2145 Tasting Notes


I’m sure I’ve made it known at some point that I’m not a huge fan of lemon in my tea, but I was intrigued when I stumbled across this Meyer lemon chai from Tea Market. It was the unique combination of ingredients that originally caught my eye, but I’ll be honest, I’m a bit fascinated with anything Meyer lemon at the moment. I’ve been using them in everything from vinaigrettes to lemon cake with fabulous results. So how did they taste in my tea? I’ll give you one word: delicious! This tea reminded me almost of a spicy lemonade without all the added sugar. It was sweet, tart, and the ginger gave it a spicy bite at the end. I could easily see this as a summer staple, so it’s going at the top of my shopping list.

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Ooh, that sounds good. I am also a devotee of all things Myer Lemon


Did you try it iced? I had it that way first at Tea Market and really liked it.


Ah, never mind, reading your full review I see that you did. :)

Short Sorceress

I’ve tried it both ways and prefer it iced :)

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Because I’ve come to enjoy scented teas so much I find myself seeking out unique and unfamiliar pairings, which is how I originally stumbled across this tea. What is interesting about it is that it doesn’t actually contain ginger, but is instead scented with Ginger Lily, a type of tropical flower. Even more interesting is that it gives the tea a faint spicy flavor that isn’t far off from real ginger. It pairs well with the more earthy high mountain oolong used as a base, but the overall flavor of the tea is very mild. This makes it a good choice for those of you who want to steer clear of the more floral oolongs and it’s an excellent choice to serve along with a meal when you don’t want the flavor of your tea to overpower the food.

You can read the full review on my blog:

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Magus Brands recently sent me a box of their new Matchasticks to try out and I have to say, I’m loving them. They’re unsweetened, filled only with organic ceremonial grade matcha from Japan. Unlike the lower grade matcha you see in most sticks, this is top notch stuff! The color is brilliant green and the matcha has a naturally sweet flavor that is remarkably similar to my favorite matcha from DoMatcha.

These sticks are exactly what I’ve been looking for when I travel, the only trouble is that the amount of matcha in each packet varies a little, anywhere from 2.2-3g per stick. I find that if the amount happens to be closer to 2.2g I sometimes need a little more than one stick for a standard size 16.9 ounce water bottle. This leaves me with enough matcha for a 7 day trip, instead of the full 10 days and I need to secure the open package with a binder clip until I’m ready to use it the next day. A little bit of an inconvenience, but so far the best option I’ve found for my needs.

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Iced 2 g 17 OZ / 499 ML

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Unlike some of the other oolongs I’ve sampled from TeaVivre in the past, this tea has a more monotone flavor, tasting mostly of fresh picked flowers. It lacks the depth some of their other offerings have and I find myself missing the notes of hay, vanilla, and sweet fruit that some of my favorites, such as their Anxi Monkey King Tie Guan Yin, bring to the table. While this classic style of Tie Guan Yin isn’t as flavorful, it does have a fabulously smooth, almost butter mouthfeel and slight sweetness that I’ve found quite addictive. This tends to dissipate slightly with each resteeping of the leaves, but the faintest hints are still noticeable, even after the sixth steeping. The fact that this tea can be steeped so many times alone will insure that I’ll order it again, it’s a great choice when economy is something to consider, although I will admit it’s not my favorite of the Tie Guan Yin teas that TeaVivre has to offer.

You can read my full review on my blog:

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I’ve been trying to streamline my iced tea making process, so I picked up a box of passionfruit jasmine iced tea pouches during my last Art of Tea order. What I love about the passionfruit jasmine in particular is that it’s a blend of black and green teas; it’s perfect for those of us who can’t decide which way they want to go. Both the black and jasmine green teas that are used as a base for this blend are mild, which really allow the slight floral notes from the jasmine and slightly sweet flavors of the passionfruit shine. This is one of those iced teas I could drink a lot of and not get bored, but even if I did I still have eight other flavors to choose from.

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Like all of the teas I’ve tried from Liquid Proust this one doesn’t include any steeping instructions, so I decided to consult the oracle known as google and see what other companies recommend when steeping the base tea, in this case a Baozhong Oolong. Sadly I found that I didn’t have much luck when steeping this tea at 195˚F, which is what was recommended by several sources, it left my tea tasting like a watermelon jolly rancher. That really isn’t my thing, so I starting playing around with different water temperatures and steeping times. It turns out this is one stubborn tea. I finally gave up and tossed everything into my cold steeping pitcher.

In hindsight I probably should have saved this tea until after I’d had a cup of something a little less finicky, perhaps my favorite earl grey, but once I get an idea in my head there is no letting go. Fortunately I had excellent results cold steeping this overnight. The long cold steeping time left me with a pitcher of tea that had a mild, but pleasant grassy flavor and only the faintest hint of tart watermelon. A little added sugar smoothed out the tartness, leaving me with a pleasantly flavored oolong that’s perfect for the hot days of summer.

