Teajo Teas

Recent Tasting Notes

76
drank Orange Ruby by Teajo Teas
157 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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80
drank Classic Chai by Teajo Teas
157 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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77
drank Dark Chocolate Mint by Teajo Teas
157 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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70
drank Fiesta Fusion by Teajo Teas
157 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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83
drank Black Manas by Teajo Teas
157 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
MzPriss

I like this note

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drank Vanilla Velvet by Teajo Teas
186 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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78
drank Juicy Peach by Teajo Teas
207 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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85
drank Dark Chocolate Dream by Teajo Teas
1114 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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74
drank Cranberry Chai by Teajo Teas
495 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Iced

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72
drank Very Raspberry by Teajo Teas
495 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Iced

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68
drank Fiesta Fusion by Teajo Teas
495 tasting notes

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.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
Iced
TheTeaFairy

I so agree with you! I don,t get why green and black tea should ever be paired together. As much as I love Most of Teajo’s teas, this one did not impress me at all.

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70
drank Ginger Peach Tea by Teajo Teas
157 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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82

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

Preparation
Iced
keychange

aww, not better than you deserve. We all need an unexpectedly refreshing and delicious cup.

CrowKettle

Thanks, keychange! I feel like I’m rewarding myself for being unproductive with this one.

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88
drank Lemon Ginger Sencha by Teajo Teas
157 tasting notes

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. :)

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

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86
drank Juicy Peach by Teajo Teas
390 tasting notes

The perfect day.

Started with a brave swim in the pool (water temp: 66. That will keep ya awake, I promise.)

Then I saw a Rose Breasted Grosbeak getting shit from his female. Maybe he forgot to take the trash out? (nature imitating life)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/laafeevertee/14319395561/lightbox/

Priceless, wouldn’t you say?

And then I poured myself a tall glass of this:

Cold brewed Teajo peach tea, infused with a piece of ginger, a stick of rosemary and some sliced frozen peaches with a little maple syrup.

24 hours in the fridge, and this becomes my favourite iced tea ever.

Now I’m drinking it, reading my book.

Life is good people…

Tea Sipper

I almost brewed this one up today. The picture is the best!

TheTeaFairy

Tea Sipper, I haven’t found a peach tea I like as much as this one yet.

Veronica

That picture is hilarious. Poor little guy! I love Teajo’s fruity teas, and the tea base he uses is excellent!

TheTeaFairy

Haha, Yes, poor little guy!!
The base tea is everything with teajo, so tasty and mellow, makes all the difference. Too bad Piccolo doesn’t offer more variety…

boychik

It’s all hormones! Or he came home late. Anyway I love the pic. So funny.

TheTeaFairy

Yeah, hormones, I thought about that…

Terri HarpLady

First, I love the pic & took the liberty of checking out your library!
THAT TATTOO!! Wow! In case you don’t know, I have an affinity for Fairies as well, have dreamed I was a fairy my whole life, & at one time had plans to have my back tattooed as wings, so of course I love that pic!
Next topic: I need to remember to mimic this cold brew, YUM!

MzPriss

The pic is AWESOME!!!!! He’s an awfully pretty thing – and she’s a badass!

TheTeaFairy

Terri, it’s ok, those are public, now you know what I look like then :-)
OMG, fairies, I could talk about them for hours….the myth, the folklore, the mystery, everything about them fascinates me. We have much in common it seems!!!

MzPriss, lol, she is bad ass, as any good female should be ;-)

MzPriss

I have a fairy fetish of my own :) – I try to write fairy tales from time to time. The I get frustrated and put them aside until I forget how frustrated I got before.

TheTeaFairy

MzPriss, keep at it, would love to read your stories some day :-)

Terri HarpLady

I have a nanowrimo project that includes Fairies & Harps, based on a series of dreams I’ve had over the years. It’s not anywhere close to being done…

MzPriss

@TeaFairy – I had one, the first part of a three part story about a fairy and, of course, a giant and I was pretty happy with that one and was starting on the next installment when I had a major bout of insecurity and trashed it. Still makes me sad I did that and taught me god lesson. I’m working on a couple of little tyhings now.

@Terri – I keep thinking I’ll do nanowrimo, but my job is really demanding and I work lots and lots of hours, so I don’t see it in my near future. I admire those who take it on. I did comments for a friend’s project and I’ve wanted to do it ever since.

MzPriss

Um, good lesson, not god lesson.

Terri HarpLady

November is usually an easygoing month for me, so I’ve started 3 NNWM projects. I completed the first 2, in that I made it to the 50K, but the stories are far from complete, LOL. I started one this past Nov, but gave up after a few weeks. I had several xmas gigs to practice for, hours & hours of practice, & sometimes we have to establish a priority, right? Also, I kind of lost interest in the storyline.
I actually have a new idea, & was thinking of doing the July Nanocamp, as it’s another month that I don’t have quite so much to do…maybe.

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86
drank Juicy Peach by Teajo Teas
390 tasting notes

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!

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Always nice to find a peach tea that actually tastes like peaches and not fake!

Suziqzer

Fake peach is a terrible thing.. I agree! This sounds like a good one!

TheTeaFairy

Yes Ladies, this is a keeper!

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98

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.

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

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70

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.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
Iced

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85
drank Vanilla Velvet by Teajo Teas
280 tasting notes

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

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Pyroxy

I’m glad you tasted the fake vanilla notes, too…I was beginning to worry that there was something wrong with my tastebuds.

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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

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Sipdown! Tried cold brewing the last of this, and it’s ok, but not great. It smells so good, I just wish it tasted as good. The best configuration I had was hot, with milk and sugar, though the milk seemed contradictory for this kind of flavour. It’s strange, though it mellowed the base, but seemed the wrong tea to add milk to.

This one is from CrowKettle and I wish I liked it more because it seems like it has so much promise.

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Oversteeped or overleafed=bitter and astringent. I think I’m gonna use a shorter steep next time. I have a sense of deja vu with this and Vicky’s Sponge Cake with respect to steeping.

Thanks to crowkettle for allowing me to try. Hoping it turns out better on a later steep.

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66
drank Vanilla Velvet by Teajo Teas
495 tasting notes

It’s on the icing side of vanilla, for me, with a distinctive handful of rooibos. It isn’t quite what I was looking for but I did get a handful of simple evenings out of it. Goodbye, rooibos!

Flavors: Berries, Cream, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Red Bush Chai by Teajo Teas
102 tasting notes

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. =(

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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