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Wanted to give it another try but still not a fan of it.

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Got this from the Toronto Tea Festival as I’m trying to cut coffee derived caffeine on work day mornings (really not a morning person…) and switch to tea derived caffeine instead. This looked promising, since it had a combination of coffee and tea. It has loose leaf puer and coffee beans, mixed with brown granules that I would guess is sugar and perhaps some other flavours. Trying this now just brewed in water, but I think this could work nicely as a latte. Taste-wise I find its still more puer than coffee, and thats probably because the coffee beans are still kept whole in this blend, so I can’t imagine a lot of coffee extraction going on.

I also found that because the leaves and coffee beans are quite light relative to the sugar granules, it takes a bit of work to scoop out a nice even blend of the tea, coffee and sugar. The one improvement suggestion I’d have is to have the sugar separately added which avoids this problem from happening – I think it’ll be quite uneven once I approach the end of the blend.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Leather, Molasses

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Anlina

I really liked this coffee & tea blend if you’re looking for a different one to try. http://www.luxberrytea.com/collections/black-tea/products/cocoa-java-black-tea I’m not sure if their site is in CAD$ but theu do free shipping in Canada for any quantity.

leaf in hot water

oh that one sounds great! and they even have chocolate in it…yummm

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66
drank Cafe Caramel Pu-erh by Lemon Lily
1774 tasting notes

I didn’t really like this one, and I don’t really want to talk about it.
(It wasn’t THAT bad; it was just disappointing.)

Lindsay

Can’t say I’ve been terribly impressed by any of the Lemon Lily teas I’ve tried.

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75
drank Cafe Caramel Pu-erh by Lemon Lily
6407 tasting notes

I figured i should try this as a straight tea before i finished up so i brewed this one according to the instructions in just water. The result very much reminds me of a latte – toned down. I get little to now caramel but i DID remove all the sugar from this package so maybe that’s what brings the caramel to teh yard – er tea…. Not a bad cup. but nothing i need to restock, especially given the amount of sugar that was added to this blend. :(

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75
drank Cafe Caramel Pu-erh by Lemon Lily
6407 tasting notes

after dinner latte – though tonight i used a sifter to get rid of all the sugar in my bag before i brewed it…HOLY CRIPES there was a lot of sugar in this. Lemon Lily – that is a vote against you since at the rate i was looking at, at least 20% of the bag’s weight was that sugar. and really? if i want a tea that is sweet, i can add my own. but you know what? this tea doesn’t need it.

Final Count: 155 which is up, but not so bad since i added teas to my cupboard today AND managed to sip some down!

Cavocorax

Cripes, I haven’t even tried this one yet! :O But I agree – that’s way too much sugar!

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75
drank Cafe Caramel Pu-erh by Lemon Lily
6407 tasting notes

Cavocorax and i split this one at the tea festival. As i was pulling this one out to brew it, i realised that there was a bunch of granules in the bag that i hadn’t remembered seeing when we divided the bag. When i looked at the ingredients though, i suspect that these are the palm sugar. i brewed this up anyway, though as i suspected it’s a little too sweet for my tastes. I made it in latte form to add to the creaminess but the sugar is a little much. I may see if i can filter the sugar out of the bag. Cavo – if you try this and it could benefit from some sugar let me know hahaha.

Overall though, not a bad cup, and one i’ll likely to keep brewing as a latte. It’s a nice coffee/tea blend as far as coffee/tea blends go. I’m not the worlds largest fan of that sort of thing, but it’s a nice thing to have occasionally!

Cavocorax

LOL. Thanks for the warning!

Sil

personally i want the sugar gone.

leaf in hot water

I got this at the tea festival too! finding it hard to measure out the tea, beans, and sugar consistently, the difference in size is too much to keep things uniform.

Sil

i got rid of the sugar. it’s unnecessary

Indigobloom

I was curious about this one too but more because I really wanted to buy something from them to try and it was the only one that was a somewhat non standard tea (caffeinated). Ultimately not a good enough reason. Still, I’m glad to see it reviewed :)

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40
drank Avonlea by Lemon Lily
249 tasting notes

Tried this cold-steeped (are you noticing a pattern here? I am, in fact, trying to get rid of tea samples I was less fond of by cold steeping them). This is still just the weirdest flavour combination ever. It smells and tastes quite spicy, lots of ginger and also some cinnamon. But then there’s the tartness of the hibiscus, which is just a really odd thing to mix with those spices. I don’t detect any maple, and the honeybush is also pretty mellow this way. Weird weird weird. Anybody want the rest of this sample?

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40
drank Avonlea by Lemon Lily
249 tasting notes

Another weird one! Postal Teas / Lemon Lily, you’re not impressing me. This one also has a powder visibile in the bag, though the powder is sweet and obviously maple. The ingredient list has “Canadian Maple Flakes”, so I guess if you beat those up you get Canadian Maple Dust. Steeping instructions were “2 tea spoons @ 200F for 4-6 mins”. I measured out a level (1.5) tsp and then topped it up a bit to make 4g for my 10oz mug. Water at around 90C, steeped for 4min.

