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This blend has a sweet rose and mango scent that is juicy yet somewhat perfumed. It is of medium strength and the rose is wonderfully soft and fresh smelling.
Flavour is very sweet and the mango is dominant. The rose is present in the after taste but there is also a dry perfumed flavour present amongst it. The Oolong tastes a little astringent and leathery which contrasts strongly against the sweet fruit and flowers.
It tastes very similar to something I have had before by Tea Moments and ended up making iced tea out of. May have to try that with this tea. It’s just very unusual tasting and I’m not sure what to make of it. I bought 50g for less than £3 on sale so I have plenty left.
Thank you Sil for this sample.
This tea smells dry and cocoa like with traces of overbearingly sweet yet sour fruit scent. Looking in the ingredients I can’t actually find any fruit in the ingredients which is strange considering it says strawberry mocha in the title. Still it does have a fruit scent but resembling artificial fruit if anything.
The Oolong comes through strongly in this blend but I feel it’s just too strong. While I love smoky, dark Oolongs I feel that the sweetness from the raw scent is now lost. I can also taste a bitter coffee flavour which does not bear too well with the dark, toasty Oolong. As for the chocolate/cocoa there is perhaps a little of it present in the after taste but I’m really reaching there.
So overall this smells unbelievably sweet though somewhat artificial but it actually tastes darkly sour with at best medium roasted Oolong and at worst a cup of coffee that was made with a few dregs of Oolong in the bottom to confuse the flavours.
No thanks Tealux, this is definitely not for me.
First off, who is Tali and why is there so much chai named after her? :p
Second, maybe I should give up my quest for chai, it is doomed, since I can’t stand milk and it seems chai and milk go together like, well, you know. I tried steeping Tao tea leaf’s masala chai in straight up milk — good spices but oh god, warm milk assaults my nostrils and I nearly barf so I boiled some water and tried to calm myself with this. If I am not careful with the milk I will develop an aversion to chai by association.
Back to this one though…The spices are quite good, balanced, but it is thin tasting. There’s a hint of ginger and clove, they do not steal the show. It wouldn’t be a good show if they did. Good overall but not essential.
Many thanks to Dexter3657 for all the chai shared with me, practically almost all the chai I’ve had. I’ve been a little gun shy in buying myself. Alas, there are two favourites still, the Laoshan Village Chai and something else I can’t quite remember. I’ll have to go through my notes but I think it was from Tealux. (Edit: yah, it was Oo Nutty Delight from Tealux)
The smell of this tea is intoxicating. When I opened the package from Dexter3657, I just stood there and sniffed. It’s so incredibly unusual. Sweet birch, berries, hibiscus, tea… all the flavours come together and, IMO, would make an incredibly lovely perfume.
I wasn’t expecting to like this tea at all, but I do. I actually really do. The licorice just adds enough sweetness without being too cloying in the aftertaste. The tart berry taste from the hibiscus and strawberry (although I’m not getting strawberry itself out of the tea), the herbal qualities from whatever is giving the sassafras/sweet birch flavour. It also tastes a bit of tree bark.
It’s really odd, and I couldn’t drink it all the time, but it’s definitely going on my next order. Thanks, Dexter!
I followed Teavana’s recommendations for rooibos, steeping a teaspoon and a half in boiling water for… quite a long time. I didn’t time it, but I know it could easily have been ten minutes. From the dry leaf, I got strong scents of lime and verbena, with a little bit of the woodiness of the rooibos. I’ve really taken a liking to green rooibos, but it’s just not as common as the red variety, so I was glad to see this in the Traveling Tea Box. :) Anyway, I got the same aroma after it was steeped—very strong lime, a little verbena, some rooibos… but no coconut. Well, I thought to myself, maybe if I sweeten it, I’ll get a little coconut action. And you know, I was right! It was smooth and creamy and very prevalent. I really like it! I think perhaps some of the other reviewers may not have used enough leaf when they tried it. Well done, Tealux.
