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72
drank Aloha Hawaii by Tealyra
4081 tasting notes

Sipdown! (5 | 71)

Cold steeped. This one is pleasant enough, but a touch candylike for my tastes. I’m not sure exactly what fruit it’s supposed to be, but it ends up reminding me of Sweet Tarts a bit. Looking at the description, looks like they’re going for guava and pineapple with strawberry. I definitely preferred their other two guava teas to this one, and I guess I can taste a bit of pineapple, but mostly it’s tangy fruit candy.

Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Fruity, Hibiscus, Pineapple, Red Fruits, Sweet, Tart, Tropical

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 25 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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drank Superfruit Mango by Tealyra
4081 tasting notes

New batch of fruit blends from Tealyra! Even though I’ve found several that I want to reorder, I can’t resist trying new ones ha ha.

This one is not well-suited to cold steeping (IMO). It comes out watery and bland, but has a strange bitter flavor in the background. I assume that’s probably the orange peel, which doesn’t tend to do well when steeped for a long period of time.

I think for the second half of the pouch, I’ll try icing this one instead.

Flavors: Bitter, Orange Zest, Sweet, Thin, Watery

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 25 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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80
drank Aloha Sweet Guava by Tealyra
4081 tasting notes

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I’m almost out of fruit tisanes! :O Luckily, I already ordered more, heh heh…

This one is sweet and juicy and yummy. I like that it has actual guava pieces in it, though I’m sure the flavoring is doing the heavy lifting. Nicely balanced between sweet and tart, with a tangy guava flavor alongside the tartness of apple and a slight citrusy note from the lemongrass.

Putting this one on the “maybe” list, I remember liking their strawberry guava blend a lot too, so now I’m not sure which to order… XP

Flavors: Apple, Citrus, Fruity, Guava, Juicy, Pineapple, Sweet, Tangy, Tart, Tropical

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 25 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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drank Lemon Lolipop by Tealyra
4081 tasting notes

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Not a fan of this one. I think it’s just not very well-suited to being cold-steeped, as it gets quite bitter and pithy from the lemon peel. Otherwise, it does taste like lemon candy. Would probably be nicer steeped hot and then iced, but I’m too lazy for that. :P

Flavors: Bitter, Candy, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 25 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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I really enjoyed this one! Nice combination of bright and juicy orange with the addition of sweet strawberry and a touch of herbaceous lemongrass. I think the amount of hibiscus is just right – it adds tartness but doesn’t overpower the fruit flavors and make it taste generic. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the lemongrass, but I think it helps add a different citrus note and keeps the orange from tasting too much like candy or vitamin C tablets.

Will definitely have to reorder some in the future!

Flavors: Citrus, Fruity, Herbaceous, Hibiscus, Juicy, Lemongrass, Orange, Strawberry, Sweet, Tangy, Tart

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 25 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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68
drank Pineapple Lemonade by Tealyra
4081 tasting notes

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This one wasn’t bad, but I feel like the name is misleading. The ginger in this is quite strong, and it ends up tasting more like a ginger beer sort of tisane than a pineapple one, and I don’t taste any lemon at all. It’s still refreshing, and the pineapple flavor is noticeable, just not what I was expecting given the name.

Flavors: Earthy, Fruity, Ginger, Pineapple, Sweet

Preparation
25 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML
ashmanra

That would break my heart.

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65
drank Pomegranate Raspberry by Tealyra
4081 tasting notes

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This sounded good, but ended up being just okay. I don’t think I would’ve known it was raspberry or pomegranate, as it was just a bit generally fruity and sweet. There was an odd hint of soapiness to it for some reason, not sure if it’s just the flavoring or what.

I ended up adding a spoonful of hibiscus to the second pitcher, and it added some much-needed tartness. I don’t notice that soapy taste anymore either. So it ended up being nice, but not one I would reorder.

Flavors: Apple, Fruity, Soap, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 25 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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drank Macaron à la Pêche by Tealyra
4081 tasting notes

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This one was just not a good candidate for cold-steeping, in my opinion. It came out bland and watery, just slightly sweet and a bit peachy.

I added some hibiscus to the second go-around, and it’s definitely better with the tartness giving some dimension. But still a bit on the bland side (other than the hibiscus) so not something I would order again. I only tend to cold steep fruit tisanes, so maybe it’s tasty hot, I dunno! :P

Flavors: Artificial, Peach, Sweet, Thin, Watery

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 25 g 750 OZ / 22180 ML

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Cold steeped. This was sort of a wildcard selection from Tealyra, it sounded so unusual and I do tend to like sea buckthorn (at least, in my limited experience). It actually ended up being possibly my favorite of the several fruit tisanes I chose.

The color is alarmingly yellow ha ha, and the flavor is tangy and tart, but not overly sour. The sea buckthorn is actually the main element to me – unsurprising, given the amount of peels present in the mix. I’m not sure how to describe the flavor of sea buckthorn really, other than to say it’s sweet and tart and almost like an intersection of citrus and some kind of tropical fruit? Needless to say, it pairs perfectly with the citrus here and is lovely as an iced tea.

Will definitely reorder this one next time!

