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drank Oriental Jasmine by Jaf Tea
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Though in my sachet wasn’t any jasmine flower/bud whatsoever, it was distinctly jasmine and but not overdone with it. It was just right level with dry grass green tea base. The green tea isn’t top-notch, but definitely tasty enough to drink this tea without much ado.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Strawberry & Kiwi by Jaf Tea
15841 tasting notes

Smooth, fruity, and no off notes with (surprisingly) more kiwi than strawberry overall. I do think, of the many fruity flavours Jaf carries, this is one of their least interesting but it was still a very approachable, pleasant fruity cuppa. I slurped it back yesterday morning, and it was the kind of tea that caught just enough of my attention while working to make me smile but not enough to distract me from what I was trying to accomplish.

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Sipdown prompt: A tea that energizes you — not a sipdown yet.

I have inherited a few teas from my brother who used have them in the office; but as he stays more at home than in the office, he decided to give me them. Afterall, it was me, who bought him this box called Colours of Ceylon and this is one of the teas there.

I don’t know if it is the age (I think it could be 2 years old, maybe even more!), or it was like this even fresh… but honestly from two sessions with this tea I can say that the strongest note is Ceylon tea base. And in quite a good way — very robust and a little nutty. On the other hand, chai flavours are quite weak, I think most noticeable were spice anise and cloves; while ginger wasn’t fiery nor spicy at all. But I had bits of it in my strainer for sure!

Though spices are weak, I was happy with this tea and its high caffeine content for sure… as it woke me up well. And tea base is fine as well, with little astringency and no bitterness.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Soursop & Banana by Jaf Tea
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Another cuppa that I drank at the hotel in between some morning exploration and when we needed to head off the to the expo floor. I had to drink it pretty quickly in order to make sure we weren’t late, but it was nice. Like a tangier and more tropical banana flavour! Not too heavily flavoured, but not delicate either.

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drank Soursop & Banana by Jaf Tea
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The smell of the dry teabag was so good that I probably set my expectations up a little too high for this tea – it was like sweet and tropical banana Laffy Taffy! Steeped it was still nice, but definitely quite a lot more floral and soursop forward with a more mellowed out banana undertone. It was the florals that through me off the most – they were a little too perfumey. I much prefer the other Soursop tea I have from Jaf (on the black tea base). It’s more balanced, IMO.

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drank Lemon & Mint by Jaf Tea
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I was recently gifted some of the Jaf Tea sachet samplers, and I’ve enjoyed the few flavours of their sachets I’ve tried prior so I was actually kind of excited to get to try more of their teas. This one surprised me a little because the aroma coming off the unsteeped tea bag itself was very spearmint forward which is definitely not the mint I expected in a “lemon and mint” blend. Steeped it’s mostly just the lemon – I’m not sure where all the potent mint exactly went but it’s not the taste. Just a faintly generic minty finish. Not a half bad lemon note at all, though!

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drank Lavender Grey by Jaf Tea
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I bought a box of those (and of Oriental Jasmine) last year just before Christmas; as a gift for myself and also the price seemed quite fair.

I have tried Lavender Grey twice, yesterday for first time, today for second time; sadly both results are not so great. They have used pyramid sachets (in outer wrapping, well that was another reason for buying), but tea itself isn’t really top quality, rather it was a bit dusty and very broken, hardly to see any lavender buds there and in smell it was some generic “Earl Grey aroma” instead of fresh and distinct bergamot.

Sadly, when brewed it’s not much better. Tea base is fine, Ceylon with its bright citrusy notes, no astringency or bitterness, but somehow flat. Bergamot made me feel again that some cheap bergamot oil was used as it was again somehow mediocre and flat. And lavender? Well, in first session I haven’t noticed any, in second session it was just a bit of floral extra note… but I wouldn’t guess a lavender if it wasn’t labeled as such.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Mango & Banana by Jaf Tea
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Forgot I was brewing this and so it got a long steep. Maybe that’s part of why I kind of only got banana in this cup and not any mango, but it was a really good banana so I’m not complaining. Plus, it’s impressive that the cup stayed as smooth and non-astringent as it did considering the brutally long steep time.

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drank Mango & Banana by Jaf Tea
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So previously I’ve purchased a Soursop tea from this bagged tea company because it stood out to me as incredibly unique, and now the most recent time I went grocery shopping prior to going to LA I was pleased to see that my local store had drastically expanded their range of teabags from Jaf – almost all of them as unique and interesting as the Soursop (which is very good)! It was tempting to get them all to try, but I managed to maintain some restraint and I only picked up this one.

It’s also pretty damn good! I think I still like the Soursop a little more, but this does pretty distinctly taste like sweet, tangy ripe mangos and tropical banana. The banana is maybe a tiny bit creamy, and does venture a little into that banana candy territory but I reallllyyyy enjoyed it paired with the mango! My only complaint is that the mouthfeel was pretty thin to me, and I thought the finish of each sip came off as a tiny bit flat. However, for a grocery store bagged tea I found this refreshingly novel and interesting in terms of flavour and honestly quite tasty for the very accessible/low price point.