Hmmmm… I was hiping this would be better. But then again rooibos is hard when it comes to my taste. I love very few rooibos. This was deffinitely melony and cinnamon, but it had that rooibos taste really bad! Strong! Awh man, thank you linnaete for sharing this with me!
This is the second time I’ve taken this tea to work, and this is the second time I’ve been disappointed. I don’t know what it is about this one, but I don’t like it.
I tried less leaf, and shorter steeps. Nope I still just don’t like it.
Into the swap box it goes.
(If my glowing recommendation has enticed anyone to want to try this, please let me know – I’ll be more than happy to send you some)
Strange, unusual, bizarre, I don’t have the vocabulary to really describe this.
Definitely strawberry and then the strange. Some notes suggest root beer, but it’s more than that. Some people think root beer tastes like toothpaste, there is a little of whatever that is way in the back.
The funny thing is, I don’t really mind this. I think it’s really unusual and it grows on you.
This is my very first tasting note on Steepster, simply because it is only now that I feel equipped to write such a thing. Furthermore, this note won’t be about taste so much as brewing procedure. In the majority of the tasting notes I have read here at Steepster, there has always been at least one piece of brewing information missing, and it has usually been the amount of water the tea was brewed in. Also, the little data sheet Steepster includes at the bottom of each note does not allow space for the amount of water, nor the times for multiple infusions. I have discovered that it is a rare tea that does not respond well to multiple infusions. Heck, even Teavana’s cacao mint black (I suspect Ceylon) tea responds to at least two infusions.
So I will use this opportunity to provide a full summary of the steeping procedure I have found successful with Tealux’s Black Pearl Sumatra, along with a very rudimentary tasting note.
Water Temp.: 97º C (I’m a Canadian)
Amount of Leaf and Water: 2.8 g. per 4 oz.
Brewing Times: 1st infusion-1 min.; 2nd-1 min.; 3rd-1 min.; 4th-2 min.
I based this choice of amounts on what I have found successful with one of my Tie Guan Yins, because the dry Black Pearl Sumatra leaves looked and smelled enough like a rolled oolong for that to make sense to me. The result was very pleasing. I think the confusion about whether this should be called a black tea or an oolong results from the fact that its flavour really defies categorization. It is rather sweet-potato-and-bean-like in the sense of Verdant Tea’s ‘Master Han’s Wild Picked Yunnan Black’ (or even Golden Fleece to a lesser degree), while also whispering some very enjoyable, dulcet (floral?) undertones of a green oolong.
However, based on the brewing procedure that worked for me, I think Tealux’s categorization of this tea as an oolong is perhaps the most appropriate. Technically, I guess we would need to know how much the leaves were allowed to oxidize before we could identify the scientifically correct category.
This is my tea of choice for work today. Not a good choice. I really don’t like this at all.
Strange is the word I want to use. Odd flavors for a black, it has some malty notes, and a bit of chocolate tones, but it also has a bit of musty pu’erh flavors. Put it all together and you get a great big miss for my tastes.
Normally I like Tealux straight teas, but this one just does not suit my tastes.
Thank you Dexter3657 for this sample.
Yixing teapot – 370ml – (Enough for two)
Tea weight – 10g
Water temp – 95°C
Steeping times – 15 second increments
This tea has a dark, smoky, wooden, straw, damp earthen scent. An overall pleasant medium strength Pu Erh.
Flavour is smoky and smooth with sweet wooden highlights. Non offensive and of medium strength. Flavour remains consistent over three steeps.
It’s a nice Pu Erh but nothing special. Would be perfect for an everyday Pu Erh or as an introduction to it.
yeeeeechk. also knows as uber blech. yeah i don’t like this one. Tried again today and that’s that. Into the sample swap box it goes.
The first tasting note I wrote on this was less than enthusiastic. I think this is better than I was giving it credit for. Not my favorite black, but a nice solid malty style black.
Thank you to Tealizzy for the sample of this tea. It was nice and I enjoyed two delicious cups plus re-brews. However, I’m not inclined to buy any as I wasn’t sure I really got much chocolate flavor. But I’m always up for trying new teas. This was my first tea from Tealux.