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Definitely one of the better chocolate teas I’ve tried—I don’t know why chocolate is so hard to get right with tea. Dark, intense chocolate seems especially tricky, but this does a decent job. It smells deep dark chocolate-y, but tastes more like milk chocolate, and is very smooth. For some reason I feel like I can smell a whiff of mint, like it’s a dark peppermint patty or those Andes after dinner mints. No idea why, but it’s quite pleasant. Excellent for PMS jonesing, I reckon. This and Raspberry Chocolate Bark have been lovely introductions to Teajo’s dessert teas.
Well, this is a tasty way to start the morning! Shadowfall gave me an opportunity to try this in our swap, and with each sip I cannot help but make comparisons with English Breakfasts that I know and love. It’s not quite the same thing, but has such a wonderfully malty, brisk presence that my mind can’t help but go there. Maybe I should make some zucchini bread to go with this!
I had this with a bowl of oatmeal this morning and it was surprisingly satisfying. I forgot how much I liked it because every time I look at it I think that it is going to be so strong like the Assam in Irish Breakfast. But it isn’t. It is tasty without any milk at all.
I absolutely love this tea, so it’s no wonder that it’s doing so well in the Battle of the Earl Greys! It’s fresh, nuanced, and just oh, so tasty!
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Ackckck! Sil has pulled ahead of me! LOL!
Add to that, I can’t really drink too many cups of tea this afternoon, since I have a wedding to play at later! I wouldn’t want to be sitting there playing pretty music, on the verge of peeing my pants, so I’ll have to be careful, at least until after the gig is over!
I pulled this Assam out of the swap box I have from Sil, which WAS packed to the gills, but now it’s a little easier to move things around in there & find what I’m looking for. This tea is VERY bold! Initially it hit me right between the eyes with a sharp flute-like tone, along with a very low & bitter almost coffee-like bass, but there is some rich fruitiness emerging in the center & my tongue feels like it’s coated with velvet. This stuff is intense, a really potent brew!
I think that puts me at 245.
I got this at the NYC meet-up, but I can’t remember if it was from Greenteafairy or if it was from Nicole_Martin. Thank you, whichever one of you gave it to me! I need to start labeling my teas a little better. :-)
I drank this straight without anything in it. I really liked that I could taste the Assam. So many chais are so overly-spiced that you can’t taste the tea itself. This assam has the golden, sweet, and malty taste that I’m growing to really love. The spices are a nice blend- maybe slightly too heavy with the cardamon. I’m really craving some honey for this. I should start keeping some at work.
Love this, goes right in that category in my mind of “reach for this when you crave the taste of tea you remember from a long time ago, just that thick blackblackblack flavor bordering on bitter but done really well” where A&D Double Knit Blend, Persimmon Tree Vintage Black, and Golden Moon Sinharaja fall. Where it’s both coffee-like in many ways and yet very…“old-fashioned tea” tasting. It’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea but when I do crave it it’s the strongest craving ever. So glad to have this one.
I received this as a sample from Teajo Teas several months ago and am just now – very belatedly! – getting around to trying it. I didn’t do the stovetop thing (although I’d like to try it sometime); I just followed the instructions on the packaging: 1 tsp. in 8 oz. boiling water for 3 minutes.
I mostly tasted the assam – it’s a very nice, high-quality base, without any bitterness. The pepper also came through quite strongly. Ginger and cinnamon are detectable, but faint. I couldn’t pick out any of the other spices. I love ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom, so I was a bit disappointed not to be getting more of these in particular. About halfway through my cup, I added a generous splash of almond milk. I thought it might bring out some of the hidden spices, but unfortunately it just overwhelmed the chai.
This was very pleasant, but I do prefer a more assertively-spiced chai. Reading the other reviews, though, I’m wondering if I may not have done a good job mixing up my bag – I did give it a good shake beforehand, but I’ll pay more attention when I make my next cup.
I wanted to find something wonderful to break in my new teacup with, but I was not expecting how truly amazing this tea was. It’s joining the Battle of the Earl Greys and there are a couple I cannot wait to try it against!
The smell, the taste, and the story. They combine gorgeously in this tea and I am apparently incapable of showing any indifference to it. The name is perfect – it truly is a silky tea, with just layers after layers of nuances. This is going to be a cupboard staple, and it’s one of the few teas so far that I’ve actually used the “Poetry may be involved” section of my rating rubric for!
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4/5 (see my bio for more info on my new pared down scale)
This is a damn fine dessert flavored tea, I must say. Lately I’ve been lukewarm about that category in general because of the weather and my growing exposure to premium pure tea leaves, greens, and oolongs (what a wonderful spring and summer of discovery it’s been—thanks Steepster!), but I’m PMSing like whoa (guess what I thought would be a good lunch today? A bowl of potato chips and a square of dark chocolate…after I ate it I was like “ohhhhh so THAT’s why I’ve been so cranky and teary lately” duh!) and every other sample from Teajo I’ve tried so far has been great so…and yeah, as with all the others I’m very impressed. The aroma and flavor is strong, present, but never fake or chemical tasting, with lovely balance between sweet-tart berry and thick bold chocolate, yum. Furthermore the tea base is very decent (not always the case with sweet flavored teas!), assertive enough to hold its own and not get lost in the shuffle without being harsh, bitter, or so bold as to clash with or distract from the flavoring. As it’s not wimpy, it also handles additions well—I splashed my second cup with a bit of almond milk and that was delicious too.
