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Chocolate. Pure and simple. Yum. To me, it’s more milk chocolate than dark chocolate, but I’m not complaining, because this is a very well executed chocolate tea. I wish I would’ve overleafed just a bit. I feel like that would really make it YUM as opposed to Yum. Another sample from MissB :)

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drank Dark Chocolate Mint by Teajo Teas
388 tasting notes

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drank Dark Chocolate Mint by Teajo Teas
388 tasting notes

Definitely more mint than chocolate. I couldn’t taste the chocolate till after sipping, more like an aftertaste? The leaf totally puffed up in steeping, I was a little worried it’d taste horrible because I had too much leaf but it was alright. Not going to be one of my favorite teas so far but it’s not bad. Not really what I was looking for right now, need something sweeter…

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drank Black Manas by Teajo Teas
224 tasting notes

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drank Red Mango by Teajo Teas
637 tasting notes

I wasn’t too impressed with this hot, but the mango popped in the overnight fridge steep. There’s a nice combination of ripe and tart mango, with possibly a touch of cream.

When I initially received my teas I didn’t think I’d be sad to finish up all the fruity teas from my Teajo order; instead I learned to appreciate (and love) cold steeping in the fridge. I only wish tea didn’t run out so quickly this way.

Flavors: Mango

Preparation
Iced

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drank Dark Chocolate Mint by Teajo Teas
294 tasting notes

This was different in a good way. Green tea with chocolate and mint is a surprising yet successful combination. This is more mint heavy, with the chocolate delicately in the background. It’s still there, it’s just more there for support than for taking center stage. Another yummy chocolate mint tea.
Thanks MissB for this one too!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’ve had this sample forever and never tried it. I decided to finally go with it for my morning cup. I must have not used enough leaves, because I could get hints of tea but it was just really weak. I have enough for one more cup, so I will try again soon.

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drank Juicy Peach by Teajo Teas
998 tasting notes

TheTeaFairy was kind enough to send me a sample of this tea.
I really, really like the peach flavor in this. Unfortunately there is something in the black base that doesn’t work for me. I know, I know she said “love in the summer cold brewed”. It’s not quite summer here, and I drank it hot.
Nice peach tea, is probably better cold than hot….

TheTeaFairy

I like it hot, but it’s ten times better cold brewed. I actually add pieces of frozen peaches, a little maple syrup and a stick of rosemary and let everything infuse for 24h, it’s probably my favourite iced tea recipe.

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A sample of this from the lovely TheTeaFairy. merci beaucoup! Smells delicious and it is true to its name (I see iPad is having trouble with “its”, doesn’t want to let it go, keeps switching to “it’s”).

I much prefer Dolce Vita from rivertea when it comes to raspberry. Because that’s like raspberry juice whereas this is more… Chocolate raspberry. However, it is entirely a mood thing. Like, occasionally I wish for Love Tea #7 from DAVIDs, because of the chocolate and strawberries. But if I wanted juicy stuff, I’d go for Bear Trap or something.

Is this good? Yes. But you have to want chocolate more than raspberry.

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drank Juicy Peach by Teajo Teas
283 tasting notes

TheTeaFairy who gave me this sample wrote “delicious cold brewed”. So I took her word for it and dumped the entire sample in a 500 ml mason jar the day before yesterday. I strained it this morning, maybe 36 hrs have passed, and took it with me to this Mother’s Day lunch where I was invited as guest (it was my brother in law’s house) but ended up practically cooking the entire thing except for the steak. Nobody told me when I became a chef that it would be the end of my days as a dinner guest. Now people either don’t invite me or of they do invite me, I end up prepping/cooking. Like “oh good, you’re here, can you do the potato salad?” And “I was planning to caramelize onions, can you do that?” And I’m handed a bag of onions. Umm… No, I’m the guest?!? I just got in the freaking door, thanks, maybe offer me a drink first? Anyway, that’s my beef. (Pun intended)

So I took this cold brew with me because I knew there was nothing but wine or water there as drink choices. So so so good. Peach Snapple has nothing on this puppy! This is full on peach juice you guys. I should have sweetened it more for full pop but I didn’t have time to make simple syrup. I have to buy this somehow, it would be a huge tease to just have this sample. Thanks for introducing me to Teajo, TheTeaFairy and with such a tasty one to boot! Shipping to Canada is $10 flat. Hmmm…

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
TheTeaFairy

Me think someone has to invite you over, have you sit down and enjoy a nice tea or cocktail, or both, and cook a meal for you from A to Z. You are obviously a victim of your profession, lol!

This tea is amazing cold in the summer but it’s also tasty hot, so glad you enjoyed it. You won’t regret getting some. The only disappointing with Teajo is their lack of choice, they only offer a few blends. I always restock though on the same teas cause I _need _ them in my cupboard at all time!

