207 Tasting Notes

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drank Milk Oolong | Jin Xuan by Tealux
207 tasting notes

An old favourite and still the best milk oolong I’ve had to date. Used up my the last tsp from my old stash from a year ago and it’s STILL good. I have a new stash I ordered on my last Tealux order though so no worries about running out.

Flavors: Butter, Milk

Cheri

Sounds delicious. I love milk oolongs.

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95
drank Tenkaichi Sencha Supreme by Tealux
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I had this tea before and reordered. It’s an excellent sencha but their instructions are to brew it for 2-3 min. I did 1 1/2 and it was a tad too long. It was sweet but with a slight bitter edge. The brewing time needs to be under 1 min. Very grassy, buttery. Love this sencha! I only got 25g on my re-order but this is a sencha to stock up on.

Flavors: Butter, Grass, Sweet

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I had this tea this afternoon from a tea sample I got in my Teavivre order. I wanted to brew it in something that was clear but the only clear glass teapot I have is too big. Then I got the bright idea to use my Mason jam jar. It’s the perfect size. About 3.5 or 4 oz and I could watch the leaves in the water. Brewed at 175 for 1 min. Screwed the lid on too to keep it warm! Pouring it was kind of tricky. I think I need to puncture some holes in the lid.
It was a lovely light buttery green tea. Vegetal, smooth. I did two infusions and both were very tasty. Now I blew my tea quota for the day since I had a delicious Bi Luo Chun for breakfast.

Flavors: Butter, Smooth, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
Stephanie

The dry leaf is neat looking

Ubacat

Yes, if it wasn’t so pricey, it would be a green tea that I stock all the time.

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It’s been ages since I had a Temple Road oolong. I thought I had left a review for this one but I think it was the other two oolongs I had left reviews for. I already had a tea this morning so this is my second cup. That’s already taking it too far on this diet (especially since it’s the 2nd steep which means 3 cups) but considering the circumstances, it can’t be helped.

I got the news yesterday, my cat has gone totally blind so I feel like I could use a little comfort tea right now. He’s getting around better than I thought but it’s just so sad.

This tea is a light oolong but has a real full bodied taste. Very smooth , sweet & buttery. A nice floral aroma and floral notes too. Honeysuckle come to mind yet I’ve never eaten or tasted honeysuckle. I could drink this tea all day. It’s amazing.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Honeysuckle, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
TheTeaFairy

So sorry about your cat…but if there’s nothing else wrong with him, you’ll be surprised how well animals adapt. My Lab went blind too for the last four years of his life, but we managed must fine :-)

MzPriss

Hugs for you and your kitty

TheTeaFairy

(I meant “just fine”)

Cheri

I’m sorry to hear about your kitty. One of mine have very limited vision and she does just fine. She’s a little skittish of the others, but she holds her ground just fine when she needs to. They do a lot of “seeing” with their whiskers, so it’s not so so bad. And he’s got you to give him love, which really helps.

Ubacat

Thanks everyone. He did have limited vision for quite some time. He had gone blind in one eye and had limited sight in the other. He would get around just like he could see fine but now everything is black on him. No shadows, nothing. He’s bumping into things and is feeling very scared. He’s really grumpy right now too so I’m only showing him stuff and not picking him up too much. Lots of pats and talking as he’s working his way through his whole new world.

yyz

Sorry about his loss of vision. I hope his adaptation goes well. I can understand your anxiety and his fear though. With warm thoughts, Shelley.

TeaBrat

sorry to hear… :(

Cheri

Please give him some extra pets and love from me. I can’t even begin to imagine how scary it must be for him.

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87
drank Mao Feng Yunnan by Tealux
207 tasting notes

I had this tea today but I was chatting with someone so I can’t remember everything about it. First it’s very similar to Bi Luo Chun. The dry leaves are very fluffy like white with many variations of green. This is a first flush Mao Feng. Brewed for 2 min – 1 tsp. It’s delicious like Bi Luo Chun but a lighter version. Buttery, nutty, slightly mossy.

The price is excellent too. This is from 2014 spring crop and it was only 4.00 for 25g. With the sale 20% , I got it even cheaper and my order at the time was large enough so I got free shipping. I would definitely order this one again. Love it.

Flavors: Butter, Moss, Nutty

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 195 OZ / 5766 ML
Cheri

Isn’t it funny how sometimes we can remember everything about a tea, and other times it’s just hints of what it was, other than that it was good? This happens to me at work all the time.

Ubacat

I know what you mean. I’ve gulped down tea while doing something only to remember it was good. lol

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This is a wonderful light oolong. Floral with fruity notes (melon). Only slightly astringent. 3 infusions brewed at 30s, 45s, & 60s. I like the first two infusions better. I think 60s was a bit too much as it give it too much punch. I like my oolongs very light. I think I will try a little more of this later in the day. In my tiny yixing teapot, the leaves were still uncurling with the 2nd and 3rd infusion so there’s lots of flavour left there.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 3 OZ / 103 ML

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Finally broke down on this crazy restrictive diet and said I’m having a tea or else I’ll blow the whole diet and have something else. So a tea it was. Brewed this in my teeny tiny yixing teapot. At least with the pot being so tiny, it reduces the amount of caffeine I’ll be getting. I remember getting this teapot and thinking “You’ve got to be kidding!”. Now I think I prefer super tiny pots!

