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drank Thai Lemon by Oxalis
1102 tasting notes

Well, this is different story from Oxalis!

And it’s what I was craving for. But I can imagine it is hard to make the lemon flavoured green badly. I can be wrong though…

Okay to the tea; I have received quite a crushed sencha (I am afraid it is same base as in previous tea) quite lots of lemongrass and a few, quite big, pieces of dried lemons. Honestly, I have no idea what to do with them, because I don’t have enough pieces to add them in every session, moreover some are just very big, like a half of lemon! I put the smallest piece in the strainer today. The picture is actually quite accurate. And everlasting flowers are just for visual I guess.

The taste of tea: it’s okay base tea. Much less buttery and I think it is because it was less crushed, though still a lot. Maybe fresher a bit too. And lemony. Calling it juicy — not sure if correct word for it, but it had quite light taste overall. Well, I guess there isn’t anything else. Maybe sadly too straightforward; because I couldn’t even notice the lemongrass. It was just lemon tea with green tea base, so it doesn’t bring any bold and robust notes. Maybe I miss them a bit here. But I wanted a light citrusy green tea!

Flavors: Lemon

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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I have bought yesterday two flavoured green teas, as I was kind of craving them; and Bird & Blend subscription don’t deliver them often + I wanted something else than rose green teas. So, I took this one and Thai Lemon, which were pretty nice smelling (hard to smell through mask though!) and this sounded quite nice too.

Unfortunately, this one from the bottom of the jar, and thus sencha was quite crushed and I am afraid it is affected in taste. It was quite buttery green tea base and flavour was quite straightforward raisins (sultanas? What is the difference native speakers?) combined with cloves. It wasn’t offensive in any way, but nto really what I have been expecting at all.

“mellow tones of marzipan, vanilla and seasonal spices” and I only got one spice and nothing else. Maybe my first 3 teaspoons were just unlucky and I will get the other tastes later. I don’t think either there would be a big difference between 70°C and 80°C in flavours, with exception of the buttery sencha. I have been expecting more.

Flavors: Butter, Cloves, Raisins

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
White Antlers

Good question, Martin. Both are made with white grapes but sultanas come mainly from Turkey and the white grapes are seedless. They are sweeter, jucier and a bit plumper than raisins and when they are prepped and dried, they are prepped with oil and acid. Raisins are easier to find than sultanas and they usually come from muscatel white grapes.

Cameron B.

I didn’t know the difference either, Martin. Sultanas don’t seem to be very popular here in the States? I’ve mostly heard them mentioned on British cooking/baking shows…

Martin Bednář

Thank you for explanation White Antlers, I guess I won’t remember the difference, but it’s cool to know there should be some! In Czech it’s rozinky or hrozinky while the latter it is said it’s from hrozen as “bunch of grapes”. But actually it’s not! It was just misspelling of rozinky which comes from German rosine and that comes from French raisin. And then there is an example saying: not everyone loves raisins, also known as sultanas. Confusing!

I will call it raisins, because this is the word I have learned for that :)

White Antlers

You know, Martin, I call them both raisins, too-and don’t care for either one. YUCK. I think sultanas are more popular in Europe than the U.S. and probably easier to find in grocery stores there as well. They both come from grapes, so I doubt anyone would ever call you out for just lumping them both into the ‘raisin’ category. : )

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So, it’s after Christmas, and second bank holiday is today; so… Christmas time is already over for me. Happy New Year! everyone.

I was asked for brewing a pot for family again. I decided for this one and it seems I have last amount for one cup in. So, unfortunately, no sipdown. But soon!

I think that Izzy described this tea very well! Very interesting flavour and aroma. I get prunes (not dried plums Martin!) and mostly almonds. And then spices. I think mostly cinnamon and cloves. Maybe hints of cardamom.

I get raisins too, though not a major flavour. I agree with her saying its being a bit thin, but still quite creamy and enjoyable. I was expecting more from hibiscus, but I am glad it wasn’t that case.

I am impressed, I knew this company is doing a lot of blends. If it comes to actual orthodox teas, this brand isn’t that great. I had their teas ages ago. They weren’t that great, but honestly I am not sure now. Maybe those were a good batch, maybe that teas were stale, maybe… I prepared them wrong.

Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Creamy, Plums, Raisins

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 85 OZ / 2500 ML
Courtney

Happy New Year! :)

ashmanra

Happy New Year! The company name is Oxalis, and that is the name of a flower that grows here. I have some pink oxalis that I dug up at my husband’s grandmother’s house after she died, and some of the relatives laughed and said I was just digging up clover! Ha ha! The pink oxalis is very pretty and a nice herald of spring.

