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3/3 Tealeaves sacheted teas brought home from the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Not by me. Vegas isn’t my cuppa.

Brewed according to the parameters on the back of the packet: 82C(180F), 1 min, good for 2 cups.

To be frank, I’ve had much better green teas in paper teabags. This is low-average end for my tastes. Hot straw, hay, raw almond sweetness, mineral, the vestiges of seaweed and dandelion greens. The marigold flowers make the liquor somewhat bitter. There’s an astringency that doesn’t hit until after the swallow. It feels like there’s a stranglehold on my uvula without any dryness in the throat. Don’t want to finish my cup. Maybe the tea is stale.

While this tea, like Las Vegas, isn’t my cuppa, I do recommend trying Tealeaves’ Organic English Breakfast and Organic Chamomile Blossoms for some high quality sachets.

Flavors: Almond, Biting, Bitter, Dandelion, Drying, Hay, Mineral, Seaweed, Straw

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mastress Alita

Aww, so you didn’t pick these up from some shady store trying to sell overpriced beauty products with tea as their front? Disappointed.

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88

Tea bag from Derk and I have to agree again with everything.
Plain, 3+ minutes of steeping, freshly boiled water into cold glass cup. 8 am. Listening to oldies as “Frankie goes to Holywood – The Power Of Love”. Feeling nostalgic.

Strong, bold tea, wtih stong notes of malt. My fav. Indeed bit citrusy. When it is cooling down I am noticing wine notes too. Overall it is round taste. Colour is dark copper, clear. Somehow typical for black tea.

I like it. For mornings as this rainy one – perfect. Good morning cuppa. Great job from tea bag.

Just one steep though.

Flavors: Citrusy, Malt, Red Wine, Round , Tea

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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90

Sipping on this in between classes and on my second steep now.

Like the Tealeaves’ Chamomile Blossom I had recently, this sachet is filled to the seam with whole black tea leaves and blue cornflower accents. The first steep was amazing for a bagged black. Soothing black tea fragrance, not sharp at all. The brew was full, round and kind of thick. It was deep and malty, somewhat chocolatey, with a citrusy brightness and a wine-like base that I guess was from the Keemun. A little bit of spicy bite, too, like one would expect from a Cabernet Sauvignon. Clean finish.

This second steep of 5 minutes is so far good. It’s oily and tastes more like a typical black tea bag and leaves a little bit of mineral impression.

Really nice bagged black.

Flavors: Chocolate, Citrusy, Malt, Mineral, Red Wine, Round , Spicy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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55

Damn, valerian is disgusting.

Nothing like drinking stinky feet for a good night’s rest. Fortunately, there’s some good stuff going on in this blend to, um, temper the valerian. The other ingredients provide a well-balanced mix of herbaceous and floral qualities but it’s not enough to completely distract from the fact that I’m chugging the sweat squeezed from a pair of four days worn crusty gym socks. There’s also some herbal spiciness and a cooling spreading through my chest — from what, I’m not sure. This tea wins points for the blend sans valerian.

Here’s to me being blessed with a club-over-the-head sleep after a later than desired oolong session.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 14 OZ / 414 ML
mrmopar

I remember puerh like this a time or two when I first started.

Olive

I feel for you, valerian is terrible.

derk

Maybe an enterprising scammer pressed some valerian cakes and sold them to you as an unwitting westerner, mrmopar :P If I keep drinking valerian, maybe I’ll develop an affinity and soon an obsession for it? Build a vumidor? Open a valerian den where people drink only the finest goosh and can pass out safely?

mrmopar

LOL!!! I have learned much since those early days young patewan…..And yes you can elaborate your plans for it too. ,P

derk

Olive: Valerian works great for me as a sleep aid. Because of the taste, I drink it sparingly. Do you know of any blends containing valerian that taste decent?

mrmopar: The va qi hits me like a rock.

mrmopar

Too funny!!!!

Olive

Unfortunately I can’t recommend anything, I tend to actively avoid anything even remotely associated to valerian. Sorry :/ I’ll be sure to check your reviews regularly though, in case you find a blend that I might dare to try haha

Mastress Alita

I have a sleep blend with valerian in it that is really heavy in fennel, and all I smell and taste is the fennel, not the valerian. But valerian is the one thing that will knock me out. I also have valerian in capsules that I’ll take sometime, since that works way better for me than melatonin.

derk

What’s that blend of yours Mastress Alita? I’m in the market for more valerian tea. Melatonin didn’t work for me in the distant past; a few hours after taking it and passing out, I was WIDE AWAKE. HELLO. Bunk.

