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drank Dance With Elephant by Tealux
2480 tasting notes

Here I am to bump up the rating for this tea! :D Thanks so much for sending this along, StarFevre! I always wanted to try this one. I was a little worried about the coconut ruining it, as I knew this was probably a bit old. But behold, despite the huge coconut flakes in the infuser, the coconut doesn’t taste bad! There are elephant size pieces of fruit in this blend: a HUGE mango slice that was almost the size of a mango… bananas, pineapple. I really went for a very long steep on this one to really soak that big mango slice. The flavor that results is delicious — more sweet and creamy than tart. I can taste a hint of mango, with some banana. I really like this!

Maddy Barone

That sounds amazing.

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drank Hong Shui High Mountain by Tealux
2405 tasting notes

This sample is a bit old now, but is from Liquid Proust.

I found it sweet (honey), but also drying in the mouth. Definitely some darker notes, a lot of roastiness, and a bit fruity (cooked peaches).

Flavors: Drying, Fruity, Honey, Roasted

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drank Canadian Dream | Maple Tea by Tealux
1040 tasting notes

First the bad news maple is not my favorite flavor – I know, how un Canadian of me.
The good news is that there is more going on here than just in your face maple. There is definitely some astringency from the black base – that helps cut the sweetness. I’m also thinking this is a little creamy with just a touch of nuttiness. For me, this reads a little like maple walnut ice cream – that might be a bit of a stretch, but more like that than pure maple syrup.
Thanks for sharing Evol – always interesting to try different things.

Evol Ving Ness

Hmm, maple walnut ice cream! Nice.

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Yes, very similar to the DTs one, but this seems to me to have more vanilla cream going on, almost that of a good milk oolong. Here, the bergamot is toned down too, which is another plus. I truly dislike bergamot screeching harshly in my cup. I may prefer this over the DTs version .

And as the cup cools, I can see this blend growing on me.

Suspect that it will be over the top delicious with milk or cream.

When I moved here, this was a residential neighbourhood with low rise small businesses and familiar faces. Condo world has moved in and land is being bought up and buildings gutted. I hear fresh construction and new excavation equipment hammering away at the ground next door. Now what, now what. Ugh.

Need tea.

Indigobloom

Does it drown out the wailing toddler? :/

Scheherazade

I live on an estate that’s in the process of being built, shall we say, and the builders start before 6am every day. Even Sunday. I feel your pain.

Evol Ving Ness

Gah!

It’s a matter of quality of sound. The wailing toddler is a high pitched screeching while the construction currently is a rumbling clash thrash crash bang booming. So, no.

Indigobloom

Oh dear that’s terrible :(

Evol Ving Ness

hahaha, well, and then there are random cellphone noises at the crack of dawn and the rumbling of the garbage carts being taken out in the middle of the night and doors slammed and so on. Perhaps. in part, this is the price of living in the city. In addition to having inconsiderate neighbours.

Having said that, I had been blessed with extremely lovely neighbours for years and years and years so there’s that.

Indigobloom

Same. Our neighbours two doors down have been awful, but otherwise we have amazingly fabulous people around. Yin and Yang I suppose!

Living in the ‘burbs, we do get some noise from reno projects and such. oh and the coyotes/racoons are nasty too. What I wouldn’t do for a nice quiet nap right now…

Evol Ving Ness

Ah, sweet naps… I remember those fondly.

Indigobloom

Yes, those were the days. Is it wrong that I daydream about napping?

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80
drank White Coconut Cream by Tealux
141 tasting notes

I like this tea, but it kind of tastes like two separate things – the white tea, and the coconut. Somehow they don’t quite blend right. They are both nicely flavored, but they need a bridge between the flavors somehow. The coconut is not huge, but definitely present – it’s the nice coconut, fresh and milky tasting, not sticky and sugary. I’m not a white tea connoisseur by any means, but this seems to have a nice flavor and is maybe not quite as delicate as some I’ve mistreated in the past. The aftertaste is a nice soft coconut and is somehow refreshing. I think this tea could be better, but I still quite enjoy it.

Flavors: Coconut

Preparation
3 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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drank Healthy Edge by Tealux
141 tasting notes

This is kind of an everything but the kitchen sink tea, with so many different things in it you kind of wonder if someone just emptied bits from a bunch of jars together and decided it actually tasted ok. Because of that, there isn’t really anything special about this tea, but it’s definitely drinkable.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75
drank Wild Strawberry Swirl by Tealux
141 tasting notes

The aroma of this is lovely. The flavor is slightly bitter with a strong strawberry fruitiness. It isn’t at all sweet, just flavorful. (I suspect it would be good with just a touch of a sweetener.) It somehow has a certain richness to it – perhaps that’s just the fact that the tea backbone is strong and holds its own against the fruit. I personally would prefer a touch lighter on the tea, but it’s still a good one.

