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I found the figs and fig flavor everyone! They’re at the bottom of the bag with the cherries.
For real though. Look at these cherries (while disregarding my stubby nail and chipping polish please)!
That’s like. A whole cherry.
I’m pretty sure it’s my favorite cherry tea so far (and I never really thought I’d find out, being that cherry is so often medicinal). This one is smooth with a little bit of vanilla, and the figs really offer a depth to the cup. The base is inoffensive, and all in all it’s so warming and comforting and, well, good.
I keep thinking I have more left than I do, but the whole cherries bulk up what’s left (which is maybe 3 cups or so). Sad.
This was from my Black Friday Tealux horde and was chosen at random for tonights bedtime tea.
The raw blend smells very spicy with strong cinnamon and black pepper notes but with cardamom in the background adding touch of freshness.
Flavour is fresh and fairly light with cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper and sweet flower notes. It’s got a nice spicy quality but is equally floral too which is helping to keep it light. I’m drinking my Chai without milk or sugar and if I’m honest I think it’s too light for milk and the sugar would overpower the spice. So for me plain is just right.
It’s a nice Chai blend and the flowers go well with the spices but I don’t think it’s going to beat a classic Chai.
I’ve been trying a few sencha’s but they are really not my favourites. I decided to just try this one with no flavourings added to see if I would take to a pure sencha tea. Yes! I think this could be a regular tea. It has a mellow grassiness and toasted flavour to it. I would say like the toasted brown rice but there’s no rice in it.
Another tea I’ve had for awhile and enjoyed many times but forgot to review. The brew temperature from Tealux says 194F. That seems just way too high for a white tea and I’ve been brewing closer to the 175F. Definitely has a smooth butterscotch flavour. The peppercorn is very faint and I only seemed to notice it when the tea cooled down more. It is just enough to add to the tea but not ruin the overall flavour. I’m not as experienced as some others on Steepster noticing the different notes but am working on it.
Flavors: Caramel, Peppercorn
I’m not so sure about this one. There’s a familiar scent here that I can’t place – but it’s neither coconut nor chai. I’m not huge on chai teas as it is, but Zhena’s coconut chai is pretty tasty.
There is coconut here, though the taste is pretty subtle. I can’t really say I get a lot of chai flavour at all. Not a bad tea, but not coconut chai. Perhaps a different name is in order.
I finally found a government report on fisheries and bycatch! Now I need to find the follow-up report that was supposedly released in 2011 to really make way on my data research.
I am now wondering about my obsession with Tazo Green Tips (full-leaf sachet format—as served at Starbucks), which is a blend of Mao Feng teas, so I am investigating single origin Mao Fengs. First up today is this Superfine High Mountain Mao Feng from Tealux.
Well, it’s good. Not quite as good as the Green Tips, and more golden than green, but the pale color of the liquor suggests that the sachet of Green Tips may contain a lot more tea than I used for today’s brew. I used a full tablespoon, because there is so much space between the wiry leaves of this dried tea, but I wonder whether I should weigh the tea instead?
I’ll surely try again, as I have a full ounce (minus one tablespoon…) to give this tea a full and fair evaluation.
second infusion: pretty good. golden yellow liquor, slightly fainter taste
Brews up a rich dark earthy pu-erh with notes of Earl Grey Bergamot. Very tasty but I couldn’t detect the White Peony tea. It seems to get lost in the richness of the Pu-erh tea. This tea is brewed at a lower temperature than other pu-erh teas but it still might be too hot for the white tea. I might try this again brewing at a lower temp to see if I can detect the white peony tea. Otherwise , it’s still a great robust tea.
I’ve had this tea for awhile and brewed it up a few times. I think because I like hot teas I might have been brewing it at a slightly higher temperature than I should . This time I decided to reduce the temperature and it was a much nicer tea. The lichee comes through first with a nice base green followed by the jasmine notes. Glad I gave it another try.
Flavors: Flowers, Lychee
In this afternoon’s steep-off chez sherapop, Tealux Dragonwell Long Jing top grade is going sip to sip, sniff to sniff against Teavivre’s Organic Superfine Dragonwell Long Jing.
I’ve been wondering whether my enthusiasm about the Teavivre had something to do with the fact that it was my first Long Jing experience. Today I learned that the answer is: no!
In a direct preparation, using twin tetusbin, the same amount of dried leaves, and the same temperature and volume of water, I find that that the Tealux is more yellow than green and has a slightly flatter taste. It’s good, but it’s not great.
second infusion: a bit weak and wan. I noticed that there are many twigs amidst the spent leaves, which may explain why this is not as good as the Teavivre Long Jing…
Having this one again this morning. I am really liking this tea! I’ve been a bit disappointed in the other Tealux teas I ordered, but this one is truly delightful. A wonderful tea to start the day.
I’m determined to be über productive today. I need to get caught up on my research, and I’m already settled into a bit of a nest with the marine life database open.
