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this tea is a delight. it’s mild, and slightly reminiscent of unsweetened marzipan (which would make sense, given it is almond flavored). It’s not a showstopper in any grandiose way, but it is always pleasant to have in your cabinet. The almond flavor compliments the rooibos more than the other flavored rooibos’ I’ve tried from tealuxe, I believe. all in all, a sturdy and worthwhile addition to your cabinet
Flavors: Almond, Marzipan, Vanilla
this tea is by far my favorite tea. of all the teas I’ve ever drank. It’s the one that most friends request the name of after trying, and works deliciously as a hot or cold tea. the scent is divine, and the coconut flavor is not that overbearing artificial sort of coconut flavor I’ve tasted in teas of a lower caliber. 10/10 cats would recommend.
Flavors: Coconut, Wood
I tried this and Tealuxe’s Unity blend back to back. The Unity blend had a focus on lemon and mint, but this is all ginger! I love ginger, so this is an obvious blend for me to brew. The licorice root is just a hint of sweetness at the back of each sip. While there is spearmint and rose hips listed as ingredients, they get lost under the hot ginger. Tealuxe recommends trying this iced as well, so I will have to experiment.
Flavors: Citrus, Ginger, Licorice
I bought this in store at Tealuxe, first time I’ve been to their shop; it was packed! Anyway, I got to try this tea at home later. This has a lot of my favorite herbal ingredients: lemongrass, mint, ginger, it even includes licorice root and black pepper in the ingredients list. The savory spiciness of the blend is more pronounced in the dry leaf and it mellows out into more of a medicinal lemon brew with hints of ginger and cooling mint. I’m a total sucker for overly strong herbals so I will probably steep this a while longer next time. This is definitely a great decaf brew for colder months or when my body needs some soothing.
Flavors: Ginger, Lemon, Mint, Pepper
Definitely my all time favorite “cozy” tea as well as cream earl grey tea. The flavor is smooth and creamy (I pick up a lot of vanilla overtones). I like to drink it with some milk and sugar. I’m not a huge Earl Grey fan so I was pleasantly surprised to find out how much I enjoyed it. I will be very sad when my tin runs out as Tealuxe does not have a great refill discount.
Flavors: Bergamot, Creamy, Vanilla
Not the most complex TGY, but I still get it every trip I take to Boston. Lightly toasted to bring out a nutty profile on top of its characteristic florals. Starts as a thick, flowery caramel liquor with a mildly astringent flavor that builds in the mouth and throat. Subsequent steepings reveal high floral notes, eventually settling into toasty astringincey. Brewed gong fu style (3tsp in a 200ml pot), lasts through 5+ steepings (not including the rinse).
Flavors: Caramel, Floral, Nutty
Pass the Stash TTB #16
I approached this with some trepidation since mango is one of those fruits that is hard to replicate in tea. But this one does a fair job of it. It’s probably the closest to fresh mango I’ve found in tea. It’s lovely.
But I don’t think I’m quite in the mood for it. The weather turned last night and I had to drag the silk comforter out of storage so I didn’t freeze while sleeping. My palate wants hearty and spicy, the cloyingly sweet of toffee instead of the light sweetness of tropical fruit.
It is still a fantastic tea. I just wish I had found it a few months earlier.
If you miss DAVIDsTEA’s “Coffee Cake” from last winter, this is basically the same tea!
This is pretty good in terms of dessert tea. The “burnt sugar” aspect of the creme brulee is strong in the after taste; if you’re planning on doing a tasting event, you’re going to want a palate cleanser for this one (and you might want it in general).
I drank this as a bubble tea – it was surprisingly good iced, for a caramel based tea. Over all, probably better hot.
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Coffee, Toffee
From Another TTB?!?! round 2
A very nice vanilla green. It probably could have taken more steeps, but I simply didn’t feel like it. This tea is nice, simple, and not particularly a stand out in the crowd nowadays. I could see this as a daily drinker. I was busy doing cleaning, so this was nice to sip on, the flavor retains nicely as it cools. Where did the day go though??
1/3 tsp in 4oz @ 185, 1.5min
note: the leaf texture is add, very flat narrow leaves, stiff as if they had been flash fried. It was hard to measure out.
TTB 3: I’m really hesitant with greens. I’m still not great at steeping them, and I’ve had some really horrible flavors because of that. Something like this tea could change my mind though! The green tea, vegetabley taste is here, but not overwhelmingly. The vanilla is soft and creamy, and almost a marshmallow flavor, mixing well with the green. I’m surprised that I’m only the second review for this!
I met up with a friend in Cambridge today, so I used it as an excuse to stop by Tealuxe! Today, I tried iced pear & green tea with bubbles. First off, the tea was just okay. I could definitely taste the pear flavor and a light green tea. However, the tea somehow came off perfume-y and weak at the same time. The bubbles were sweet and chewy, but that didn’t make up for the weak tea itself. I’m finding that with the fruity teas at Tealuxe, they tend to be a bit on the perfume-y side, so I need to be more selective when I go back!
I stopped by TeaLuxe because I was in the area, and got a few flavored teas. I’ve been drinking this one a lot (occasionally mixed with the creme brulee). It’s a good, simple rose tea. It’s not subtle, but it doesn’t have to be, and it’s pretty tasty.
I’ve realized I’ve been drinking a lot of simple flavored black teas lately. I have a whole bunch of oolong samples to try, but I keep waiting for a day when I have more… mental clarity, instead of one when I’m feeling foggy and overworked. As a result, I’ve mostly been drinking teas that don’t require very much effort. Which, y’know, is okay I guess. But maybe I should drink my oolongs anyway.