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85
drank Milk Oolong | Jin Xuan by Tealux
51 tasting notes

Oh, yum. So first of all, the scent of the dry tea is ridiculously sweet and creamy. It smells like some sort of candy, and makes me seriously question the notion that there are no flavourings involved in this tea. The leaves are very tightly rolled little balls. I used a generous teaspoon for 8oz of water, and that came to about 4g. After several steepings, the leaves had completely filled my little infuser basket. I got a 1/3 c. measuring cup and was able to get all the leaves to fit in there, but it involved a little bit of squishing. Crazy! A lot of the leaves come with a bit of stem attached, which isn’t very obvious in the dry form, so the first time I looked at the steeped leaves I was like “where the heck did all these stems come from??”.

Anyway. The tea liquor is quite a pale yellow, and in the first couple of infusions it has a very milky fragrance; after that it gets milder and more floral. The flavour is amazingly milky in the first infusion especially, but underneath you can tell it’s quite a green oolong – it’s light and sweet and completely lacking in astringency or bitterness. I’m on my… 5th? I think? infusion and it’s starting to get bland so I think I’ll stop (also, that’s a lot of liquid! I’m going to be peeing all night as it is). I steeped for 2min initially, the added 1min for each subsequent infusion. Lovely.

Flavors: Floral, Milk, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84
drank Assam #8 by Tealux
120 tasting notes

I’m going to have a really hard time describing this one, partly because it was so freaking good and partly because I’m not super great at identifying flavor nuances yet.

First, I thought that perhaps I was tasting the burny outside of a roasted marshmallow minus the sweetness (which totally doesn’t make sense…)

Then, I moved on to imagining that perhaps it was toast …but like…maybe with something on it? Except, I don’t even know what. So unhelpful.

So…I finally caved and read the flavors others had listed here and….maybe it’s sweet potato? Malt was a given, being that it is an assam…but sweet potato is to only other flavor listed that I can attribute the other flavor to. I feel exceptionally bad at writing tasting notes right now.

The main point I’m getting at here is ohmygosh I want to drink this nearly every day. Thank you Tealux/Tealyra/Teawhateveryouwanttocallyourselfnow for making delicious teas.

Ost

Love this one!!

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76
drank Blue Unicorn Reserve by Tealux
2498 tasting notes

7 spears for about 10 oz. of water. The result was pretty light in flavour, but quite sweet. It didn’t taste like any oolong I’ve ever had though, without the lovely aftertaste I usually crave. I’ll have to have it again (and/or resteep it) and make more detailed notes, because unfortunately I don’t remember much beyond a bit of mineral and a lot of sweetness, but it was certainly pleasant. Doubtful, though, that it will be interesting enough to get me to repurchase.

ETA: Resteeped it a couple days later, in 90C water, leaving it for quite a while – it actually ended up being quite flavourful, although also more astringent than I’d like. The flavour was really unlike almost anything I’ve had before, and I was struggling to figure out what it was that it reminded me of. I am thinking purple tea? It still didn’t have an oolong flavour, but wasn’t like a green either. Definitely tasty though (I diluted my too-astringent cup with some additional boiled-cooled water until it was at a bearable level). Next time, I’ll try to give it an even longer first infusion (if I remember).

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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85
drank Dragon Lychee Pearls by Tealux
51 tasting notes

Oh man, now I wish I counted how many pearls I used for my cup! All I remember is measuring out a teaspoon, then adding one pearl, then removing a little one, to make 2.5g. It’s always fun to watch pearl teas unfurl as they steep, and this one expands into what seems like quite a lot of leaf! It has an amazing lychee smell as it steeps. The lychee flavour is quite strong – sweet and juicy and no weird artificial taste. I love lychees (though it has been years since I had a fresh one, boo) so perhaps it’s predictable that I would love this tea. The base tea is malty with a bit of cocoa. Very nice.

