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I liked this tea but I’m having a tough time quantifying how much. I would have preferred more pineapple, for sure. I thought this would be like “three friends” but with pineapple instead of chocolate. Having said that, I prefer it to the “pineapple upside down cake” from della terra.

It smells delicious once steeped and certainly more so once it’s cooled off. I have just 1 oz so maybe I can make up my mind about it in later cups. I’m looking for more Tealux faves so I can make regular orders. There’s only so much “dragon lychee pearls” one can buy.

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73
drank Fig Formosa Oolong by Tealux
1002 tasting notes

Many thanks to The Cookie Lady for sending me this tea!

This is a very nice floral oolong. It’s smooth and has an underlying buttery oolong note along with high floral notes of honeysuckle and jasmine. There isn’t even a hint of fig. That’s disappointing because I adore a good fig tea. Still, this is a nice tea even if it isn’t what’s advertised on the label.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
ThainofBuckland

The honeysuckle and jasmine notes sound good.

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57
drank Lychee Peach by Tealux
643 tasting notes

Cup of the morning.

Lychee is one of my favourite fruits – we used to get them fresh when I was a kid and they were such an awesome treat. I keep wanting to find that same juicy, sweet, fresh flavour in lychee teas. Yet, while just about every lychee tea tastes distinctly lychee, there’s usually something lacking, as there is with this tea. Something about lychee and the black bases it gets combined with almost always lacks the juiciness, and has a pronounced harshness that makes me think of cheap black tea. This harshness lingers into the finish in a way that’s a hint vegetal and artificial.

I’m not getting any peach from this either, so it tastes like a pretty average lychee black. Ah well.

Flavors: Artificial, Lychee, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

My favorite so far has been the Lychee Barley from Lupicia. :3

Lindsay

I’ll be interested to hear what you think of the lychee black pearls from Tealux.

Anlina

I’m really looking forward to trying more Lupicia teas. I’ve been so impressed with the quality of their fruit flavours.

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70
drank Rwanda Rukeri Delight by Tealux
1002 tasting notes

Overboard TTB

I’m not sure I’ve ever had a tea from Rwanda, so when I saw this in the tea box I knew I had to try it. Just one of the reasons I love ttbs!

The tea has a medium body and is fairly biscuity. There’s a sweet note at the end of the sip. It could be fruit, but I’m really just getting sweet. There’s also another note… at first I wanted to say wet granite, but after reading the description of the tea I’m going to say volcanic rock… so pumice? There is a wee bit of astringency, but it works well here.

This was nice! I can’t say I feel the need to buy some, but it’s an interesting tea and one I’d have again if I were offered a cup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Jasmine Blueberry by Tealux
408 tasting notes

Another tea that I’m almost certain I wrote a note for, but now it’s gone. Thanks so much to JustJames for this! It was delicious. Equal parts jasmine and blueberry without tasting artificial. Good for at least two steeps.

Indigobloom

I’ve had that happen to me as well. Super annoying.

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drank Rwanda Rukeri Delight by Tealux
595 tasting notes

This was sent to me by cookielady in the Christmas card swap. It is a dry, strong tea. I didn’t get any notes that stood out but it took cream very well. It would probably be quite good with sugar or honey as well.

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85

I’m just starting to get into Darjeelings – it’s more of a curiosity at this point, than having a palate for them yet. So this is one of my first, since I started learning a bit more about them.

Brewed 2tsp in 8oz of 85C water for 1 minute.

The last time I drank a Darjeeling from Margaret’s Hope I wasn’t too impressed. This, I’m liking a fair bit. Interesting combination of sweet grapes and char. Lightly astringent with a bit of a vegetal tang on the finish. Medium body. Very distinctive.

A second steep for 1:30. More grape, less char. Very nice.

Flavors: Astringent, Char, Grapes, Tangy, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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5

Grapes and wood. That’s what I mainly get from this tea. xD
not really for me. But hey, I tried it, right? :P
Thanks for the sample, The Cookie Lady!

Flavors: Grapes, Wood

Kirkoneill1988

sounds gross

Ost

If you like grapey teas you might like it! :P

Kirkoneill1988

i don’t like grapey teas :(

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84
drank Assam "Black Beauty" #8 by Tealux
643 tasting notes

Mmm deliciously malty, with raisin and stonefruit notes. Very smooth.

