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drank Rooibos Chai by Numi Organic Tea
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I had a chai latte at the Fyxx today, which was made with a bag of this. It was tasty but a bit milder than I was expecting/hoping. Also, I was surprised to see it was made with a rooibos chai rather than one with a black base.

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drank Bamboo-Pomelo by TeaGschwendner
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Thank you to Sil for this sample!

This is really delightful. The smell of the dry leaf is all grapefruit, and very intense.

I didn’t realize this was an herbal when I was steeping it – I guessed green tea and treated it as such – 80C, 2min. And it’s delicious. The dominant note is grapefruit (I suppose pomelo, though it tastes more like grapefruit than pomelo to me.) Then I get lemongrass and a sweetness that’s reminiscent of coconut. I can’t quite pick out the bamboo, though I’m guessing it’s contributing to the sweet flavour.


Flavors: Coconut, Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Sweet

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

i like tea G’s flavoured teas… they’re pretty solid 90% of the time (at least in my opinion so far)

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This is an interesting tea. The dry leaf is rolled into small pellets, slightly bigger than gun powder, but smaller than most rolled oolongs or pearl teas. From the dry leaf, I immediately get a whiff of honey, which is always exciting. Honey is one of my favourite notes in tea.

Steeped 1tsp (about 4g) in 75C water for 2:30. The liquor is golden and quite clear. The steeped leaves are only partially unfurled, and smell nutty.

The liquor smells sweet, nutty and umami, and these notes are reflected in the taste. There’s a hint of hone, but not as much as I would have expected from the dry leaf smell. I also get a pretty strong, cooling vegetal tang of grass. There’s also a bit of bitterness and a moderate amount of astringency.

The finish is long, but only on parts of the tongue. The way the flavours develop within the sip feels a bit off – there’s a big punch of lots of flavours at the beginning of the sip, and then they fade out quickly. The full mouth flavour at the beginning ends up being just a sides of the tongue kind of flavour by the time I swallow and then into the finish.

This is alright, but I was hoping for something a bit more balanced.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Grass, Honey, Nutty, Sweet, Umami

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Thanks to Yunomi for this sample.

The dry leaf smells roasted and nutty, very much like a potent houjicha. The pieces are irregular – some are small, twisty and black, like many black tea leaves. Others are flat, brown flakes of leaf.

1tsp, 90C, 5min.

This smells rich, creamy, nutty and roasted as it steeps. I’m reminded a lot of a houjicha I sampled recently. The flavour is distinct, however. Somewhat less sweet and having a bit more of a bite than I associate with houjicha. This has characteristics in common with some Chinese roasted oolongs. Fairly heavy body and very smooth.

All in all a very nice offering. I’m pleased to be able to try different types of Japanese teas.

Flavors: Char, Creamy, Nutty, Roasted, Smooth

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Oca Ocani

Sounds interesting. I really like Houjicha, but the Oolong teas I’ve tried so far from Yunomius were very close to black tea.
Maybe I should give this tea a try.

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Resteeped my leaves from Sunday, because they were still sitting around in the steeping basket. 4tsp, 8oz, around 1min. Still delicious and nuanced. Cocoa, malt, sweet potato. Glad I got one more steep out of them.

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drank Maharaja Oolong Chai Tea by Teabox
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Oh my, this is awesome. It has all the spiced, muscatel, distinctive flavour of a Darjeeling, with a bit of that vegetal tang that you sometimes get with oolongs, and then there’s cardamom mingling so perfectly with this that I could almost forget that it’s been added and isn’t just a natural note in the tea, and then just a hint of cinnamon heat at the back of my throat.

Super smooth, not at all bitter. Medium body. Sipping it straight, no milk or sugar needed. I could drink this a lot.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Muscatel, Smooth, Spices, Tangy, Vegetal

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

That sounds so good!

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drank Prickly Pear by Cornelia Bean
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Cold steeped this over night and I like it much better than when I had it hot. There’s notes of prickly pear, banana and tropical fruits. It’s sweet and a touch tart.

This is a sipdown, but I could see maybe picking up some more at some point to cold steep in the summer.

Flavors: banana, Sweet, Tart, Tropical

Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I’m working my way through more Teabox teas, and pulled this one out at random.

The steeping recommendations say 6 minutes. I usually steep my black teas for 3 minutes, 4 tops, so 6 just sounded excessive. But, Teabox has very specific steeping recs for each tea, and I have milk in my fridge, so I figured I’d give it a shot and follow their recs. Worst case scenario, I drown it in milk and sugar.

Well what do you know! Steeped for 6 minutes at 96C, this is smooth and only has a hint of pleasant bitterness! I am surprised. This is very nice. Fruity, with a touch of tartness, with malt. Fairly thick. A touch of cocoa on the finish.

I may need to start following the steeping recommendations on these packets more closely, and then experiment from there if I don’t like the results.

Though seriously, this is another tea where the liquor is described as “crystal lemon”. I do not think those words mean what the author thinks they mean. This cup is a deep mahogany colour. No stretch of the imagination could compare this to a lemon.

