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Again with the mediocre black tea base. Otherwise, add some milk and this tastes a little like those Bounty Chocolate bars all covered with coconut. As the tea cools down, it kind of reminds me of watery Bailey’s Irish Cream, which isn’t so bad either.
There are a few flavoured blends from Tealux I’ve really enjoyed and will reorder, but probably not this one.
mmmm thanks for sharing this with me Dexter I am a fan of this one. it has a similar profile to some of the TTC teas that i’ve had, but there’s an under current to this one that makes it a little heavier, and perhaps more to my liking? though i’d need to do a side by side to really figure that out. This is sweet and fruity and dark and twisty. love it! thanks dexter!
Mmm does smell like a lovely praline.
Yep, pineapple. Yep, chocolate. Chocolate as in cocoa peel though, not sweet milk chocolate.
Wasn’t a huge fan of the tea base; rather boring and even a little astringency coming through. Fixed with Paul’s Lactose-Free milk as that usually fixes most things. This particular brand of milk is seriously delicious though.
Now it’s a hot pineapple chocolate milk. Quite enjoyable, but any tea that I can only enjoy with milk isn’t one that I’m likely to repurchase.
Has this one early this morning. It’s a tasty tea to have with breakfast. I found it had a very nice roasted rice flavour with a very light green tea base. There was a hint of sweetness in the green tea. Sometimes I find some genmaicha’s too strong caffeine wise but this one was mild. Perhaps because there seemed to be more rice to tea. The green tea was a very dark leaf which looked like sencha. I brewed only for 1 min at 185 for two infusions. Another great tea from Tealux!
Flavors: Cut grass, Rice, Roasted
The Tealux tour continues, sponsored by Virginia! This tea is an eclectic mix of small twists and flakes in shades of greens and browns that smell quite grapey. They brew up a very light sienna. The taste is not what I would expect from a first flush darjeeling. It’s way more grape-like than the first flushes I’ve had before in my limited experience, but it’s not as “dark” tasting as the second flushes I’ve had. There’s also subtle, almost hidden, notes of hay and florals. It’s kind of an interesting hybrid darjeeling.
Flavors: Floral, Grapes, Hay
This is a lovely spider leg tea, again courtesy of Virginia :). The leaves smell quite fruity and a bit malty, almost like a fruit beer or a lambic. The brew is a reddish brown, but the taste is mainly figs with apricot highlights over a solid malty base. Again, this really reminds of a fruity beer tea…or tea beer? It’s a really bright, fruity tea that really stood out for me. Yum!
Flavors: Apricot, Fig, Malt
Virginia hooked me up with this oolong as well! Thanks so much :)
This is a very dark oolong- almost black- with tightly rolled leaves. The aroma while brewing is strongly apple and the color of the brew looks much more like a strong black tea than an oolong. A strong burnt sugar note pops up first, followed by a distinctly apple taste. The combination is almost exactly like slightly overcooked apple chips, at least the way I make them (1/8 in slices dusted with a cinnamon sugar mix and baked). It was a very interesting oolong for me, but not one that I would purchase.
Flavors: Apple, Burnt Sugar
This sample came from the ever-wonderful Virginia! The leaves are quite twisty and a lovely green. They smell creamy and quite floral as well and brew up a light yellow color. First and foremost from this tea, I get a wonderfully creamy mouthfeel. Added to that are bright florals. I’m not great with differentiating florals, but I’m thinking lilac with hints of orchid. There’s also an unexpected pastry note underneath that is reminiscent of flaky pie crust. As the tea cools, the floral notes build. This oolong is quite lovely, but as far as Tealux oolongs go, my heart still belongs to the Gui Hua Osmanthus oolong.
Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Pastries
WOW – this is one of the strangest straight tea’s I’ve ever drank. This is grape oolong, this is more grape than some flavored oolongs I’ve had. Weird, strange, interesting – in a good way. Wouldn’t say brandy, but this is fruity and GRAPE all the way.
It’s really dark, almost black, with just a hint of oolong woody and then the grape – wow – did I mention the grape?
Thank you so much Ubacat for introducing me to this one. Will pick more up with my next Tealux order.
TheTeaFairy included this sample with the very first box she sent me. That seems like a long time ago. So in my quest for cupboard organization, I’m trying to drink some of the samples that I still have lying around.
I’m not really into “drink tea because it’s good for you” – but I do have a guilty pleasure of these “wellness blends”. I normally like that they’ve just dumped a whole lot of stuff into a tea.
This tastes like a wellness blend, a little fruity, a little citrus, a little eucalyptus. I quite like it. Not something I would reach for all the time, but when craving something strange, this would quite fit the bill.
Thanks Fairy – I liked it.
This tea is lovely with good fruity lychee notes that persist through many steepings over cocoa, butter, honey and malt. It has immediately gone on my wish list!
The pearls are about the size of a medium large natural pearl on a pearl necklace. The dark leaves are fairly tightly wound and are very fragrant. I used 7 of them in 150 ml of boiling water.
Once brewed the lychee is strong in scent, very fruity, slightly raisiny and a bit perfumy. The tea underneath smells of cocoa and a bready malt note and butter.
