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drank Deep Breath by Tealux
191 tasting notes

Had this one this afternoon. The eucalyptus was not quite as strong as I thought it would be and it had a fairly pleasant chai taste to it. No, not the kind of tea you drink for enjoyment but for it’s health benefits. It seemed to help my asthma just a bit.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Licorice, Tulsi

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Cheri

There are days when I’d do just about anything to help my asthma.

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drank Cocoa Orange Fusion by Tealux
191 tasting notes

This was one of the new teas in my Tealux order. When I went searching on Steepster to see if this tea was set up I found a Cocoa Orange tea by Fusion Tea. It had the same ingredients and the same description! How strange.

This smelled pretty good in the bag. A strong cocoa with a hint of orange. Brewed with boiling for 5 min. It’s really quite tasty. The cocoa isn’t over strong like a cup of hot chocolate but it’s there with light notes of orange and lemongrass. The nettle leaves give it a little added spice but it’s all balanced quite nicely. I’m very happy with it as I don’t have a huge selection for my evening teas.

Flavors: Chocolate, Lemongrass, Orange Zest

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I seem to be addicted to mid-day green. Even though I’ve been wanting to embark on a serious journey through the world of oolong, I just don’t feel quite right without first getting some green tea under my belt. Today’s selection: Tealux Superfine High Mountain Mao Feng.

This tea is good—basically exemplifying my concept of Mao Feng. Slightly vegetal with a tiny bit of florality. The liquor is pale green veering peach. I like it, I do. In this two-glass testsubin, I used more tea and steeped for a shorter time, in keeping with my slow evolution toward gongfu brewing… The result is better than usual.

Flavors: Floral, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 17 OZ / 502 ML

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drank Coco Chai by Tealux
263 tasting notes

No. Just no. And it seems it’s unanimous so far. Three notes now say “no, thanks” to this one. And TheTeaFairy who didn’t write a note (yet?) also doesn’t like it based on what she wrote on the ziploc bag she sent my way. There’s too much nutmeg or something in this one. No coconut despite the almond coconut milk I threw in. Usually that additive helps along any chai wannabe. Thank you, TheTeaFairy for crossing this one off my list.

I’m sitting here on my sunny patio reading “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini and I grabbed some veggie samosas and made this chai to help the mood. But this chai will have to be replaced. Thank goodness Laoshan village Chai from Verdant is on its way to me. Yay!

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Thank you, TheTeaFairy for sharing a little of your favourite oolong with me. This came before you found out I’m not into floral teas. I’ve avoided this for long enough, I have new tea coming in and although it’s not a lot of new tea, it’s enough tea that I feel guilty for still dragging around some samples.

So knowing full well this is not my cuppa I steeped the entire sample into my pot. Very pale coloured tea, so much so that I wondered if I understeeped. floral on the nose, both dry leaf and more so after brewed. I actually like the aftertaste better than the sip!

TheTeaFairy says “light flowery notes”. If one is not into floral he/she will pick up on the slightest flowery note anyway. It’s not bad and it’s not jasmine thus is shall drink it just fine but am not rushing to bring any more into my cupboard.

Thanks again, tea fairy. More for you, I guess!

TheTeaFairy

Lol, no worries…it’s just one of those I like so much I want to share with the world!!

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85

this seems to be the experimental blend this season….

i’ve tried a few and this is the best so far! they all smell great dry, but fall short on the evolution after steeping. this one was balanced and soothing (for evening) but also lively!

can’t think of a time of day it wouldn’t be good…. might be even better cold steeped. =0)

doing a back flip into classes again tomorrow….. a whole five days off. wow. g’night! lol!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
TheTeaFairy

This tea smells like pickles to me but it tastes good!! I’ve had it cold brewed only.
Have a good five days off :-)

JustJames

sadly, they are gone…. but they WERE nice, lol….. in between all the chores. sigh. (reminds self “you signed up dummy”)

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drank Warm Cider by Tealux
55 tasting notes

Man, I just could not for the life of me figure out how to party with this. I tried it on boiling and didn’t like the result, tried it on a lower temp and it was even worse. I think the culprit was the powdery stuff in the blend – it was like a very sharp, super sour green apple all ground up, maybe even with some lemon in there. Honestly one of the sourest things I’ve ever tasted, and not in a way that could be pleasurable. I tried to work around the powder the last time but it still made for a sour cup. I didn’t get the cider element at all, just sour lemon/green apple strong enough to even override the flavor of the nice-looking leaf.

Glad I only got 25 grams of this one. The final go was one of the few cups of tea that I’ve made that I’ve ended up pouring down the drain.

