758 Tasting Notes

74

This is a tasty but pretty run of the mill Earl Grey creme. There’s a good balance of bergamot and creamy vanilla on a decent black base. Easy to drink, but nothing to write home about.

Thank you Lindsay for the sample!

Flavors: Bergamot, Creamy, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83

I wasn’t expecting much from this tea, particularly with a description that starts with “slightly bitter”, but actually, I’m really loving it. I drank it once yesterday, attempted to drink it a second time (but it picked up travel mug taste and wasn’t so great), and I’m starting off with it again this morning.

The dry leaf is small, dark curls with a smattering of golden tips. It has a faintly malty smell, but nothing too distinctive.

Steeped, the leaf smells rich and malty. The tea soup is a lovely, clear mahogany, and smells of rich fruits and malt.

The flavour is excellent. If there’s any bitterness it only a hint, and there’s notes of malt, strawberries, raspberries and stone fruits. This has a medium body and just a touch of astringency, which lends a pleasant depth. A sweet potato note develops on the finish, with a whisper of cinnamon.

I’m not entirely sure why this tea stands out to me, but it does. It’s a really great morning cup, and I could see myself drinking it often. I’m going to be through my sample pretty quick and I think I will reorder.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Malt, Raspberry, Stonefruits, Strawberry, Sweet Potatoes

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

Usually teas that have the bitter descriptor are also not my favorites, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised a few times.

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95

Happy lunar new year!

This cup has been a long time in the making. I prepped it in my travel mug to take with me for apartment cleaning, and then forgot it in my car. It froze solid and stayed in my car for a few days, then I finally remembered to bring it in. Once it thawed enough to dump out of the travel mug, I put the whole thing in some more water in the fridge to continue cold steeping.

Surprisingly, this is still pretty excellent. The buttery flavour is much stronger than previous cups I’ve had, and the complexity isn’t as apparent, but it’s still flavourful, thick and smooth, with floral and grassy notes backing up the butter.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Grass

Preparation
8 min or more 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Lindsay

Happy New Year :)

Kaylee

That’s quite the beating for a tea to take and still be good. Happy New Year!

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90
drank Dragon Lychee Pearls by Tealux
758 tasting notes

So delicious. The best lychee tea I’ve had yet. Today the lychee flavour really stood out, with the base taking a back seat, but the base is lovely and compliments the lychee so well.

I used 8 pearls in my cup.

Sadly, went for a second steep, but it’s just not quite worth drinking.

Flavors: Lychee, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
yyz

Agreed! This tea is really good.

Lindsay

Yeah, I’m definitely ordering more next time I make a tealux purchase.

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86

Mmm a delicious Yunnan as my first cup of the lunar new year. This is a delicious tea – rich, almost boozy, with lots of malt and sweet potato notes. Somewhat broth-like and a bit meaty-savoury, with a hint of cocoa at the end of the sip. Super smooth. Absolutely wonderful.

Flavors: Alcohol, Broth, Malt, Meat, Smooth, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I threw my Yunnan Dian Hong Golden Tips (Teavivre) and North Winds (Whispering Pines) leaves together for a second steeping, and made it into a delicious latte. Yum yum!

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85

A delicious sipdown. Similar but different to the golden tips Dian Hong I drank right before this cup.

Notes of malt and chocolate, with a hint of pepper. This was almost too rich and desserty after another cup of chocolatey tea, but oh so tasty.

I will probably pick up some of this one of these days.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Peppercorn

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

Oh my god, I forgot how good this tea is. In fact, I don’t think I appreciated this the first time I had it as I do right now.

It’s so rich and nuanced, with more flavours than I recall picking up on last time. Cocoa, sweet potatoes, malt, baked bread, flowers and bergamot.

I’m raising my rating and I think I need to restock this when my sample is done.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Bergamot, Cocoa, Flowers, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84

This is my first cup of tea of the day, and it is so wonderful. Today’s cup has some rich smokey notes, along with dates, plums and chocolate. Just fantastic, and just what I’ve been needing.

It’s been a rough day. -30C this morning. I drove to the grocery store and then my car wouldn’t start again. Fortunately, I was just a few blocks from home and from my partners’ work. My sweetie came and brought a battery booster pack, but we weren’t able to start it, so I borrowed their car of the day. I mostly love my Smart Car, but it’s just not built for weather like this – I suppose not much is, and even fewer diesel vehicles.

Spent several hours scrubbing every surface of the fridge and stove, showed the apartment to a potential subletter, and then picked up my partners at work, so they could help me with another go at getting it started, or towing it back home.

Luckily, it warmed up a bit (only -22C! Why do I live here??) and so we were able to get the car to turn over. So now I’m at home drinking tea, and about to make another cup of tea. I am so done for the day.

I hope tomorrow is less of an exhausting clusterfuck.

Flavors: Chocolate, Dates, Plums, Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Lindsay

Ugh, I feel your pain. Replacing my battery has (so far!) been successful at getting my car to start reliably. I’ve been told that car batteries have a really limited lifespan in climates like this – like a car battery is supposed to last 4-5yrs, but might be only 2-3yrs up here. Also, I’ve since discovered that my driving patterns (lots of short trips – what can I say, it’s a small town!) are actually really hard on the battery. Hrmph.

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90

MmmmMMmmmmMMmmm so good. Such a delicious latte.

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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.

Location

Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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