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I should preface this with the fact that I’m not the biggest fan of rooibos ever. I mean, it’s okay as far as tea goes, but it’s never going to impress me more than a nice “proper” sort of tea…and I’ve been really spoiled by 52Teas’ Dreamsicle blends (both the darjeeling and the puerh).
With all of that said, though, this isn’t a bad tea. The orange flavouring is a bit reminiscent of orange soda – not exactly true tasting – but it harmonizes well with the rooibos.
It’d feel disingenuous to rate it poorly based on how much I dislike the base tea, so I’ll be rating this one based on what I think a rooibos-liker would think of it. :D
True to name this one is just a solid, classic chai…the black base is smooth and well-rounded and the spices are just the right mix of heat and flavour. It’s rare to find a chai that’s this balanced, so this is actually pretty awesome.
It’s not outstanding in terms of having novel flavours or being really out-there…but if you just want a nice, dependable chai this is a great option. Two thumbs up.
I’m used to seeing choco-mint teas with a black base, so this one really surprised me when I opened the bag to find fluffy green sencha in the pouch…
It goes delightfully well with the flavours, though – there’s just a little bite of mint at the end of each sip and the chocolate is delightfully polite; it weaves in around the vegetal green notes without becoming overwhelming.
This is a delightfully light tea that dances just along the border of what I’d consider a dessert green. It’s an interesting cup that I really do enjoy while working on the computer, so it’s one I’ll likely buy again.
I feel rather surprised by this tea…I had two cups of it and it still didn’t impress me enough to write a note during it.
With that said, though, it’s not a bad tea. The black and green teas meld together delightfully and the fruit flavours – though a bit pedestrian in execution – are enjoyable enough. It resteeps and handles sugar quite well, so I really should be more into this tea than I am…but it just doesn’t manage to keep my interest the way it should.
It’s a good, tasty tea…but not the one for me, for some reason.
Today is one of those days that involves a lot of cramping and watching the Avengers. I needed a tea that could simultaneously coddle me and kick me hard enough to get me moving…this one fit the bill pretty nicely.
It’s a nice mid-range black. Not as strongly pushy as some of my breakfast blends and not as soft as some of my flavoured blacks…this just sits right at the intersection of yes, I’m awake and let me sit here and sip on you a while, you pretty thing.
A bit of sugar in the cup mellowed it out beautifully. I think it’d go really well with milk, also, but I’m not in the mood to try it out today…
Good cup, though, and I’m definitely enjoying it. Whenever I order from Teajo again – and I’m sure I will – this one will likely wind up in the basket…it’s not the best black I’ve ever had, but it’ll solid enough that I’d like to keep it in my cabinet as a way to introduce new drinkers without making them a cup of something I’m really in love with.
Again fooled myself thinking this was a black, and almost brewed it as such. Luckily I caught it in time, because this one lovely cup when brewed correctly. Creamy chocolate and mint, although both are pretty mild flavors, it’s a pleasant sip and one that I’m enjoying.
I think I missed sampling this one from Miss B’s package so pulled it out today. Kept the steep time shorter than average since I don’t like my black teas too strong. It’s got a lovely peach flavor. The black tea is not too strong either and I’m not picking up the bitter edge I sometimes get with black teas. Thanks MissB for putting this one in.
Hm. Very different experience than last time I made this. Still tasty, however it’s more of a mango EG than purely mango today. Definitely strong floral notes that I would have remembered and noted last time, had I tasted it then.
A very good chocolate tea, and one that surprised me a bit. Chocolate is so hard to get right in tea, and this is still lacking something for me… maybe it’s the slight bitterness in the cup, even after steeping at less than the recommended time. It’s still very good though – like a liquid brownie, depending on the sip.
I was a little hesitant to cold steep a chai, but I added a some agave syrup and then put it in the fridge over night and it came out delicious and “even” tasting. I’m notoriously bad at heating up chais so having all the flavours come through like this, without something being too weak or too strong, is a rarity.
I don’t specifically taste cranberry. It’s more of a backdrop; like a dab of cranberry jam on a hulking big slice of turkey. I think the agave helped bring it out more than it would’ve naturally been. The most dominant spice is the cardamom, which also adds to that tart sweet flavour.
