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Sipdown. I used the last of this packet on a cold-brew. (Though technically a room temperaure brew. It sat in my water bottle in the car for at least 4 hours.) Probably over-infused at this point, though still pretty drinkable.
Sharp, woody, astringent, with a little bit of cinnamon chaser. This wouldn’t be my choice to cold brew again.
I did bring this tea with me to KC because it wasn’t one I liked much. Therefore if time, temp, and water were weird I wouldn’t be disappointed.
Can’t wait for the Midwest Tea Fest tomorrow!
Flavors: Astringent, Cinnamon, Wood
Gaiwan. Dry leaf smelled like roasted peas or maybe soybeans.
10s lightly roasted, light peas, slightly sweet brown sugar
15s drying, brown sugar, soybeans. This flavor profile continued 3 steeps before I stopped as the drying effect was getting too intense for me.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Drying, Soybean
This is a queued tasting note.
Sometimes, when I bring tea to work in little dime bags, I feel like the strangest drug dealer in the world. Got a coworker hooked on more of the good stuff though; brought a cold brew of this in with me for the start of my shift and split it with everyone who was working. One girl had never tried lychee before and I could tell from her first sip she was gonna be a major addict. Just gotta build them up to the point where they’re hooked enough to drop $10/1g…
That’s the going rate, right?
Don’t question my also questionable drug knowledge…
Started my morning off with this one before I broke into my cuppings for the day…
This is such a smooth cold brew; the sweet, silky notes of malt and chocolate from the base tea are seductive and relaxing. I feel like I’m eating a really good, high quality dark chocolate bar and it’s melting on the roof of my mouth. Then I’m hit with the bright lychee; it’s so vibrant and just a little floral. While it doesn’t fit with my dark chocolate metaphor perfectly; I suppose it could be a lychee juice I’m washing the chocolate down with? It’s a great example of contrasting flavours coming together to create something brilliant.
So, this is one of those songs I’ve heard on the radio several times and LOVED each time but never known the name of or artist. Well, recently accidentally found it when I was listening to some other City and Colour songs on Youtube and it popped up in the recommendations. I had NO IDEA this was sung by that band; but now that I know it I like it even more. I may be overplaying it a bit right now, though.
This is a queued tasting note.
Had this one as a cold brew, which is a method that overall I enjoy although hot brews are better. It had such a strong, floral lychee flavour that it was a little challenging picking anything else out. However, in the finish I observed a cross between a wood-like flavour note and the taste of dark chocolate/cocoa.
This is a queued tasting note.
So, I woke up Sunday morning to get ready for work and I had the biggest craving for lychee. I can’t even express how amazing it felt to not only have one lychee tea in my cupboard but two to pick from! Options, motherfuckers!
So this was my commute tea on Sunday: it was brilliant! The bright, juicy lychee top note satisfied that lychee craving in every possible way and the black base tea underneath is phenomenal as well. It’s natural, sweet and smooth honey, malt and cocoa notes are both a stunning contrast to the juicy, floral lychee but also a wonderful compliment. You’re matching not only the intense rich flavour of the lychee but the intense rich flavour of the black tea. Mmmm!
This is a queued tasting note.
This tea comes from Liquid Proust’s stash sale! A while back we were talking lychee teas and he highly recommended this one to me, so when I saw he was selling it I had to jump on the chance to try it!
I made this in a teacup, using five of the tiny little pearls, and resteeped it twice after the initial infusion. The first was very smooth with an incredibly light, bright and juicy lychee/floral top not practically bouncing off notes of malt, cocoa, and honey from the base tea that composed the body of the sip. It was absolutely delicious, and the juxtaposition of flavour was quite lovely and intense. Subsequent infusions were much the same, though we the lychee flavour fading fairly substantially throughout infusions. The more it faded, however, the more I noticed the floral and honey notes.
Truly, this was a wonderful tea though. Quite worthy of LP’s praise, for sure. I particularly loved the intensity of the lychee flavour that definitely stayed true to the flavour of actual lychee fruit. Mmm!
Today’s the day for trying tea that I didn’t like in the gaiwan to see if a different style of steeping changes the flavor. And I’m mostly over the death cold.
Dry leaf- caramel? Small rolled balls. Dark roast off wet leaves.
30s- sweet caramel, no roasted taste. 45s- more roast, sweet. After that, I got a lot of roast but lost the sweetness of the early steeps. 1min30s serious astringency on the roof of my mouth and tongue. I wish the taste had panned out more. I got lost in the roast.
Flavors: Caramel, Roasted
Jan 25th: You know those teas you buy because the tasting notes sounded good online. This is one of those teas. I think I’ve found out that I don’t care for chai all that much. And caramel doesn’t belong in tea. Dry leaf smells: carmely, sugary, chai. This tea is okay when hot though the flavors don’t come through well. However, once the tea cools, the chai part is fine. It’s the caramel artificial flavoring that is not good. It pretty much ruins the tea for me. I might try it with sugar to see if it can fix the fake flavor.