White Antlers

ashmanra Funny about oxalis. I lived in California for decades. Oxalis is an invasive garden pest there. It sends out runners and rhizomes so it can’t just be pulled up. It is nigh on impossible to eradicate. It does innocently look like clover and the flowers are very pretty. No doubt it is not a killer plant in other parts of the country, but in California, it is considered a weed and it can choke out native plants very rapidly. https://www.mercurynews.com/2010/12/06/master-gardener-get-a-jump-on-oxalis/

Martin Bednář

I have never cared about the company name, to be honest. I tried to search it and I think I have seen it over here too. It looks indeed pretty, though apparently it is invasive too.

mrmopar

Happy New Year Martin!

ashmanra

White Antlers: Same family, different oxalis! This one has pretty little pink flowers and hardly spreads at all. I think the plants I brought home from Granny’s are about the same size and have sat still in the same spot and they have been here about fifteen years.

Virginia Spiderwort, on the other hand, is EVERYWHERE! Fortunately it is pretty and is easy to remove, so I leave it where I want oretty blue flowers, cut it down when summer heat makes it get ugly, and it springs back up for more pretty flowers in fall!

White Antlers

ashmanra I think temperate California makes oxalis a ‘pest’ plant. I’d like to get some for my yard since we do have hard freezes here and it’s such a pretty little thing in the garden!

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drank Vánoční dobroty by Oxalis
1015 tasting notes

Martin Advent Day 25
I’d like to thank Martin for all the fun teas! There were some great choices in there, and even when I referred to a tea being not really my thing, I was still able to enjoy every single one. I’ll miss the surprise each morning!

As for this tea, it was a nice one to finish on due to the holiday spices in there. It was a little thin, and I didn’t totally love the fruit flavor, but I enjoyed what it was going for. I think I’m going to mix the leftovers from this pouch with some fruity leftovers from earlier in the advent, and create the perfect cidery tea – or maybe something weird…but we’ll see!

Martin Bednář

You are welcome! I am glad that I chose teas well and you were able to drink and enjoy them all. I guess the winner was Magic Aloe, which is sadly a tea I haven’t even tried.

I have to try this one too. I know there were tea which were wrose, some were better… I tried to make it average and I hope you liked to try some new flavours and found a few new favorites :).

AJRimmer

Magic aloe was definitely the winner! I hope you’re able to try it sometime! And there were definitely some B&B ones I plan to order in the future as well!

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drank Sladký pomeranč by Oxalis
1102 tasting notes

I had to give a try this tea I sent to AJRimmer without actually trying it beforehand. I am glad that you liked it!

Name of tea, translated, is: Sweet Orange and well, it’s not very orangery! I have to agree with AJRimmer saying it is indeed rather dried apricots, somehow creamy and very smooth. Though beetroot is in, I think it’s just for colour and not distinctive in taste at all.

Pretty much expected something else, but nevertheless, it’s tasty. This is from their series of fruit teas without hibiscus, so nothing for our hibi-lover Mastress Alita. They have vast collection of fruit teas, so feel free to go through their website; pick up a teas you would like to try and I can get them to you. 50 grams are the lowest amount of tea, though. Or I should start a group order in discussions? Let me know!

Flavors: Apricot, Creamy, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Vánoční dobroty by Oxalis
87 tasting notes

My Christmas eve eve tea! I brewed a scant teaspoon for a full 10 minutes, even though Martin suggests a 6 minute brew on the label (thanks for this tea!). I’m in the mood for some strong festive spice, and I didn’t want to use all this tea up in one go.

It has the red glow and tart aroma of a hibiscus dominated blend – which is definitely my cup of tea. Love it. But there’s also some spices (cloves, cinnamon) and other fruit notes (juicy sultanas and apple) swirling around in the steam.

Wow! Interesting flavour. It’s very light and not very hibiscus flavoured at all. Smooth and sweet. Notes of apple, apricot and sultanas develop a few seconds into the sip, with a hint of tartness coming in at the end with those berry hibiscus notes. But that’s super subtle – even if you dislike hibiscus, I reckon you wouldn’t be too upset with this tea.

Can’t say whether that’s because I only brewed a small teaspoon (perhaps I missed the large hibiscus pieces in the bag) or if that’s how the tea is designed to taste.

The spices are present, but mingled and more of a sensation than a flavour. Besides cinnamon, cloves and maybe nutmeg, I can’t decipher which specific spices are included.

Overall, this is a good festive tea. I might brew up the rest tomorrow, adding a shot of amaretto. I think the sweet almond flavour would work well with the fruits in this tea.

Flavors: Apple, Apricot, Berries, Cinnamon, Clove, Hibiscus, Nutmeg, Spices, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
Mastress Alita

I think you are the first other person I’ve seen on here that likes hibi blends, now I don’t have to feel so alien all the time! I love these hibi-citrus-spice Christmas teas, too.