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Thanks again Dexter! Sadly, this one has NOT ME written all over it. Rooibos and hibiscus? Hoo boy. But I’m always happy to try any tea! But hoo boy. It’s pretty much tart hibiscus and woodsy medicinal rooibos that somehow also tastes like ginger! Another one of my least favorites. And licorice? I think it might be here to try to tame the texture of the rooibos.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

Tart stuff does NOT go with rooibos. We should put tea vendors on notice :)

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The sipping all the tisanes continues. I have to say that I much prefer Angel Falls Mist to this one, it’s almost too tart (and I like tart things). I’m not getting any mango, but I am getting notes of various berries. It almost reminds me of Teavana’s Sevenberry Sangria, except it lacks the rooibos (that one also benefited from sweetener). This isn’t bad, but an excellent tisane is one that I don’t have to sweeten, and this one doesn’t quite hit the mark.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Assam #8 by Tealux
4726 tasting notes

Cards and tea travelling teabox

Oh i am loving this one. Talk about gulping hot tea down! While this smells similar to some of the teas from TTC and a few from Stacy (Butiki) this one IS different. malty, sweet honey fruity deliciousness.

Scheherazade

I liked this one, too. Black beauty indeed :)

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drank Hong Yu - Red jade Organic by Tealux
4726 tasting notes

Cards and tea travelling tea box

This tea called out to me because i have found through trial and error that i MUCH prefer tealux’s straight teas to their flavoured ones. I hadn’t tried this one yet so i figured i should give it a go. this tea is really nice and smooth, however it’s not for me. There’s a taste here that i don’t like but i suspect that others would love this. I steeped this alongside another from tealux and it is divine! while this one is just ok. I still enjoyed this but the taste just doesn’t woo me like the tones in the other cup. I can’t quite explain what the taste is, but it’s similar, though not quite, to the roasty oolong taste that i am not a huge fan of. if that makes sense haha

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drank Lotus Green Tea by Tealux
377 tasting notes

NOPE! musty spearmint mixed with….. something. absolutely not. there is creative license and then there is just gross. }=0(

dammit, i paid for this too! at least it was just a small one.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
TheTeaFairy

Lol, I so agree, that one was so gross, I threw it out. But a friend bought me a lotus tea when she was in Asia, and it’s really good. It’s a floral tea with sweet vanilla earthy notes, very pretty. Tealux’s version just tasted like soap!

JustJames

the word ‘appalling’ comes to mind. vanilla dn earth were nowhere near this. yuck! this one goes to my wisteria!

Dexter

When Tealux gets flavors right, they can be very good – but they also get them VERY wrong. Sorry you wasted money James, but life is too short – dump it and move on.

TheTeaFairy

Yes, purge.

JustJames

agreed and agreed…. good bye! wait, i suspend the ‘good’…… ‘bye!’

looseTman

Another nominee for the “Hall of Shame”

Whispering Pines Tea Company

And I’m over here sulking in the corner because I liked this one…haha

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I got mine from Art of Tea though, and I’d assume they are the same since they have the same exact description. Haha

TheTeaFairy

LooseTman, I fully support and vote for its entry to the Hall of Shame. Brenden could always buy a ticket and go there if he ever feels the urge of drinking it again!!

Thanks Brenden for sharing this crucial information… Mental note: NEVER BUY ART OF TEA LOTUS TEA!!!!
;-)

JustJames

brenden…. i haven’t chucked mine yet…… i can ship it to you. heh heh. we could do a tea swap! lol

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Eh, it’s not something I would repurchase, but I did like it! :P

I’d be down for a tea swap except for the fact that I only have 2 more teas to finish and then I’m going to be starting my “tiny tea” collection, where I never buy more than an ounce, only buy the most amazing stuff I can find, and only have 16 spots available at any given time…though I might make that 8 instead :)

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drank Milk Oolong | Jin Xuan by Tealux
191 tasting notes

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86

Tea and Cards Travelling teabox.

I confess, i’ve had this tea before but it was so long ago, i wanted to see if my memory of this tea was correct AND if my tastes had changed so much that this was not a tea i wanted. Turns out that my tastes HAVE changed, and while this was a nice cup of tea, it was not the same incredibly amazing tea that i had back in the day. Dropped the rating a little for not being able to go the distance for a few months but it’s still a tea i’d be willing to rotate in to my cupboard if i placed an order with tealux again. It’s chocolatey and malty and in the grandscheme of things, a tasty tea.

TheTeaFairy

Mmmm, jin jun mei…

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drank Dragon Lychee Pearls by Tealux
377 tasting notes

grabbed this with the father’s day discount….. soooooooooo worth it! proper review will have to come later…. essay calling!!!! (48 hours from now i’m free for 5!) that didn’t used to be a big number….. somehow that changed?

LYCHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
TheTeaFairy

I’m glad someone else finally tasted this tea, it is sooooo gooood!

JustJames

i loved it! so awesome!!!!! teafairy? you’re magic…… can’t you do something abut my essay? (=0) puh-leez?

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Well unfortunately, my powers don’t reach to BC yet, I would have to be a much wiser and older fairy for that… But I can wish you good Fairy luck, it has been know to work…sometimes ;-)

JustJames

you are a very kind fairy…. i’m tired. i don’t feel like writing 1200 words of sociology. i don’t wanna. i could be persuaded to write about tea…. =0) maybe. in exchange for a lovely cup. lol

TheTeaFairy

But you must :-O
Oh, I’m sure you’d wish you had more than 1200 words if you’d be writing about tea!! I know I could write countless words about it :-)

JustJames

gender, race, sexuality, inequality, parity, inequity and sexual identity. oof. no original thinking. all regurgitation from the text. i just don’t want to. i’m tired, lol. and obviously- i’m whining!

TheTeaFairy

Me think you need to regurgitate some tea instead of existential words, just stop and have a nice cup :-) :-) :-)

Stephanie

Sounds good!

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drank Angels Falls Mist by Tealux
286 tasting notes

Life stuff first.

My parents bought a condo in NYC and so this past weekend (really an extended weekend – short vacation), my husband and I went up (actually we just got back today). First of all, I am so behind on steepster it’s ridiculous. Second, NYC is crazy in the summer, third, in 2 days I walked over 8 miles so I’m a wee bit exhausted. I only bought a little bit of tea (Davidstea Hot Tropic and Sangria) since I had a family friend walking with me and I didn’t want to seem like a complete nut-case; next time I will definitely spend over $5 on tea while I’m there. Also, I passed a Kusmi and I know there are several other brands available. And I bought Ladurée macaroons. Yum.
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Anyway, I knew I was going to be dehydrated when I got home so I had a container of this (actually, there’s another blend too) cold brewing in the fridge. It is delightful! I’m mostly getting strawberry. No added sweetener needed.

I really do not want to go to work tomorrow… and I want Steepster to work today since I have a lot to catch up on. But I keep on getting that black screen which makes it seem like they are doing updates or something. All I’m saying is that this note better not get eaten.

Preparation
Iced
Cheri

I’ve been getting a lot of the black screens today as well. I sent an email. Hopefully it’s something that can be sorted out quickly.

Kaylee

Don’t worry, the note didn’t get eaten! Also, NYC is always crazy; that is what makes it awesome.

Kaylee

Don’t worry, the note didn’t get eaten! Also, NYC is always crazy; that is what makes it awesome.

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I’ve realized a few things. The main one is that I need to quit trying to review new teas when I’m spending the weekend at Tony’s, except maybe in the dead of winter when there is snow on the ground. I think there are 2 reasons, & both of them effect my sense of smell & taste. The first is simply that my allergies are worse at his house. He uses a window unit for air conditioning in the bedroom, so I always wake up congested & with a funky taste in my mouth, because airborne crap comes right in. It’s an old brick house, & would be a major ordeal to route the central air to the attic. I can handle being outside in that stuff for a few hours at a time, as long as I can go into my air conditioned house to decompress, but sleeping with it all night sucks.
Reason number 2, his water filter is also the really cheap kind. To clarify, When I buy something, i do a little research first, & I tend to buy the best quality of that thing that I can afford. This applies to water filters, cars, etc.
Don’t tell Tony I’m complaining, it will hurt his feelings. He really is the most wonderful man in the world, but if we ever actually move in together, these are a few points I’ll be adamant about.

Having said all of that, this tea was sent by our dear TeaFairy, & I should not be drinking it, because I know it’s much better than what I’m getting. I’d like to apologize for all the lame reviews I’ve written over the last several weekends for teas from various friends. I doubt that I did them justice.

Sil

hahaha i’m tellllling! ;)

Skulleigh

This reminds me – I need to order a new filter for the water dispenser in the fridge. It’s sad that we can’t get the cup of tea we know the leaves have the potential to be :)

Terri HarpLady

@ Sil :ppppp""
Speaking of bad water & air, I’m going to visit my folks in Apopka, FL in July. The water there is AWEFULL, along with my allergies. I should probably just bring crappy teas I don’t care about, but I don’t have any, LOL.

Skulleigh

Oh lordy, I used to live in North Florida. We had good water, but we had a softener system on it. Bad water in Florida can be really nasty. You have my sympathies!