Flavors: Lychee

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This sample is from my swap with Starfevre. I haven’t seen her around lately, I hope she’s doing well. I am a huge maple fan, and even though the maple teas I’ve had have been disappointing, I always want to try more! I would love to find a very strongly flavored maple tea for the fall and winter months. Anyway! This tea is a mix of very dark, generic-looking black tea leaves, little hunks of maple brittle, and some red peppercorns, which I avoided like the plague when measuring out my cup. Seriously though, why are they in there? It smells very sweet and maple-y, in fact I can smell it through the 4 mm thick bag even.

The steeped tea smells quite sugary with a light maple aroma. Hmm, this tastes kind of odd. The base tea seems kind of vegetal, and specifically reminds me of cooked green beans. The maple flavor is nice, perhaps a touch artificial but that’s okay. Overall, a very light-bodied tea. Definitely not my perfect maple tea, but not terrible either.

Flavors: Artificial, Green Beans, Malt, Maple, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78
drank Sencha Berry Fig by Tealux
2536 tasting notes

Thanks to The Cookie Lady for sending me this tea to try. Overall, this is not my favorite kind of sencha, I much prefer the really green, steamed vegetal leaves but it’s still rather nice. A very mild green tea with definite berry essence. I am not getting so much fig, there is a little bit of soft fig taste in the background but it’s not that obvious over the tartness of the berries.

I like fruity senchas and I enjoyed trying this, but with my large Lupicia stash I am pretty well set on flavored senchas for a while. ;)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78
drank Assam #8 by Tealux
51 tasting notes

A Taiwanese Assam! Cool. :) The dried leaves are super cool looking, all long and twisty, and very aromatic. The brewing tea also smells amazing, malty with a bit of fruity baked goods? For a non-flavoured tea, this one certainly has a lot of flavours going on. Very nice.

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

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80
drank Secret of Love by Tealux
51 tasting notes

So as far as I can tell, this tea is pretty much identical to The Tea Spot’s “White Wedding Tea”. Which is pretty much what I was hoping for when I ordered it, so yay? Anyway, it’s quite lovely: light and sweet and caramel-y (from the chestnut flavouring). The jasmine flowers are there, but I don’t really perceive any jasmine flavour. It’s yummy.

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Secret of Love by Tealux
51 tasting notes

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Well now……just…..what? How does tea do this? How does it taste like milk?!?!!?? I had my boyfriend smell the bag (the bag which says there is nothing else besides oolong tea leaves in there) and he looked up at me with this strange face and was like….“Why are you buying baby formula tea???”

It smells like milk and tastes like a milky green tea latte kind of deal. I rather like it! I’ve been looking forward to trying a milk oolong for quite a while now. That, of course, means that I have no idea how this holds up in comparison to other milk oolongs. I only know I’ll greatly enjoy drinking the rest of my sample packet ( and my boyfriend will too)!

ETA: I forgot to mention that I thought I’d brewed it all wrong at first. My timer went off and the “tea” still looked just like water. It is probably the lightest-colored brew I’ve seen.

Flavors: Milk

TeaBrat

some milk oolongs are flavored…

The Cookie Lady

I remember reading that somewhere but this one doesn’t list flavoring as an ingredient. I’m wondering if the flavoring has to be included in the ingredients? I don’t know.

TeaBrat

Your best bet would be just to ask the seller directly I suppose :)

Kittenna

A good comparison of flavoured/unflavoured is to try the two from Teavivre, which can give you an idea of what each tastes like. If it’s really milky, it’s probably flavoured. If it’s more of a creaminess with a floral background, it could be unflavoured. I personally prefer flavoured, and don’t frankly care that they are, because I enjoy the profile, haha.

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I can’t say I’ve ever had brandy, so I can’t really compare.

It’s creamy, sooo creamy and smooth. There’s a maltiness there that makes it taste close to a black tea, but without the bam in the face that blacks can give you. Like a gentle wake up call to the soul.

It’s not at all astringent when brewed according to directions, but there’s a drying aspect to it that makes my throat hurt. It’s nice, but at this point not particularly memorable (yet). I’m not sure I’ll repurchase, but it was a lovely experience.

