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Teabox Tuesday! I’ve been migraining all day, so I haven’t made any tea yet. Thankfully I haven’t completely exhausted the herbal options from my teabox stash, though I am getting close. This one is from the Discovery Teabox, so thank you to Skysamurai for organizing and to all who participated in sharing tea!

The leaf has a very nutty aroma. Steeped, the tea is very much a deeply red rooibos color, and smells nutty but has the sweet rooibos notes I’m familiar with, honey and a touch of vanilla or caramel. The flavor is pretty nice; not quite as strong as I’d probably like, but I tend to steep my herbal teas a little overleafed, and I had the very last serving in the box on this one, so I’m using a little less rooibos for the cup than I’d probably use left to my own devices. That said, it is still pretty tasty. The rooibos base is pretty heavy, but it’s a nice rooibos with more of the sweeter notes I like, and lacking in the brassy/woody/medicinal notes. I taste a lot of honey, caramel, and a touch of subtle woodiness. The flavors that come through most strongly are a nutty note and vanilla; I’m not sure if I’d say I really get “pecan pie,” but at least I’m not just tasting heavy marzipan like I do with so many nutty dessert teas.

It’s a very satisfying cup and makes a nice sweet dessert tea before bed. I’ve never seen this company before and have a few more herbal option samplers to try from them from the box, so thank you!

Flavors: Caramel, Honey, Nutty, Rooibos, Sweet, Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 350 ML

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Arby loves this tea and was so kind and sent me a sample. Alas, I let it sit for quite some time but I have finally gotten to it. Though I am not having the same experience with it Arby had, I can appreciate that it is a nice milk oolong tea. It’s almost got a bit of a coconut/mango sticky rice vibe to it. Thank you for sharing Arby!

Arby

I do love this tea. Other people have also told me they didn’t get any mango, so maybe I’m just crazy? Anyway, I’m glad to share a solid milk oolong with a friend, even if it doesn’t reward other drinkers with its rich mango and coconut flavours.

VariaTEA

I got some mango. Coconut mango sticky rice to be exact.

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Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Fruity, Mango, Sugarcane, Tropical

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I thought this was a mystery sample, but upon tasting it realized it is my beloved milk oolong. I must have put some in my bag and forgotten about it.

Buttery jade oolong, very creamy mango and coconut flavours, stonefruits, milk scent/flavor. The oolong base (I believe this is a straight oolong, but I’m not sure) is what really makes this. It is super buttery and creamy, sweet, gives a thick and very pleasant mouthfeel. It reminds me of mango sorbet or coconut gelato. I brewed this western style, but my cast iron pot with smaller water volumes each steep. Water 80 deg, C, 450 mL water, 3 steeps. Try 85-90 deg. if you find it steeping too slowly, sometimes it is a bit slow when you keep the temp down. You will not burn the leaves if don’t let it get over 90 deg. C I haven’t tried this at boiling/100 deg. C, but I wouldn’t risk it for a high grade jade oolong.

The tsp of leaves expands to a point where it takes up most of the pot, which is why I limit the water volume to avoid it overflowing. It is so aromatic I can smell it brewing throughout the kitchen.

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Creamy, Fruity, Mango, Milk, Stonefruits

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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This is the best oolong I have ever had. It is flavoured (I think? whatever they used for the milky scent is great) but the natural oolong flavour comes through as well. It smells of coconut cream, mangos, skim milk, and jade oolong (think Anxi unroasted Tie Guan Yin). It suits the name milk oolong well. It has the sweet creaminess that goes so well with the base. The base has a natural fruitiness to it-it is very fresh and not roasted, but you still get natural buttery and fruity notes from it.

This is actually the best tea I’ve ever had. The perfect combination of flavourful, sweet, savoury (buttery), thick, and perfect iced or hot. If I could only drink one tea the rest of my life, I would pick this one. You can’t oversteep it (it doesn’t get bitter), but it holds up well to all brewing methods – gongfu, western, long cold brews. It resteeps about 8 times before I notice any loss of flavour.