I just wish I had some sweetened condensed milk, or a little umbrella thing with some pineapple slices. It tastes a little like that.
I’m getting the idea that raspberry is not an easy flavour to capture. I’ve enjoyed the chocolate/coconut raspberry flavours that are blatantly dessert teas, but the plain old raspberry teas tend to taste more like Swedish Berries than anything else. This one still falls into that category for me, although it tries hard not too.
There’s a tart citrus zap that’s convincing, followed by the raspberry flavour, which eventually descends into the category of sweetened jam. It’s the aftertaste and aroma that leaves me with gummies.. although it also feels like I have those raspberry hairs stuck in my throat. Mixed signals.
Oh, well. This tea mostly sticks to the raspberries of my mind, and if it becomes overly sweet I can’t pretend I don’t like jam and candy too.
Flavors: Berries, Lemon Zest
I’ve had this iced a few times and the rose is what hits me the most. The sweet fruit flavour is a bit generic for me, but it’s not a deal breaker.
It’s a tasty, refreshing iced tea with no bitterness, but I’d rather reorder Teajo’s Tropical Mango or Raspberry Chocolate Bark. I don’t think I’m the biggest fan of black/green mix blends.
So my peach tea experiences thus far have been rather lacklustre…but I was pleasantly surprised by this cup.
The peach tasted the least artificial out of all the ones I’ve tried – still not quite authentic tasting, but better than a lot I’ve had in the past – and layered in rather nicely over the black tea base. There’s just a tiny hint of ginger heat at the back of each sip that goes rather pleasantly with the sweetness of the peach.
It’s an interesting cup – and one that I’ll likely have again – but I’m not sure if it’s a favourite.
I cold steeped this last night, and I honestly wasn’t expecting much from it.
Now I am eating my preconceived notions as I sip away at this magical something that tastes like dark chocolate raspberry truffles and liqueur. This teas is so satisfying and better than what I deserve right now (I need to get myself working).
I’m not sure if the deliciousness will carry through on a hot steep but this iced beverage is top class.
Flavors: Berries, Chocolate, Cocoa
I’ll admit that I wasn’t expecting great things from this tea – for some reason the flavours seemed like they’d be discordant – but I was pleasantly surprised once I made a cup.
The green isn’t overwhelming, first off…and you get a great, smooth (albeit slightly artifical tasting) lemon flavour on the front and just a hint of the ginger taste and heat on the end.
It tastes a lot like the honey and lemon teas I would make for myself whenever I had a sore throat – and I’m betting a little honey would do wonders for this – overall it’s just a very polite and enjoyable tea…I’m impressed. :)
I’m not from the south, but I am a such a peach lover. In Quebec, we get our luscious peaches from Ontario in the summer, I buy them in gigantic quantities and I can eat enourmous quantities without ever been sick of them, so yummy!
Peach teas however are not always a hit. I’ve tried several but not many have made “the list”.
This one is definitely qualified. You want peach when you drink peach tea, right? Well this is “the one”. Holly molly it’s so juicy peach sweet, I just can’t get enough of it!
So natural, and the base is superb, Teajo’s uses whole leaf black tea and it’s one of the best base I’ve tried in flavoured tea.
In the summer, I ice and infuse it with real peaches, a stick of rosemary and maple syrup. If that doesn’t make you wish it was summer, nothing will. Sooo goood!!! But why wait for summer? Think I’m gonna make some now!
Earl Grey is one of those teas that makes me happy, truly, so finding a good one is a singular sort of pleasure…and this is a beautiful Earl Grey. I’m not sure what the “silky” part of the description means, so I’m deciding to translate it simply into “bloody delicious.” It seems accurate.
If you like your EGs with a solid, high-quality layer of bergamot this is one of the very best I’ve ever encountered. I’m not sure why I find it so appealing, but this is the sort of tea you just want to roll around in your mouth and savour every sip…delicious, full-bodied and utterly drinkable – this might just be my favourite (non-creme) EG.
