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93

I came accross white dragon when I was at a market and loved the creamy taste. This one was a little stronger than the first one that I bought, but with some playing around with a bit, was reminded as to why white dragon is my staple oolong!!

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195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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59
drank Rose Oolong by Teas.com.au
4 tasting notes

Not for everyone, as the rose presence can be a bit overwhelming. I tend to steep this one a very short time to avoid making it overpowering. Your water shouldn’t be too hot ideally, if you want to avoid unwanted bitterness. Other than that, I find it a nice change of pace once in a while, especially with something flavored with rose water, such as a laksi.

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185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Cocoa Haven by Teas.com.au
2 tasting notes

Very yummy. Best served black, no sugar. Great chocolate substitute and wonderful anytime of day. It is very carobby but that’s ok. At the end of the day, unless you melt down chocolate…it is only going to be a substitute but I did find this staved off the cravings….. for a while ;)

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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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28

This tea suits its name it has a rustic feel to it and would be well suited had by a camp-fire on a cold morning – it’s a strong, full bodied black tea with a heavy plain black tea aroma with a slight hint of gingerbread.

The barely moderates the black tea taste creating a softer milder and not so severe generic black tea taste. It pairs well with with a sweet treat to temper the bitterness of the tea and would be well served by the addition of milk and sugar or honey. Had black, as I always have my tea it comes across as a bit too much – the barely and ginger seem to almost be competing for attention with the black tea with no clear winner and with me wanting a real ginger tea afterwards.

If you want to kick start a cold morning with a strong black tea that tastes a bit more mellow than English Breakfast than this would be a good tea to check out. However it doesn’t suit a sweet tooth or someone seeking a ‘pure’ tea taste.

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Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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90

Berries n Cream is something unique; it blends the smooth vanilla rooibos with rich red berry tastes of strawberry, blueberry, elderberry and black current. The result is a deep warming cup of berry goodness.

Dry you are greeted by small chopped up rooibos leaves, big rose petals, black currents, apple and a few others for good measure and the smell is absolutely intoxicating so much so that I can barely pull my nose away from the packet – it’s generic berry mingled with a strong, strong overtone of vanilla.

When made up hot the dry smell transforms into even heavier notes of vanilla with berry aromas floating around. With the first sip you taste a sort of generic mix up of berry flavours but as with any good rooibos it’s the after-taste that packs the punch and pulls you back for more – you’re left with a really smooth, really warm vanilla taste in your mouth and a sort of light lingering of berry. Each subsequent drink enhances both flavours with the after-taste adding more depth and flavour to each drink.

I really like that the rooibos is used to add depth to an otherwise fruit / herbal tissane it gives the tea a real edge above other berries n cream infusions on the market. It is not a particularly sweet tea in that whilst the vanilla rooibos gives it a sweetness it is very much a natural sweetness and therefore by no means a ‘sickly sweet’ taste. It’s different to what I have come to expect from ‘berries n cream’ in both a good and a way bad – the rooibos makes it more deeper and more tea like but at the same time that means it isn’t as sweet as I’m used to experiencing from sweet fruit teas and I almost found myself wanting to sweeten it up a bit (I do have a big sweet tooth).

It says there is apple in it and while I can see some apple I didn’t taste the usual ‘tang’ quality that you normally experience with apple but I think that’s good because the berry and vanilla overtones of this tea are enough and I never found myself wanting to taste the apple.

I highly recommend this to berries n cream lovers as while it’s more of the same it’s more of the same and then some with the rooibos adding a different take on a much loved classic. But if you are a sweet tooth like me just be aware that this isn’t as sweet as berries n cream normally tends to be, or at least tends to be in my experience.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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87
drank Cocoa Haven by Teas.com.au
37 tasting notes

Yumo – there’s just no other word for it.