1.2 min: The flavour is soft and creamy, the lychee is very fruity with a hint of dried raisiny fruit among the lychee, there is a good note of honey, and cocoa and butter in the base. The flavours blend well together. The colour is ranging towards oak.
2 min. The tea has a more balanced blend between the fruit and base tea scents. The cocoa is stronger and the lychee smells rich and voluptuous.
The balance is well met between the originally listed flavours as well, with the lychee remaining strong, the honey intensifying and the cocoa and butter notes remaining uunderneath, but are strengthened. A grainy malt note is also becoming apparent.
3 min honey, lychee, cocoa, malt, butter
Lychee is slightly perfumy, cocoa,butter, mmalt, mineral note , opens up to lychee honey and cocoa.
5 min: lychee and honey dominate scent. The base has thinned out and the flavour is of lychee, honey, cream and malt. This steep is a little more tart than the others.
If you enjoy lychee this tea is well worth trying. Thanks JustJames for the sample!
This is a sample from TeaSipper. Thank you!
This cup is hitting the spot this morning, although I am having a really hard time putting my finger on the flavors I am tasting. This cup verges on the spaghetti taste for me. It is slightly astringent, but in a good way. There are hints of bread and then the slight tomato flavor. It is nice this morning! Not something I need again, but I am glad I got to try it.
A friend of mine just came back from Peru and visited me this afternoon. He’s not really a tea drinker, but he loves when I prepare it for him. He likes the set ups, the teaware, and thinks I’m some king of tea prodigy, haha!
He doesn’t always like the tea though…especially when I try so desperately to make him like pu’erh, telling him it tastes like forest and chocolate. It always ends up tasting like “pu poo” to him. Oops. Sorry friend. I get over enthusiastic sometimes.
Today, I took it easy on him and prepared my favourite high mountain green oolong. To me, this tea is better than any Ali Shan or Tie Guan Yin I’ve had.
It’s beautifully crafted, and the leaves unfurl to perfection, looking like seaweeds.
The taste is ethereal. Floral, but not in a flower bomb mouth kind of way. It has a buttery creaminess to it that creates a sweet and silky mouthfeel. Perfectly balanced.
The minerals are intensified by the clay pot. It’s just such a lovely tea.
It’s spicy and minty at the same time. Nutmeg and spearmint.
He loved it, yay, victory!
Before leaving, he presented a gift to me. Said he was sorry not to have searched for tea to bring back for me. Instead, he brought a very special present that symbolizes friendship. A Peruvian sterling silver ring. It took my breath away. I will wear that ring with so much pride. Friendship is so precious…
Pics of the tea session…(and the ring)
It is really chilly here in TO, perfect for taking beastie down to the ravine for a nice long hike. It’s so peaceful and beautiful there. I guess it was too cold for other dog walkers, since we had the park and ravine to ourselves.
I made steep 4 of this tea when I got back. I’ve had this tea before, and from my notes it looks like I didn’t like it very much the last time. This time around I’m enjoying this a lot more. Roast and charcoal are predominant, goes well on a cool summer day that feels more like autumn. Steep two had very strong mineral notes. Steep 3 and 4 less intense charcoal, but very satisfying and warming roasted flavour.
I guess age mellowed the really intense charcoal that I recall from the last time I had this tea. Thanks to Dexter for the sample!
This is such a pretty tea. The spears are made up of what look like mulitcoloured strands — I can pick out light and dark green, mid brown, and a creamy yellow. I followed the recommended parameters and gave two large-ish spears 4 minutes in water cooled to around 180. The resulting liquor is pale yellow-green. The leaves have a mild grapey scent.
To taste, this is really fairly mild. It’s the second mild oolong I’ve tried so far today, so it just goes to show that not all oolongs are overpoweringly awful. I’m reminded most of all of champagne — there’s a deep grape-like flavour with a mild fruity/floral edge. It’s very easy to drink, although it’s another one that’s reminding me more of a white tea than anything else. I feel odd saying this about an oolong, but I’d really like a stronger flavour. Clearly my tastes are changing!
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
I took the remainder of this tea and cold-steeped it to make a pitcher of iced tea. The iced tea itself isn’t done, but the leaf has been tossed.
The tea is slightly astringent but still gently fruity from the strawberries. Adding a bit of agave nectar to sweeten it helps round out the flavour.
Overall, this was a nice iced tea, but I don’t know if I’ll restock this.
This lovely oolong came from Virginia. Huzzah, oolongs! (that’s me, every time I drink one). It’s a rolled oolong, which I enjoy for the presentation, with green leaves and some stems. The smell is very creamy and floral and the brew is a light yellow. It has a wonderfully thick, creamy mouthfeel with a creamy, almost buttery taste to match. It’s naturally sweet and you’re thinking, “oh this is nice, sweet cream tea” until halfway through the sip when delicate florals surprise you and lead to a clean, refreshing finish. You get the best of both worlds! I don’t like this one quite as much as I liked the Gui Hua from Tealux, but it was a fabulous oolong.
Flavors: Butter, Cream, Floral, Nectar, Sweet