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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!
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!
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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
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
With the dry leaves in a warm gaiwan, this purple leaf oolong from Tealux smells very heavily roasted with a hint of vinegar. My only experience with purple leaf tea has been with a Kenyan purple oolong that had a nice plum and berry kind of flavor but was easily over or underbrewed, getting a dirty or bland taste if you went much over or under 170F (I have no idea why this temperature is the sweet spot, but it is the one the vendor recommended and I tried many others to ensure this was the best). The tea was fussy. I also had a purple tips loose leaf raw puer from that same vendor and it had a very heavy woody tastes that was simply not for me.
Not really sure what to expect from this Taiwanese version of purple tea, the smell is priming me for sort of a Wuyi Oolong experience.
The brewed tea has about the same color as the Kenyan purple oolong I had. There’s a slight rosey tint to it. Where most oolongs would be yellowish, orange, or even greenish, this one has more of a peach/pink hint to it from the purple tint of the leaves (caused by high levels of the antioxidant anthocyanin).
The taste is just what I expected from the smell! It is really similar to Sea Dyke brand Shui Xian, a heavily roasted Wuyi oolong you can find for a really low price at Asian grocery stores. There is a great deal of roast flavor along with just a hint of dill. There’s a good deal of char taste like you’d taste on the edges of pan-fried blackened food. It has a bit of a salty finish. If there is any sweetness in this tea it is barely detectible.
Repeated infusions yeilded more of the same flavor, but stronger.
I didn’t find the flavor particularly enjoyable. If you like really roasted flavors you might.
Flavors: Char, Dill, Roasted, Vinegar
This was phenomenal. I know I adore peachy flavors, and this one is definitely very juicy and peach reminiscent, but peach mixed with floral is killer. And oolong is my favorite tea base, pretty much ever. I want a perfume that smells like this stuff, dry or steeped. I want a candle of it. I want to smell it all day long.
I steeped two teaspoons of this tonight, grandpa style, in my Bee House pot, and had more cups than I could keep track of. Very lovely and light. Lots of roasty rice notes, a hint of astringency but very little, and green tea taste that shifted between sweet and vegetal. Really lovely.
Flavors: Astringent, Nutty, Roasted, Sweet, Toasted Rice, Vegetal
Spears are us, or it is in the case of this tea. They are beautifully twisted and shaped, unusual cocoon style pieces with a chocolate like scent and a high black shine. It doesn’t sound like I’m describing tea, does it? Well in a way it doesn’t feel like it is either, but I’m soo looking forward to trying it.
3 spears in 200ml Gongfu
Time I was recommended is 5-6 minutes so I will stick with that
6 minutes later and I have an extremely pale brown tea liquid. It smells mildly malty and wooden with a slight herb tinge. Flavour is also oddly herbal, I am not sure what though… But despite the delightful oddness of it I must admit it’s pleasant tasting.
Another steep to see if it unleashes more flavours, the leaves are tightly wrapped so I feel it needs to open up more. After another few minutes it’s still mild but I can taste more sweet malt tones. Definite cocoa tones too.
Ok another steep, please open up leaves! Ok after ten minutes it’s still very light. So time to double up, it now has six spears in! Another 6 minutes or so to wait.
That’s a bit better, more floral now than before, though still sweet and malty dominating tones, albeit on a still very light scale.
It certainly is an usual tea, both in appearance and taste, but it’s subtly is just not for me. Sorry Blue Unicorn Reserve, you sound awesome but I just don’t love you.
I had the herbal tea Spicy Pear ages ago. I left a review on here commenting that I really liked the fruity mixture but it was missing something, and thought a white tea would be good. Tealux must have been listening because when I went to order last time this tea was there. I’m just now getting around to trying it and I have to give it the thumbs up. It’s still more of a herbal tea since there’s not much white tea in there but the white tea give it a body that was missing before. There’s popcorn in this too. There was a big piece of popcorn when I put in in my infusier. I am getting that white tea base along with the apple/pear juicy flavour. Just a hint of cinnamon. Not sure if the popcorn adds anything to it but it certainly is good. Light on caffeine too.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Pear
Transitioning to straight teas slowly, it seems. How I realized this?! In my last Tealux order only ONE tea was flavoured, the dragon lychee pearls, which I have to say are a must have. All the rest are pu’erh and unflavoured teas. Monkey tips and white buds and the likes, and this one of course.
I get no grape (like Dexter did) but this tastes entirely like a black tea to me. The leaves, however, are gorgeous. Loooong long leaves. Longest I’ve ever seen. Exclamation crossed my lips upon opening the bag. Also, gorgeous as it is, I must say it ain’t exactly ruby :). More like brandy. I saw not much difference between steeps. I have yet to have the time to steep 7 times like some hard core drinkers but I did it three times. Three back to back 8 oz cups is hard corer for me!
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I like this. Umami, vegetal and sea weed notes from the gyokuro, and a nice roasty note from the rice. There’s also a hint of soapiness, but not strong or bad.
Oh and then right there at the bottom of the cup, honey notes!
Flavors: Honey, Roasted, Seaweed, Soap, Toasted Rice, Umami, Vegetal
Oh, so much better this time around!
First cup steeped 3 min at 90C, and it’s quite perfect. A touch more floral and perfumey at the start of the sip than other milk oolongs I’ve had, and then rich, creamy, buttery goodness. I like this a lot.
The second steep of these leaves had less floral and cream and more vegetal notes. Not quite as interesting but still tasty.
Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Floral, Perfume, Sweet, Vegetal
The dry leaf is tightly rolled with some long stems, and dappled green and almost violet.
The steeped leaves unfurl to almost fill my steeping basket. They smell creamy and buttery with notes of roasting and toasted bread.