I brewed for 30 sec on the first steeping. Noticed the wonderful floral notes. My breathing is getting a bit better from the diet so I’m smelling and tasting more. Although I smelled floral notes, nothing came through floral in the taste. This oolong is very clean, clear tasting oolong. That may sound contradictory since it also has a buttery, milky flavour. It’s a bit lighter than other milk oolongs I’ve had. I noticed from other reviews that most prefer a heavier milky taste & aroma with milk oolongs but I think this one has it’s place depending on what you prefer or feel like.

2nd & 3rd infusions were still good at 45 sec each. The milky , buttery flavour seemed lighter.
I think next time I have this tea, I might play around a bit with the steep times to see what different tastes come out.

What a piece of heaven in my day. Since it’s been awhile since I’ve had a cup of anything but peppermint or rooibos, it tastes like heaven to me. I think this tea has make me calmer instead of feeling a rush of caffeine.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Milk

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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drank Orzo Cioccolata by Lupicia
207 tasting notes

This sample came from Dexter awhile ago. I have had so many samples this one got overlooked until now. I haven’t been doing any tea notes lately as all I’ve been having on the Candida diet is Pau D’arco tea, peppermint & some rooibos. Today I thought I would try something different but herbal. I was surprised this one was herbal.

It brewed up so dark I wondered if there was coffee in it even though it was marked herbal. I searched on Lupicia’s website and discovered no coffee but is roasted barley. Wow, it’s dark and robust with chocolatey notes. It’s a bit too dark for me though. If I had been a coffee drinker trying to get off coffee this tea would be spot on. However, I am a green tea lover looking for something herbal like a green tea. Any coffee lovers out there will enjoy this tea!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Dexter

Hmmmm interesting – I actually haven’t tried this one yet. Am putting it on my “inspired by dashboard list for tomorrow”. If this is coffee ish, I’m going to like it – sorry that it wasn’t for you. :((

yyz

I haven’t had this but I can imagine it being coffeish. Orzo is what you will most likely be served if you ask for decaf coffee in most places I have been in Italy.

Ubacat

Thanks Dexter. It was still a good tea , just not for me.

Ubacat

Ah, so they are drinking it as a replacement coffee!

yyz

Yes, most of the time they have it in a nescafe type machine, but I did see a few places pull it through an espresso machine.

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I haven’t been leaving too many tea reviews lately. My asthma has built up so bad over the last few months (little by little). I have started a special diet to help with that so that’s one of the reasons too I’m not drinking much tea. I’m not supposed to have any tea at all in the first part of the diet but this morning I’m so groggy and congested I need just a little to get going. Thought I would try this tea.

I did a quick rinse on the leaves. It has a wonderful floral aroma ( I wonder how much better that would be if I could breathe right?) of orchids. There is light butter/honey notes. Only did 2 infusions. I read some of the other reviews and see this tea changes from more infusions but I have to watch my caffeine intake. Will maybe leave the leaves for another time.

Flavors: Butter, Honey, Orchid

Preparation
0 min, 45 sec
Christina

Has the change in diet helped any? I hope you feel better soon.

MzPriss

Oh I’m so sorry about your asthma and I hope you feel much better soon! I love orchid-y oolongs sooo much.

Ubacat

Thanks Christina. I’m on the Candida diet. I know from past experience some of the foods that’s slowly starting slipping into my diet causes Candida growth in my digestive system which in turn causes my asthma. I’m also allergic to mold & stuff released by the trees spring and fall. To feel the benefits from the diet takes some time. Could be weeks or might be months depending on how severe the candida was in my system.

Thanks MzPriss. I love orchid-y oolongs too. I bet this will be an amazing tea when I can breathe! lol I was wondering way back why some on here would taste notes and I could never taste them! I lived with the asthma so long I forgot it was there some days – until I tried to keep up with my exercise and couldn’t do it.

yyz

I hope your feeling better soon. There are a lot of allergies around here recently. I stopped running outside after I started developing rashes after doing it, in the early summer. Candida can be kind of assiduous, I would probably do well to go on some detox regime as well. My mom used to work for Dr D’Adamo at one point and at times I have followed it to the letter, but generally my sweet tooth/bread loving half gets the better of me. Cranberry tea with cinnamon helps me during these periods as well.

mrmopar

Feel better soon!

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80
drank Four Leaves Ripe by Mandala Tea
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I’ve loved tea since I’ve been a kid. Back then it was Old King Cole black tea with milk in it. As the years went by I added in all kinds of teas and moved away from the blacks to more green, white,pu-erh rooibos,& herbal. Just recently I’ve started to enjoy a few blacks again along with oolong. Mostly I would just get my teas from the grocery store, Whole Foods, craft shows with small tea vendors, or when travelling. I did order online from a company years ago but only did the once. It was just in 2013 I joined Steepster and have started some online orders. Love love love Tealux but am hoping to try some different places.

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