I often forget how delicious Assams can be. Like Darjeelings, I think I started off my tea journey with a lot of Assams that were poor quality and not steeped properly, and so I don’t mentally associate Assams with delicious, high quality tea.

I definitely should do more tastings of Assams, and I certainly have plenty to choose from.

Flavors: Malt, Raisins, Smooth, Stonefruits

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Taiwanese Assams are a totally different animal to me, and a delicious one! :)

Kittenna

Omg. Does this taste at all like Butiki’s Taiwanese Assam? looks desperate

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drank Assam "Black Beauty" #8 by Tealux
643 tasting notes

I made my sweetie a cup of peppermint tea last night and even though I washed the brw basket with soap and rinsed it multiple times, it still managed to totally taint this cup with peppermint.

Not what I was looking for but actually, pretty tasty. The mint works well with the malt and sweet potato notes of this.

Not rating for now, but I think this is quite a lovely tea.

Flavors: Malt, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Overboard Traveling tea box

After having Assam “Black Beauty” #8, this just doesn’t even compare, even though it’s a different type of tea. It smells sweet and almost fruity in the bag, but unlike the Black Beauty, nothing translates to the actual tea. I added sweetener just because otherwise it just wasn’t special enough? I mean, why drink something ho-hum when you can have sweet potato in a mug?

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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62
drank Spicy Pear by Tealux
643 tasting notes

I taste cinnamon, apple and popcorn, but no pear. The smell is quite strong, but the flavour is mild, even using a lot of dry leaf.

A pleasant cup, but neither spicy nor pear flavoured.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Popcorn

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Passionfruit Jasmine by Tealux
643 tasting notes

It has been a long, long day of driving to the US and back and visiting family. It’s been a low tea day too, and even though it’s only 8pm I’m having a hard time staying awake. Sifting through my secret santa box, the smell of this was so incredible, it had to be my first try.

The jasmine and juicy passion fruit fragrances are strong and complement each other beautifully. Every time a tea smells this good, I have to brace myself to be let down by the flavour.

Steeped for 3min at 94C, the liquor is deep brown and smells just as delicious.

And huzzah! It also tastes amazing. The base mostly tastes like a basic black, with maybe a slight hint of vegetal on the finish suggesting the green. A touch astringent. The jasmine and passion fruit are balanced and distinct. The jasmine and a fruity sweetness that’s almost peachy leads the sip, and then toward the end and into the finish there’s that juicy passion fruit flavour. It leaves the impression of tartness while only being a tiny bit tart.

This is goooooood. So goood! Thank you so much teamaniac!

Flavors: Jasmine, Passion Fruits, Peach, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Jungle Pleasure by Tealux
1361 tasting notes

Do not like!
It isn’t bad. But something in there just puts me off. Something sweet and medicinal smelling, and a bit bitter – in contrast with the sweetness of the fruit I think the contrast is what throws me off.
Ah well. I gave the rest of my cup to Dad. Hopefully someone else will want the rest…

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drank Fig Formosa Oolong by Tealux
341 tasting notes

Overboard Traveling tea box

So this one is a bit odd. Without sweetener, it barely tastes like anything; maybe a little oolong, but it’s minimal. With sweetener, it tastes like sweetener, but there’s no specific fruit that I can detect, definitely not fig. And of course, it doesn’t have the buttery appeal of greener oolongs either so I’m quite meh with this one. Back in the box it goes.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Assam #8 by Tealux
341 tasting notes

Overboard Traveling tea box

Woah. Who would have thought I would like a plain black tea? Not I. This seriously smells like sweet potatoes and it tastes a little sweet even without added sweetener. Thank you The Cookie Lady for adding this to the box; otherwise, I wouldn’t have had a chance of trying this. Yum. Keeping the remaining sample.

edit
Well, I’ve already gotten 2 steeps out of the leaves and I’m pretty sure I could get a 3rd; but I want to try some more teas before I’ve maxed out on my caffeine limit for the day. Tasty.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

Taiwanese blacks are delish. :)

jeweledthumb

@Cameron B.: I will have to keep that in mind!