Sil

ew not cool.

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drank Black Manas by Teajo Teas
998 tasting notes

I took two teas to work today. This black for the morning and some oolong for the afternoon. I was anticipating liking this one, but not the oolong. As it turns out I liked the oolong better (see previous note in my log).
This did not work for me at all. First cup was WAY TOO STRONG, WAY TOO ASTRINGENT – suck the moisture out of your mouth – bitter coffee ish. OK – need to adjust.
Second cup – less leaf, way shorter steep time. Not as offensive, not as in your face, but still not to my liking.
This might be a really nice tea, if you are into this style. I prefer China blacks. I’m not the correct judge for this – all I know is that it’s not for me.
Thanks TheTeaFairy for sending this my way, but it was a miss. Weird that I would like a green oolong better than a black. Something strange is going on in my world…..

TheTeaFairy

Oh, I hope I didn’t write the wrong parameters on it. I brew it at 90 usually. It’s so funny, I find it smooth, that’s why I sent it to you ;-) It is very different from other blacks though, I can understand why you may not be fond of it.

Dexter

Water at work is 90-95C ish something like that – On the package you wrote 95C 3-4 minutes. I ended up with less than a tsp/coffee mug with about 1 minute steep – anything more than that was just too strong for me – that’s ok, can’t win them all :))

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Thanks so much Marzipan for a sample of this tea!

Ehh, not my favorite chocolate tea ever. Not rich enough! Not bad though. I drank the cup with no problem, but I don’t think I’ll be purchasing any in the future. My favorite Teajo tea is the tropical mango. OH MAN it is SO GOOD iced!

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The wonderful, generous TheTeaFairy sent me a sample of this. I know she loves it, and wrote “by far my favorite raspberry tea”. I just got my Lupicia order and now have their raspberry chocolate tea too. I wanted to try them close together to see how they compare.
I steeped some of this one last night – don’t listen fairy – and I didn’t like it. I know it’s dark chocolate – but it was TOO DARK for me, bitter chocolate (I don’t think it was the tea being bitter) – I actually added some sweetener to try and back the chocolate down. Yes there was raspberry but I couldn’t get past the chocolate. Nope, not for me.
Today, I made the last bit of the sample, and it is MUCH better – I don’t know what I did different. It’s still dark chocolate but not in your face bitter like it was last night. The raspberry is nice, not overly sweet.
I’m just confused now – two days, two totally different experiences. I’m voting – I don’t like this – too fussy but would be willing to try it again if I had the opportunity. Sorry fairy. :((

MissB

If it helps? I had a similar situation with this exact tea. Once, I loved it, another time, it just was.. too dry? Hard to explain.

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I’ll preface this with the acknowledgement that I’m not generally a big fan of chocolate in my teas…but with that said, this is a damn tasty tea.

The raspberry comes through cleanly and the chocolate sits as a sweet little background note that fleshes out the robust, earthy tones of the black tea base. A little added sugar keeps the flavours mellowed out and it’s a surprisingly enjoyable cup.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I brewed an afternoon cup of this yesterday and wasn’t really feeling the hot tea thing. I came back to it for dinner and poured it over ice. Yummy. This is awesome cold. This will definitely stay on my wishlist. Thanks again boychik!

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
boychik

:-) i fell in love with Grey Line. So rich and satisfying.

TeaTiff

I brewed some this morning to try iced tonight. I am curious how it will compare. I am glad you enjoyed it.

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I received a sample of this from boychik. Thank you!

This has been on my list since I started exploring EG’s. For some reason I had the impression that this was an EGC, but it is not. It is however a very lovely EG. The base is the first thing I noticed. It is so malty and delicious. It, for me, is what puts the silk in this silky EG. When I drink EG I get two flavors, a bit of citrus and a bit of spice. I am not sure how to describe the spice other just saying spice. This was missing the spice component and was just a lovely citrus. The citrus for me was hidden under the wonderful base of this tea. It wasn’t hiding so much that it wasn’t noticeable, it did make itself known. Everything was well balanced and so delicious. I hope to purchase more down the road.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Orange Ruby by Teajo Teas
181 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Classic Chai by Teajo Teas
181 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Dark Chocolate Mint by Teajo Teas
181 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Fiesta Fusion by Teajo Teas
181 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Black Manas by Teajo Teas
181 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Myssy

I like this note

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drank Vanilla Velvet by Teajo Teas
345 tasting notes

T&C TTB 20/23
I used this to make Vanilla Rooibos cookies and they were delicious. I had planned on saving a little to try on its own but I forgot.

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drank Juicy Peach by Teajo Teas
607 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Dark Chocolate Dream by Teajo Teas
1430 tasting notes

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.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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