Flavors: Citrus, Fruity, Juicy, Lime, Orange, Pineapple, Sea Buckthorn, Sweet, Tangy, Tart, Tropical

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 25 g 25 OZ / 750 ML

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80
drank Strawberry Guava Jam by Tealyra
4081 tasting notes

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Cold brewed. This one is quite nice actually, it has a good amount of tartness to it, even though there isn’t any hibiscus. I assume it’s from the apples. I don’t know that I would go “aha, this tastes like guava!”, but knowing that’s the intention, I can see it. It almost tastes a bit like passion fruit as well. The strawberry is nice and doesn’t taste like candy, which I guess makes sense given there’s no strawberry flavoring, so it must be coming from the dried slices.

Really nice and refreshing, and doesn’t need any sweetener. Will definitely consider ordering more, though there are still a lot more Tealyra fruit blends that I want to try. :D

Flavors: Apple, Citrus, Fruity, Guava, Juicy, Passion Fruit, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 25 g 25 OZ / 750 ML
MadHatterTeaReview

I love their Florida OJ for the summer. I have been considering a small purchase again this summer. They’ve a lot of enjoyable fruity/herbals!

Cameron B.

I just ordered 5 or 6 more to try, he he… :D

MadHatterTeaReview

Oh joy! That’s the best feeling in the world…getting more tea! :)

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62
drank Grandma's Garden by Tealyra
4081 tasting notes

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Cold steeped. Honestly, it’s a bit bland? I was surprised given it’s a hibiscus-heavy tisane. It doesn’t really have a strong berry presence either. It’s an interesting looking blend, with elderberries being the first ingredient. I guess they must not be contributing much in the way of flavor though.

Anyway, they can’t all be winners! Happily, there are other berry-hibiscus tisanes that I like more.

Flavors: Berry, Blackberry, Elderberry, Hibiscus, Tart, Thin, Watery

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 25 g 25 OZ / 750 ML

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drank Sweet Berry Compote by Tealyra
4081 tasting notes

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I bought several fruit tisanes to cold brew from Tealyra, as they carry wholesale blends at more reasonable prices than a lot of other places.

This one wasn’t my favorite. The coconut ruined it a bit for me, and I was surprised how much I could taste it in the first bottle I steeped. I ended up removing most of the coconut shreds for the second try, and I like it much better. It’s a fairly raspberry-forward berries & hibiscus blend, with a hint of coconut on the backend.

I did enjoy it this way, but I’m certainly not going to buy a blend that I have to “edit” before steeping ha ha. :P

Flavors: Berries, Coconut, Fruity, Hibiscus, Juicy, Raspberry, Red Fruits, Tart

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 25 g 25 OZ / 750 ML

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Iced Latte!

Made this one today to drink during the afternoon and I was… kinda into it? It’s very earthy and pu’erh forward, but even more buttery and I found that the sheet intensity of the butterfly flavour was a little too much for me and not especially balanced out. The pistachio really just comes through in the finish. While that smooth, nutty note is authentic and tasty I feel like it’s too little of the profile in comparison to everything else going on. That said, I did drink the whole thing pretty quickly so it wasn’t all bad!

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Interesting tea. It seems more fitting to drink this tea on a ship in the 1800’s. Something about the smoky undertones takes me back in time to when spices and teas were not readily accessible without trade.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Coffee, Grain, Smoke, Soap, Sweet

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drank Sweet Pistachio Pu'erh by Tealyra
1714 tasting notes

Pistachio is such a strange nut flavor. I love it, but it’s not as common as almonds or cashews and it seems like different parts of it are prominent in different uses for it. This tea for example tastes way different than pistachio baklava or pudding, but they all still have flavors of the nut. I feel like I need more pistachio in my life to feel this theory out.

This tea smells delicious. The pu isn’t as murky and wet tasting as some that I’ve had and that works well in not overpowering the other flavors. The pistachio is nice and light, but present here and holds it’s own with the pu. The flavor is well rounded and has depth. It’s a good tea, fun to try, but probably won’t be a reorder.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Wild Berry Chai by Tealyra
1714 tasting notes

Have you ever placed an order for tea, received your order and wondered why you ordered a particular tea? Something that doesn’t fit your usual flavor preferences or sound exciting in any way? Maybe you wonder if it was a mistake, check your email and see it was indeed on your order? That is this tea for me. Wild berry chai doesn’t sound like something I’d be drawn to. Did I think I was selecting a different tea and didn’t pay attention? I have zero recollection on finding this tea interesting or adding it to my cart. Weird.
ANYWAYS… The flavors in this are very light. I do taste some fruitiness in there and the fruit seems well balanced. The spices are really faint for a chai. The flavors are not bold enough to have this with milk and have much come through. It isn’t a bad tea, it’s just not something I’m into contrary to what 5pm January 24th 2024 me thought. I need to have a talk with that version of me before ordering more tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This is my first time trying this blend from Tealyra, but I’ve purchased it from other companies in the past (it’s a catalog blend) so ultimately this was more of a revisit than a new experience. Definitely very cinnamon forward, but also strong notes of clove and a peppery undertone alongside that rich, jammy apricot note.