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Cream, Creamy, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Mango, Milk, Smooth, Sweet, Tannin, Thick

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec 3 g 24 OZ / 700 ML
MrQuackers

Originally milk oolongs were milk tasting, then they added flavouring. I just had Hokkaido milk tea by the way. :)

Fjellrev

Must be spectacular is you’re saying it’s the best after everything you’ve had at this point!

Arby

It is really something special. I can’t be without it in my cupboard.

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drank Kyoto Cherry Rose by Special Teas Inc
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This green base is why I think I don’t enjoy green teas. It’s just too green and grassy for me. The leaves look beautiful expanded, and those little pink petals open up. I do not taste cherry at all or anything more than the fainest hint of flowers.

Flavors: Drying, Grass, Green, Tannin, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 550 OZ / 16265 ML

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quite an amazing blend, i fully recommend it!

the green + oolong give it a lovely earthy baseline while the berries and raisins make it light and sweet. beautiful balance.

it also resteeps fantastically (7 times???!!!!) very impressive!

1 tsp turbinado in my 16 oz mug. meets the literary description of ‘nectar’ from all my reading. :-)

my new favourite!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Indigobloom

Can’t believe I missed you posting! Sounds like a great tea for grandpa style brewing

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drank Masala Chai by Special Teas Inc
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drank Masala Chai by Special Teas Inc
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This is one of the better chais I’ve had. Very flavourful and the rooibos is not overly rooibos-y but still makes a nice (caffeine free) base. I like the intensity of the spices in it. Overall this is a very good rooibos chai and it can be re-steeped multiple times. It is good iced, hot, with sweetener, plain, or with milk.

Flavors: Cardboard, Clove, Ginger, Spices, Spicy

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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Flavors: Bergamot, Earl Grey, Rooibos, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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Flavors: Bergamot, Earl Grey, Honey, Rooibos, Sweet

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Flavors: Bergamot, Honey, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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This is a very nice Earl Grey. I wish it had a bit more vanilla and cream flavour, but overall it has a strong taste of bergamot and candied orange rind without the bitter flavour that comes from over-steeping black teas.. I actually like this Earl Rooibos more than the David’s version.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Earl Grey, Olive Oil, Orange Zest, Rooibos, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML
Kristal

mmm..sounds like the Early Grey Cream Rooibos from International House of Tea, which is probably my favourite rooibos blend :)

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This tea is my favourite tea hands down! The dry tea is quite sweet smelling and smells like chocolate and hazelnuts. It kind of reminds me of the smell of coffee, probably because chocolate scent is in the same vein and hazelnut is a coffee flavour staple. You see familiar rooibos sprinkled with hazelnuts and some chocolate chips.
Steeped the sweet scent isn’t quite as strong and it has the red liquor that rooibos is known for. When steeped it smells less like coffee, not so much of an acidy note, but still like chocolate and hazelnut. As a plus I haven’t noticed an oily sheen to the tea that many teas with chocolate tend to have when steeped.
It tastes wonderful! Rooibos and this chocolate hazelnut are a winning combo. It is mellow and comforting and leaves a delicious sweet chocolate hazelnut aftertaste on your tongue.
This perfect for fall and winter cozy tea can give you a nice, rich dessert fix without all the sugar.
I could drink this tea all day and I do!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I added this tea and accidentally entered the wrong ingredients and haven’t been able to change the original info. The ingredients are rooibos, orange peel, cinnamon, cloves, and natural flavour.
This tea was suggested to me by the woman serving me. I wanted something decaffinated and spicy to drink on these crips fall days. It was between this and I chai but I went with this.
This tea is perfect for this time of year and winter too. The spices are nicely blended together. Beautiful orange flavour and I’m glad I got this. I will be getting more when I run out.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Simply the best tea. The greatest of all of the teas … then with something extra.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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