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86
drank Hojicha by Tealyra
616 tasting notes

A really enjoyable hojicha! It has the perfect balance of roasted sweetness that I was expecting.

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89

Another winner. I’ve been very pleasantly surprised with my purchase from Tealyra, especially for the cost. This is very easy to drink, sweet honey and a bit of earthiness. I could easily drink this everyday.

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78

Much more vegetal than I expected in a Jin Xuan. Like butter soaked artichoke and spinach, with the milkiness being quite mild.

Flavors: Artichoke, Butter, Milk, Spinach

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88
drank White Champagne by Tealyra
616 tasting notes

I believe this is the same blend as White Riesling from Cultured Cup, but much cheaper. Really enjoyable! Strong grape and berry flavor. Can’t wait to make a nice big cold brew pitcher of this.

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drank Spice of Life by Tealyra
4999 tasting notes

Sipdown (264)

Yesterday was hot af and personally I didn’t see the appeal of being outside. Since I was in the air conditioning, I was enjoying teas and getting in sipdowns. I had a mere 8 oz serving of this left from the sample Evol Ving Ness gave me, so I brewed it up. Thank you Evol for sharing!

Of course as soon as I brewed this, my sister decided it was pool time. So this tea cup ended up in one of our pool floaties. (Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CCPcxA9gOKi/) Not only was this a hot cup of tea outside on a hot day but of course it had to be a more winter-y spiced tea. It was not a great experience.

In addition to it just being wrong place at the wrong time to enjoy this, the tea itself wasn’t great. It was a muddled mix of spices and I can be quite picky. Nothing really shined here so it was mostly just dirty tasting. Still fun to try something new though.

tea-sipper

haha, well floating tea is a new one?

VariaTEA

It was definitely new for me and not overly pleasant on such a hot day lol

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91

I just received my first Tealyra order and I’m so excited to try so many new-to-me teas! I had a coupon from SipsBy, so I got 50grams of 11 teas and a glass carafe for $50 (with free shipping).
Anyway, onto the tea. This is my ideal black tea flavor profile, and one I will definitely want to keep on hand. It’s delicious hot/straight, but I can imagine it would be wonderful sweetened with a bit of milk or cream. So rich and sweet, and extremely easy to guzzle cups and cups.

Flavors: Malt, Sugarcane, Sweet Potatoes

Roswell Strange

I was very impressed with this one too!

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53
drank Kiwi Krush by Tealyra
616 tasting notes

Cold brewed this overnight and I’m not loving it. I’m not getting any of the fruits listed in the ingredients, instead I get quite a distinct bubblegum flavor. It actually tastes a lot like Inca Kola, which I’m not a huge fan of.

Shae

Oh my gosh, I LOVE Inca Kola!! Off to find someone who will ship some to my house.

amandastory516

It’s definitely one of those divisive flavors! I wish I loved it.

Shae

It certainly has a distinct flavor, that’s for sure.

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80

I received this from Ost’s cupboard sale in summer 2018. I had about enough for a single cup so I brewed that up this morning. The tea is a lovely brown color and does have a nice fruity aroma.

The taste of the tea is slightly malty with some honeyed notes, but the lychee flavor fills out strongly in the brew. I really love the taste of lychee, I get strong notes of pear and rose. The fruitiness and florality leave a lot of sweetness in the brew and the tea is very smooth. I think I enjoy Art of Tea’s Lychee Peach a bit more, but the age of this sample might have something to do with that; fresh, it could easily be on par with that one for me. Even aged, it is still a very enjoyable cuppa.

Thanks for the sample!

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Honey, Lychee, Malt, Pear, Rose

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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Gongfu!

Had this one yesterday evening. It’s a pretty cool Ginseng oolong also blended with Chinese Vanilla!! It has all the normal sweet licorice-y, woody, and sharper/bitter grassy notes of a typical Ginseng Oolong, but also a softer and more floral/orchid-like tasting sweetness from the vanilla that softens the rougher edges of the tea considerably!! Really quite pleasant as an after dinner tea session & digestif!

Also the ginseng is less “tightly” packed in as other ginseng oolongs I’ve had, so you get into the ‘meat’ of the session a lot faster.

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CBy08u9g8iT/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SBw4urUbzs

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Full, proper tasting note to come at a later date because this is a SUPER unique tea that deserves to be discussed more in depth – but right now I am very tired so I’ll just say…

1. Yes, savory is accurate.
2. Pomelo? Yeah – a bit.
3. Basil? 10/10

tea-sipper

Looking forward to the full note!

Martin Bednář

Basil and pomelo together? Does it work?

