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drank Nilgiri Oolong by Tea Licious
63 tasting notes

Hmmm… Not that great. I just had a big cup of my Upton Rose Congu in the morning, then this in the afternoon, and it reminds me a lot of the not-so-great aspects of the congu, namely the heart-burn-y black tea-ness, minus all that is malty and good about the congu. Drinkable, but not a fan. It has a touch of minerality like many oolongs, but if I had drunk it blind I wouldn’t have classified it that way. The truth is that I just like green oolongs. If it isn’t tightly rolled, it isn’t for me?

Flavors: Bark, Dark Wood

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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90
drank Rose Oolong by Tea Licious
63 tasting notes

This is a really good flavored tea. I don’t taste the oolong much, but it is unobtrusive and serves as a smooth, perhaps slightly floral green base for some really good flavor. This combo is very refreshing, but also stately. Imagine the scent of a potpourri made from rose petals and citrus peel. Now imagine neither of those were dried and you were tasting them in a slightly muted form instead of smelling them, in addition to a brightness or zesty-ness that makes you think of soda-fountain dresses and bright sunny days. I really, really like the flavor of this tea!
And the flavor just keeps on keepin’ on as well: three un-timed steeps, well over 7 minutes cumulatively and these leaves still have flavor to give. I believe the first time I drank this I did a 45 second steep, which was very intensely citrus-y, followed by two or three more additional steeps, adding 30 seconds each time. The citrus mellows out but the rose and sweet citrus keeps on going.
Best part about this tea is that it is super cheap for how good it is, 2-3 bucks and ounce, I think. I am all over it!

Flavors: Citrus Zest, Rose, Summer, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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75
drank Tropical Oolong by Tea Licious
63 tasting notes

First things first, I think this tea is either a replacement or renaming of the pineapple oolong from the same company. I created a new tea to reflect what I ordered off their site: www.tealicousllc.com
This tea looked to have a lot of potential for me. I love my oolongs on the greener side, and this was one of the few samples I bought from Tea Licous that was not on their formosa base.
Unfortunately, this tea is artificial-tasting while hot. It smells quite nice and tropical, but the flavor has that chewable vitamin-c tab/flinstone vitamin flavor of ‘fruit’ smoothies that have no actual fruit in them. Sugar helps a little, but just masks the bad a bit.
On the other hand, this is tasty business when cold-brewed! I brewed about 1.5-2 tsp in 24 oz for 10 hours last night and it came out sweet, lightly floral, and definitely tropical. The flavoring was toned down quite a bit in favor of the florals, and that helped a lot. It was very yummy and I drank it up quicker that I usually do (I couldn’t keep away from it at breakfast time, so refreshing!).
Another quite cheap option that I may consider just for the cold brewing shelf!

Flavors: Floral, Sweet, Tropical

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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69
drank Peach Oolong by Tea Licious
63 tasting notes

The dry leaf smells soooo much like peach fruit leather that it is incredible.
First steep of 45 seconds is a little light. It is roasted, but not smokey, just nutty and malty, almost like an understeeped peach black tea. It smells very juicy but the flavor is just vaguely fruity. I think this calls for a much longer steep. I think this would make a nice peach sun tea in the summer.
Second steep of nearly 2 minutes brought out a slight bitterness and sunk the hint of peach there was in the first steep. I’m gonna need some sugar to get through this dark amber cup.
I think I will take this one home for cold brewing as well.
Update: It was dang good cold brewed, but I still think I would prefer it be a peach black tea for iced tea instead.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Peach, Roasted

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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82
drank Berry Oolong by Tea Licious
63 tasting notes

The smell of this dry leaf instantly put it in the ’don’t even try that hot’ pile. So I cold brewed it, about 10 hours in all (I would say a teaspoon and a half for 24 oz of water) and it was LOVELY. So much so that I think I may order the full four oz of this, just so I can have it cold-brewed on a hot summer day! It was like a nice reisling without the alcohol. The sweetness of the oolong lingered, just like the wine. Like thin white grape juice without the tartness. Just delicious. Before I hand over the rest of my sample, I thought I would try it hot, just for full sampling effect.
It’s actually not bad hot. The fruit flavor is stronger, and I’m definitely getting the acai flavor, complete with the powderiness I was afraid of from the smell of the dry leaf. The sweetness is less than the cold brew, I definitely prefer this one cold, but it’s not half bad hot.
Two brew with this one, the first (about 1 minute) kinda just tasted like fruitiness over my weird water at home (no doubt due to my ancient stove top kettle). The second (1:30) is when the leaves unfurled and the flavors really came out.

Flavors: Dried Fruit, Fruity, Grapes, Muscatel, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I ordered several samples from Tea Licious that arrived in the mail today. I liked the smell of the dry tea so much that I decided to try this one first.

The dry leaves smell incredible, almost like fresh oranges. While hot, the tea is a little disappointing, but I can tell it’s one of those teas that will be better iced. I have enough left to try it that way another time. It’s naturally sweet, but a tiny bit of rock sugar brings out the fruit flavor a bit.

