LuxBerry Tea

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drank Ginger Snap Rooibos by LuxBerry Tea
156 tasting notes

Hidden Gems Tea Box: This tea has a good body. However it isn’t for me. I think the boyfriend liked it more than I did. There is a a good blend of spices towards the end of the sip.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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drank Key Lime Pie by LuxBerry Tea
156 tasting notes

Hidden Gems Tea Box: I expected more tartness out of this one. I do taste the lime which is great. I also get a bit of the pie flavor. I think I just want this to have more of a punch like when I take a bite out of a Key Lime Pie. Don’t get me wrong, I do really enjoy it. I blame Anlina for introducing me to a new tea company that I have to check out, as both teas I have tried from Lux Berry Tea have been very pleasant. The kicker is that they were both black and I rarely reach for blacks!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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drank Cocoa Java by LuxBerry Tea
156 tasting notes

Hidden Gems Tea Box: I really liked the smell of the dry leaf of this one. I also tend to go back and forth between tea and coffee depending on my mood for a particular day. I am in a tea mood as this lovely Traveling Tea Box is on my counter but I thought this one would be a good place to start this morning. I cannot drink straight coffee. Keeping in mind that my version of coffee are the foo foo drinks, on to the tea -

I ended up adding milk and sugar to this. Doing that seemed to turn it into a creamy, yummy, hot chocolate. I’m not finding that I am getting the bite that I do when I try to drink coffee on it’s own. I could really see keeping this in rotation for those days that I think I want coffee but don’t want to go to the coffee shop to get a foo foo drink. Thank you Anlina for including this one!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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Mmm, this smells like a cookie. It has lovely baked goods notes, and lots of sweetness on the nose, which carries through to the flavour.

Sweet, nutty, lightly spiced and rich. This doesn’t have any distinct ginger flavour, but it does remind me of those really thin ginger snap cookies with the scalloped edges. Very desserty.

Flavors: Almond, Cookie, Nutty, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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This smells incredible – lots of really juicy, fresh peach and lychee. The dry leaf is also very pretty, with lots of different tea leaf colours and shapes and an assortment of fruits.

Steeped 2tsp for 2 min in 80C water. This is quite sweet and has a fairly natural peach flavour to it, though not quite as fresh and juicy as the dry leaf fragrance. There’s a bit of lychee, apricot and currant, though they’re subtle next to the peach.

The base tea is there but not distinctive, which is a little unfortunate, since there’s such an interesting blend of green and white teas in this. Maybe a touch of hay and vegetal. I can tell that there’s white tea, but that’s about it.

Overall a very tasty cup. I think I’m hard to please when it comes to peach teas, but I also feel like that’s okay :P

Flavors: Apricot, Black Currant, Hay, Lychee, Peach, Sweet, Tart, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Cocoa Java by LuxBerry Tea
670 tasting notes

Take this review with a grain of salt, keeping in mind that I haven’t been a coffee drinker in years and I generally don’t like coffee aftertaste (though I still love the smell of it in the morning.) But I asked Randi at LuxBerry to put together four samples of their most unique or signature blends, and this was one of the ones they included, so I’m giving it a try.

The dry leaf smells delicious. It smells exactly like those coffee creams you get in assorted boxes of chocolate. So far so good. I even eat those sometimes and don’t dislike them. Steeped, the liquor is deep brown and smells the same way. That chocolate, coffee, creamy, sweet, candy-like smell.

The sip is less sweet than it smells, and there’s a touch of that coffee sourness, which is one thing I dislike about coffee. It’s not bad though.

Actually this is quite good. I really love the smell, and the flavour is nice. It’s drinkable straight, but adding milk and sugar makes it better. The coffee flavour is mild and this kind of reminds me of hot chocolate with a splash of coffee to make it a mocha.

Not something I would reach for very often, but definitely worth trying, particularly if you’re a coffee drinker (I assume?) Much better than I expected, and better than other tea & coffee blends, which I’m kind of vaguely recall trying and I think I might have blocked out.