Mastress Alita

Ya, that’s why I switched to valerian capsules from melatonin. The blend is from American Tea Room and called Sleeping Beauty, but they went out of business some time ago. They were one of those places that only sold ridiculous sized bags though, so I still have an inordinate amount, though. I felt like I saw some other valerian/fennel combo somewhere else not long ago, but since I’m on hiatus I didn’t think much of it since I’m not actively buying tea right now and my memory sucks ass from all my migraine meds… if I run into it again I’ll make sure to note it. I have plenty of the Sleeping Beauty I could share though, at least for now. Once it’s gone I’ll have to find a replacement too, heh.

Mastress Alita

Hey, I found it, it was one of those good ol’ Rishi herbal blends: Valerian Dream. That will probably be the one I try as a replacement when I run out of my Sleeping Beauty blend.

derk

Tyty! Going to give it a try.

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75

Picked up from the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The sachet was nearly overflowing with fluffy chamomile. Very strong floral-apple aroma that was also present in the sweet liquor. Nice pollen brightness. Not at all drying or woody. As far as the rose and lavender oils, I didn’t pick up on either but I did get hints of airiness?

Best chamomile I’ve had! 2 steeps.

Flavors: Apple, Flowers, Hot hay

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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33
drank English Breakfast by Tealeaves
2752 tasting notes

Tasting note #1300!

I actually had this last week and forgot to log it. This is master blend no. 2235, but I don’t see this specific blend listed here on steepster. Anyway, I had this straight, but will only be drinking it with milk and sugar on the future. I found it steeped strong an fast, but I found it quite bitter and did not enjoy it. I honestly prefer Red Rose or a higher quality black if I’m going to drink it straight. I thought this might be high quality due to the nice packaging/sachet, but I equate bitter with low quality broken leaf tea.

Notes of almond skins (the dark brown thin skins in almond nuts), tannin, bitter, classic potent breakfast blend flavour. Flavours of fresh cut maple wood, but I wouldn’t call it maple syrup or wood flavour exactly.

Also, it will get overly tannic if you let it steep too long (not than two minutes), so just be cautious. I’m not one for strong black teas aren’t usually my thing unless they are malty/thick (with no bitterness).

Flavors: Almond, Bitter, Maple, Tannic, Tannin, Wood

mrmopar

Congrats!!

Evol Ving Ness

Congrats, Arby!

Fjellrev

Happy 1300, Arby!

Arby

Thank you! :D

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75

Sipdown!

There really isn’t much to say about this tea. It tastes like a fresh chamomile with subtle peppery lemon notes and flavours of dry grass and pollen. It tastes like any other chamomile, but IMO is probably fresher and therefore tastes more vegetal. It isn’t /quite/ as good as “cheap” chamomiles I’ve had, but it is still tasty.

Flavors: Hot hay, Lemon, Vegetal

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 17 OZ / 500 ML

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75

A short steep time (~3 minutes) will yield a flavourful and tasty brew. My previous review was a long 8 minute steep that made the liquid bitter and acrid. I’m ammending my rating now that I’ve realized it was definitely user error and this is actually a good tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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75

Good quality (mostly whole blossoms, high quality sachet, ample room for the tea to expand) and the package states it is intended to be steeped multiple times.

First steep:
Chamomile, hot hay, dry grass, lemon

Second steep: Still only chamomile, but I accidentally left the teabag in for 30 minutes or so and it oversteeped. Do not leave the teabag in for too long or your brew will be acrid. Still only chamomile and no lavender or rose flavour at all. I wouldn’t even describe it as super floral, much closer to plain chamomile with its characteristic lemony/dry grass flavour. Unfortunately I don’t actually like fresh chamomiles and strongly prefer the stale lower quality ones (yes, I’m serious).