So, nothing against it, but I’m not much of a Valentine’s day type of gal. I much prefer unexpected love days throughout the year :-)
But since today is supposed to be about love (and not about picking up some cheap flowers last minute at a grocery store cause you feel you have too), I chose to do things I really love.
Drinking this tea was one of them. Top 3 favourite tea of all time for me. Discovered Da Yu Ling last year, I keep two from different companies, equally good. Learned that it is grown at the highest plantation in the world, 8500 feet altitude!
This green oolong is similar to some of my favourites Tie Guan Yin, but brings it to the next level.
I’m using the yixing pot I dedicate to fragrant green oolongs. The brew is a beautiful bright yellow colour.
The aroma is breathtaking. I picture a vast garden with luxuriant vegetation all around as I sip on it. Think orchids and lilac scent, mixed up in a twirl of honey and fruity notes. Not sure what’s the specific fruit I get, but it feels like apricot to me.
It’s very sweet, and yet, the finish is minty fresh. Not in your face mint, more of a sweet faint spearmint. The most fabulous phenomena about this tea is how long the taste lingers in the mouth. Long after I’m done drinking it, I can still feel its imprint.
This type of thick buttery mouthfeel always reminds me a silk ribbon dancing in my mouth!
It’s pure liquid gold, but I rarely see people reviewing any Da yu ling at all.
Is there other Steepsterites out there that are as taken by it as I am??
I’ll end this note with a little love story…
It might have been the side effects of the snowstorm, but my cat Happy today was such a little bugger. Dexter (my dog) and I were trying to chill, me having tea and reading a book, him all curled up next to me. Happy likes Dexter’s ears. He’s obsessed with them . He keeps toying with them while Dexter tries to nap. Eventually, Dexter wakes up and gives me the helpless puppy look while Happy takes over his whole head. So what does a 100 pound dog do to an anoying kitty you ask? Well, have a look here:
No worries, although it looks like it, Dexter is not having a “Happy meal”, lol!
Here’s how it usually ends:
As the song goes «…so “happy” to-ge-therrr…»
(The picture on here was wrong so I replaced it with the one from they’re site. Not sure why there’s a green tea pictured here?)
Unlike other reviewers I don’t find this one cough-syrupy or medicinal. I think it’s just a really rich cherry flavor. Tealux says it’ll make you think of summer, but I get an autumnal feel from this through and through. I think the fig adds a bit of depth to the cup (it doesn’t seem to add flavor) and it just screams cherry cordial to me.
Also I’m finally at the bottom of my bag and there are some big fat whole cherries chilling in here. Wish I’d known that sooner — they’re kind of neat.
I overslept this morning, but I feel great. I technically don’t have classes until close to lunch today, though I generally always go to school early to be productive. Not today! I’m laying on the couch in my sweats sipping tea and listening to Ben Howard. What an awesome Wednesday morning.
This tea is great! I wanted to have it last night, but I held off to have it for the morning. It’s creamy and Irish-y and perfect. It’s very similar to Butiki’s Irish Cream Cheesecake actually, minus the pretty blue and yellow flowery bits. It’s a lovely strong black tea with the cream flavour to mellow it out. Also, no astringency. This could easily become my morning tea. I’ll be keeping this one around.
Update: This one is so delightful, I just made another cup to have with my oatmeal. Oatmeal with maple syrup and blueberries this morning. This day is great.
This one smells like a sour Jolly Rancher. Fascinating. I have a feeling I should’ve cold brewed this one, but we’ll see what it brings hot. I would say the scent is much more potent that the actual taste here. I’m not getting much in the way of flavour at all. A bit of sour-y sweetness.
I wrote my exam today, which I feel great about, but all I wanted to do tonight was relax for about half an hour before getting started on some research for my term project. But alas, it was not to be. Is anyone else ever driven crazy by their other half? While I did one thing after another, he laid on the couch and watched TV. All night. Erg.
But yay for great exams, and tomorrow is a fresh day. :)
“A little weird tasting, but not undrinkable” says TheTeaFairy in her note stuck to the ziploc holding this 2-cup sample. Naturally, I have avoided it and tried all the samples she indicated were her faves. So tonight, after missing again, I thought to myself: self, I bet you will like the ones she hates. So I grabbed the so called weird tasting tea!
Don’t you know it, it’s not weird tasting to me. And it smells like butterscotch indeed. I did add honey because it wasn’t sweet enough for me. It smells faintly of chamomile but luckily it doesn’t taste like chamomile. It almost tastes milky too, I wonder which ingredient does that.
I wouldn’t call this an amazing cup — my goodness, I’d have to read my notes and find which teas I thought were amazing because lately I have found them all to be missing something. Maybe it’s me. I know it is. I haven’t been in the mood.
Great light amber colour on this, not astringent at 3 minutes with 190F water. It’s not a bad tea. I wouldn’t rush out and buy it or anything, despite the alluring name. Thanks again to the generous TheTeaFairy who sent me so much tea I’m still working my way through it.