Pretty smooth, rich stuff. Definitely evokes desserts with this flavor combo (one of my absolute favorites by the way, especially since usually when raspberry’s put in chocolate desserts it’s a given the chocolate’s going to be the deep dark kind, stuff like flourless cakes and tortes, YUM)—right down to a sort of luscious, berry jam mouthfeel. The best raspberry chocolate tea I’ve tried for sure, and I’ve a feeling it’ll be hard to top.
5/5 (see my bio for more info on my new pared down scale)
It’s been way too hot frankly to want to drink hot black tea (over 100F most days and muggy as a dog’s mouth, blech), aaaand my favorite kettle is still out of commission (they sent me an entirely different model that isn’t nearly as good by mistake…told me I could keep it for my troubles so it works in a pinch but I really miss my good, keep-warm kettle!), but I was boiling water in the kettle to make steamed rice the Thai knuckle method (from It Rains Fishes) and had just enough leftover for a cup of tea. So!
This lives up to the hype! I’m so impressed with how citrusy it manages to be without getting off-balance—it’s got powerful flavor without ever becoming bitter, too tart, or unpleasantly scrubby in terms of mouthfeel. Slick as heck. I think the boldness of the assam works ideally with that sit-up-and-take-notice bright bergamot; the tea’s strength and body handles the acid beautifully. The first citrusy bergamot in an Earl Grey I really dig. One of the best EGs I’ve had period, especially in that increasingly rare category of EGs that taste like straightforward platonic ideal EGs—no vanilla cream flavorings or other unusual tricks up the sleeve, just a gorgeous balance of black tea and bergamot. Yay Steepster for tipping me off to it!
One more cup of tea from Sil, & then I have to go practice! I’m hosting a rehearsal at 1:00, & need to brush up on a few things before the other musicians arrive.
I’m having trouble identifying flavors & aromas today, probably due to allergies. Oh wait, now I’m getting something, lol. The aroma of this is like a bowl of cream of wheat with a spoonful of some kind of fruity preserves. First I was thinking apricot, but now I’m thinking orange marmalade. The flavor…a little bit bitter, like the peel of that orange marmalade again, but otherwise fruity & even a little bit of a brown sugar on oatmeal taste. Very different, but worthy of sampling.
Made this one as a cold brew. Brewed for only about 4 hours because I forgot to put it in the fridge last night, and put it in this morning, then I couldn’t wait to try it.
This is BY FAR the most DELICIOUS cold brew earl grey I have tried. It is bold but smooth. The bergamot is strong but not overpowering, it has a natural sweetness. I am getting a sweet taste that I can’t quite place. I want to say it is like when you caramelize shredded coconut, like for a dessert, that sweet sticky stuff that sits on top of the coconut shavings, that is what I am tasting but without the coconut taste. There is definitely a citrous taste to it, like a spicey pink grapefruit, or the rind of a navel orange. It is all very subtle and blends well together.
This was the last of my free sample that came from Teajo but I think this one is going on the shopping list.
sipdown! (196) i tried this today a couple ways…mostly because the first sip i took went something like:
“oh look yummy tea”
yeah…no. not sure if i was just way over brewing it or missing something but no. no. no. Makes me sad because i feel like i SHOULD like this. but i can’t get behind it.
Drank some of this earlier with breakfast. I either put too much milk or too few leaves because it was super weak and unsatisfying. Not that this is surprisingly lately. I am perpetually dissatisfied. With tea :(
I realize it must sound mental when I say stuff like that, the former 5 cup a day lady not being able to stomach even a cup a day half the time, or even one per week, so I will just come right out with it….
I’m about 14 weeks preggers and the baby is probably a demon that has turned me off my beloved tea. I kid, well about the demon part. Obviously!!
It’s an incredibly ironic forehead slapping twist of fate, though. I’ve stocked up on so much tea over the last few months (right up until about 2 months ago when I had the harsh realization that the smell of my flavoured teas was turning my stomach and totally repelling me)… Now I have zero urge to drink it.
Even now when I have a random cup it’s more out of a sense of obligation than an actual enjoyable experience. So sad!!! I hope it comes back six months from now!!!
I’m sticking to the unflavoured or mildly flavoured teas at this point, that’s for sure!!
Right now all I want to drink is chocolate milk and apple juice, two things I maybe had two-three times a year previously.
Thanks to Em for sending me some of this tea. This is a delicious white tea – quite beautiful. Sweet, hay-like, with delightful nutty tones. It’s warm and toasty.
Here’s my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/03/06/white-leaf-and-bud-single-estate-white-tea-from-teajo-teas/
I have been drinking lots of tea lately, but have been too busy to sit down and log anything. I’m sitting now and enjoying a glass of Ginger Peach iced and lightly sweetened. Actually, this is the last of my small purchase of this yummy tea. For me this tea has a great balance of ginger and peach that compliments the black tea well. I will buy more!
Last full cup of the sample, managed to sneak it in before our first really hot and humid day of the season kicked in. (When you live in southwest Missouri, anything above 85 before Memorial Day spells trouble. There’s a giant National Weather Service bulls-eye over our entire corner of the state.)
But I digress. This black tea is stout enough to please heavy-duty Assam-ites, light enough to accommodate those who don’t want a black eye from the punch of the drink, and versatile enough to come out just right no matter how little care you pay to time and temp. Good, good stuff.
So this is the Earl Grey! And it’s a sipdown! (Much needed too, I gotta say. My samples from Courtney came in yesterday and now I’m over 230, with a Butiki order coming in the next few weeks, and some more samples from Sil! Haha. BEST problems to have).
This is a pretty decent Earl Grey. It’s really not that strong but there is a tangy astringency at the end of each sip. It’s enjoyable, but I think I prefer EGC over regular EG’s. And yes, I know I could just ADD cream, but… I’m lazy? Also I guess I’m just used to drinking it plain.