The Cookie Lady

So glad you liked this!!

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drank Jasmine Blueberry by Tealux
71 tasting notes

Light and flavoursome. All the ingredients are organic and it certainly tastes that way (or so I imagine). Very refreshing for the summertime here in Sydney.

Not too floral perfumey; the jasmine takes more of a background role with a decent green base that melds nicely together. The blueberry isn’t tart or cloying at all either. It’s more like a lightly sweet, very fresh hint of blueberry that keeps you coming back for another sip.

One of my favourites from the massive Tealux haul earlier this year.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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Um….what? Excuse me, but….when you put “fig” in the name of the tea, I fully expect to taste figginess….and then, when I don’t, I get grumpy.

Let me clarify—this tea is not a BAD tea. But, well, it is very distinctly NOT fig. In fact, it both smells and tastes like liquid sweetarts to me. It has this weird, fake, tart, sweet thing going on. Not at all what I wanted.

However, this could be good to drink sometimes. Just not when you want fig or a mellow oolong.

Flavors: Sweet, Tart

The Cookie Lady

What exactly do you think this person was trying to accomplish?? Haha

Miss Starfish

I have absolutely no clue! haha

Indigobloom

I had a an oolong with figs in it once, from Davids. It did remind me of figs but also had that tart element to it. I wonder if they used a sour fig (ie ice plant)

The Cookie Lady

Oh! I didn’t know such a fig existed!! That would make sense, though.

Indigobloom

Just a guess! I am curious though

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Overboard TTB.

I’m pretty sure I’ve never had a Darjeeling before, so yay for new experiences. This doesn’t really impress me, though. It’s not bitter at all, but it tastes rather rather like a vegetal. I’m not really a green tea person, when I drink it I almost always add lemon and maybe some sugar. This is not really my thing.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Overboard TTB.

This smells and tastes very floral, not fruity at all. I’m puzzled about why someone would associate it with figs. I actually associate these scents with soap. It doesn’t taste soapy or anything, but my mind doesn’t really associate the flavor with food, which is kind of throwing me off. The mouthfeel is interesting, it makes my tongue a bit tingly, like mint or celery, or black pepper. I wonder where that comes from? Overall, an interesting tea, but probably not one I’ll keep.

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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67
drank Pumpkin Cream Rooibos by Tealux
11 tasting notes

… Where’s the pumpkin? Lies! This s the first of the teas I received from the generous Ubacat! Looking at the ingredients, I wouldn:the be able to guess that they were aiming for a pumpkin tea at all. With that out of the way, the primary flavor here is by far melon. Makes sense since it’s one of the top ingredients. I don’t really get any creaminess when it’s hot, but I can detect a hint of it as it cools. It is slightly artificial, and reminds me a lot of those melon candies the I used to get when I was younger. Maybe a bit of other fruit and the rooibos in the background. I actually am enjoying this tea, and had it been marketed as a melon tea, my rating probably would have been higher. It’s tasty, I might just have to re label it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec
Ubacat

Nope. Definitely no pumpkin in that one. Sorry! I don’t remember melon. I think I was searching for the pumpkin when I had it.

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85

My first roasted oolong! This is so cool. So it has a roasty flavour in the bag, and the leaves are all compressed into these deceptively small little nuggets (honestly, one of my favourite things about oolongs is watching the leaves expaaaand). :) As it’s steeping, the roasty scent gets much stronger, but there’s also something sweet there. Like some sort of pastry with toasted coconut on it? The liquor is gorgeous and dark, reddish I think (it’s not a white mug, so, colours are deceptive). The flavour is complex but mellow, slightly sweet and very toasty. I like this.

Edited to add: I think I resteeped this about 5 times? Impressive.

Flavors: Grain, Pastries, Roasted

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Oatmeal Raisin Cookies by Tealux
167 tasting notes

Thank you so much to The Cookie Lady for sending this sample in her generous swap package! I’m afraid I may have under-steeped this one, as the color was rather light and the flavor somewhat mild. I will try a longer steep time with the remainder of my sample. I taste the raisin notes as well as a nice mingling of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. I wish there was a little bit more of a buttery cookie flavor here, but it’s still a delicious dessert tea!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Raisins, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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