Flavors: Candy, Chocolate, Coffee, Creamy, Sweet

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

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drank Key Lime Pie by LuxBerry Tea
670 tasting notes

I love it when the pie aspect of teas actually appears in the tea and not just the name.

Both the dry leaf and the liquor smell amazing – tangy lime, creamy and pastry. The flavours translate very nicely too, and are reflected very well by the fragrance. The cream and lime are forefront, with the pastry note being a little subtler on the palate, but it’s still there.

This is a really lovely dessert tea. The black base isn’t really notable, just melds nicely with the flavours. The finish is all tangy lime.

Flavors: Creamy, Lime, Pastries, Tangy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Butter Tart by LuxBerry Tea
670 tasting notes

This tea is confusing. Delicious but confusing.

The dry leaf is very pretty, speckled with pink peppercorn, pistachio and almond slices. Both the name and the picture drew me in and tempted me to try this one. The leaf smells sweet, of almonds and a hint of cumin.

Steeped, the cumin and pink peppercorn take the lead on the nose, which is weird and interesting.

I drank this with a teaspoon of sugar, and again confusing. Because I really taste the cumin a lot, which makes it feel very savoury, but there’s also this melange of flavours that really does give the impression of butter tart. But then cumin. But then I don’t think the butter tart flavour would be there if the cumin wasn’t! It’s not really buttery but there’s the sensation of eating pie crust and the rich sweetness of the butter tart filling. But cumin! And then raisin on the finish which is perfect.

I dunno. I think I like this quite a lot, even if it’s confusing. It actually kind of reminds me of cumin shortbread cookies that I bought once. I was kind of weirded out and bothered by the presence of the cumin, but also, I couldn’t stop shoving them in my face.

I think this is a tea that’s definitely worth a try for its uniqueness and complex flavour, but it’s probably also a tea that a lot of people won’t like.

Flavors: Almond, Pastries, Peppercorn, Raisins, Sweet

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

Oooooh I wonder if this is the same blend as Tealish’s Patisserie? I will never forget the cumin-punch that came with every mug of that tea . . .

Anlina

Hmm, they do look extremely similar, quite possibly identical. I hope not – LuxBerry sells on Etsy, so I bought with the assumption that their blends are unique and handmade.

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drank Apple Tarte Tatin by LuxBerry Tea
670 tasting notes

Mmm delicious. Apples, raisins, cinnamon, caramel and nuts. This both smells and tastes like an apple cake with a nice, bold base to support it.

It reminds me a lot of some other tea, maybe DAVIDs Coffee Cake? Not quite right, but the smell in particular really reminds me of something else.

I had it straight but I think it would probably be even better with a dash of sugar to really bring out the cakeness.

Flavors: Apple, Cake, Caramel, Cinnamon, Nuts, Raisins, Spices

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

Yum! This sounds delicious :)

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Cake? I don’t taste cake. I can pretend that I do… but I really don’t. I taste a bit of sweetness but not enough to remind me of cake. It’s not bad mind you, just not cakey….

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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Sip down. I never did do a proper review for this tea:). The Blueberry is sweet and jammy. The rooibos is present and slightly woody but not really a problem for me. I think the thing that makes me hesitant to repurchase this tea is that the cream is very milky to me and I hate milk. This is a strange food aversion as I love other dairy products, but I never liked milk and I don’t even have it in cereal. However once I get over that, the tea does taste a bit like a warm blueberry scented latte with vanilla. If you like milk with a bit of fruity sweetness and don’t mind a slightly present rooibos, this may be a tea for you.

TheTeaFairy

Me too!!! I HATE milk, but I like almost every other dairy products except for cream and butter.

yyz

I even like double and whipped cream ( preferably unsweetened) and unsalted butter, but milk I just don’t enjoy and even worse it makes me congested.