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drank Kandy Earl Grey by Jaf Tea
1861 tasting notes

I have prepared this tea from colours of Ceylon set twice already. One as a family pot tea with fillable tea bag, for second time I have prepared in in French press. I remember more from second preparation as it was today, and actually I have a little rest in my cup while writing those lines.

While steeped, for approximately 3-4 minutes, I have noticed bergamot naturally and quite surprisingly, red fruits and malt from the base I assume.

The flavour of Earl Grey… yes, I mean the bergamot, is very different between those preparation method. While I had it from pot, it was mellow, smooth and nice level of it. However, when brewed in French press, it is rather very lemony, rough and very strong. Tongue tingling. I am not fan of this level of bergamot. Maybe I will need to shake the bag which is it in, as maybe the flavouring isn’t spreaded evenly.

It is shame, because the base seems very fine. And I want to notice more from the base than from bergamot only.

Flavors: Bergamot, Lemon Zest, Malt, Red Fruits

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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I bought a set Colours of Ceylon to my brother maybe an year ago and he brought them to the work. Sadly, I wasn’t able to visit him in the office for a whole year, but now their office is being under renewal, so he brought the box back home.

So I finally have a chance to try at least some from this set! Yay!

He has decided to brew this tea as an afternoon-evening tea for a family. So, family pot, unknown amount of blend, unknown brewing time.

But turned out delicious. First of all, it is not that brown as pictured (btw, I like the pic because it shows container, blend itself and liquor), but rather on the green side. Maybe the lightest green on the container.

It is pretty much lemongrass forward, however there is a little fiery ginger in aftertaste. Smooth and lightly lemony… from the lemongrass. Doesn’t taste medicinal nor herbal. It is amazing combination of two simple ingredients. And it’s just blended just right. It doesn’t need any base tea at all.

Flavors: Ginger, Lemongrass

Preparation
10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Creamy Soursop by Jaf Tea
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This tea is so weird and so good. It is creamy and floral and sweet with these tangy and exotically fruity notes alongside a slightly tannic and full bodied black tea. There’s just a lot going on for a bagged tea, but as soon as I start sipping I cannot help but down that mug lickity split!

Martin Bednář

I bought a variety of loose leaf teas to my brother. I hope they will be great as well!

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drank Creamy Soursop by Jaf Tea
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Bought my first tea of 2021… and I didn’t even realize it in the moment.

As someone who works in R&D for tea, whenever I go grocery shopping I always check the tea aisles as well as the RTD section of the store to see if any new tea brands or new flavours for existing brands pop up – it’s important for me to always pay attention to what flavours reach “grocery store level” commercial sale level. I pay attention to a lot of other stuff too, like what limited edition flavours of other very established brands pop up and if new flavours/ingredients seem to be making more of a presence overall.

Well, my local store had a big end of aisle display for this company Jaf Tea, which I had never heard of, so of course I spent a stupid amount of time reading all of the tea boxes. Without really thinking about it much at all, I ended up adding a box of the weirdest/most interesting sounding flavour to my shopping cart and it wasn’t until I got home and was unpacking groceries that I realize that this was technically my first tea buy of the year and that I had technically broken my “no buy”. Oops!

This is really interesting tasting though! The black tea isn’t the best quality; there’s some roughness to it and it steeped pretty quickly with some noticable astringent bite and a bit of bitterness. However the “creamy soursop” flavouring!? Dang that’s weird, but good too! It’s not creamy in mouthfeel/texture but it does taste like a full fat cream with this sweet and a bit tangy kind of “tropical fruit” flavour. Just a bit waxy/artificial but decidedly quite unique in the tropical notes – and it works in a strange but fun way with that cream taste. I was skeptical, but the name… Right on the money.

For $4.99 I think this was worth buying – I don’t have a lot of bagged teas in my stash, but this was a really unique one and I like the flavouring in it a lot. It’ll be good for having something so unique, tasty, and interesting for travel or convenience.

Martin Bednář

I have a several Jaf Tea tea bags in my collection. Always liked their design! Looks a bit too fancy, but nice nevertheless. At least it was a good tea, even you broke your “no buy”. Haha.

Roswell Strange

Ooh, interesting! What has been your favourite teas from them?

Martin Bednář

I don’t recall drinking them much; but mango + banana wasn’t a bad choice. Blueberry was the second one I have tried? I don’t remember :/

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drank Mango & Banana by Jaf Tea
1861 tasting notes

This tea is actually better than I have expected.

I don’t know if the mango and papaya flavours are right; but certainly some fruit ones which are tropical. I mean, it was quite similar to banana and mango, but not distinctive enough to say: Oh, have I took a bite of banana/mango? But it is flavoured just right (and not feeling artificial) and base tea is still very present too, although no notes from tea itself. Not tannic or astringency, but without it it would be somehow bland.

Quite surprised with this one.

Flavors: Mango, Tea, Tropical

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Exotic Fruit by Jaf Tea
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I had a cup of this with dinner and it’s not bad. The smell is really good—I’m not sure what kind of fruit is in here but it smells and tastes good with the Ceylon. The cup is a little bit bitter but it’s not terrible. I’ll have to see if they have more of this set out at breakfast tomorrow.

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