This tea is definitely a good chocolate tea, in fact it’s so good that it confuses the heck out of me. When I took my first sip I actually thought I was drinking a hot chocolate – it’s that chocolatey – and that was without milk. The only tea I take milk with is Chai so I didn’t put milk with this but I imagine it’d pair very well with milk for a ‘fuller’ experience. I didn’t add any sugar and found it to be the perfect amount of sweetness, it was sweet enough to not taste any bitterness of the black tea and not over sweet. If you like your tea sweet you could put sugar with it but I’d recommend less than usually do.

While that carob is probably heavier than the cocoa I didn’t see that as detracting from the taste. Without milk this is a light chocolate drink that tastes like a ‘standard’ hot chocolate so it’s in no way overdoing the act and leaves you feeling that you could easily eat a desert with this – in fact I had it with a home made double chocolate fudge cookie and it paired up very nicely.

I don’t think it works as a desert replacement tea as this made me want more chocolate not less, but it definitely does work as a chocolate tea, a very delicious chocolate tea that tastes natural. It does such a good job of approximating a hot chocolate that I would actually rather have this tea than a genuine hot chocolate, which I always feel quite icky after having because of all the milk.

You know you’re drinking tea, but you don’t have bitterness and the chocolate quality is very heavy – you could almost get away with giving it to a non tea drinker and probably more so if you added milk.

I would definitely recommend this to those on the hunt for a good chocolate tea and anyone wanting to have a hot chocolate without the sugar & milk.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Devilish

Wow! Seems this is the tea for chocoholics like me!!! Sounds so delicious… :9 drooling

Winter Salo

Mmm… yes it is good. I’d love for them to do one of those blind taste tests with this and hot chocolates and see if people can tell it’s tea or just think it’s a different kind of style. I almost got my non tea drinking friend to try it but he was all like ‘it better not be tea’ and I was like ‘darn! if only you hadn’t said that I could have sneaked it in.’

Devilish

Haha… so close! This is certainly a good tea to start with since it’s so chocolatey. He has missed the chance to fall in love with tea!

Winter Salo

I think he’s a lost cause… but I shant surrender!

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13

This is a highly scented floral green tea that seems at home as an afternoon tea a little pick-me-up when the brain starts to get a little fuzzy.

For me the floral aromas seem to be competing with one another and it does come across as a very busy tea with a lot going on – if your like floral teas you’ll love this as floral aroma and taste is very pervasive – subtlety is not the name of the game here.

Although the rose is plentiful the jasmine seems to be the dominant scent and flavour reminding me far more of Green tea with jasmine than Green tea with rose. Being more of a rose lover I found myself wanting more in this area.

I’m not really a big fan of highly fragrant green teas and this tea hasn’t made a convert of me. Would recommend to floral green tea lovers but wouldn’t recommend as a starting point if you’re wanting to get into green tea as it’s very overpowering.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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91

Mmm… that’s a nice brew. I’m really enjoying the rooibos from teas.com.au and this black tea blend is no exception.

Being a vanilla tea lover I was excited to see if this black and rooibos tea would really taste vanillary and to my delighted surprise it does I’d say it is probably closer to a vanilla rooibos than a traditional vanilla black tea. The tea itself seems on the light side of a medium strength and so would suit a lazy sunday brunch or as an after dinner tea. I don’t think it would quite satisfy as a weekday morning tea as it is very light.

When the leaves are dry they smell of a very faint vanilla aroma with solid black and rooibos coming through. When infused there’s an almost floral aroma to the tea that seems to fade as the tea cools down and turns into a heavy vanilla rooibos scent.

I found my initial sip of the tea was very bitter but as the tea cooled down the soft vanilla rooibos became the stand out taste. After each sip I was left with a very brief, very light sweet black tea after-taste which made me feel like it was a well rounded cup.

I would say that you get the most from this tea both in terms of aroma and taste when it’s cooled down a little because when had hot the black tea notes dominate heavily.

This tea is definitely closer to a rooibos than a black tea so if you’re looking to sedge-way into rooibos this would be a good starting point. Also if you’re like me and like vanilla anything than this is worth a try.