I wish I could detect more cranberry — I don’t really taste it in there. I just notice a kind of unfamiliar tartness. I dislike the smell of the wet leaves, so I won’t bother trying to resteep. I’m not sure how to describe it, but the wet leaves smell a little off to me, sort of musty and cloying. I notice a bit of a musty aftertaste as well — it’s unpleasant. Also, I’m not a big fan of hibiscus and find it overpowering.

You can get a good-sized sample for just $1, so it’s definitely worth checking out if you like this sort of thing. But I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend it to anyone, and I probably won’t buy it again.

Flavors: Cherry, Citrus, Hibiscus, Sweet, Tangy, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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88

Tasting note No.100 for me~wheee!
Thank you for sharing this Suzi~right up my alley
I wish they made this dry leaf as a candle…
I smell the ginger root the heaviest…
next a little cinnamon and cardamom,but steeped they come across so subtly…
I added honey and cream to round out the heaviness of the spices
and it came across more like pumpkin cheesecake with all its creamy goodness
Next cup I will try just with honey.
Not as complex as some chais,but still delightful.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 47 OZ / 1400 ML
Sil

Grats on 100!

CelebriTEA

Thanks Sil :-)

Suziqzer

Congrats on the 100 tasting notes!

Good to hear you enjoyed this one. I liked it, but not too much to share it with someone who might like it more.

CelebriTEA

Thank you Suzi ~ you can almost never go wrong offering me pumpkin ;-)
Thanks again for sharing ;-)

Suziqzer

Good to know… that and Earl Grey, right ? :)

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Looking for something black this morning, nothing unusual about that for me, and thought it might be nice to hunt out something new. I kept setting this one aside because it was an upopened sample and figure I needed to sip down a few more samples before I open a sealed one.. but this morning I caved. I wanted something new and with some spice, so this fit the bill.

Upon opening the package I get a sweet strange scent to the dry leaf, much like the smell from another pumpkin tea I have tried… thinking it must be how they add the pumpkin to tea.

Steeped I get the same sweet fragrance with a hint of spice. Not as spicy as I might have liked this morning, but an ok cup. I’m not sure yet about the pumpkin flavor in tea as so far it comes across a bit artificial to me… smells overly sweet and not a lot of true to pumpkin flavor. I think I may have underleafed this one a bit & would enjoy it more as a latte with a bit more kick… I will have to try it that way soon… and will rate it accordingly then.

I haven’t had many flavored chai’s yet, but have enjoyed a couple of interesting flavor combinations. Thanks MissB for sending this one my way.

CelebriTEA

Would love to try this…I LOVE pumpkin ;-)

Suziqzer

It was a sample pack but I think I have some left. I’ll bring it for you today if I still have some. :)

MissB

Oh this is so cool. You two live near one another? Amazing!

Suziqzer

Yes, we are pretty close together.. surprisingly. I think there are a couple of us in Indiana, but CelebriTEA is maybe 15 minutes from me. Just met for the first time today.

CelebriTEA

Yeah it was cool!
Wish you could have been here Miss B!
How are Nelson and your daughter?
Someday we will have to have some
Great Tea Meet up for all the Fab Folks
here on Steepster

CelebriTEA

Enjoying the samples, by the way :-)

Suziqzer

I’m enjoying what you gave me too.. So fun to try new things.

MissB

Kidlets are great, both are doing their own thing right now. If I ever get down that way, I’m definitely coming to say hi and meet you both – give you a tea squeeze! :)

CelebriTEA

LOL…would sure love to meet ya and glad to hear the kids are doing great :-)

Suziqzer

I’m not sure what you would come to our neck of the woods for MissB, but we would love to meet you if you ever would. I will do the same if my family ever venture your way. Until then.. Cyber hugs.

CelebriTEA

Mmm…Suzi…this is yummyful…
as my Mom would say

Suziqzer

Glad this one brought memories of your Mom for you :)

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this wasn’t my favourite black tea. I found this to be quite peppery. Medium – strong in strength. I was hoping for a crisp tea, but didn’t find what I was looking for here.

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Sweet, fruity and just a tad bit tart. The passion fruit and the Oolong are a good pairing, the sweetness of the fruit complements the flavors of the green Oolong tea leaves, since with the greener Oolongs I tend to notice more of a floral note than a fruity note, and the passion fruit brings out more of the fruity flavors of the tea.

There are still some floral notes to this but they’re well balanced with the fruit. A nice, smooth texture to this cup.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/10/09/passion-fruit-oolong-tea-tea-licious/

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80
drank Berry Oolong by Tea Licious
4825 tasting notes

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A really nice Oolong … but it didn’t really start out that way. My first infusion was just kind of ho-hum, but, the second infusion proved itself to be really nice. I think that with the first cup, the acai flavor was just too bitter tasting for my liking, but, with the second infusion, the flavors were less sharp and quite tasty.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/31/berry-flavored-oolong-tea-from-tea-licious/

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This is a sample I got from Liberteas a while back and it got buried in my sample stash! I decided to brew up the whole thing tonight in a big pot.

