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Sipdown (131)!

From a few nights ago; finished this off in my timolino with a little bit of milk added into it last minute. I also increased the steep time by a little over a minute in the hope that it’d possibly draw out the flavour a little more. Normally I’d just increase the amount of leaf but given that this is a sample and my last cup of it I only had about a cup’s worth of leaf to work with in the first place. The extra milk was also an ‘insurance policy’ of sorts to level out any roughness/bitterness from a longer steeping time. The result of all of this? Slightly richer and creamier chocolate notes but otherwise the exact same flavour.

Still tasty. Still not quite what I want.

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From Scheherazade!

This tea has journeyed from the United States to the United Kingdom to Canada and finally into my mug!

Steeped up hot and enjoyed during a heavy rainfall, this definitely has a well rounded, smooth flavour and clean mouthfeel. I was nervous the mouthfeel would be rather oily because this blend uses chocolate chips instead of nibs or shells but that wasn’t a problem. Honestly, I feel like I’m getting more flavour from the base tea than anything else though; there’s a nice mild malt note that carries through all of each sip, and some baked bread notes. I’m not complaining, ’cause the base is really nice, but generally with a flavour tea I expect at least some aspect of the added flavour to be the strongest element.

The chocolate flavour is totally present, but while I was expecting something some rich and indulgent, this is pretty gentle. It’s more just a hint of cocoa, with a sort of powdery taste/mouthfeel which I’ve grown to associate with French teas. I also expected the rum to be stronger, and instead it’s very mild and watered down. Combined with the chocolate it’s a little like a very dull/lackluster rumball – the kind my family always makes around Christmas.

Initially I was quite disappointed by the flavour distribution: for a tea that’s describing the drinker as a “rum drunk pirate” I felt more like I was drinking tea with my Grandma around the holidays. However, I took a moment to set aside my disappointment and preconceptions about what the tea ‘should have’ tasted like, and after I did that I was able to appreciate the brew a little more. It’s not bold or vibrant, but the flavours it does offer are smooth and tasty, and it’s a comforting, mellow brew with hints of both chocolate and rum. I can appreciate that.

I’m still excited to explore the company a little more; but I can probably scratch this one off my wishlist. Though I’ll enjoy finishing the rest of what I received in that swap.

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drank Plum Crazy by Luhse Tea
1249 tasting notes

This is the only oolong I picked up with my Luhse order, but I’ve had so few plum teas that the sheer novelty of it appealed to me more than anything. The dry mix is quite chunky – equal parts oolong (black, think, reasonably wiry leaves, so I’m fairly confident that it’s a roasted wuyi or something along those lines) and schizandre berries (which look to me like rosehip). The scent is beautiful; fruity, ripe plum. I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 3 minutes in water cooled to around 180 degrees. The resulting liquor is a pale golden colour.

To taste, it’s absolutely wonderful. Light, refreshing, and beautifully fruity. It’s just like biting into a ripe plum — so much so that I could probably mistake it for plum juice if it weren’t hot. It’s incredibly sweet and juicy, although also very natural tasting. The oolong base is hardly present in the taste, except perhaps for a slight mineral flavour in the aftertaste. This is a good thing in my book, as strong dark oolongs aren’t typically my thing. At least, they haven’t been historically. I do try and return to tea varieties I’ve more or less ruled out from time to time, though, as I’m aware my tastes are changing as I become more familiar with tea.

Although this is something I’d never have said at one point, I can safely say that this is an oolong I’d gladly repurchase. It’s so flavourful and fruity, it more than deserves a place in my cupboard. It’s truly delicious stuff! If you’re a fan of plum teas, be sure to give this one a try!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Nichole

Their website is so fun!

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drank Cocoa Bananas by Luhse Tea
1249 tasting notes

This is the last of my Luhse rooibos samples, and my favourite of the four I’ve tried. For starters, it’s the best tasting chocolate banana tea I’ve tried in a good long time. It tastes delicious! This is just a straight rooibos blens – no honeybush here – and I honestly think that’s how I prefer it. Small pieces of freeze dried banana (and apple, strangely) are evident among the dry leaf, along with some chocolate flakes, cocoa nibs, and a generous smattering of whole pink peppercorns. I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 4 minutes in boiling water. No additions.

To taste, banana is the most prominent flavour. It’s a little candy-like in the way of banana runts, but that’s no terrible thing in a sweet, dessert style blend like this one. The chocolate emerges in the mid-sip, and adds a creamy, rich depth to the overall cup. It works really well with the banana – a great, well realised combination if ever there was one. There’s a slight saltiness towards the end of the sip that’s a little out of place, but I can overlook that since the rest of the flavour is so spot on. It’s barely there, anyway.