This is the first disappointing thing I’ve bought from Tealyra. To be fair, the website does say it’s a milder tasting tea, but I found it to be just too bland. Also, I underestimated the sweetness of the honeybush in this… I definitely recommend adding less sugar than usual, as this tea is naturally sweet.
Well after waiting for an eternity last night, my new game finally finished installing and I got to play with dinosaurs in ARK: Survival Evolved. Really though a lot of the game involved me dying in various embarrassing ways, since this game is hard survival and has a bit of a learning curve. Also there are dinosaurs, some of them are real jerks…especial packs of Compys and Dilophosaurus, and the occasional jerk Utahraptor that ‘clever girl’ed me. I am pleased that I managed to never starve to death or die from falling, though as in life my sense of direction is abysmal and I do get lost a lot. One time I got so lost trying to find my way back to my little base camp that I just gave up and wandered to a Spinosaurus to be eaten and re-spawned. Fun times!
Time once again to delve into my never ending backlog of tea notes with Tealyra’s Feng Shui Wellness, an herbal blend of Apple Pieces, Goji Berries, Dragonfruit, Nettle Leaves, Blackberry Leaves, Lemongrass, Orange Peel, Eucalyptus Leaves, Carrot Flakes, Natural Flavoring, Cornflower, and Marigold Flowers. Of all the various blends on Tealyra, I picked this one out because it had eucalyptus, I was having lung problems at the time and that stuff works wonders for me, but I wanted something sweet too, so this looked promising. The aroma of the unsteeped blend mixes cooling and sharp notes of eucalyptus with lemon, pepper, sweet apple, tropical dragonfruit, and the oh so wonderfully honey sweet note of goji berries. It is really quite sweet smelling while also being refreshing.
Giving this tea a steeping, the aroma is now very strong in the eucalyptus and lemon, along with strong herbaceous notes from the nettle, it smells green and fresh. Underneath the herbaceous notes are sweet tropical fruit and honey. The liquid smells a bit tart, it smells like there is hibiscus in here, but there was none in the ingredients…bit they also did not list the red peppercorn so I dunno. The pink coloring and tart notes make me raise an eyebrow, but there is also a good amount of tropical fruit and cooling eucalyptus with a strong citrus note.
The first thing I notice is the mild cooling effect from the eucalyptus, talk about a breath of fresh air, literally, it really does make my lungs happy. This tea is actually really tasty, strong notes of citrus and herbaceous green notes dance with goji berries and sweet yet tart dragon fruit and apple. There is definitely hibiscus in this blend, I taste it with its tart metallic tone, but it is mild so I don’t mind too much. I found this tea was also pretty good cold steeped, and is just best when it is slightly cool rather than hot.
Mmm, I forgot how much I loved this one. Almost a sip down for me, I have just enough left for a bowl brew. I’ll have to add this to my re-purchase list though. This is one of my favorite Jin Xuans. Not the creamy floral type ( à la Green Terrace) I love so much, but the delicious fruity style. Lots of tropical fruit notes swimming in a custard. So so good. Not my everyday preference but I certainly like it enough to keep on hand for times I crave this style.
Flavors: Butter, Custard, Fruit Punch, Mango, Pineapple, Tropical
Dry leaf aroma: Malty sweet with a hint of pipe tobacco.
Dry leaf appearance: https://www.instagram.com/p/_Jx6hglcJs/
Wet leaf aroma: Alfalfa.
Wet leaf appearance: https://www.instagram.com/p/_JyrcDFcLL/
Preparation: Brewed western style in a ceramic infuser mug.
First/only steeping: 3 minutes at 200 degrees.
Pleasant malty molasses aroma with a beautiful sable liquor. While hot, the undertones are pure malt and molasses. This Assam definitely stays true to its bouquet! As the cup cools, a sugary astringent aftertaste develops.
This was a delightful Assam to start my day and I hope to be able to keep this one in stock, which is saying something for someone who has so much tea!
You may also read this review and see images on my blog, My Tea Life, at:
Flavors: Malt, Molasses, Sugar
“Gui Hua” is the enchanting aromatic tree that blooms multiple times in China, lovely apricot-peach floral fragrance from the tiny yellow flower is what is blended with this high quality oolong tea. Prepared in the traditional method of scenting tea, the Osmanthus (“Gui Hua” in Chinese) flowers are layered between fresh Camelia Sinensis leaves to absorb the complementary flavor. Sweet, “green”, and peachy, our Gui Hua Osmanthus Oolong is a traditional tea treat you won’t soon forget.
I love Tealyra’s (used to be Tealux) Gui Hua, it is pure, floral and sweet.
Flavors: Apricot, Osmanthus, Peach