The bad news is that I was painting at the time and got held up pulling the leaves. The good news is that it didn’t make this tea get bitter. The raspberry and acai are more of a fruity tartness so I wonder if the oversleeping strengthened the Sencha enough to mask the flavors, but it isn’t bad, just probably not as fruity as it would have been had I paid attention to the steeping a little better.

The liquor is bright gold and the Sencha has a nice strong presence.

Thank you, Liberteas, for letting me try this one!

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drank Pineapple Oolong by Tea Licious
12 tasting notes

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drank Peach Apricot by Tea Licious
1833 tasting notes

This is really good, chiefly because the blenders didn’t think it was necessary to mess up the blend with a lot of spices. Just good, sweet fruit.

The source is a bit of a mystery…I had intended to write a longer review for this one for www.itsallabouttheleaf.com, but I can’t seem to land on the correct Tealicious website to pull up more complete product info. It was a sample that chased us around Southwest Missouri while we were refugeeing, and I think it came from Singapore. Any leads?

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drank Huckleberry by Tea Licious
1833 tasting notes

As the heat wave continues, so does my experimentation with Ozark-y fruit teas. Steeped a pot this morning and chucked it straight in the fridge to cool.

Huckleberries, so says Wikipedia, are eccentric cousins of the blueberry—scent and taste remind me of a cross between blueberries and black berries. So the flavor is strong, especially when I got a trifle generous with the amount of leaf I used. Tossed in a couple of sugar cubes and that helped immensely.

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drank Peach Apricot by Tea Licious
223 tasting notes

This was a free sample I received from Tealicious a while back. The samples I received, particularly this one, were very generous! I found this to be extremely pleasant. The base, a mix of kenya and what I suspect to be ceylon, supports the flavours well. The peach is more prominent then the apricot here but both flavours are clearly evident. This tea gives an almost juicy aftertaste, as if I were actually eating the fruit. Very natural and not at all artificial-tasting!

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drank Immunity Booster by Tea Licious
705 tasting notes

I was looking through my basket of samples this morning for something to inspire me when I happened across this. The beau and I developed head colds over the weekend, so an immunity tea seemed ideal, though a bit late. Unfortunately, that means this tea won’t get a proper review because I can’t smell things and accordingly can’t really taste them. I only had enough to make a pot for the beau and I so there is none left over for another try later on. I remember being really enticed by the ingredient list (probably because of the apple…I’m a nut for apple in tea, if it’s done well). I tried smelling the dry leaves but couldn’t get anything at all. Sorry, sports fans!

As for taste, keeping in mind that I have a cold, I can pick up vague hints of fruitiness. Maybe apple? Nothing I could define. There is a slight taste of licorice, but I don’t mind it for once. I also get a bit of the green rooibos flavour that I’ve never been able to describe but can finally identify…Not going to give it a rating as I can’t taste it, but hoping it does something good for my head. If nothing else, it soothed my throat!

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drank Young Hyson by Tea Licious
10 tasting notes

A little on the bitter side. A very earthy Chinese green, I prefer the Dragon Well. I get this when I feel adventurous

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

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drank Nilgiri Oolong by Tea Licious
411 tasting notes

Very interesting. It’s like a black tea with a twist. I need another few cups to really get my head around this – but it’s really not like a lot of other oolongs I’ve had. I think I like it. :)

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85
drank Green Pina Colada by Tea Licious
4825 tasting notes

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A really enjoyable flavored green tea from Tea Licious. It’s primarily Pineapple and Coconut, and not so much the rum notes that you would experience from a cocktail … then again, I’m not much of a alcohol drinker (as in, it is a VERY rare occasion when I imbibe alcohol. Maybe once a year, and then maybe a sip or two. Very, very rarely do I drink more than that.) So, I’m not really missing the rum notes so much, and I like the way the coconut and the pineapple come through here.

The green tea has a lovely sweet, buttery note with hints of vegetation. A really pleasant green tea. Here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/02/28/green-pina-colada-tea-from-tea-licious/

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77
drank African Summer by Tea Licious
1519 tasting notes

Found this in my stash this evening. I came via Tea Equals Bliss a while back. My first honeybush and a very pleasant cup. Lightly lemon with orange coming in at mid sip. Smooth. Not rough like a rooibos. I like this.

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This is really a delightful Assam – rich and full-bodied! It has a slight maltiness to it but what I notice more is a fruity, almost wine-like tone to this tea. Very enjoyable, there is some astringency to this, but I find that it plays well to the fruit notes that the tea possesses. It has a very pleasing character, overall, and no sign of bitterness (although as with every Assam I wouldn’t recommend oversteeping it)

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