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drank Milk Oolong | Jin Xuan by Tealux
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I’ve been meaning to write a review of this tea for awhile. I kept drinking it, but couldn’t decide what I was going to say. I really wanted to do a side-by-side comparison with Della Terra’s oolong creme de la creme, so I just did!

Boy, they are different. At first, I noticed that Della Terra’s is more sweet and Tealux’s is more vegetal. Then as I kept drinking, I decided I liked Tealux’s more! What?!!! I was in love with Della Terra’s. What happened? I think that the sweetness in Della Terra’s got more annoying as I sipped it along with Tealux’s. I guess Della Terra’s is good when I want a sweet milk oolong, but if I want something a little more savory, Tealux’s is better. Is Della Terra’s flavored? Their packaging says not, but now I’m not so sure. Interesting. Oh, and btw, another winner from Tealux!!

Cavocorax

That’s interesting. I just bought some from Teavivre, but I enjoyed Della Terra’s too. I went with the unflavoured version of their milk oolong just to see what the difference is. I’m not even clear on how that works, but… experiment times!

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
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Mmmm, s’mores! It’s all about the graham cracker!

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drank Assam #8 by Tealux
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I ordered a sample of this tea, and it was large enough for me to have at least two cups and give a coworker some too! Nice! My coworker loved this tea, as I thought she would, because it’s super malty. For me, I enjoyed it, but wanted something more than malty, something more complex. Maybe I’m just hard to please! Ha! Btw, sipdown!!

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drank Afternoon Tea by Lupicia
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Back to the land of good tea! Yay!

I was at a work conference last week at a beautiful, but remote, training center in West Virginia. The food service was pretty good, but I knew that, most likely, the tea available would be Lipton. I was right, but they did have some Tazo tea…a slight step up, but only slight, haha! I brought some of my bagged black teas with me, and even some 52teas marshmallow genmaicha with portable teabags. On the latter, my coworker resteeped the bag I steeped…I think she was desperate for some green tea! Haha! All they had was black and chamomile.

Anyway, I mostly enjoyed my Northwest Breakfast tea from Market Spice, but I did have a sample of this tea from one of the monthly newsletters. It’s kinda too bad I drank it there, because all that I remember was that it was better than most of the tea available, but that’s good, right? ;)

Glad to be back!

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drank Secret of Love by Tealux
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Wow! This has to be the best non-black dessert tea I’ve ever had! Yum!! I’ve been looking for one too, and I guess I just found it! Woohoo!

It reminds me of this amazing panettone that my mom used to get from Williams Sonoma, imported from Italy, that had roasted glazed chestnuts. It was amazing with butter! I loved having a nice thick slice of that panettone for breakfast. Unfortunately, they changed brands or something and it’s not the same. But now I have this tea!

All this tea needs is butter, and it would be perfect! I know, I’ll have it paired with buttered toast! That’ll do it! That would probably offset the sweetness of this tea a bit too, which would be a good thing, because I honestly think I’m on a sugar high from this tea! Whee!!

It has a great chestnut and caramel flavor…totally sugary. I think I need more of this tea in my cupboard!! I also have to say, I’ve been pretty impressed with the teas from Tealux. I’ll definitely be ordering from them again.

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drank Butterscotch Potion by Tealux
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This tea is really interesting. Definitely not what I expected, but still good.

When I first smelled the dry leaf, I totally noticed the peppercorns, but it was a little butterscotchy. I thought, what a weird tea!

I steeped some up today. I actually resteeped it too.

The package recommended 194 degrees for 3-4 minutes, but that didn’t match up with how I thought a white tea should be brewed, so I did my first steep at 140 degrees for 2 minutes. This resulted in a slightly weak cup, with the dominant flavor being peppercorn. I could taste a little cinnamon too, but to me, it was like they were trying to make butterscotch flavor with a combination of other flavors and it didn’t quite make it. Not sure if they actual put butterscotch flavoring in, but it does say there is added flavoring.

The resteep was different. I decided to go with the package directions, and it resulted in stronger flavor, and a darker brew. What was interesting was I got a lot more cinnamon and the peppercorn was toned down somewhat.

Still not sure it is really butterscotch, although I may have messed up the flavoring with my first steeping. Overall, it’s pretty good, and warming. Good with a little sweetener to make it more dessert-like. I can imagine this being very cozy when the weather is cold, unlike today. Ha!

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This is the saddest sipdown I’ve had so far! I really love this tea and now it’s gone. And unless Frank reblends it, I’ll never get to enjoy it again! Nooooo! I was thinking about hoarding the last cup, but I really wanted to enjoy it, so enjoy it, I did! Please reblend this, Frank!!

Fjellrev

Let’s hope he’ll reblend it soon! AND he’ll make it like the original since the reblends haven’t been the same.

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drank Pu-erh Coconut Cacao by Tealux
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Man. I just can’t do it guys. I guess pu-erh is not for me.

I’m not having a great tea day either. I started the morning trying a new assam, but used my steeper which was heavily tainted with the scent of my huckleberry tea, so it infused a perfume-y huckleberry flavor into the assam. Gonna try that one again before I review it because I really wasn’t tasting the true flavor of that tea. Then I tried this tea, and ick! I hate to say that about any tea, but I just can’t stomach these pu-erhs. The last pu-erh I tried tasted like leather to me, and this one has that flavor. It’s a major turn-off to me. I tried to focus on the coconut and cocoa nib flavor, but couldn’t get past the leather. It also seemed to have like a peppercorn spiciness, which I also didn’t like. I admit, I dumped most of it.

