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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
556 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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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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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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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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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
4550 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
613 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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74
drank Kenyan Black by Justea
485 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
700 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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drank African Chai by Justea
5241 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
5241 tasting notes

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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
743 tasting notes

I need to drink this more often because:
A> I have a lot of it.
B> I really like it.
C> It’s a good cause and I would like to support them by buying more.

A little brisk, but tons of depth. Bold enough to be a breakfast tea, but not offensively bitter or strong. It’s a little finicky, best if not over leafed or over steeped. I found today I liked it at about 1 TBSP/ 10oz mug for about 2 minutes (HOT water at work – maybe 90C ish). Different than the Chinese blacks that I’m used to, but a really nice change.
If anyone doesn’t know about JusTea – you should check them out, they are a non-profit organization that is teaching Kenyan tea farmers to process their own tea rather than selling it to a big company and not being paid appropriately.

TheTeaFairy

(…buying more??….subliminal spreadsheet)

Dexter

LOL I didn’t mean today – I just meant it’s a good cause and I should be drinking it and restocking to show support for their efforts. NO NEW TEA….

TheTeaFairy

Oh, I’m very proud of you for that :-)

Sil

this IS a great tea :)

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
743 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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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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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
464 tasting notes

Thanks, Nicole_Martin, for sample of this tea!

This is a backlog from yesterday.

I enjoyed this tea as a breakfast tea. It was exceptionally smooth and malty with golden overtones. It was very fruity with almost plummy tones. It also has some green bean flavors going on. A very nice tea altogether!

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77
drank African Chai by Justea
1700 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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77
drank African Chai by Justea
1700 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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77
drank African Chai by Justea
1700 tasting notes

Ok – time to try the last of my kickstarter reward teas! I saved this for last because I’m generally not a huge chai fan, but I’m excited about the fennel and cloves in this.

And again, I’m rather surprised by this! It has a nice bold taste at the beginning, which quickly transitions into a nice sweet finish. This is amazing. I wish I had tried this sooner but I’m happy I had it now.

I’m tempted to get the $25 fundraiser reward, but now I don’t know which 2 of the three I would choose. :O Maybe I’ll wait until they get their store up and buy then. I’m happy the fund-raiser was so successful too! They made it to 88%, and are still accepting contributions.

ETA: I just read the review from Justea and they mention this is not supposed to be a traditional Indian Chai – that would explain why it tasted differently than I had expected! Also yyz compared it to molasses gingerbread which I totally get with this! :O

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Terri HarpLady

Oooohhh….molasses gingerbread….mmmmmm

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89
drank African Chai by Justea
1496 tasting notes

Additional notes: This one worked much better this time, maybe even just because I used a teaspoon and a half rather than one teaspoon before. So spicy and such unique spices in this blend. The black tea tasted like raisins! Hits the chai craving, for sure. I haven’t sipped enough chai yet this autumn.

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Mmm chai, I have not had any this autumn…I need to change that!

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89
drank African Chai by Justea
1496 tasting notes

Another lovely sample from JusTea – thank you! It is autumn and autumn is time for chai! There are different ingredients here that aren’t found in Indian chai… but I’m fine with that as long as the base is the lovely Kenyan black that I sipped recently. And rose petals don’t hurt! I wish I knew exactly WHAT ingredients are in here, since it looks like there are more than the three listed in the description when I am looking at the blend itself. Maybe the description just mentions three of the ingredients that aren’t in a typical chai? I steeped a teaspoon and a half just after boiling for 3 1/2 minutes. The brew color is actually lighter than I expected for chai. The black tea isn’t as noticeable as I would like. I guess it’s the spices overpowering the flavor of the black tea, which is probably why some chais use CTC black bases. The flavor is very clovey! I’m not a fan of ginger and I can only tolerate it when it is in chai. It’s spicy in its own way. I don’t know if I taste any rose, but it sure looks nice. This blend certainly stands alone in my chai collection, since it’s so different!

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This is me scrambling to get this review done before the justea crowd funder finishes! It’s finishing up today!!!! I was planning to do this earlier this week, but my computer got bricked!

I finally got most of my computer running.. though when writing this review, I realized I lost all my fonts. Sigh @ clean install reformats.

On to the tea – this tea is great! I enjoyed it much more than just the base. The bergamont got rid of some of the dryness in this tea.
Very much no frills in this blend: no blue cornflowers and lumps of orange peel – just good quality berg oil and tea.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/kathryne-earl-grey-black-tea-justea-oolong-owl-tea-review/

btw, the colour of this tea is gorgeous!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank African Chai by Justea
391 tasting notes

This tea reminds me of a slightly floral molasses gingerbread, which is odd as ginger is not listed in the ingredients in the description but nevertheless this is what the brewed tea and dried leaf smells like to me.

The first flavour on my tongue reminds me of Chinese five spice powder over a slightly earthy, malty flavour with a hint of citrus. The aftertaste has warm sweet note on roof of mouth and a warm buzzing on the tongue. The tea is quite sweet with fennel like sweet notes that become most apparent after the initial sip. The base is rich and deep and malty. This is a cloves dominant chai, but the coriander, fennel and licorice notes, work well to balance it. The rose and safflower notes are present as secondary notes in the flavour after the five spice note. The safflower adds a slightly fruity freshening note and the rose adds more depth to the flavour. I’m actually surprised at how much I like this as I usually dislike cloves dominated tea, A great tea for fall and the winter holidays.

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drank Kathryne Kenyan Earl Grey by Justea
5241 tasting notes

sipdown. nope nope nope nope nope nope nope. I could tell this wouldn’t be a tea for me as soon as i cut into the package. but i tried. and no. the rest is going in a box for terri. and tony. ’cause this is a tea for him….not me. but if you love earl greys…IGNORE MY REVIEW! since i suspect that many a fan of the EG would like this.

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Indigobloom

no offense to any EG lovers out there, but the only good thing about it is Patrick Stewart.

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

I am in the middle ground of EG, there are some that I LOVE and some that I really think made a mistake somewhere. I am glad I was not the only one who thought this tea was not for me, I felt kinda bad.

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