JusTea’s Purple Leaf Tea

Purple Leaf Tea by JusTea
Purple Tea / Straight
$17.00 for 60g

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JusTea has provided me with Purple Leaf Tea for the purposes of providing an honest review. I received this product at no charge to me and received no other compensation.

First Impressions

I wrote a bit about JusTea in my last review of one of their purple teas (Purple Mint). Purple tea is a variety of the same type of plant that the other teas that we all know and love (e.g. white, green, black, oolong) all come from. JusTea has a whole page dedicated to exploring purple tea and talks about the science behind this variety of tea, so be sure to check out their page for more information.

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Purple Leaf Tea came to me in a sample bag, a bit different from the packaging that Purple Mint came to me in, although this one is nice too because I can see the tea leaves through the packaging and there were steeping instructions directly on the packaging. The tea leaves themselves are a bit wiry and they are quite dark. They have an almost dusty aubergine colour to them, almost a grey-purple or indigo in colour. There’s not a lot of smell to the dry leaves, there’s a very mild vegetal smell to them.

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Preparation

JusTea recommends steeping Purple Leaf Tea in 175°F (~80°C) water for 3 minutes. I followed the steeping instructions to a tea (tea puns!).

First Taste

Purple Leaf Tea steeps to a nice yellow and there’s not much of a smell coming up from the steeped tea. On first sip, I find that there’s a very mild vegetal taste to this tea and it also has a bit of a roasted flavour to it, almost like there’s a bit of a smokey quality to it – not to be confused with a lapsang souchong at all. The tea itself is savoury, there’s no sweetness that I can pick out from it. At the water temperature and the steeping time that I used (and what was recommended), there was zero astringency and bitterness to the tea. It reminds me of a very mild green tea with the mixed flavour profile of vegetables and smoke.

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JusTea recommends adding a bit of lemon juice to get some colour change action. If you read my review of JusTea’s Purple Mint, I was a bit disappointed by the lack of colour change in that tea after having added a squeeze of lemon juice. After adding the lemon juice, the tea went from that nice yellow to a nice bright pink. At first, when I only added a small amount of lemon juice, it was more of a lavender-pink, which had more purple tones. With more lemon juice, it got to the pink you see here:

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The lemon brightens up the flavour of the tea, and actually makes the vegetal flavours more pronounced. The sourness of the lemon is tempered nicely with the smokey flavours in this tea (which I do appreciate).

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Purple Leaf Tea twice. The flavour stays pretty consistent with the initial steep for the first resteep, but it begins to really lose flavour for the second resteep. I’d recommend only one more steep for this tea and I’m pleased to say that it continues to have the colour changing ability with each subsequent resteep.

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My Overall Impression

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I loved JusTea’s Purple Leaf Tea. This tea has a mild savoury flavour to it, that I think lends itself well to being a base for a tea – which is why JusTea has come up with a range of purple tea blends. By itself, the flavour isn’t overly strong, and it reminds me a lot of a green tea (and I do love my green teas). The colour changing aspect works great with this straight tea, so it’s a fun feature if you’re wanting to host a tea party with some friends or children. I’m not usually one for lemon in my tea, but I think it works well for this tea varietal because it helps bring out the vegetal flavours and the smokey flavours tempers down the sourness from the lemon juice.

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Giveaway Alert!

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One More Steep and JusTea have partnered together for a giveaway to help celebrate the release of JusTea’s new line of purple teas. One lucky winner will win JusTea’s Purple Rain, JusTea’s Purple Jasmine, JusTea’s Purple Leaf Tea, and a hand-carved Kenyan tea spoon.

The giveaway runs until June 3 2017 at 11:59pm PDT and the winner will be announced on the @onemoresteep Instagram account on June 4 2017.

To enter:

  1. Like and share the image on your Instagram account (tag @onemoresteep and use the hashtags #purpleteaexperience and #justeafarmers).
  2. Follow @onemoresteep and @justeakenya on Instagram.

For bonus entries:

  1. Tag a friend on the image (from the @onemoresteep account) that you think would love to try Purple Tea (unlimited entries)

JusTea’s Purple Mint

Purple Mint by JusTea
Purple Tea / Flavoured
$15.00 for 60g

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JusTea has provided me with Purple Mint for the purposes of providing an honest review. I received this product at no charge to me and received no other compensation.

First Impressions

I had never had purple tea before. JusTea’s website is quite informative about purple tea. Purple tea comes from the same plant as all other teas (green, white, black oolong), but it’s a variety that produces dark purple leaves instead of green. The neat thing that I learned from JusTea’s website is that purple tea changes colour! It becomes a purpley pink with the addition of some lemon juice.

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Purple Mint came to me in a resealable paper bag that’s lined with foil. The mint aroma is very strong, there is no question that this tea includes mint in the blend! Because of the strong peppermint and spearmint combination, I wasn’t able to smell the purple tea on its own. Purple Mint consists of Kenyan Purple Tea, peppermint leaves, spearmint leaves, and rose petals.

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Preparation

JusTea recommends steeping Purple Mint in 190°F (88°C) water for 3 minutes. I steeped mine in 185°F water for 3 minutes.

First Taste

Purple Mint steeps to a lovely yellow colour. The mint flavour is strong, and I find that the purple tea taste is quite similar to green tea. There’s some vegetal notes to the tea, as well as some buttery qualities to this tea. The mint flavouring is definitely first and foremost in this minty blend though, I think mint is just such a strong flavour that it shouldn’t be a surprise that it’s strong in a tea blend as well. What peeks through from the purple tea is tasty though, and reminds me a lot of green tea. I do wish that JusTea mentioned the processing type of the purple tea (I would put money on it being processed the way green tea is), since purple tea refers to the variety whereas green/white/black/oolong refers to the production process of the tea.

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I squeezed a bit of fresh lemon juice into my cup of tea and was a bit disappointed that the colour didn’t change as much as it did in the video on JusTea’s website. I think the edges are bit more pink? But it’s hard to tell. I do have another bag of tea to try from JusTea (which is the straight purple tea), so I’m hoping that will have more of an adventurous colour change. The lemon does brighten up the flavours, and actually make the mint flavour even stronger. If you’re opposed to the sourness of the lemon, a dash of sugar or a spoonful of honey will fix that right up.

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A Second Cup?

JusTea recommends resteeping their purple teas at least once. I tried twice, because I’m a rebel like that I found that the first resteep tasted very similar to the initial steep. The second steep was a lot milder, and I found that the mint flavouring wasn’t as strong as the first or second steep. I think JusTea was right on the money with the recommendation of one more steep.

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My Overall Impression

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I loved JusTea’s Purple Mint. I really liked the mint flavours in this tea, and found that the purple tea reminded me a lot of green tea (which I love!). I was a bit disappointed that the colour didn’t change as vividly as I was expecting it to, but it’s something that I can live with since I don’t typically put lemon into my tea. The buttery qualities of this tea are enjoyable, and I think it tastes really good with or without the lemon.

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