The Cookie Lady

I’ve been going back and forth about whether or not to try this one.

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65
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Tealux
708 tasting notes

A sample from cookies. I enjoyed the black dragon pearls I tried from TeaVivre, so I was very interested in trying them from another company. These pearls look very similar to the other ones, they’re about 1/2 to 2/3 inch in diameter with a little bit of variation in size. Color is dark chocolate brown with some lighter tan streaks. I didn’t get a whole lot of scent from them, maybe a little bit of malt and some sweetness. I used four pearls in my eight ounces of water.

Once steeped, the tea smells somewhat sweet and raisiny with molasses and cocoa notes, and a touch of earthiness. Hm, I agree with Stephanie that this tea is a bit ho-hum. It’s not necessarily bad, but it’s not making my skirt fly up either. There’s a definite earthy baseline here, and there’s also some raisin and molasses influence, but not enough to make it terribly interesting. Overall, it’s inoffensive, but not something I would purchase.

Flavors: Earth, Malt, Molasses, Raisins, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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TeaLux is now TeaLyra. I wonder if I will remember that next time I brew up one of their teas.

For some reason, while I was perfectly aware that it was a black tea when I was ordering, I was expecting a green base when I brewed it up. The fault of this is that the dry leaf don’t really smell deep and cocoa-y as I tend to look for in black teas. Not much of this shows up in the brewed tea either. Is this what they call a China Black?

It just tastes like tea to me. Like that sweet mild familiar taste of tea with a hit of lychee on it. I guess this would be the closest to the type of teas I grew up on, because I can’t think that it’s anything but Tea, and why mess with such a wonderful descriptor like that? It also makes it a great tea to pair with food, because it doesn’t overwhelm my sense of the food, but it’s strong enough to cleanse the palate.

It’s mild, sweet, comforting.

The first brew was mildly artificial though, I might have to do a initial rinse with this tea from now on. It used to be a habit, but as I tried more and more flavored teas I dropped the habit. The second brew was wonderful and perfect. I used 1 tsp for a small teapot (12oz). The pearls were quite large to my eye, perhaps .7mm in diameter.

I can see myself drinking this alot and wonder how it’ll stand up to grandpa style brewing.

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72
drank Un Momento by Tealux
120 tasting notes

Let me start out by saying that it really irks me when I forget to put rooibos blends in a T-sac and instead put them in an infuser because oh.my.gosh I hate little floaty rooibos bits. When it’s actually tea floating in my cup, it’s no biggie. But….little scratchy bits of rooibos that stick to the sides of your mouth and under your tongue…ugh. I don’t mind the flavor of rooibos usually, but feeling pieces of it in my mouth while drinking it is just unbearable.

Now, I made this for my boyfriend to try and stole a couple of sips from his cup. He didn’t seem to mind the pieces (thank goodness because I wouldn’t have finished the cup due to being so annoyed). The flavor and smell, however, were wonderful! I definitely see myself seeking out other coffee-flavored teas now. I liked that there was the slightest hint of warm, roasty, comforting coffee-ness in both the fragrance and taste. I also felt this truly encompassed the flavors of tiramisu. The most prominent parts were the espresso, vanilla/cream/custard, and almond. Is there normally almond or amaretto in tiramisu? If there isn’t, perhaps there should be because it tasted great all together.

I just have to make sure that I always brew this in a bag. I’m rating this solely based on flavor, since any rooibos/honeybush blend finds its way out of my infusers, making it not the fault of this blend.

Flavors: Almond, Cream, Espresso, Vanilla

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drank Black Dragon Pearls by Tealux
965 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample cookies

These pearls are pretty mild. Drinkable but boring. Maybe I’m just not in the mood for them? Meh. Sorry!