In the past I’ve likened the combo of fruit and spices to ketchup, and I think kind of stand by that. Maybe, though, in hindsight it’s a little more chutney than ketchup!? Despite being a wholesale/catalog blend, I think it is one of the more unique chai profiles I’ve come across and many, many years later it continues to be a favourite.

tea-sipper

I love this blend and I’m a HUGE ketchup fan, despite hating tomatoes more than most things and I have never thought of ketchup at all while drinking this. haha. But now I’m craving ketchup…

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drank Banana Boom by Tealyra
16045 tasting notes

Sipdown (1379)!

Made this one as a larger Western style teapot because, well, that’s what you do with flowering teas. I have a box of these flavoured ones from Tealyra that feels like it’s constantly staring at me from the shelf it’s on, and I never want to brew them up because I’m never in the mood to commit to a full pop of one on my own – but I just bit the bullet today to get that sipdown in.

It’s… Well, it’s conflicting. Flowering teas are sort of always terrible; the quality of the tea used isn’t typically all that exceptional and they keep steeping all the way up until you finish the pot so they’re usually very bitter and gross by the end – which was the case here too.

All that said, the first half of this pot was actually shockingly lovely. Though very much on the grassier side, that slight green edge played in really well with the banana. It was super authentic banana with a mellow sweetness and a bit of a starchy sort of finish. With the base, it felt like eating a banana just a day off from being perfectly ripe. Not too sweet, and not at all candy or “banana runts” like. Not baked, banana bread style banana either. Really fresh, and just simple yet balanced.

And then it got over steeped and yucky. Alas, the curse of blooming teas.

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CzhTjaPufba/?img_index=1 (Fifth & Sixth Pic)

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fb5dnC3Fm70

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59
drank Immunity Berry by Tealyra
2379 tasting notes

This isn’t a great tea. Fake berry mixed with sort of murky rooibos, a combo I’ve encountered many times before. I received four teabags from Sips by, so I’ll drink those as cold work teas, but I wouldn’t want this again. It’s just fake and okay.

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90
drank Gen Mai Matcha by Tealyra
4207 tasting notes

I THINK this is the last I have to review from my summer order.  Despite being a few months old, I forgot that THIS is the color of what matcha SHOULD look like!  It’s such a bright green!  I really needed a matcha genmaicha in my tea collection again, as I really love the combination of the two — better together for a super power amount of flavor in one mug.  The toasty goodness of genmaicha wisping around with matcha in the mug.  So good.  I used a teaspoon and a half for a big mug, which might have even been a little too much.  Maybe one teaspoon is enough. I’m glad I have this in the cupboard and was hoping Tealyra’s version would be good — it is!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // 33 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 //  30 minutes after boiling // 2 min steep

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Sipdown! This one didn’t survive very long, I got tired of fiddling with temps and steeping times for this old ass tea, so I cold steeped a jug and finished it off today

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Suprised that there isn’t a tasting note from my old account on here! This was an exciting find when I discovered it on Tealyra’s website. I mean, I had never even heard of white sencha. I wonder if it’s the cultivar that produces a ‘white’ leaf or if the processing is like white tea. I wanna say the former because the steeped leaves were a soft lime green with a few ghostly white buds sprinkled in. Much lighter than what is usually expected from a sencha. So far, the cups that i’ve had are lush vegetal green like a lot of trad senchas I’ve had, even if it’s hella old. Because it’s a little long in the tooth, I’m not going to be able to judge it too harshly. Hence no numerical rating. It’s nothing special at this point in time, but it does remind me that sincha season is coming up, and I am excited to get some fresh japanese green tea.

ashmanra

I have never heard of a white sencha! Sounds interesting!

MiepSteep

Yunomi has a ‘golden’ single cultivar sencha that actually looks pretty similar to this one! I love trying special one-off “novelty” teas like this :)

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70
drank Holistic Health by Tealyra
4207 tasting notes

Another from the summer order — I bought this because it seems like a healthy no-caff chai that also happened to have marshmallow root.  Always on the lookout for more teas with marshmallow root.  Sadly, the flavor is most LIKE stevia, reminding me of stevia, probably a combination of the licorice, fennel and turmeric.  Visually, the blend sure looks healthy.  Lots of goodies in there.  I’m not seeing as much marshmallow root as I would like.  The second steep is much the same – a very healthy tasting brew! Some of the spices make more of an appearance.  Hopefully there are some health benefits since the flavor isn’t winning me over.  I thought this would be a nice change of pace from sweeter nighttime options, so it’s a bit disappointing that the flavor most reminds me of a replacement for sugar.
Steep #1 //  1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // 20 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 //  just boiled // 6-8 minute steep

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80
drank Orange Lemonade by Tealyra
2379 tasting notes

I super oversteeped this, but it turned out just fine! It’s a little tart and fancy, but mostly fruity and refreshing. There’s a hint of herbaceousness in there too, though I’m not sure which ingredient is the culprit. I got this from a Sips By box, and it’s certainly one of the better lemonade-inspired teas I’ve had. The herbaceous flavor works with the tart fruitiness. I’d consider purchasing more.

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