Terri HarpLady

Their tap water is pretty high in in surphur & other minerals.
As much as I detest bottled water, I always buy a case of it upon arrival. Before I put it in the kettle, I dump it back & forth between 2 cups a couple of times, in an effort to add some oxygen to it.

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drank Fujian Beauty by Tealux
2859 tasting notes

Another one from TeaFairy
This is a tasty cup, with the main features being a honey & fruit aroma.

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Good stuff. Not the best Jin Xuan I’ve ever had, but a bargain for the price.
A sweet buttery aroma from the tin, almost like Caramel popcorn.
Taste is milky and smooth. Very enjoyable, don’t steep too long.

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Assam #8 by Tealux
346 tasting notes

Not really a detailed note, but more a reminder to myself. Short steeps really bring out the fruity notes of this tea, I think I prefer it this way.

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So this is one of the last samples that Virginia sent me…storm it, I’m gonna spend all my money at David’s Tea and Tealux. It’s ridiculous! XD
I figured this tea would taste like honey since its name is Jin Jun Mei Golden Eyebrow. You know…codeword for honey…well, maybe that doesn’t make sense to you. But that’s how my stupid brain works I guess.
The first couple sips definitely did taste like honey mixed with malty-ness which I loved. But then the honey flavor went away and was replaced by a roast-y flavor…which I thought was even better. But then when all was well it started tasting more nutty than malt-y. 0_0 I have no idea what happened. That was one of the strangest teas I’ve ever had. I have no idea what’s goin’ on with my taste buds today xD
So overall it was a pretty good tea. Just not exactly what I expected. And now I just have the taste of peanuts in my mouth. So weird-but a good weird! I’ll probably get more! XD Thanks again, Virginia!

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Nutty

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drank Pu-erh Caramel Chai by Tealux
55 tasting notes

After a hideously extended tea buying hiatus I nearly tackled the UPS guy at the door when he came to deliver my Tealux order. WONDER! JOY! GLORY! TEEEEEEA!

Once I’d literally hugged the multitude of packets to my chest, I set to the lovely and soothing task of putting everything in tins and jars. Ah, the ritual. I picked up 11 different teas in 25 gram packets, just trying a bit of everything since I’d never ordered from Tealux before. I was especially excited about their pu-erh chais, so this is the first one I’m trying from the batch!

I’m surprised I don’t taste more caramel considering the pretty little round chunks of it I found in the mix. The spices are heavy but I’m not sure what’s standing out – the clove, maybe, and a bit of tingle from the ginger? It really has a great depth of flavor and is hitting the spot for me as I’ve been craving more savory flavors lately. Part of it must be the pu-erh, as I literally can’t remember the last time I had a cup of it. Could be far enough back that I actually forgot how it tastes (pitiful). It’s a much richer base than the black teas I’ve been used to, and I have to say I’m loving it. Must do a better job keeping up my pu-erh stock, clearly.

Might try it with vanilla soy milk later and see how that does it, but I’m definitely enjoying this!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Assam #8 by Tealux
236 tasting notes

Funny thing, I started writing a tasting note for Butiki’s Premium Taiwanese Assam before remembering that this was what I chose after momentarily grabbing the PTA and changing my mind. I thought it smelled different. And…dare I say it? Better. Don’t get me wrong, I drink PTA almost every day and I love it.

Tonight, I need some comfort. I really need to unwind, and stop thinking about everything and just drink tea. The aroma of my cup is especially sweet today, with raisins, caramel, molasses and brown sugar all coming through. The taste is representative of the aroma, with the addition of sweet potato and malt. I really forgot how good this is. The flavours are nice and strong, and although they meld together perfectly, they are very easily distinguishable. Bumping my rating.

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They make matcha by grounding this tea…Funny that I absolutely love it but can’t appreciate a good matcha.

The leaves resemble green party confetti. The little flakes are so light, you need at least 3 tsp to make a flavourful cup. It’s worth brewing in a glass vessel, looks like a shaken magic crystal snowball!

It’s too expensive to make it an everyday green, too bad cause I could drink it a lot more often. I only buy it once in a while and try to drink it quickly cause the fresher the better.

I like that it’s so forgiving for a green tea, not finicky at all. It never goes bitter, it’s pretty neutral, the taste is not overly grassy or vegetal and it’s probably one of sweetest greens I have had.

A green for the non green lover (even Sil and Dexter liked it!!)

It seems hard to find, out of the vendors I purchase from, only a few carry it.

Well I’m all out now…It was a great afternoon tea.

ifjuly

i like tencha more than matcha usually too! you’re not alone. (:

TheTeaFairy

Ah! Hello there, we’ve missed ya ;-)

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