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drank Black Forest Cake by LuxBerry Tea
422 tasting notes

This is a sample I received from bluebelle. Thank you. I often wonder if we sent a sample or two of tea out with tracking devices on it how many hops it would make and how far around the world it would get. This one looks like it originated from MissB.

I would have never guessed this was a mate. I was pretty convinced it was actually a white tea. There was no hint of mate to me. It was a berry light tea. This wasn’t really for me. I am glad I got to try it but, but there is no need to visit this one again.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Key Lime Pie by LuxBerry Tea
1708 tasting notes

Thanks to MissB for sending a few cups of this my way.

It’s a nice black that really does taste like Key Lime Pie, or, what I think Key Lime Pie tastes like – lemon meringue but with lime? It’s black and smooth and bright and very enjoyable.

Can’t wait to drink the rest of it!

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drank Perfect Harmony by LuxBerry Tea
1317 tasting notes

From the queue (which is currently 23 pages and 30something posts)

I have ‘write a post for the Steepster queue’ on my todo list today. I wanted a cup of tea but wasn’t certain what I wanted specifically, so I did a lucky draw in the box of untried things. This is what I won.

It actually serves a dual purpose, because I’m trying to teach myself to also remember to have some of my non-black things, so it’s a new untried thing and it’s also my daily non-black blend. (The Sleepytime before bed doesn’t count here)

MissB shared this one with me, and I can’t say I’ve ever heard of the brand before. Interesting! It also has a lot of unknown things to me in it. I think I’ve had something with goji berries before, but I can’t recall what I thought they tasted like. I don’t think I’ve had eucalyptus in tea before, or dragon fruit either. (I get Cabin Pressure associations here; Arthur discovering that he’s allergic to dragon fruit. “GWAGON FWOO!” LOL!)

Apparently this is blended according to the principle of Feng Shui with five elements and five colours and stuff. I don’t know anything about that really. All I know is, it isn’t supposed to have hibiscus in it, but the brew still comes out a suspiciously pink colour.

This colour for me always bodes ill. It’s a very ominous sign indeed.

I’ve studied the ingredients list but I can’t determine what I think is responsible for it, but I expect it’s probably dragon fruit, as I recall those to be quite pink. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten one.

It smells like hot juice. I’m not sure if an aroma can be tart as such, but it smells like something that makes me expect tartness. This could of course also be due to the unfortunate associations I have with this particular colour. There’s also something in the aroma which is sort of leafy-spicy. No, not spicy. Herb-y, I think. Cooking herbs and fruit juice is what I’m getting here.

Alright, we can’t keep putting it off, even though the colour does frighten me a bit.

I know there aren’t any hibiscus in the blend but as it had the colour of hibiscus it’s difficult for me to not expect that tell-tale taste of blood that I get from even a small amount of hibiscus. Obviously I didn’t get that flavour, because there isn’t any, but even now after sipping, I still can’t feel entirely safe with this blend. That flavour and that colour together seems to be hard-wired into my brain.

I’m trying my very best not to let it distract me and focus on what I am actually tasting. Again, just like the aroma, I have to say cooking herbs and fruit juice. It’s very fruity this stuff, especially the apple. Apple, orange peel and lemon grass are the three primary things I can taste. Eucalyptus, something which has a very strong flavour in lozenges and similar, doesn’t seem to want to make an appearance at all. I still couldn’t tell you what I think of dragon fruit or goji berries either.

There’s a brief hint of something just when I swallow that reminds of the Sleepytime blends from Celestial Seasonings. I think that’s must be either blackberry leaf or nettle leaf, or likely a combination of the two.

This blend is far more pleasant than initial appearance made me believe, but I wouldn’t say it was anything particularly special to me.

MissB

I’m really glad you gave it a try! It’s likely the berries that made it so pinkish. It’s a Canadian company.