Flavors: Cocoa, Fruity, Malt, Tart

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

haha…after I read your first ‘crystal lemon’ post, I’ve been looking around at liquids in my kitchen thinking, “what on earth would be considered ‘crystal lemon’?”… lol It does sound pretty, though, right?
(and now I want to insert the Inigo Montoya’ meme… ).
The tea sounds really delicious, though!


Ahaha that’s fantastic! Now I want to watch the Princess Bride again, for the third time in like a month.

Cameron B.

You keep using that word… I do not think it means what you think it means! ;)

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I drank this tea this morning, but even while I was drinking it, I was having a hard time describing it. It’s definitely a Darjeeling, spicy, fruity, tangy? But also unique. Quite light in colour and body. Between sips I kept forgetting what it tasted like, aside from “good”.

I really enjoyed this. The only downside is I was getting a touch of bitterness in the back of my mouth, sometimes noticeable and sometimes barely there. It wasn’t like tea bitterness, but reminded me of when I’ve taken mediation that messes up my tastebuds (except I haven’t recently.)

I’ll have to give this another spin and see if I can describe it better.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Ooh, I’ve been looking for a nice loose leaf Darjeeling. Let me know how the second time around goes!


I literally have all the Darjeelings that Teabox stocks (or that they stocked in October 2014.) I’ll be doing tasting notes on them a bit at a time. If you like muscatel Darjeelings, this one was really good: http://steepster.com/teas/teabox/42861-darjeeling-premium-muscatel-blend-summer-black-tea


Awesome, thanks! I do like them! I’ll check their teas! Add another to the list! :P


If you decide to order, here’s a referral link. If you register through there, I believe we both get a $25 credit in our accounts, which you can use on your first purchase. They’re also having a sale right now, 65% off some teas: http://fbuy.me/bsaIw


Wow, that’s great, thanks! I’ll sign up right now! :)


Sooooooo many Darjeelings to choose from, whoa! I’ll get that Premium Muscatel you mentioned. Would you recommend any other one to try? Thanks again!


I think I’ll start with the Beginners Collection and the Muscatel Collection to try out a bunch of samples, then I"ll order more of the teas I like! I’m excited! :)


I ended up purchasing 200g of the Seeyok Muscatel, since it was on sale, and the Beginner’s Collection!

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I am a hazard to myself and others sometimes. I’ve managed to fuck up or injure myself an impressive amount over the last few days. The highlights include walking into the corner of the bed frame, in the middle of the night, so hard I have a giant purple bruise with a white void in the middle on my thigh. I also managed to break skin. And then tonight, a safety pin on my bag popped open, and I managed to walk directly into it, skewering the side of my toe.

Making this tea was a small exercise in fuck ups. I went to get everything ready, put my mug out with a steeping basket, and then added a teaspoon of this tea. And then I realized that I hadn’t washed out my mug, or dumped out my Assam leaves from this morning. ::sigh::

Fortunately, I have lots of this tea. I’ve had it for quite a while, and I haven’t had any in a long while either. I’d forgotten what it tasted like, and I’d just assumed it would be kind of generic herbal/medicinal tasting. Not so! This is both warm and cool spicy, with notes of basil and cinnamon. It’s herbal tasting, but delicious, and not generic.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Herbs, Spices, Tulsi

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Sometimes it’s just one of those days…hopefully that’s the end of it!


Oh that sucks! Hope you heal up quickly, and that tomorrow is better.


Oh man, make it stop!


I hope you’re feeling better today, and that the ‘fuck up cloud’ has lifted. :(

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I grew up drinking jasmine green tea with meals, but really fell in love with tea on a trip to Britain in elementary school. My first great love was Earl Grey, and I still adore it and all its variants.

I discovered the beauty of loose leaf tea much later, when, on impulse, I picked up a few teas that were on clearance at a home store. My introduction to loose leaf teas were Masala Chai and Provence Rooibos by the Metropolitan Tea Co and an unknown brand of kukicha and gyokuro (little did I know what a precious treasure I’d stumbled onto with that.)

At the time I was lucky to live in a place with multiple tea shops and several places to have afternoon tea, which is a delight I still miss.

Tea is part of my daily ritual and a nice, affordable way to appease the collector in me.

I enjoy distinctive whites, greens and oolongs, flavoured blacks, and herbals that are heavy on the citrus, lavender or mint.

Rating rubric, to give myself some consistency:
0-15 Yuck, not even drinkable.
16-30 Disappointing, not really inclined to give it a second try.
31-45 Disappointing, but maybe there’s potential? Worth one more try, prepped differently.
46-60 Mediocre, not terrible but not memorable.
61-75 Not bad. I’ll definitely finish what I have and might buy again.
76-90 Very enjoyable. Tasty, complex, it’ll keep me coming back.
91-100 BEST! I love everything about it and I will drink it forever.

Beyond tea, I’m a sex educator, polyamory activist, and radical queer. I love backwoods camping, abstract painting, baking & cooking, nail polish, cats, ceramic sculpture, and home nesting.


Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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