Flavors: Bitter, Fruity, Strawberry

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Honey Orange Almond by Tealux
9665 tasting notes

Another one from Evol.. i really liked the flavour of this one, though i almost wish there was no almond. the orange flavour is exactly what i can get behind haha

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drank Healthy Edge by Tealux
9665 tasting notes

Sample from Evol Ving Ness

This is an interesting blend which feels like it’s got everything in the word going on with it. fruity, and a little almost menthol like taste. quite enjoyable. :)

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drank Cherry Goddess by Tealux
9665 tasting notes

Finished off this one today – nice to have a non caffeinated option for this afternoon. Thanks Evol!

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drank Cherry Goddess by Tealux
9665 tasting notes

Thanks for this one Evol had a great time drinking this one up – cherry deliciousness today is what i needed on a grey day.

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Find myself wanting to eat all the chocolate today. I keep buying all the chocolate, so this is easy to do when I am at home.

I could have sworn I have a stack of chocolate teas for moments like these, but it took me forever to find one. I finally found this one in a cluster of those that I had divied out for Sil—yes, yes, that was three months ago— and was dismayed that this has green tea in it as well as black. In my experience, those green/black blends don’t turn out well, but hey, let’s give it a whirl.

It may be green and black, but steeped, it smells like pu’erh. Like others have noted, it tastes like watered down hot chocolate.

The flavour actually is good, but calling it Chocolate Delight sets up an expectation. Calling it something like Muddied Cocoa would be more accurate and less anxiety-provoking.

Currently eating caramel chocolate to assuage my disappointment.

That said, it is getting better as it gets cooler.

Flavors: Cocoa, Dirt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Aww sorry it didn’t curb the cravings. I’ve been craving it too ugh.

Inkling

“Muddied Cocoa” is such a perfect description of most of the chocolate teas I’ve tried! Sorry the tea was a disappointment, but thanks for the great tasting note. :)

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drank Feng Shui Wellness by Tealux
9665 tasting notes

same from Evol ving ness. This one doesn’t work for me.. somehow the ingredients don’t come together in any sort of harmony for me…and there’s an under lying sweetness that i can’t quite place. Not a bad tea, but nothing i need to have again. Though i’m always up for trying new things :)

Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, haven’t tried this one yet. :)

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drank Dragon Lychee Pearls by Tealux
9665 tasting notes

sample from evol ving ness this one was a resounding NOPE for me…i dunno what it was about the tea but between the aroma and the taste, i could drink it… oh well, can’t win ‘em all and i’ll happily shre what i have left with folks since lots of others seem to have enjoyed them!

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drank Spice of Life by Tealux
9665 tasting notes

sample from evol ving ness need to drink a few of these just to keep my numbers under control with the few teas that have come in recently.

this one is weird. i think it’s the coconut throwing me off. not a blend i’m a fan of

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drank Berry Picking Delight by Tealux
9665 tasting notes

Sample from Evol Ving ness

so tired…working late. long story short – this was a nice one. refreshing berry tea…bold flavour. I’d pick this one up again if i needed a berry/fruit herbal!

Final Count: 105 (yes i’m trying to get one in a day!)

Evol Ving Ness

Happy to hear that you enjoyed this one.

I seem to have gone on a berry trend in this particular swap packet. Somehow, I don’t think I realized that as I was organizing and packaging.

Sil

nothing wrong with that! :)

Evol Ving Ness

Oh good! I seem to be on a berry and/or smoky and/or milky oolong and/or mango thing these days.

Fjellrev

Hope you’ll have some time to relax soon, Sil!

Sil

puppy helps with that every night fjellrev – running around in the field next door :)

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drank Canadian Dream | Maple Tea by Tealux
9665 tasting notes

Another sample from evol ving ness this is absolutely a maple tea. And funnily enough, while i adore maple added to my smokey teas – this is too sweet for me :) the maple is a tiny bit artificial but it still embodies the whole idea of maple tea :) recommend this for anyone who likes maple and sweet teas :)

Evol Ving Ness

Maybe this is the one that needs to be added to a less-than-stellar Lapsang Souchong then?