This is a Luhse rooibos blens I’d consider repurchasing. It’s tasty and flavour-accurate, and that’s exactly what I want from a flavoured tea. It’s nice to have a sweet, decedent caffeine-free blend on hand, too. I finally feel like I’ve struck gold with Luhse!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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For a tea with “cherries” in the name, this blend lacks anything remotely resembling, well, cherries. It’s a rooibos-honeybush blend, with blackcurrants, small pieces of which are evident among the dry mix. The scent is pretty much 100% rooibos, with only the tiniest hint of berry fruit of any description. Hmm. I gave 1 tsp of leaf 4 minutes in boiling water for my cup. No additions.

To taste, this is (as you might expect) mostly rooibos, underscored with the honey-like sweetness of honeybush. It’s a little woodsy and drying on the palate. There is an underlying flavour, but it reminds me more of cough syrup than anything else. It’s certainly not cherry, or even blackcurrant, sad to say. I’m not particularly struck by it.

I think perhaps Luhse’s rooibos blends aren’t for me. I have one or two more to try before I strike them off my “to try” list completely, though — I’m ever hopeful! I’ll be moving on to the black tea samples I picked up soom, and hopefully they’ll be more to my liking.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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Another sample from my recent Luhse order, this one an orange flavoured rooibos. The rooibos is very fine here, but interspersed with somewhat “chunkier” honeybush leaves. They’re not particularly huge in real terms, but they do stand out when compared to the almost powder-like rooibos. Scattered throughout are red safflowers, and a generous smattering of orange peel. There’s apparently hibiscus in this, but I can’t see any and it’s certainly not detectable in the liquor colour, which is a medium red-orange. I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 4 minutes in boiling water. No additions.

To taste, this is a fairly ordinary orange rooibos, no better or worse than any I’ve tried before. The orange flavour is clear – perhaps a little artificial in the way of orange squash, but definitely identifiable. It fades by mid-sip, though, and gives way completely to the woodsiness of rooibos. That’s a little disappointing, but it’s still a pleasant enough cup so I can’t complain too much. It’s just not really very memorable. It’s a little drying and astringent by the end of the cup, to boot.

This isn’t my favourite of the Luhse teas I’ve tried so far, but I’ve got plenty of others to be getting on with. Still, this kind of discovery is the whole point of samples! Oh, well. On to the next one!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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drank Getting Lei'd by Luhse Tea
1249 tasting notes

I ordered a bunch of samples from Luhse a while back, because I’d long been curious about the company and their tea. Their branding is fairly unique – I like the 20s, prohibition theme, and the use of characters to give their teas a backstory. It’s definitely different! The samples contain enough tea for 2-3 cups, depending on leaf type, and are packaged in square foli-lined pouches with a brown, Kraft paper exterior. They’re not resealable, but as they’re so tiny that’s not really a problem.

Getting Lei’d is a green blend with pineapple flavouring. I love pineapple, so I pretty much had to give this one a try. The tea leaves are a fairly uniform dark green, folded and flat, but fairly small. I’d say Sencha, as an educated guess. There are blue cornflower and red safflower petals scattered throughout, which gives this blend a really pretty appearance, and one or two chunks of freeze-dried pineapple. The scent is beautifully tropical, with strong notes of pineapple. I have high hopes for this one!

As per the recommended parameters, I used 1 tsp of leaf and gave it 2 minutes in water cooled to around 175 degrees. The resulting liquor is a medium yellow-green, and the scent is faintly tropical. Unfortunately, faint is probably the operative word as far as this tea is concerned. The pineapple flavouring is just about discernible, but sadly nowhere near as strong as I’d like. Saying that, I can taste it throughout the sip, and it’s obvious what it is, so they’re both points in its favour. I can also taste the green tea base, which is a touch floral and a touch grassy – it suits the image of the Lei in that respect! There’s no bitterness or astringency here, which are also favourable points. I’m just left feeling that I’d like a lot more punchiness, and I’m a little underwhelmed by this one as a whole. This is a pleasant tea, and while I wouldn’t turn down the occasional cup, it’s not one I’d look to repurchase in quantity.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Roswell Strange

Out of curiosity, how much did you pay for shipping?

