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I’ve been looking for a nice herbal that’s relaxing and tasty enough that my husband won’t make a face when I try to share my tea with him. Since he loves lemon, I figured this would work. And it does! He enjoys it! Some guests of ours were pleasantly surprised as well. They had never heard of lemon grass.

It develops this smell that reminds me of green onion? or something that seems savory… But it’s not very noticeable. The second steep smells more strongly of it than the first, but they are both pleasant.

I can’t wait to mix this with some spearmint or peppermint. Nobody around here likes mint except for me. :( It was a hit when I mixed it with some decaf sencha though. :)


Lemongrass is spectacular! It grows almost like weeds around my house! When we want to make some we venture out and pick some. We usually mix it with spearmint and peppermint. Yum… Herbal perfection!


I am jealous! I do have lemon balm growing like weeds though. Unfortunately, I’d rather have lemongrass cause then I can also make thai curry. I think it’s too cold for lemon grass to grow well here.


It might be the weather… It is pretty warm here all year round and I think lemongrass likes that!

Also, on a completely unrelated note, I just realized that the dogs in your pic are actually your dogs! I love it! : ) I feel like, for some reason, tea lovers tend to be more cat people than dog people (I still like cats, but my choice companion is a Dog!). Glad to find another dog person!


Yes, they are my doggies and I love them to bits. I used to think I would prefer cats, but now I realize that I really enjoy the constant love and attention dogs give you. I love cats too, but dogs make me happier. And I’m allergic to cats.

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It smells amazing and tastes just like it smells. Very floral wirh a slight hint of bitterness at the end which I find common with jasmine. Very nice and relaxing. I left my tea loving friend with the rest of the sample. I know he’ll appreciate it. :)

Does anyone else want to bathe in jasmine tea? I think I’d smell so good afterwards.


Hmmm… Maybe wash my hair in Jasmine tea? : ) I would smell delicious!


I had a jasmine hair treatment mask once, and the jasmine scent would stay in my hair for a day or two after using it. It was amazing!


Yummm…. : )

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drank Paradise Oolong by Custom
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First attempt at creating Paradise Oolong. I used David’s Tea’s Quangzhou Milk Oolong and Upton Tea Import’s Empress Guei Fei Oolong. It was a great idea that was badly executed.

You see, I had written earlier about how Empress Guei Fei was a bit of a disappointment since the flavors were unrefined and harsh. I figured that the smoothness of David’s Milk oolong would neutralize that, and the two would combine into something like honeyed fruit drenched in cream. Sounds decadent, doesn’t it? I thought so.

Well, things didn’t quite go as planned. I think the milk oolong is either stronger than I thought or I put in too much of it, because I mostly tasted milk oolong. The second steep had more honeyed notes and the dark oolong flavor rounding out each sip. Mostly, the flavors clashed and distracted. I couldn’t really tell what I was tasting, honestly. My taste buds are confused.

The worst part is, I got so excited about my idea that I went ahead and drank oolong at 9PM. I am so hyped on caffeine right now. I think the Guei Fei isn’t too caffeinated, but David’s Milk Oolong always had a kick to it. I’ll probably be up till dawn at this point and it wasn’t even all that tasty. :(

For next time: Get smoother oolongs to play with.


It was a really great idea! I was excited to see how it turned out… Too bad it wasn’t as amazing as it was expected to be… and happened at 9pm… Maybe an earlier time would have inspired more tweaking of the blend?

Still, congrats on great ideas! : )


Thanks for the encouragement. :) this is certainly not over!

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My quest for naturally honey flavored oolongs continue. The latest in my trials is this little number from Upton Tea. From what I’ve read, Guei-Fei oolong is supposedly gnawed upon by little bugs which allow for a honey like flavor to develop from the leaves. I think, that if done well, it could be amazing. But this particular one is only mediocre. the honey like flavors seem almost spoiled. Here are the tasting notes I jotted down as I drank:
over ripe fruit, astringent, banana peel, honey, soapy. Dark oolong.

I wouldn’t order this again. It’s harsh and unrefined. The flavors are trying to club you over the head and drag you into a cave instead of wooing you with wine and poetry like a real gentleman.

It’s not horrible, but it’s not worth paying for when I know there are better ones out there. I’ll just finish up on my sample and move on. :)


I feel your pain. In my opinion, God’s two greatest gifts to mankind (in the arena of edibles) are honey and milk. I add milk to almost all my black teas and honey to all my greens and Oolongs. In my 30+ years of tea consumption, I have never come across anything that comes close to the effect of adding honey subsequent to the steep. Let me know if you are fortunate enough to find this pot of gold!


I’m actually lactose intolerant, but I love milky oolongs. And I actually don’t like my tea sweetened, but I love honey fragrant oolongs! I guess I’m trying to fix all my problems with oolong. There are probably worse options. I just placed an order with Canton Tea Co for Mi Lan Dan Cong that has been highly recommended to me as THE honey oolong, so maybe the end of the rainbow is closer than we think!