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Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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85

To me a good oolong is one that you never want to stop drinking and that gets better with each new cup. For me a bad oolong is one that satisfies with one cup because really good oolongs taste so much better on the second and third infusion so if you aren’t reaching for your third, fourth and sixth cup then you’re not getting the most out of your tea.

This is a good oolong – this is aptly named and makes for a very satisfying post dinner tea. When I opened the packet for the first time I was very impressed to see distinct oolong leaves, beautiful large read-pink rosebuds and dottings of peppermint. No dust fragments or chopped up leaves. AND THE SMELL – mmm…. very nice rosey hues with little hints of peppermint enticed me to get out my good teapot. I infused the first lot for about 2 and a half minutes and the second time for another minute longer. The leaves when they’re infused expand out massively – they are the largest oolong leaves I have seen so far and are just beautiful to look at.

I love rosebuds – I’ll put them in everything so the domination of the rose is a major plus in my book. The tea smells more of a mixture of rose and peppermint than ‘traditional’ oolong and the initial taste is of a smooth sweet rose with little hint of the peppermint to follow. The after-taste is when the crispness of the rose kicks in along with the peppermint which at first seems quite light but with each subsequent drop dominates a little more each time while keeping the dominate tone squarely on the rose.

The second infusion amps up the more buttery oolong balancing out both the rose and the peppermint and turning into a well rounded sweetly refreshing tea.

There was no grassiness to the tea at all and I agree with the previous reviewer, Luthien, that the first infusion yields a more herbal than oolong taste. I also think this tea is someone how ‘better’ after tea – when had after tea it seems to cap off the eating and provide a nice relaxing way to start the evening. I had my further infusions much latter at night and I kept feeling like I should have eaten first but maybe that’s all in my head!

I would recommend this tea to people who like rose and ‘buttery’ oolongs.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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95

Okay a big shout out thank you to teas.com.au for making this exquisite vanilla rooibos tea. I finally understand the obsession with Rooibos. Everywhere it seems people are raving about this tea-type but when I’ve tried it has been bitter and with a putrid smell. This, however, is the complete opposite of what I’ve tasted elsewhere.

When you first open the packet you are greeted by an earthy sweet vanilla scent and the sight of some beautiful red leaves. I infused this for about two and a half minutes and then waited for it to cool down slightly. There’s an earthly smell with just a hint of almost chocolatey-vanilla to the tea that I wasn’t sure if I liked or not. Then I had a sip and I was even more confused but then I had another and another and as I kept drinking I liked this tea more and more.

It is probably the closest thing to black tea that I’ve tasted (out of green, white, oolong, etc), while having none of the bitterness either in taste or scent. The initial taste is something like a generic black tea mixed with soft vanilla sweetness. It is really the after-taste that makes this tea so additively appealing – you are immediately left with a very warm and quite intense honey-vanilla taste in your mouth and throat. If you have the next sip straight away you’ll find it enhances the taste providing you with the honey-vanilla taste immediately and an even stronger after-taste. This is why the more you drink the better the tea tastes and more the you want. I had two mug-fulls one after the other, I literally couldn’t help myself.

It is a very special taste and quite satisfying so although the subtlety of the taste and smell could lend itself to be drank with food I enjoyed having it on its own and savouring the tea.

The vanilla-honey taste and scent is grounded in the earthiness that surrounds this tea so in no way is it overpowering or sickly sweet. The vanilla taste comes from the combination of carob and vanilla pods and so both smells and tastes natural, they also seem to be in a good balance with the tea itself and so don’t come across as an afterthought or flavour enhancement.

I highly recommend this tea as after only my first tasting I went back for more.

I recommend this tea to people who enjoy vanilla, honey and chocolate flavours in the tea and particularly to people who have yet to come over to the side of rooibos. After having this I am definitely going to add rooibos to my rotation of teas as it really is something special.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Pu-erh by Teas.com.au
2 tasting notes

My bag of Pu-erh is slowly emptying itself, this is life threatening! I really can’t get enough of this smooth taste. A taste I wasn’t suppose to enjoy so early in my amateur tea drinking life but I’ve jumped right into it, now I can’t let go!