I guess I sent more of this to Heather than I thought, because I only had enough for one cold steep investment last night (10hrs).
I don’t know what I was expecting, but it’s refreshingly fruity and definitely on par with the fruity black blends here at Silk Road. I’ve never had passion fruit but this is almost a peachy grape (although not really) and quite floral. There’s also a bitter saltiness that hits the back of my tongue (calendula?). Overall, not bad at all!
I’m starting to get a hunch that the quality of the water comes through a lot more in cold steeps.
That recommendation is for Earl Grey lovers. Individuals who have long since established a general horror for The Earl know what’s best for themselves in this situation.
Crazy backlog sipdown combo from four days ago. Why I’m posting it now when I’m sleep deprived, I don’t know. I hypothesize it has a lot to do with procrastination and little to do with logic and self-preservation.
When I smelled this one for the first time I was a bit worried; the bergamot is like a slapstick puck up the nose (except my nose and skull remain gratefully intact, could you imagine the actual damage that would do?). Err.. however, I found as long as I didn’t add milk, this would usually turn out to be a pleasantly fresh and fruity evening pick me up. I guess I don’t mind bergamot and Earl Grey teas after all (as long as milk is absent). Possibly a repurchase for the summer season.
Again thanks to the fabulous people in the Tea and Card TTB for another exciting sample. Aroma is sweet sugary and vanilla. On tasting it the rooibos makes it’s presence known. I’m not always wild about rooibos but it isn’t wildly strong. The vanilla isn’t as good as I had hoped. It tastes a little fake even though it says natural vanilla beans. I could use a bit more vanilla, so I added a bit of a liquid vanilla/stevia. Adds just enough vanilla to satisfy me. It’s a nice cup of tea, it fills the mouth smoothly and leaves a gentle vanilla aftertaste. It is good for an sweet evening dessert drink.
Flavors: Cream, Vanilla
It’s beautiful. What else to say? Tehe… I made a whole pot of it. I’ll probably be up to like 3am, but NO REGRETS.
I kept putting trying this one off because I actually bought a full 2oz without trying it first based on recs, BUT had been disappointed in the other samples I’d bought at the same time. I’ve been going through Adagio’s Valentines regularly recently, but after a whole weekend of it, I wanted something a bit richer in the tea taste, but wasn’t in the mood for a green.
One of Teajo’s big selling points I think is that they take care to make their flavored blends with a nice base. I definitely get that with this one. While it’s olfactory appeal is wonderful- very chocolatey and berry and tea-y, the tea taste and mouth feel is not at all disappointing, and this one had alot to stand up to because I had come from finishing McD’s strawberry covered frappe. For me, coming from something like a frappe- espresso+creaminess+sugar and not being disappointed by a flavored tea is wonderful.
Not only for the olfactory side, also the rich mouth feel from the creaminess of the frappe wasn’t harshly cut like some teas can do. The mouth feel was rich and full, and at first mingled nicely with the leftover richness of the dairy and yet left the mouth with nice clean tea feel after without the dry feeling you can get sometimes. (I have no idea if this paragraph made any since. It’s soo difficult to describe!)
I’m soo incredibly glad I didn’t get a horribly synthetic raspberry flavor with this, I generally hate raspberry flavored/scented things for that reason, no one gets it right…. and consequently I had developed an aversion to the fruit even because in my head it was always soo awful- another reason I had hesitated on this tea. The raspberry flavor to this one is warm and not too sweet. Even as not a fan of raspberries in general, I can get behind this tea.
Overall, it’s wonderful. A side benefit is that it’s organic if you’re one to care about those things. The way it’s set up is that it’s flavor profile is similar to Adagio’s valentines, but the tea base and flavor blending is like 6x better. I love it. However because Valentines is similar enough in profile and offered at a lower price point, I’ll probably keep that one in regular rotation, while I hoard this one. It’ll be a special occasion tea or a ‘I need a nice tea to cheer me up’ type of event… At least until I get to the point where I’m spoiled enough by nice tea I won’t even bother with Adagio anymore. This Teajo’s creation is definitely on that next level.
This tea gets a happy face. =D