The liquor is a deep golden colour and smells even richer, and creamier than the steeped leaf.
The start of the sip is intense and a touch tart, with a hint of bitterness and astringency. After that intense spike though, there’s not much to it. We shall see once this cools a bit how the flavour develops.
As it cools more of the buttery notes develop and it gets richer and more multidimensional, but it’s still not great. I’m pretty sure I oversteeped this, sadly. I’ll have to give it another go with a shorter steep or cooler water.
Flavors: Bitter, Butter, Cream, Roasted, Tart, Toast
Another sample from Dexter!
This is a lovely evening cup. It’s got sweet, floral notes on the nose, and the start of the sip is a touch floral and roasty, almost perfumed. The finish is long, tangy and vegetal, quite a departure from the sip.
Not a stand out to me, but a very pleasant oolong.
Flavors: Floral, Roasted, Sweet, Tangy, Vegetal
Yay, I have so many new and untried black tea samples now (thanks to Blodeuyn)! I was sad because I didn’t have any more new teas to drink in the morning. Huzzah! This one is first because I really want to try more Assams, although I have a sneaking suspicion that it’ll be very close to the Taiwanese Assams I’ve already tried, just based on the smell. But onward, to tea! The leaves are large and supple, definitely shorter but thicker than the usual creepy tree branch teas. Dry scent is incredibly sweet with lots of honey, along with cocoa and malt. I brewed mine for 3 minutes at 200 degrees.
As soon as I poured the hot water over my tea, I smelled cinnamon. Oops… I may have used the same infuser that I used for Snickerdoodle last night! :x Luckily for me, the brewed tea itself does not smell strongly of cinnamon, so I think it’ll be okay! Brewed aroma is very strong brown sugar with malt and sweet dried fruit notes (maybe a touch of cinnamon?). Yummm… There’s definitely a tad bit of cinnamon here, and I don’t know whether it’s inherent in this tea, or whether it’s from the infuser… Either way, it goes beautifully! This tea has a little bit of an earthy undertone, which I wasn’t expecting. However, on top there is a layer of lovely dark brown sugar flavor, along with fruit and malt notes. Oh man, I really hope that slight cinnamon flavor is meant to be there, because it pairs beautifully with the brown sugar. I suppose my next cup will tell me! :P
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Dried Fruit, Earth, Hay, Malt, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes
Inspired by the darjeeling discussions that have been popping up on Steepster lately, I pulled out this sample that was sent to me by the lovely Virginia. Thank you! (I have a been of a sample backlog problem, I know).
I eschewed the instructions that came with it and went with 190F water rather than 212F. The tea came out at a bright golden color that smelled of sweet grape. The main note was also a bright grape over hints of hay with a honey suckle finish. It has only a little astringency. It has that fresh mountain air quality that I love about first flush darjeelings! Overall, a very pleasant darjeeling but not mind blowing.
Flavors: Grapes, Hay, Honeysuckle
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Flavors: Oats, Strawberry
This superb tea was bought from Tealux. Sweet to smell and to taste but doesn’t overpower with sickly sweet sugar. Flavours reminiscent from the process in which it’s made -it’s a lovely milky treat. I enjoyed it in a Timolino flask and it got better the longer I left it to steep (to my taste).
Flavors: Caramel, Milk, Vanilla
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Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Butter, Milk
i find with oolongs, the magic is in the cooling. when you let your cup cool, the tea opens up and you’ll experience more notes, and greater depth of those notes.
the aftertaste/after sip in this is sliiightly peach/nectarine but not quite. definitely not as peachy as in other greener, less oxidized oolongs. but it is a subtle fruity-floral, not quite orchid but you can say it is crisp. crisp like a Washington apple? Hmm i’m not sure. if i got definitive apple out of this i’d be thoroughly impressed (not to mention, happy!) but perhaps that is to be found in subsequent steeps.
this is only the first steep, and i have to say, Black Pearl Sumatra sits nicely in between a delicate black tea and an oolong. actually the ‘black tea quality’ about this is sturdy, like a dark-roasted grain, though i wouldn’t say the flavor is toasty. it’s kind of similar in overall flavor to Tealux’s Cream Irish Breakfast, sans butter or cream.
mellow, smooth, buttery, flaky pastry
tea liquor: color infuses almost instantaneously and it is a rich dark, coffee-color brown that turns amber red in the light, just beautiful.
rich and full-bodied. not bitter in the least. so delicious, that even though i added brown sugar, it was a very little bit. next time i may even try without. this is a flaky pastry in a cup, and i’ve been waiting to say that for quite a while. it’s great with milk, but even a touch, you can still taste the buttery, milky flavor beneath that you got in the dry leaf. this is quite delicious! am seriously considering stocking some of this. would make a wonderfully smooth, creamy base for a stovetop chai, but given that spice and sweetness would inevitably take over, the precious flavor of this tea might go unnoticed!
i’ve never had an official ‘Irish breakfast tea’ but if this is anything to go by, it’s a very special tea! unique for sure and might i add—delicious and satisfying. so glad i started my day (err….late afternoon) off with this.
Flavors: Butter, Milk, Pastries, Smooth
The name of this translates to Cloud and Mist. It is seen as the predecessor of Huang Shan Mao Feng Tea. Isn’t Mao Feng like Bi Luo Chun too? Anyway, that’s what this tea reminds me of – Bi Luo Chun. It’s got that mossy buttery taste which I LOVE. Can’t get enough of teas like this. It’s sweet, nutty & mossy. They call it fruity notes but to me it’s that delicate mossy flavour that I love.
Flavors: Butter, Moss, Nutty