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80
drank Dragon Lychee Pearls by Tealux
125 tasting notes

I don’t know why I continue to buy flavored blacks. They always sound so good on the website, so I buy them and then they get here and sit around until I force myself to drink them. You’d think I would eventually learn…

Anyway, Cameron just reviewed this one so it inspired me to take out my bag and try to get rid of some more of it. Now, I’ve never actually had a lychee before, so my only knowledge of the fruit comes from tea. I find it a bit floral, quite sweet and juicy. Almost grape like, but not quite. Honestly, I feel it would be more at home with a green tea, but it’s nice here too. It’s a very refreshing flavor that reminds me of summer. In this tea the flavoring overpowers the base a bit, but it still manages to be quite lovely. I probably won’t rebuy, but I greatly enjoy it whenever I make myself brew some.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

I still like Lychee Barley from Lupicia better! :D

Stephanie

lychee oolong from Butiki was fantastic…le sigh

cookies

I bet barley goes well with lychee. I’ll have to stick that one on my to-buy list

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78
drank Dragon Lychee Pearls by Tealux
708 tasting notes

Another one from cookies! I’m excited to try this one, as I’ve heard good things about it from a few different people. I don’t have a ton of experience with lychee, but I really liked the Lychee Barley from Lupicia so I’m intent on trying more lychee-flavored teas! These pearls are about a centimeter in diameter, and they’re more loosely rolled than other pearls I’ve seen. Dry scent is strong, sweet lychee! I used eight pearls for my 8 ounces of water.

The steeped tea also smells strongly of lychee, but it’s not overwhelming. I can smell some cocoa notes as well. Wow, there is a lot of lychee going on here, and it’s very tasty. I would describe lychee as being sweet, juicy, floral, and slightly musky. The base tea has nice cocoa and malt flavors, and a touch of wood. Tasty!

Flavors: Cocoa, Floral, Lychee, Malt, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Well, I’ve found the first tea that I don’t plan on ever running out of…

There is something so wonderful about this combination of flavors. A little cinnamony, a little oaty, a little nuttiness, a little raisiny sweetness….I love it so much. And Tealux makes it even easier to love by charging such a reasonable price! It is so right up my alley :) Hot, cold…I’ll take it any way I can get it.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Nutty, Oats, Raisins

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78
drank Toffee Caramel Rooibos by Tealux
252 tasting notes

This tea makes me laugh. I bought it awhile ago but haven’t had it because I normally don’t like ooey gooey sweet stuff. It had some pretty good reviews on the Tealux website so I thought I’d try it out.

It is quite tasty. Definitely a caramel yumminess to it without being overly sweet. This is one rooibos tea that seems to be fairly hidden underneath the caramel creaminess. I like rooibos in general but for those that don’t they might like this tea. I’m okay with the flavouring too (no tongue tingling). I didn’t really expect to like it but I am enjoying it.

A good tea to grab when craving something sweet!

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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44
drank Pumpkin Cream Rooibos by Tealux
252 tasting notes

I’ve had this tea for awhile and not tried it out. It was a big disappointment. I didn’t really get much pumpkin. Was too artificial tasting to me.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Tealizzy

Bummer! It really is hard to find a good pumpkin rooibos. Most of the time, there’s no pumpkin!

Ubacat

It must be a hard flavour to do.

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drank Cantaloupe Pleasure by Tealux
64 tasting notes

Well!

Hmm. So I just received this, and added it to Steepster since it’s so new it didn’t have an entry. At the Tealux website the ingredient list is as follows: apple pieces, date pieces (dates, rice flour), cranberry slices (cranberries, sugar), melon pieces, almond pieces, apple cubes, flavoring, cinnamon rods, pistachios, freeze-dried pumpkin pieces, fig pieces and cranberry slices, beetroot.

But I’ve just opened up my 25 gram pouch, and it has white tea in it. I mean not JUST white tea, it also had some of the other ingredients listed (definitely apple, date, melon, almond, lots of fruity bits, and chamomile buds, which weren’t on the list either). But the white tea base was a surprise since it wasn’t in there! And the tea itself isn’t in the white tea section on the Tealux site, it’s filed under fruity tea. And as you can see in the picture that went with the listing, white tea isn’t visible.