Ok, in the bag, this smells extremely gingery. So I was ready for it to be a ginger-honeybush tisane, and then… huh, the steeped liquid smells mostly kind of earthy or plant-y (is that the honeybush?). The taste is slightly tart from the hibiscus (it’s not overdone, but… I’m still not sure why it’s there in the first place?). I’m only getting ginger in the aftertaste, with a slightly warming quality. There’s a very slight sweetness from the maple. I don’t detect any cinnamon. I don’t understand this tisane at all! Like, it’s not terrible, I’ll drink it, but I do not see what the point was of combining this particular set of ingredients. I’m just stting here, sipping, going “but… WHY?”.

Flavors: Ginger, Hibiscus, Rooibos

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
yyz

It sounds like they were trying to do something inspired by the Carribean drink Sorrel and failed. http://hungry-belly-recipes.tumblr.com/post/40522408967/sorrel-drink-caribbean-drink

Sorrel is related to hibiscus and tastes like a milder version of it. If sorrel itself isn’t available I know some people that use hibiscus for the drink.

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40
drank Pomteani by Lemon Lily
249 tasting notes

This is a weird tea. In the bag, with the black tea leaves, safflower petals, and citrus peel, there’s this granular, powdery substance. The lemon lily website has “pomegranate powder” in the list of ingredients they use, so I’m guessing that’s what it is. I tasted some of the powder left behind on the scale, and it… didn’t really tast like anything. Weird. Steeping instructions on the label were “2 tea spoons @ 212F for 4-6 mins”. I measured out 1.5tsp (one level “tea spoon”) and it was 3.4g, which seemed like plenty for my 9oz mug. Steeped for 2 min, tasted, it was kind of bland. Steeped for one more min, tasted, it was starting to get a bit tart/bitter, so I figured it was time to stop. This brews into a dark orange liquor. It smells like… red fruit, could be pomegranate I guess. It actually smells like it has hibiscus in it, though it doesn’t. It tastes mostly citrusy and slightly sour/bitter from the orange and lime peel. Where is the black tea hiding in all of this? If I were tasting it blind I would assume this was a tisane. Bizarre.

Flavors: Citrus, Red Fruits, Sour

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML
Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

yeah, that does not sound like a tea I would be fond of

Lindsay

It left this brown, powdery debris at the bottom of the cup. o_O

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55
drank Cherry Blossom by Lemon Lily
249 tasting notes

From this month’s Postal Teas box. I may have a problem with this tendency to try out new subscription boxes. ;) The steeping instructions on the package were “1-2 tea spoons @ 200F for 4-6min” which seemed a bit crazy to me, so I went with 3.5g in 10oz @ 80-85C for 2min (3min on the second steep). Worked fine, definitely didn’t taste like it needed a longer steep! Anyway, this is a pretty unremarkable fruity green tea. Solid sencha (I’m assuming) base, kind of artificial-tasting cherry flavour. I don’t taste the rose petals at all. It’s not unpleasant, but I have fruity green blends in my cupboard that I like more.

Flavors: Cherry

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Spanish Sunset by Lemon Lily
4833 tasting notes

Backlog:

This was the third and final tea from my 8th edition box from Postal Teas. I really enjoyed this box and discovering the white teas from Lemon Lily.

Even though these teas all seemed to share a common thread (beyond being all from the same company and all sent in the same sampler box from Postal Teas) – they were all very visually stunning and seemed to have a lot of flowers in them – I enjoyed that I found them all to be unique. They were all quite floral but I liked that I was not only tasting the flower but the other flavors of each blend.

This one is even more floral than the first two were. This blend focuses on the rose and I like the flavor combination of rose and white tea. It’s a soft and subtle combination. Mild fruit notes.

A really lovely tea – not just to look at but also to sip.

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drank Beauty & The Beet by Lemon Lily
4833 tasting notes

Backlog:

The photo is slightly deceptive because it doesn’t show all the beet powder that is in this. When I received this tea in my 8th edition of Postal Teas, I was kind of surprised by all the hot pink dust that was inside.

As I mention in my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/26/beauty-the-beet-white-tea-from-lemon-lily/ – It kind of looks like freeze dried lipstick that had been pulverized into a powder.

When you steep the tea, it becomes a ruby red. It almost looks like it has hibiscus in it, but it doesn’t. (Thankfully)

A very interesting tea. I taste rose and lavender. The beetroot softens the flavors and gives the cup a sweetness and accents the earthiness of the white tea.

It’s a pleasant cup and certainly unusual.

Sil

i need to get over to their store sometime soon….

leaf in hot water

lol @ freeze dried lipstick that could be an interesting product…

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drank Maple Leaf by Lemon Lily
4833 tasting notes

Backlog:

This is one of the most visually stunning teas I’ve encountered. However, there are a lot of flowers – let me retype that and say: there are a LOT of flowers in this. It almost looks like there are more flowers than there is tea.

This is the first tea that I tried from Lemon Lily, a tea company that was featured in edition 8 from Postal Teas.

Fortunately, even though there are a lot of flowers in the tea, I can taste the delicate white tea. It is a very floral tea, but the flowers seem to actually accentuate the white tea base.

This tea pleases all the senses – I love the way it looks, I love the aroma, I love the taste and it even makes me feel good when I sip it. As far as the sense of hearing, I like to hear the sigh of contentment when I sip it.

Notes of lavender and chrysanthemum. A hint of spice from the anise (I really like the way the licorice plays with the floral notes). The maple comes through nicely. And then I taste that light, airy, silky quality of the white tea.

A really enjoyable tea.

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92

This tea is delicious! Love that its also organic and fair trade.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Canadian Maple by Lemon Lily
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Preparation
6 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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