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They were out of the sample I ordered, so I had to pick another. Piccolo recommended this one, so I gave the OK.
I’m either learning that I just don’t prefer rooibos, or I just am not getting anything from these blends, so take this note with a grain of salt.
I double leafed this one, but I must still be brewing it wrong. Usually I have to underleaf a chai since they’re soo spicy, but I’m not quite getting what I want out of this. Maybe if I boil it for a very long time? The steeping directions say 5mins at 212F, which isn’t what I did, because I’ve never had to steep a tea for that long at that high a temp before. I haven’t quite mastered the learning curve for this one yet, but I might run out of this sample before I do. The sample size is 8-10 servings for 8oz cups, I usually do a 12 oz cup, so this might only last me 3 tastings if I keep doing double leaf. =(
I made the best mistake with this tea the other when I forgot about it for 15 minutes. Instead of turning into a nasty vegetable mouth wash it decided to become awesome instead- finally capitalizing on the full powers of dark leafy mint.
Now I always steep it longer than I’d dare with any other green.. I’ve been reading too much of a certain series lately, and every time I write “green” I simultaneously think “lots of warders”. Not impressed with myself and life decisions right now.
This isn’t fancy, and has the cocoa pieces I’m so skeptical of, but it’s usually comfy and sometimes that’s all I really want anyways.
EDIT: I think my roommate really liked this one too, despite the long steep. She’s a huge After Eight fan.
This was awesome! I got it in a sampler pack and it was hard to pick. I’m glad I tried this one as the first from Teajo because now I’m looking forward to going through the pack. I did it as an iced tea since I had made a green tea hot. I hated the green tea so I drank this to try get the taste out and it was sooooo good. Fruity and juicy, it tastes like I added passion fruit juice to it. I would buy this again.
It’s only very very VERY lightly mango, I’m getting mostly rooibios flavor, which I’m not the greatest fan of, I’m discovering. I sat there just sniffing the liquor for the longest time waiting for hints of fresh mango, any type of mango really. It’s more like faint mango whisperings, and very synthetic. I caught it only in the scent when I’m outright gulping it down. I thought it might make a nice before bedtime dessert tea… but the only fulfillment it gave was ‘before bedtime’. I’m not sure I’ll finish up the sample.
MissB sent a sample of this one over! thanks so much! I could always try anything from Teajo. Raspberry chocolate is one of my favorite combinations! This blend is true to its name. Definitely equal parts juicy raspberry and a lingering wispy milk chocolate. I noticed a tiny piece of raspberry in the dry blend itself. The black tea base goes perfectly with the flavors… I think it’s the same base as the other teas I’ve tried (Earl Grey, Peach). Very tasty!
First impression once I opened the bag was that it smelled like vanilla icing – creamy and delightful, but with a definite “fake sugar” hint to it that I found interesting. I couldn’t wait to try it.
My minor complaint is that the rooibos is shredded fine enough to go right through my infuser basket…but this is what happens with most rooibos, so I can’t blame it on Teajo. :)
Once brewed up it retained that creamy quality laced over the richness of rooibos, but sadly it also kept the fakeness that I was less fond of. There’s a lingering vanilla taste that stays with you, but I can’t get over how artificial it tastes.
If the vanilla flavour had just been knocked down a notch this would’ve been a beautiful tea, but for me this is a bit too overwhelming. I have some Dosha Chai from Teavana that I think this will blend in nicely with, though, in order to cut down the intensity…
Good tea, but perhaps not for me. I’ll be putting this one in the TTB in hopes that someone else will enjoy it more.
I wanted to try something new this evening after dinner and caffeine free was what I was going for.
This one smells of vanilla and rooibos, and maybe a touch of berry as dry leaf.
Steeped I found more rooibos than vanilla while it was hot. As it cooled I got a little more sweet vanilla creaminess, but still much of the rooibos base. It wasn’t offensive, just very present. I did add my normal touch of sugar and it was a bit much with this blend, thinking the sweetness of the vanilla made it come through as sweeter.
I’m thinking this one would work well on an evening when I wanted something no fuss… that or when I want to be creative and add to it :) Thinking a creamy vanilla rooibos chai for an evening when I want some kick.
Thanks MissB for a sample of this one :)
I actually found myself looking for a green tea yesterday morning… not a usual thing for me as blacks are my normal morning tea. I went looking through my samples and snagged this one… mint sounded good too.
Dry leaf smells like mint and bitter chocolate.. Not sure I would call it dark chocolate.
Steeped this is light and refreshing, but I had a hard time finding the chocolate… Mostly mint here like you would get in mint choc.chip ice cream, but not amazingly so, with just enough green base coming through.
A sample from MissB’s lovely package! thanks again! I wanted to try this one since Teajo’s Earl Grey is my favorite non-cream Earl Grey. Certainly their other teas must be nice as well? The brew color on this one is actually very light, especially as it steeped longer than I wanted it to (five minutes). But it isn’t oversteeped at all… especially since it basically wholly peach! I can’t even taste the black tea at all. So much peach! It’s almost on the verge of candy peach, but not quite. Very nice. This could certainly represent peach in any tea collection! (I wonder why I haven’t seen any dried peach pieces in ANY tea blends though?)