Sil

ooh there’s an idea!

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I don’t know, I made the mistake of reading the other comments on this herbal—something I usually don’t do until I finish my review post—and I’ve got a completely different thing going on in my cup. What I have here is mango, and papaya possibly, with a hint of yogurt-like tang. There may well be hibiscus here too, but a few shreds perhaps, nothing that screams hibiscus at me. It’s all quite delicious.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Mango, Sweet, Tangy, Tropical, Yogurt

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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The dry leaf smells berry and juicy and summer. Steeped, the truly rich berry, like a basket of assorted dark berries and possibly a bit of fig, with blueberry predominating, continues. When I take a sip, however, the berry taste falls away. The tartness of the hibiscus, rose hip, and black and red currant steps up and takes over with blueberry and slight citrus in the background. Mango may well be in the distance complementing the citrus. As the tea cools a bit, the berries once again take over and remain in the forefront. Nice.

Flavors: Black Currant, Blackberry, Blueberry, Fig, Hibiscus, Red Fruits, Rosehips, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85

Maple has been a frequent flavour craving this past week or two. The first time I had this tea, some time ago, it was perfect. Exactly like true maple candy held by a frisky black base. Today, it’s not living up to the expectations planted in my memory. My rating reflects both my imagination and the reality of the moment.

Flavors: Maple Syrup

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
VariaTEA

“Frisky black tea base” I like this description :)

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drank Cherry Fantasy by Tealux
933 tasting notes

You know that Bing Cherry flavour you get from that big monstrous juicy cherry you pulled out of the solid custard cream nestled in a good Black Forest Cake? That. In both scent and flavour. The body has a nice hefty depth to it, possibly from the added fig. A bit more cream would be nice, but all in all, a really pleasant natural-tasting cup.

I steeped quickly because I suspect this tea base would become astringent if it were neglected.

Flavors: Cherry, Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This has to be one of the older blends in my cupboard…it’s been there more than a year, maybe closer to two? The fact that I can’t remember isn’t a good sign. I think I bought it off the back of a 52Teas cucumber blend that I really enjoyed a couple of summers ago…and then promptly forgot about it. It’s been sealed, though, and the scent is still good, so today it finally sees the light.

The dry leaf looks a little crusty, but at this point I’m really not surprised. There are pieces of dried lime zest and small cubes of freeze-dried cucumber, a lot of peppermint, plus the green tea base (apparently both straight green – sencha? – and jasmine green). It’s pre-sweetened with stevia, which I’m usually against, but if it helps to create a mojito kind of vibe then I might be on side…

I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 2.5 minutes in water cooled to around 175 degrees. This blend reminds me a lot of Bluebird’s MojiTEA, which is a good thing because I like that one. On the other hand, they’re not sufficiently different for me to want to keep both around, and I wouldn’t replace the Bluebird with this one because (for me, in the UK) Bluebird is more readily accessible anyway.

This one has strong lime notes, followed by cool, dank peppermint. There’s an edge of sweetness from the stevia, but it’s not overdone and it doesn’t strike me as “artificial” in any way. It’s just a touch of (welcome) background sugariness. The green tea base is smooth, a little vegetal. I can’t taste the jasmine at all, which is a bonus for me because I’m not over keen on floral greens. I’m guessing this one would be better iced or cold brewed, but it’s hardly the season for that at the moment. I might try and hang on to some leaf for next summer…but then this one really will be an antique by then, so maybe not.

I’d like to get to a place with my cupboard where most of my tea is less than a year old, and where the amount I’ve got around seems manageable rather than overwhelming. I’m conscious that I’m neglecting stuff, which makes me feel bad, and I don’t want it to be like that. I’ve been pretty good at not buying anything new lately, but the temptation is growing as it always seems to once my cupboard gets under 200. I’d like it to be under 100…maybe within the next year? I guess we’ll see! And at least I know what my New Year’s Resolution is going to be…

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp
Nattie

Haha good luck! We seem to have the same issues.

Kristal

Good luck! I have a similar goal with wanting my stash to be circulating and fresh.

ashmanra

We are perpetually trying to drink up the oldest teas! Best of luck! I don’t know if I will ever get under 100 teas truly. I don’t even add small samples or swaps to my cupboard and still it stays over 100. I would love to figure out thirty teas and pare down to that many and stay around that mark.

Nattie

Ashmanra – that’s ambitious! My goal is 100 and I’m still almost 330 teas off target :’)

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