Scheherazade

I can’t remember the exact figure, but I don’t think it was more than $15-$20. I only ordered $35-ish of tea, and I don’t think I’d have gone ahead if the shipping exceeded the cost of the tea.

Roswell Strange

Oh wow, I think that’s actually a better shipping price than what the Canadian shipping works out to. I put together a mock cart that was about $50 and the shipping was $36… :/

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drank Dorian Grey by Luhse Tea
4833 tasting notes

Backlog:

A really nice cream Earl Grey. Sweet, and I like how the creamy notes meld with the fruity tones of the bergamot. The aroma is a bit softer than I would expect from an Earl Grey type tea, but once it brews the fragrance emerges … and so does the flavor.

The vanilla is a little stronger than the bergamot, which mellows out the sometimes sharp citrus. A really tasty tea.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/21/dorian-grey-tea-from-luhse-tea/

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As a test I decided to treat this like a matcha powder prior to experimenting with it. So…straight-up…here goes!

It has Cinnamon, Cardamom, Ginger, Cloves, Fennel, Black Pepper, and Nutmeg – your Chai flavors, basically, into a fine powder…hence why I was thinking MATCHA.

But there is a Chai recipe on the back of this awesome pouch of wonder…

1/4 tsp of this spiced powder with 1 tea black tea 1 T of honey and 8-ounces of milk. I might try that at some point but I have additional plans for it…black tea and this ‘powder of wonder’.

As for it being straight-up…

It looks like a dark brown yet murky black tea. It smells just like it should with those ingredients that are listed. It tastes like them too. Just when I can start picking out some of the ingredients individually they start to morph into the others.

You might think this is strange but this is pretty awesome just by it’s self!

This is a wonderful addition to any tea lovers cabinet and I can certainly see it being very versatile!

Terri HarpLady

I bet it would be awesome in a almond milk & frozen banana smoothie too! Another tea to put on my list…

Alphakitty

I have a similar chai powder (with rose) that is so handy! It’s great for smoothies, baking, and making chai on the stove.

MsWhatsit

Mmmmm chai. I’m on a chai kick today so this sounds especially good right now.

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drank Dorian Grey by Luhse Tea
6770 tasting notes

Today is a sad day.

I have officially logged this as a SIP DOWN.

I love this one! Upping rating…don’t know what you ‘got’ till it’s gone…sigh…

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drank Dorian Grey by Luhse Tea
6770 tasting notes

I had 2 cups of this – this morning. I’m getting very low. I’m dreading the day I run out.

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drank Dorian Grey by Luhse Tea
6770 tasting notes

Good Stuff! Had 3 cups so far today…see previous notes…

Kasumi no Chajin

Adore the name of this tea!

Joshua Smith

Same as Kasumi, I got a kick out of the name.

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drank Dorian Grey by Luhse Tea
6770 tasting notes

Cup 3 and 4 today – it was nice – smooth vanilla hit the spot today more than usual.

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drank Dorian Grey by Luhse Tea
6770 tasting notes

Not sure what happened to this note from before but wanted to log it…started my day with 3 cups and it was grand. I will be hitting the bottom of this too-soon if this keeps up! :)

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drank Dorian Grey by Luhse Tea
6770 tasting notes

Backlogging this gem, as well, I will have this one again tomorrow…so…I’m keeping it handy. See previous notes for a lengthier review :)

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drank Dorian Grey by Luhse Tea
6770 tasting notes

Technically I am backlogging this! I started yesterday and today BOTH with multiple cups of this one! For me, I enjoy the ‘double shot’ better as I love stronger teas. This was a bit lighter than I thought it would be but by doubling the amount is sure helped the strength out.

It’s more subtle on those Earl Grey notes but with the addition of Vanilla it smooths it out nicely. The vanilla isn’t over powering in flavor but does make it creamy and pleasant and a nice change for a flavored EG.

This is a nice comfortTEA. I like it a lot and am looking forward to enjoying many more cups.

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I just couldn’t resist the name of this one! And the description is just as fitting!

Sure…this tastes tropical…but a bit more gentle than most…but still true and fresh! Pineapple, Mango, and Papaya – the perfect THREESOME – is just dandy! Playful and a powerful yet relaxing trio of flavors.

YUM!

The flavors also seem to melt in your mouth and mesh well, too. As well as being nice and even throughout the sip! Very nice!

KeenTeaThyme

Love the name! :)

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

Best tea name evar!!!

Azzrian

HAHAHAHAA!

DaisyChubb

ah I love eet!

K S

I think I’m blushing. lol

katgolik

LOVE the name..

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