Martin Bednář

I am happy that you like this tea, called, “Christmas Treats” in translation and ingredients list is very, very long: apple, hibiscus, rose hips, orange zest, sultanas (raisins?), dates, apricots, prunes, figs, coconut, licorice, cardamom, rose buds and rose petals and vanilla.

I haven’t tried it yet! So, I am indeed glad you like it :) I think there isn’t anything wrong steeping it for 10 minutes instead of 6; 6 were recommended by the producer. It was such aromatic when I opened the sachet though. I wasn’t really sure if it will all work together well! Haha.

You are welcome ;)

Mastress Alita

I find with big chunky herbals like this, I use a ton of leaf and just leave the bag in the cup… infinite steep! :-)

Izzy

Yes, Mastress Alita! Hibiscus is yum. Sometimes I like to fish the hibiscus pieces out of my tea strainer (after brewing them as tea) and put them on top of my oatmeal with a generous teaspoon of honey :P Delish.

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drank Sladký pomeranč by Oxalis
1015 tasting notes

Martin Advent Day 5
Another great choice! The flavor is pretty nice. It sort of tastes like dried apricots. I’m having it cold, and it’s quite refreshing. The rooibos is a nice support for the flavor. I haven’t experienced this exact flavor profile before, so I’m quite pleased.

Courtney

What a unique flavour. It sounds good!

Martin Bednář

Interesting that it tastes like that, but it is “Sweet Orange” tea. Very aromatic…
Another tea bought just because rooibos instead of actual tea in.

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drank Magic Aloe by Oxalis
1015 tasting notes

Martin Advent Day 4
Okay this one is my favorite so far! 100% my kind of tea. The aloe element is such an interesting flavor, almost minty, almost fruity, a tiny bit savory (until I sweetened it). I’m having it cold, and it’s so refreshing and delicious. The flavor really lingers. Green rooibos is the perfect base for it. I need more of this tea!

Mastress Alita

Huh, I don’t think I’ve ever had a tea with aloe, but now I’m extremely curious.

AJRimmer

Oh yeah DavidsTea has had some aloe blends lately! It’s a trend I’m definitely on board with!

Martin Bednář

Oh well. And this is the tea I gave my sister-in-law. Don’t have anymore handy, but can get more. I am glad that you love it!

Shae

My only experience drinking aloe anything is with a natural stomach formula similar to Pepto Bismol. It tasted terrible, kind of salty and thin. I can’t say how much of the taste was the aloe because of the other ingredients, but that’s what I’ve always associated it with. Maybe I should give it a try in tea form.

Martin Bednář

Accepting orders for this one :D
If there will be more people who would like anything from Oxalis, I can fullfil your wishes after holidays :)
To be honest, this was bought just after I read that AJRimmer likes green rooibos, but I haven’t tried it and gave the rest to my sister-in-love. I was quite sceptical seeing aloe in tea, as Steepster didn’t brought much results of rooibos + aloe. And there is pineapple in as well. It’s not in stock now, but hopefully, after new year it will be different.

As I wrote, I am indeed glad that you liked it that much!

AJRimmer

Ha yeah as soon as I tried it, I went to the website to see how much it is and was sad to see that it’s sold out! I definitely appreciate you sharing this one (:

Martin Bednář

I acutally didn’t bought it directly from Oxalis company, but third party company — I have hoped they will add some samplers (as they are distributor of Basiulr teas) but no samples :(

Martin Bednář

Corrections: samples, Basilur. Shipping was free though!

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Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 700 OZ / 20701 ML

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I bought 3 blooming balls while I was in Brno, CZ. Let’s see how this goes.

Well I steeped this 3 times already, didn’t really taste good. The official description says it is a white tea, but to be honest it tastes like water! I have no idea why this happened. On the other side, the blooming is great! I’m absolutely in love with the blooming movements. :-)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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1
drank Irish Cream by Oxalis
1 tasting notes

Entirely horrible. Tasted like ass.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Matcha Kotobuki by Oxalis
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This is my first tasting of a shincha (and first note to write here in Steepster!) and I was totally amazed by the richness of this tea. I think it’s the umami part of the taste that pleases me most. The aftertaste is long and delicious. There’s a hint of sweetness, but not too much to my taste. Everything seems to be very balanced. I really like this.

On thing that makes me wonder, however, is the infusion time. In English, it says 1 minute, but as seen through the sticker there’re instructions in Chech language (?) under it, saying “4 minuty”.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Pu-erh Fitness by Oxalis
48 tasting notes

Contains citrus and rosehip. Very refreshing.

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