue to deal with. Arrgh! Give me strength.

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drank African Chai by Justea
464 tasting notes

Thanks again, Nicole_Martin!

This is my kind of chai! It has a golden-tasting, malty base and balance of both light and dark spices. How can I turn down cloves or liquorice root, right? And rose leaves in a chai? I was suprised at how much I could actually makes them out. I though at first they would be drowned out by the spices, but it really works well here. Yum!

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
696 tasting notes

I received a sample of this from Sil – thank you!! – and a couple of sample packages from Justea – thank you!! – for donating to their campaign.
If you had asked me yesterday about Kenyan tea, I would have said that I’ve only tried a couple of them, but they aren’t my favorite.
This has changed my mind about Kenyan tea. It’s is a really nice black tea. Deep, dark, bold everything I like in a black tea. I did get a bit of astringency but it didn’t bother me and seemed to be well balanced against the rest of the tea. This isn’t my favorite black, but the Justea campaign is a really good cause, and something I am happy to support. Hopefully they will continue their work in Kenya and there will be more good teas coming from them.

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
1690 tasting notes

One more upside to this one—appears to be un-ruinable on a Monday morning. Have no idea what either temp or steep time was (one of the days when the eyes aren’t open till after lunch) and, regardless, it was full and rich and deep and perfect.

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88
drank Kenyan Black by Justea
81 tasting notes

Thanks, Nicole_Martin, for sample of this tea!
Once you try a Kenyan black tea, you dont go back to greens.
http://www.justea.com .
Malty, fresh, juicy
Woke me up in the afternoon
“dark rye or pumpernickel” color
Good breakfast tea
Nice buzz
I would rate as a “Buy” for your tea portfolio

No Sugar, Milk, Honey, needed – WIN

12/19/13 – This tea is tasting great after a big lunch.

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