I want to love this. I mean, I adore vanilla, and rooibos is my go-to most nights, although I’m finding red rooibos a bit hit or miss of late. This one, I’m getting zero throat fuzziness though so this makes me happy.
Out of the bag and steeped it smells strongly of vanilla. Steeped, I get rooibos first, then vanilla, and had to add a touch of stevia to make it creamy vanilla awesomeness.
It’s good, it’s just… one dimensional, to me. I wanted zero rooibos taste and just vanilla cream. If I were on the hunt for a vanilla rooibos though, I could see this being a staple for some.
Somehow I mixed this and Della Terra’s Peppermint Bark up together. How? Uh.. I dunno, because they taste quite different from one another.
It smells perfectly of raspberry chocolate in the bag and brewed. Drinking it alone, with zero additions, left me desiring something more though. It’s really, really dry. I get the cacao in here, which adds to the dryness, but this is a bit extreme for me. Some Truvia makes it more creamy, much less dry, and I can taste the raspberry more, especially a few seconds after the sip. My mouth is literally so dry now though, I’m challenged to really enjoy this cup at all. I can also taste the base a lot more than before.
Why did I assume that Dark Chocolate Mint = black tea? This was a lovely surprise, the sencha.
Brews up to a very light greenish yellow color. The smell is lovely out of the bag, and changes a bit to something more chemical after brewing. Drinking it reminds me a bit of the smell of the chemicals used to check the pH of a swimming pool. Sweetened with a bit of Truvia, it loses some of the chemical flavor, however I’m getting little cacao, just a hint of mint.
Going to avoid rating this before playing around with it a bit more.
My teenage daughter says, “I’m not an expert like you Mom, but this tea tastes really good.” That’s a few minutes after steeping with the water having cooled, and zero sweetener. Yep, it’s a tasty tea.
Out of the bag it smells very tropical and mango-y, with a slight hint of floral in there too. I’m okay with the floral in this case, as it’s faint and seems to only enhance instead of taking over.
Steeped, the mango is prominent, with whatever floral note falling way behind, and the black base solid in the middle. I prefer this lightly sweetened with Truvia, but that’s just because it’s more fruity.
Will I buy this again? It’s tasty. I have a credit with Teajo because of the exploding tea incident during shipping — and thank you for the credit, and for dealing with the issue so quickly! If I needed something else to round out my order? Yes, I’d order this again. I doubt I’d go out of my way though if this was the only thing I wanted.
Received my order from Teajo today, and this was my first choice to try. Why? Because the bag exploded everywhere while in transit, covering the inside of the shipping container with rooibos and ‘natural spices’ (that’s the list of ingredients on the bag). I, having zero tolerance for exploding tea, poured the whole shebang into my Breville for 1L of tea. Who knows if the proportions are right? I’m not measuring the mess.
This smells like a chai, and tastes like licorice. That’s all I’m getting here. Which, is nice if you like licorice (I do), I just wanted more depth from this tea than that one flavor. Oh, wait, I can taste something spicier now too a few sips in… peppery, maybe some ginger sans bite.
Ah, well look at that. This sample bag should have netted me 8-10 cups, and I used it for four. Well, that explains that.
This came my way as part of the Pageant of Winter Teas – thanks, Piccolo!
Opening this package was like unpacking a stocking on Christmas morning. The dark chocolate and plant-based raspberry flavoring work beautifully together to bring to life one of my favorite holiday treats! I didn’t really taste the base as much as some of the other reviewers (different steeping methods?), but the chocolately-goodness of this blend more than made up for it!
You can read the full review here:
Not bad considering it’s rooibos-based (I don’t generally mind rooibos, but I tend to associate the chai flavor profile with black tea pep, so there’s no way around that disappointment after dinner). With some milk it’s quite decent. I’m weird and arbitrarily judge teas by what they do when milk is added (when I happen to be adding milk, which is becoming rarer and rarer these days for some reason)—if they turn that muddy cloudy dishwater hue I kind of internally dock the tea some points, and when they get a nice creamy opaque marble it impresses me. No real reason, admittedly; the former’s just unappealing. Anyway, this one does the latter, so kudos.
I had to have another cup of this one because it won WheezyBee’s Battle of the Earl Greys and I just happened to suggest it since I didn’t see it on her list of Earl Greys. I had no idea it would win! I just love this one — a nice bold bergamot to go with a bold assam. For the true Earl Grey fan – or to make you an Earl Grey fan!
I enjoyed several cups of this over the weekend, when Jake and I were doing the three final face/offs of the Battle of the Earl Greys. It’s so smooth and well-blended that it’s no wonder the final battle ended the way it did. I’d like to send just one more thanks to Tea Sipper, because I had not heard of this tea or even the brand until you pointed it out!
You can read the final recap here:
I enjoyed a cup of this over the weekend, while Jake and I were finishing up the Battle of the Earl Greys. Each time I make up a cup of this I am impressed again with how the very light touch of vanilla adds just the right amount of creaminess to this tea. A lot of the “creamy” Earl Greys I’ve tried during this project are more cream flavor than tea, but this one rises above all that into a level all its own.
The final bout of the Battle of the Earl Greys will be posted on Thursday, but in the meantime, you can read the last face/off which led up to it!
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.