Angrboda

It’s good to know that there are other things than hibiscus that can create that SCARY colour so that all is not necessarily lost when it appears. I’ve noticed it with beetroot as well, although I have to say, I didn’t much like beetroot in my tea either.

Kat

I have an aversion to hibiscus, too. I think the description of the metallic nature of it as being like blood is apt. For me, it tastes overwhelmingly like a weed—like it’s not supposed to be consumed. And it overwhelms everything! I’m trying to warm up to it, but hibiscus and rose hips just don’t work for me.

With that said, it’s definitely not the dragon fruit that gives it the color. Dragon fruit are transparent and milky white inside the rind, which isn’t usually consumed. I can’t imagine it would translate to a strong color. I think it may be the berries? I don’t know what else it would be… Maybe the rinds of the dragon fruit, but they’re so waxy, and I don’t think they’d stain the brew…

I have a lot of trouble with herbal blends… It’s hard to find one that satisfies any sort of tea craving, since they don’t have tea…

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Backlog:

I had a cup of this last night in hopes it would make it easier for me to stay awake. It didn’t quite work, but at least it tasted good.

This cup was more mate and cherry flavor than before, with less of the chocolatey notes I noticed before. The fruit was very accurate and overall it was a really nice cup. I think this is one that varies in flavor based on what you get in the teaspoon because of how much is in the mix.

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Another from MissB’s sale! I’m feeling like dessert teas tonight and this is great. It smells mostly like cherry and coconut in the bag, but once it’s brewed up that completely changes. It’s creamy, fruity, and throughout the sip there’s the taste of extremely rich dark chocolate. I love it!

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drank Key Lime Pie by LuxBerry Tea
1221 tasting notes

Finally tried this again, after it sitting in my cupboard for a few months. There’s definitely a strong key lime smell and flavor, with less pineapple than before. It does taste creamy, instead of feel creamy; I would have preferred both. It’s still really tasty, and I do get both pie and key lime out of this, with little out of the base other than to fully flesh it out in the background. I like it…. just missing something for me to LOVE it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

Oh my – this sounds absolutely lovely.

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drank Key Lime Pie by LuxBerry Tea
1221 tasting notes

First, a caveat: I oversteeped this. I forgot I as I was putting my youngest to bed that I had boiled the water and gotten a small cup ready to drink. Recommended steep time is 2-4 minutes; I steeped for close to six. Argh!

And so, I’m going to give it a bit of leeway here, because I think I did the tea wrong, in a way. It does smell very key lime-ish out of the bag, and more so after steeping. My first sips were a bit astringent, so I added Truvia. Holy moly! A sweet, tart, key lime tea here, with a hint of the base peeking through. I can definitely tell there’s pineapple in here as well, although I think it was supposed to take a bit less of a front seat in this blend, it’s likely due to my oversteeping. And then the creaminess, which is more in flavor than feel… usually I like teas with the yogurt stuff in them (bits?) and this is no exception.

I’ll have to brew more another day to really try this out, because I am getting something floral and off-putting at the end of the sip, underneath the lime/pineapple sweet and sour.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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drank Perfect Harmony by LuxBerry Tea
1221 tasting notes

I wanted something decaf this afternoon as my sleep schedule is completely out of whack – and this is (again) what fell on me from tea cupboard #2.

Out of the bag, this tea smells interestingly – lots going on. Something fruity and dry, lemon-y and floral, and other things I couldn’t quite place. Drinking it is a similar experience for me… there’s a lot going on here. Something mildly floral supports a berry of some sort. There’s a tart apple lower in the mix (comes out more with Truvia) and something granular I’m gapping on as to what it is. A hint of eucalyptus in there too, but that one I feel more than I taste – like inhaling vaborub or something similar, I can feel my chest expanding. Zero flavor that I’m getting out of it though.

This is an unusual cup of tea, and really fun to drink in that I can pick out all these different variations. I think it’s a “love” tea for someone else though. I’ve got a few cups left if anyone wants to try it?

