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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.
Hm. I like this tea – it reminds me of the amazeballs Kashmir chai in Edmonton, but that one is SOOOOO much better – yet it’s got a weird flavor to it that I’m just not digging. I think it’s partially one of the spices (too strong – and that’s saying a lot for me, I love me my spices) plus the floral/rose is a bit too heavy for my liking. Really, the French should teach EVERY TEA BLENDER IN THE WORLD how to use flowers in tea. For the most part, they’re the only ones where I can even tolerate flowers.
Having said all that – I do like that there’s a bit of kick and spice to this, some minor heat. It’s actually burning my tongue a bit (again, I love this) but it’s just too much, uh, flavor. Like, dial down the nutmeg or something, maybe cloves. It’s just too much.
Flavors: Clove, Nutmeg, Rose, Spicy
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.
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
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.
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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.
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!!
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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)