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Liquid Proust

I’m kind of odd and only put steeping advice on my Etsy. This one was made to cold steep or have iced. Thankfully you cold steeped the rest to taste the difference. If you want to brew it hot, everyone is different, my suggestion (but not the rule) would be to treat this like a green tea as the oolong itself is really delicate.

Short Sorceress

Normally I brew my tea hot, let it cool in the fridge, then ice it down before drinking, but that really didn’t work out well for me this time—all I got was watermelon jolly rancher. I somehow managed to miss your steeping advice posted in the listing, so I’ll have to try it again with the lower temperature and post a new tasting note. Thanks for the help!

Liquid Proust

No problem. I know my tea isn’t very user friendly without the steeping advice on the package, but it’s too hard to do because 80% of people I know that drink my stuff go gongfu and not western.

Short Sorceress

I haven’t had time for gongfu recently since I’ve been traveling for work, so I’ve been doing more western. Normally that isn’t a problem, but with this tea it didn’t work out very well. I should have known better… watermelon flavored teas are notoriously difficult to steep hot, I should have just started out cold brewing it.

Liquid Proust

This is true, but dang… sorry you had a watermelon jolly rancher tea. These type of remarks make it easy for me to realize how important it is to find a way to advise brewing both gongfu/western

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So what is it about Marley’s that will put you in such a mellow mood? Mostly it’s the combination of chamomile and valerian root, two herbal ingredients that are commonly used as a relaxant. You’ll see them frequently included in bedtime tea blends as they both promote drowsiness, which is why this tea also comes with a warning label. It’s not considered safe for children or woman who are nursing or pregnant and probably shouldn’t be consumed if you’re driving or operating heavy machinery. If you’re taking any medication you’ll want to talk with your doctor before trying this tea as some of the ingredients may interfere with prescription medications.

I can tell you from personal experience the combination of valerian root and my seizure medication won’t just mellow me out, it will knock me flat on my behind for hours at a time. This makes it the perfect tea to drink when I’m suffering from travel related insomnia. I’m sure I’m not the only one who can’t get comfortable in a hotel bed, so those of you who have trouble sleeping on the road may want to give this tea a try. Just keep in mind that the flavor is much like any other bottled green tea on the market, it tastes more like sweetener than tea. In this case the liberal use of honey tends to mask the odd, unappealing flavor of the valerian root, so I actually consider this to be a good thing.

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The addition of American oak during AriZona’s brewing process adds a distinctive flavor to the final brewed tea, but there was an overwhelming sour taste I found incredibly off-putting. Even more off-putting is the fact that this unsweetened tea actually contains three different sweeteners: honey, sugar, and maple sugar—a fact that completely escaped my notice until I had finished most of the bottle.

Yes, you read that correctly, this unsweetened tea contains three different types of sugar!

This completely blows my mind…

These sweeteners are only included in small amounts—less than 1g—an amount that according to the label is deemed a dietary insignificant amount of sugar, but the fact that they are included at all in a tea labeled unsweetened really troubles me. For that reason alone I wouldn’t recommend this tea, but quite frankly, the sourness that is present overwhelms the delicate oak flavor, ruining the entire beverage.

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’twas nasty stuff

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I am always interested in swapping so if you see anything in my cupboard that you want to try just send me a message. Please keep in mind that I order most of my teas in sample sizes and may not have a lot to swap. I’m also trying to keep my swaps limited to one a month so I don’t break the bank.

My favorite tea companies to order from are American Tea Room, Rishi, TeaVivre, and Single Origin Teas, however I am constantly lured away from my favorites by a good sale.

Ingredients I love in tea
rose, peach, oolong, osmanthus, vanilla, marshmallow root and peppermint

Ingredients I dislike in tea:
spearmint, chocolate, orange, hibiscus, sage and for the most part lemon.

I am a firm believer that sage only belongs in my thanksgiving stuffing/dressing and absolutely not in my tea.

Cinnamon, Chocolate, Burdock Root, and Goji Berries

FORLIFE Curve Teapot, 24oz
Adagio ingenuiTEA, 16oz
Adagio Iced ingenuiTEA, 32oz
Zojirushi Water Pot, 4L
Libbey Country Fair drinking jars for ice tea
TeaVivre Travel Gaiwan

Rating Guidelines:

100 – 90: Pantry essential and some of my all time favorites that I can’t live without.

89 – 80: You’ll have a pretty good chance of finding this is my pantry on a regular basis, but it isn’t the end of the world if I run out.

79 – 70: I might consider restocking this at some point if the price was right.

69 – 40: Not undrinkable, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again.

39 – 20: What in the world were they thinking? Probably still finished this just because I hate to waste anything.

19 – 0: Wow, that’s so terrible chances are pretty good I dumped it out and gave away the rest.

My current top five favorite teas:

China Black – Rishi Tea
Earl Grey Cream – Zen Tea
Lemoncello – American Tea Room
Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong – TeaVivre
White Tea Rose Mélange – Rishi Tea


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