This is a puzzler. Did they send me the wrong tea in the correctly labeled bag? It does resemble what’s pictured here, only with the addition of white tea leaves, possibly a bai mu dan.

On to the tasting! Dry the leaf had a vaguely fruity scent, a muted melon that was more watermelon than cantaloupe. Steeped the scent is all chamomile! I’m afraid to take a sip, but in the interests of science…well, it’s alright. Flavor-wise I’m getting very mellow fruit, but it’s a whisper under the warring tastes of white tea and chamomile. More of the fruitiness peeks out as it cools. I had dazzling visions of this being a bright sparkling fruity marvel of an iced tea, but I don’t think reality will see that through.

Let this cool to barely lukewarm and it just tastes like chamomile now. :(

Going to contact Tealux about this tomorrow and see what they say!

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78
drank Smokejumper Ginger by Tealux
64 tasting notes

Got my Tealux order in today from their recent sale! Trying a bunch of new things from them as usual, I’m so weak for companies that sell 25g or 1oz at a time. I’d just almost always rather a new bunch of many things rather than larger quantities of fewer things. STUFF! THINGS! TEA!

I don’t know why I hadn’t tried this one before as it’s right up my street! Nice smoky lapsang and my beloved ginger. It’s a nice bacon-y lapsang souchong they’ve used here, good flavor. The ginger doesn’t come through very strongly in terms of taste, but I can definitely feel that it’s there as a mild gingery tingle follows each sip and lingers for a moment.

I’ll probably do a longer steep next time, as I let this go for only about three and a half. I think next go round we’ll try five minutes and see what that does for it. As it is I’m still enjoying the cup though!

I’m in a sales-y spirit so I’m doing a sale for my Etsy vintage shop today until midnight…10% off everything with the code 10PERCENT. Check it out: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SaraLouiseVintage :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Sencha Berry Fig by Tealux
125 tasting notes

Mmm, another winner from Tealux. This is a beautifully sweet, slightly mild tea that I’m really enjoying. Sencha base (boo) but it’s not super vegetal or bitter and honestly not that noticeable among the fruity flavors. I don’t taste much of the strawberry, but the raspberry, blackberry and fig are all discernible and play quite well together. It’s a beautiful looking tea as well. Nice long leaves of sencha peppered with pink peony petals and a nice amount of dried whole berries and large fig slivers. Really a lovely tea all around. I imagine it would be delightful iced, I’ll have to give it a try tomorrow.

Flavors: Blackberry, Fig, Raspberry

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Green Earl Grey Cream by Tealux
125 tasting notes

Firstly I have to say I appreciate that this is comprised of gunpowder and not sencha. Almost all blends seem to use sencha as their base and I’m not exactly sencha’s biggest fan. Gunpowder was certainly the right choice for this one as I think the heavier vegetal qualities of sencha would clash with bergamot and cream.
Opening the bag I’m first struck by the lovely scent. It smells exactly like The Persimmon Tree’s Earl Grey Heaven, which I adore. It tastes quite the same as well except, of course, with a green base instead of black. Heavy notes of rich buttercream and orangey/bergamoty citrus zest. It’s really making me crave a cake with some nice thick frosting. Not artificial tasting at all which is sometimes a problem with ‘cream’ teas. I’ll certainly be picking up more of this when I’m through with the ounce I ordered.

Flavors: Bergamot, Frosting, Orange

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kittenna

I believe I have this one too, and I also appreciate the lack of sencha as a base tea! It’s so overdone, and usually not very good. Other greens are SO much better.

cookies

Agreed! I wish there would be more with bi luo chun as a base which would go SO much better with sweet additions. I wonder if mediocre sencha is super inexpensive or something.

Kittenna

Pretty sure it is, and that’s why. I can totally see Bi Luo Chun as a great base for a creamy flavoured tea!

K S

Good to see some love for Green Earl Grey. I support the Bi Luo Chun idea.

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