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

If you are not careful, you might wind up with a concussion from all these teas bopping you on the head.

MissB

I think it’s more that I need the bonk in the head to remind me – drink more tea, buy less. For a while, anyway. I’m going to top 400 in my cupboard once all of the orders come in. I am both appalled and excited at this thought!

Dexter

400? Suddenly I don’t feel so bad, I’m well on my way to 300 but I’m more concerned with volume of – I have tons of 100g tins/packages. I’m with you, need to drink more – stop buying. :))

MissB

Yep, lots of larger packages here too, which is why I’m offering it up in bits and pieces to folks who want to try and them and aren’t as insane as we are in our quest for Masters of Tea Awesomeness.

Dexter

“Masters of Tea Awesomeness” wow, I am just plugging away trying to survive “basics of tea 101” – Really need to work on getting knowledge to catch up with tastes – everyday I feel like I know less and less…

OMGsrsly

Haha! Dexter, that’s how you know you’re learning more and more. :D

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This definitely smells like Christmas in the bag, which surprised me a bit that I’d have such a strong association to childhood memories and a smell. Orange, cloves, cinnamon, cardamon and apple all came through easily, making me excited to try it!

Steeped, it smells like black tea, orange and cardamom. I’m okay with that, if a bit surprised. Sipping it too hot seems to give me zero taste yet again, however cooled it’s quite lovely. Mostly cardamom with a hint of orange in there at the end, and something drying, possibly the cloves. There’s something else in there I’m missing though, and it’s intriguing. Something herbal and light.

I wanted something spicy today, and I could’ve used something more chili-like, however this is still a very pleasant cup.

EDIT: I’ve pegged it now! This smell just like the scented oranges my Mom used to make during the holidays with me and my sister: fresh oranges pierced with cloves, and left out for the month.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Spiced Fantasy by LuxBerry Tea
1221 tasting notes

Hm. Do I get gingerbread? Only if I sweeten the tea with Truvia. Orange gingerbread, although I’d say more spice (with bite) and orange than anything. Still delightful!

Gosh I love Sherlock, and am so sad having just realized how few episodes there are.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Dustin

Did you see the latest Sherlock episode?! I was really excited there was finally a new one!

Roswell Strange

The latest episode was amazing!

Dustin

I agree, amaaaaaziiiing! I am going to watch it again with my sister soon. It really reminded about how disconnected Sherlock is from society and individuals. I bet he’d make a great Vulcan, which reminds me that I still need to see the lastest Star Trek movie with Mr. Cumbermatch in it!

OMGsrsly

Have you watched the Jeremy Brett series?

Tea Sipper

LOVE Sherlock! There will be 12 episodes (or more) at some point.. it’s like 12 Sherlock movies!

MissB

Jeremy Brett series? Looking now…

OMGsrsly

Jeremy Brett. Amazing! Just don’t get too attached to S1 Watson.

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drank Spiced Fantasy by LuxBerry Tea
1221 tasting notes

Okay Spiced Fantasy, it’s time to wow me.

Dry, this smells lovely, like a fruity chai with a strong pepperyness. Steeped, it’s more fruit than chai, and the pepper smell comes out more. My first sip, as per usual, was too hot, and I only tasted rooibos. After I let it cool a bit, it’s definitely an unusual tea. There’s some almond in there, with pepper still, and a bit of coriander. Fruit still lingers (plum, maybe? hard to place) and orange notes. The spice tingles the back of my throat slightly, and I love it.

Sweetened with Truvia, it’s the orange that pops, followed by only faint spices and still the tingle. Is it cakey? I’m missing that, however it is smooth. I could drink this often.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Spiced Fantasy by LuxBerry Tea
1221 tasting notes

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drank Secret Garden by LuxBerry Tea
1221 tasting notes

Hm. Not as fond of this as I was last night. Likely because of the reduced heat? So… yay for a sipdown! :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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