Honey fragrant Oolong is definitely among my favorites too! : )


sorry that does not sound like a real winner…


Reading your comments suddenly gave me a wild idea. Mix this oolong with a milk oolong. Milk and honey oolong! Or paradise oolong! I have to try this!


When you try it, keep us informed. You’ve got the blending bug!

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Veeerry interesting… I just ordered some herbs from Upton because I need more stuff I can drink late at night and still get to sleep. This is the first one I opened, and it’s the first time I’m having lemon verbena on it’s own. I can see why it usually comes in a blend. On it’s own, there’s a light lemon flavor. Less lemony than the lemon balm in my garden. Mostly, it reminds me of cheap mint tea, but without the menthol. Is this how lemon verbena is supposed to taste? Hmm… Well, I also bought a couple packets of mint that I wanted to mix with this, so maybe that’ll be better. Oh! and lemon grass. :)

I don’t know where I’m going to put all this…

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Well! I am just surprised! I think I’m actually enjoying this despite the fact that it’s a darker oolong. At first, it seemed like your typical toasty woodsy oxidized oolong. Yawn. I put the cup down and went about a few chores. I came back and took a sip. Then something amazing happened. I liked it. When I cooled down, there was a strong honey note behind the toasted grains and oxidized tea leaf. It’s a perfect fall tea. Very enjoyable. I think I’ll cold brew this and see what happens. :)

I’ll have to thank TeaEqualsBliss here for being the catalyst that caused me to unseal this bag. It had remained unopened for about a year patiently awaiting the day that I would take notice. Then TeaEqualsBliss asked for some of it in a swap and so the bag was unsealed. Then, well…since I had the bag open anyway, I thought I’d give it a try. And here we are today.

Edit: The honeyed notes disappeared after the first two steeps so I’m decreasing the rating a bit. It turns quite ordinary towards the end. Good for an everything tea. Except that I have so many samples of awesome tea that my everyday teas are usually high quality stuff.

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I’ve had this three times already but I’ve put off writing about it. I was hoping that my opinion of it would improve. I never disliked it, but it never felt creamy and chocolatey enough to be called a grasshopper. I mean, grasshoppers are probably the only cocktails I like. There’s plenty of mint in this, and there’s a slight chocolate background, but that’s it. Underneath it all, there’s that honeybush flavor that I’ve grown to enjoy.

I still really like this. I mean, it’s minty and tasty, after all. But I wouldn’t call it a grasshopper.

Thanks for the sample, Batrachoid.

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Very sweet. I did a double take on my first sip. Did someone sneak sugar into this? Very floral and creamy. I’m really happy I ordered these sample packs. All their oolongs are so sweet and smooth. I especially enjoy this one because of that hit of sweetness. Later steepings bring out more creaminess and balances out the floral flavors. Then the peachy kicks in. And later the more typical oolong flavor reminds you that you’re drinking tea and not some heavenly nectar of the gods.

I had the tiniest bit from my sample pack so I can actually enjoy this again later. :)


Tea from Taiwan – looks like a great website. Have you tried the GABA oolong?

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I have heard the GABA is very good for the mind and body….


I haven’t tried GABA but I have a sample. When I get to it, I’ll log it and you can read what I think. THough the existing logs aren’t looking too promising…


Yeah, I have a sample of the GABA and haven’t tried it yet. I really shouldn’t let reviews deter me, but they’re not glowing to say the least!

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A pretty classic chai flavor. I don’t really taste the rooibos and honeybush much. They’re probably doing some background work. While it was okay, the flavor was pretty weak. I’d probably use two teabags next time.

Anyway, it fulfilled my craving for a caffeine-free chai before bed. :) I added a bit of almond milk and honey, but I think I like it better plain.

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drank Sencha Gold by The Tao of Tea
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Mmm…japanese tea. So yums. As much as I enjoy Japanese green tea, I have only small sample sizes of them from swaps. I should fix this. :)

As for this tea, it’s slightly oceanic, which I greatly enjoy. It’s green and fresh and toasty. And the liquid is a nice yellowish green. Very enjoyable.

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I came from a tea drinking family, but I never appreciated the different qualities and varieties of tea until older. All that time wasted! But I guess I needed to be mature enough to appreciate the tea experience. :)

My favorite teas are green oolongs and white tea. I also love greens, especially gyokuro. I have a huge appreciation for rooibos and honeybush as they are often that only thing I can drink in the evening. I am a relatively new convert to black teas. This is unfortunate for my wallet but extremely wonderful for my palate. :)

In any case, I have a love for both flavored and unflavored teas. They are different experiences for sure, but both enjoyable. I find that it often depends on my mood.

I am on a quest to find a tea that will win my husband over. I think I’m making some headway…

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