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0 min, 45 sec

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92
drank Pu-erh by Teas.com.au
2 tasting notes

Definitely one of my favorite!

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1 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Savannah by Teas.com.au
7 tasting notes

Love Rooibos? You must try this tea!

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59
drank Lilac by Teas.com.au
7 tasting notes

A pleasant drop for any time of day. I enjoy this in the morning. The Australian Daintree is low in tannin, very mild flavour. The lavender flavour is just right, not overpowering at all.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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85

I love this tea!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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79
drank Quince Vanilla by Teas.com.au
265 tasting notes

Continuing on with my search for a vanilla tea that actually works properly for me… I wasn’t expecting a whole lot from this blend, having come to grief with several of teas.com.au’s green blends in the past, but this actually turned out to be not too bad. The quince and the vanilla mix nicely in the aroma, even if the vanilla is a tad too obviously artificial, and the flavour is quite okay, though the aftertaste really doesn’t linger. The leaves are pretty, too.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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95

I haven’t had any dragon pearls for a while, so I was really happy to see them along with the other teas that kaiz sent to me for my birthday. The flavour is a really beautiful balance of silver needle and jasmine. I’ve been drinking these steadily for the past couple of days and I’m not sick of them yet: a love affair re-kindled!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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79

I kept meaning to wait until after a meal to try this one, considering the name, and then I kept forgetting. So finally I just gave up and tried it in the middle of the afternoon.

Weirdly, of all the elements, the rosebuds manage to dominate the flavour – or perhaps I just ended up with a few too many rosebuds in this particular cup. This isn’t a bad thing, particularly, since it did deliver a nice, refreshing cup of tea, but the taste was a lot more herbal than I’d really expected, even allowing for the presence of the peppermint.

I think I need to try this one again and see how it works out using a second lot of leaves.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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99

When I’m as unwell as I have been for the past couple of weeks, I retreat to my comfort teas. This is the one I’ve been retreating to most often.

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100

My OH got me some great pull-out wooden boxes and re-organised the tea cupboard for me. It works really well and looks really good. Unfortunately, I didn’t realise until I went looking for it the other day that the small packet of this tea had ended up under one of the boxes. Eek! Not only one of my favourite teas, but also one of the most expensive.

Fortunately, it seems to have survived this potentially crushing experience safely. I celebrated by brewing up a pot of it.

There isn’t much to say about this tea that I haven’t already said. One of my top favourite teas that stands out way ahead of almost all the others, and always has a place in my cupboard (so long as that place is not under a box.)

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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99

Currently up to the third steeping of one of my favourite comfort teas as I attempt to get all my financial stuff together for my date with the accountant tomorrow. The tea is about the only good feature of the whole process.

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Sow Mee by Teas.com.au
14 tasting notes

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100

This week I finished up with work, finished writing the story I’ve been working on (six hours before deadline), flew north yesterday – and now I finally have the time to sit down and relax with one of the teas I brought with me. My bag had packets of tea tucked into every available nook and cranny. g

I’ve been so looking forward to a quiet cup of really good tea, and this is it. Not as sweet or floral as some Taiwan oolongs, not at all astringent, and smooth but not bland.

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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99

Ahhhh. I don’t know another tea that’s so beautifully floral in both the aroma and flavour as this one, and all while never straying in the direction of being sickeningly overly floral.

I remember distinctly the first time I tried this tea. It was a revelation. I’d never drunk a tea like it before. Now, of course, I’m a lot more familiar with Taiwan oolongs, and I’ve tried some really good ones which are as wonderfully smooth and silky as this tea, but none of them quite matches this one for the floral notes. This tea is up there with the best Taiwan oolongs I’ve tried, and yet it costs a fraction of the price. I’m not complaining. If I had to choose a single favourite tea, this one would be a strong contender.

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
takgoti

I too am a fan of the Formosan oolongs. They are spectacular.

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