Flavors: Dry Grass, Hot hay, Lemon

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Much like Comic Book Guy on The Simpsons, I’ve recently experienced the worst of the worst. Rest assured I was on the internet within minutes registering my disgust throughout Steepster. This tea came in a set purchased at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas. The other two teas, Nutcracker and Mandarin Orange Blend, are great, but I hadn’t tried the third tea, Organic Lychee Green. In the bag, the scent is slightly floral, fruity, and familiar. I think to myself, it’ll brew a good cup. Don’t be fooled! It’s a trap! I smelt it again after I finished brewing it. It’s a scent from my past, but I can’t connect the dots. I take a sip. It’s barely palatable, and wafts of perfume permeated the air. I asked my brother to take a sip. He concludes, “It’s Bath & Body Works Cucumber Melon Lotion.” The connection registers immediately. UGH! YES! Cucumber Melon was part of the middle school experience growing up in the ‘90s. And really, who wants to relive that period of angst and uncertainty through a cuppa? I sure don’t. Luckily, my boyfriend had consumed most of it, so we don’t have to buy this tea ever again. Worst. Tea. Ever.

Flavors: Cucumber, Melon, Soap

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85
drank Golden Tippy Yunnan by Tealeaves
136 tasting notes

Thank you to Nicole for this sample! Once again, apparently I am easy to please, because I really like this tea. The flavors are mild, but it is malty and earthy…though less earthy than other Yunnan teas I have tried. I steeped the leaves for 4 minutes the first time, and actually had to run out and left the leaves steeping for 15 minutes the second time. A light but enjoyable tea was produced both times, so it does not seem like you have to worry about oversteeping with this one!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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backlog

I suspect that every restaurant and spa at every MGM property in Las Vegas carries this as their jasmine green tea. At least that was the case at every place I went to when I visited, which was about 6 different restaurants and a spa across 3 properties. Ok, so that’s a relatively small sample size, but I was surprised by the consistency across locations and fanciness of establishment. The company website only lists this as being available in loose leaf and teabags but I’m pretty sure that I had it in pyramid sachets. I don’t want to rate it because steeping parameters were out of my control. This is a pretty solid blend though. Not the most amazing but far from the worst. Just a nice, middle of the road jasmine that’s hard to mess up. It’s not cloying or artificial tasting at all, and the base is pleasantly light.

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drank Mandarin Oolong by Tealeaves
268 tasting notes

I have to add sweetener to this one but once you do it rings true to the name! It’s almost “juicy” in my mouth if that makes sense. Very pleasant.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 24 OZ / 700 ML

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drank Pear Oolong by Tealeaves
371 tasting notes

Beorhthraefn included a sample of this in the Secret Pumpkin package. Thank you!

I’m the kind of person who likes fruit flavors that naturally come from oolong, rather than have it added. However, if you do like flavored oolong, I recommend this. The pear flavor tastes very nice. It’s a good “pearing” with the rolled floral oolong base, which has similar fruity flavors. Additionally, the texture is creamy.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Maple Delight by Tealeaves
644 tasting notes

Had a rather odd sensation just now as I took the steeping leaves from my cup. Somewhere in my brain there was an idea that if I licked the leaves I might be able to taste more maple. Must be what happens when you have a kid. Perhaps it was the sweetness of the maple scent that compelled me to think as I did.
I’m not very good at naming bases for black tea but I know I like this one. Woodsy. Slightly twiggy. I taste the maple coming through first and the black base finishing.

CelticBrew

That sounds lovely.

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drank Maple Delight by Tealeaves
268 tasting notes

Sipdown. Why is it that I tend to drink up newer teas up before older ones that I should be?

Breakfast this morning. I have to add sweetener to it. After that addition, I find it quite tasty :)

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drank Maple Delight by Tealeaves
268 tasting notes

A big shout out to the wonderful Nicole who organized the group buy that allowed me to get this and a few other tasty sounding teas I will be getting to soon.

I love the smell of this dry leaf. There is no question that there is maple flavor and black tea and only that in this tin. The brewed liquid certainly smells like black tea. I’m a little stuffy this morning so am having a harder time finding the maple in the scent. The first sips make me think that this needs more leaf than what was suggested on the tin. The addition of sweetener coaxes out more flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Mandarin Oolong by Tealeaves
1112 tasting notes

Although the Pear Oolong smells like I need to buy another tin before I even try it, I had to make the decision to drink this one first and save what I believe will be best for last.
The first thing I noticed about this tea was the size of the rolled oolong. It lands in the large size which makes me happy. The smell is fantastic. Upon drinking the first brew it reminded me a lot of Goodbye Butiki, A LOT. This is a good thing :)
This tea is quality as far as the leaf goes and the flavoring. Some of the leave has 3 buds on it which was awesome to see at it unrolled. I resteeped this six times and then stopped because citrus flavoring always dries my mouth out in an odd way. Overall, this was a beautiful tea that I’m wanting to cold steep so I will probably try it.

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