I just don’t understand pu-erhs. I’ve had the Lupicia chocolate strawberry one, and it didn’t really taste much different to me than a black tea. And I LOVE the sTEApshoppe cinnamon swirl bread tea, but then again it is a blend with black tea, I guess. I feel like maybe I should stop trying since I could spend the money on stuff I am more likely to enjoy. I really wanted to like all forms of tea though. Humph!

Sil

you tried. that’s great! leave it and try it again in a few months…see if your tastes have changed but try swapping to pick up samples so you’re not “wasting money” or add a small sample to another order heh.

Tealizzy

Thanks, Sil! I guess I won’t give up just yet!

Sil

just take a pause – tea drinking should be fun! i went through the same thing to be honest – though i had a bit less trouble than you it seems. i love the two that you mentioned in your tasting note – but there are also puerhs i love now that are similar to black teas but subtly different enough that i can appreciate them for what they are. I’m still taking baby steps but i have samples coming from tea friends to add to the small sample pile i have of puerh so if i find some good non leather ones that i think you could like, i’ll let you know. happy to share in the journey :)

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drank Dance With Elephant by Tealux
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After I opened and smelled all the little packages of tea I got in the mail last night, I couldn’t help but put some of this tea straight into an overnight cold brew. I picked this tea up even though I’m not really into herbal teas. The combination sounded good for iced tea and the name is adorable! This actually has rooibos in it, but the large pieces of fruit take over. I had to dig deep to come up with the rooibos at the bottom of the bag. I also had a bit of a tea steeping malfunction, as I spooned/dumped (can’t really spoon this tea with the big fruit pieces) into my infuser that goes with my glass steeper. After I did that, I realized it has rooibos, which doesn’t stay in that infuser since the holes are too big. So, I transferred the dry leaf into a paper filter, only to change my mind and decide to just steep the tea directly in the water with the intent to strain it after it steeped. I wanted to make sure that anything that might dissolve had the full opportunity!

It cold-brewed for about 10 hours. It smells like that banana, orange juice you can buy at the grocery store, but it tastes a lot more delicate. I get banana, citrus, and coconut. Pretty nice, actually. Not getting a lot of rooibos, which is okay by me. It’s actually quite refreshing! I think I would definitely consider getting more of this tea. The only bad thing is that you don’t get a lot of tea for the weight of it, due to the huge fruit pieces.

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drank Chocolate Delight by Tealux
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BAM! Now THIS is what I call a chocolate tea!!!

Got my first Tealux order in the mail last night…super quick shipping, btw! I couldn’t believe how big the sample sizes were…probably almost 1 oz! I ordered more than a sample size of this tea, I think because the sample size wasn’t available, but I’m so glad I did! Now for some context, I’ve been struggling with chocolate flavored teas. They just never meet my expectations…most taste a bit chemical, or there’s hardly any flavor at all. Some chocolate teas use cocoa nibs, and I never really get chocolate flavor from those. Cocoa shells seem to be better. Overall, I’ve been disappointed.

This tea, however, is IMO the mother of all chocolate teas! Yes! That is what I said!!

I even brewed this at work in the stupid microwave and it was fantastic!

So, once i brewed it up, this tea smelled exactly like hot cocoa. My coworker confirmed this, so it’s not just me! It also tasted exactly like hot cocoa! Amazing!! I thought it was weird that it had yogurt bits in it, but they must do something to make this tea work, so I’m not complaining! I enjoyed this with milk and sugar, btw, because that’s how I do things!

I’m so happy with this tea. The search for a good chocolate tea can end now. Not gonna even waste my time with the ones I don’t like now, because I know there’s something better! I can’t wait to try my other Tealux teas, because if they’re as good as this one, I’m in for a treat!!

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I thought my profile needed a facelift, so here we go:

My obsession with tea really started around October 2012 when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed going out to afternoon tea with my mom. I was really into An Afternoon to Remember’s creme brulee tea, since they had an afternoon tea place at that time, which has since closed…so sad and I haven’t found a good replacement.

So, I kinda went nuts when I discovered both DavidsTea and Lupicia in the SF mall, and I still frequent them, though my tastes have substantially changed over time from wanting to try all the teas to being a bit more particular.

Once I discovered steepster, literally by looking up reviews of a DavidsTea tea, I was hooked! So many tea companies I never heard of and everything sounding so delicious!

I found I still love dessert teas, like flavored black teas, but I also really enjoy oolong (both green and roasted). I occasionally enjoy flavored rooibos and white teas. I’ve had a rough time with puerh, and still think it tastes like leather. Recently, after having some really amazing teas from Teavivre, I can now say I love unflavored Chinese black teas and green teas.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Teavivre, Golden Moon, Butiki, Lupicia, and DavidsTea.

Just a note: I don’t rate my teas numerically because my iPad doesn’t like the scroll bar. Maybe someday that will change…hint hint, steepster! ;)

P.S. My profile picture is of one of my 2 cats, Holly, who is a little princess but very photogenic, and she loves boxes, including those that bring me tea! :)

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