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78

For my birthday this year my boss got me one of those glass water bottles for cold steeping with the strainer in the top, and while I still tend to make a lot of mason jars of iced tea that I strain and keep in the fridge, this is a nice alternative for something that brews a little quicker. The only real problem I have with it is the condensation on the bottom is very bad, so I have to remember to always have a coaster handy…

This was another unopened, and now expired, bag of tea from an ancient Tealyra order. I wanted a fruity hibiscus iced tea and it’s a nice red color, so hopefully it’ll deliver. I am getting pear, and it is a nice, juicy flavor, but not as strong as other pear teas I’ve had. It does have that tangy fruity hibiscus flavor, but it isn’t as tart or as fruit punchy as I’m used to in hibi-fruit iced teas, I think because the cinnamon in the blend is acting as a sweetener. I don’t really taste a distinct cinnamon flavor brewing this as a cold brew, so I may need to try this one as a warm cuppa as well, to see if it presents more as a cinnamon-baked pear or cinnamon-baked apple flavor. It is getting the job done as an iced hibiscus tea with a strong fruit flavor, though, which is what I was craving in this warm weather, and I don’t think I’ve ever had a pear one before.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity, Hibiscus, Pear, Sweet, Tangy

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 24 OZ / 700 ML
tea-sipper

I hope you had a pleasant birthday, whenever it happened to be.

Mastress Alita

Saint Patties! Snuck it in just before the world went mad.

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A little bit thrown by the presence of cinnamon in this blend because I’d somehow blanked that out of the ingredients list in my memory, but otherwise really liked this one. For a pu’erh blend, it feels soft and soothing with silky vanilla notes and a cooling, comforting peppermint that still has some crispness to it.

Anyone remember Creme de Menthe from DT? That’s an old school blend, but if you remember that one then this is really feels like the same thing to me.

Also, always on board for a pu’erh blend with mint – it just seems to work so well.

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73

I ordered this tea so long ago that I have had the UNOPENED package sitting in my cupboard all this time, and I pulled it out, and the expiration date was 05/2019. …And THIS is why I refuse to buy/trade/etc. anything that has to do with tea. SIGH. At least it still smells nice when I cut it open, bright citrus with floral undertones, so I suppose I can use it for sachets if nothing else…

Aroma off my steeped cup isn’t very strong, which is a bit worrisome, coming across more like a standard English Breakfast — that malty black tea aroma, with a subtle lemon aroma. However, the sip is far more pungent than the waft was letting on. It isn’t so strong of bergamot (which is okay with me, I don’t mind bergamot these days, but it isn’t a necessity for me either, and this is already scripting itself as an EG blend rather than the Earl himself) so rather it’s a strong citrusy black tea, with notes of orange, lemon, and a more subtle hint bergamot mixed in that citrus flavor. I’d say the bergamot is waxing somewhere a little between a lime and grapefruit. It packs quite a tart hit with three citrus notes paired together, and they are the strongest flavor in the tea, though there is a noticable rose floral flavor that comes out at the end of the sip, towards the back of the tongue, after the bitterness of the citrus starts to subside and the sweetness of the floral is able to fill the mouth. I really like it, but I also am keen on tart/sweet flavor combinations, and I particularly am known to have a palate that can handle tart/sour flavors better than most (I drink hibiscus straight with no sweetener). I think most would probably find the citrus in this one too strong, even with the floral chaser.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Floral, Lemon, Malt, Orange, Pleasantly Sour, Rose, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML
Nattie

My entire cupboard is so old right now that I got excited when I found a tea which was only a couple of months out of date, haha. I’m trying to drink down the majority of my teas before I buy anything new.

Mastress Alita

I am exclusively sipping down right now. Have been for a while, other than the odd box here and there of bog-standard grocery store bag standards. I’m two sipdowns away from finally hitting 400… (At one point it was around 600…)

Leafhopper

The sipdown struggle is real! Maybe these long shipping delays will make me drink what I already have (though I’m browsing the spring 2020 oolongs right now, so maybe not).

Nattie

Congrats, and good luck! I’ve just made it under 300 for the first time in a long time (: Aiming for 100 so still a long way to go!

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93

I had a mug of this in the morning today, and it actually blew my mind how delicious it was! The dry leaf has a beautiful aroma of honey and sweet potatoes, so I felt pretty confidant this was going to be delicious as soon as I’d opened up the package. Though, there was a large rock mixed in with the tea leaf I measured out – but honestly that’s far from the weirdest thing I’ve seen in a tea before and it doesn’t bother me.

The taste with very rich and full bodied, and leaned heavily into those caramelized sweet potato/yam notes that I love so much in a black tea. In addition to that, there were lovely brown sugar, cocoa, malt, honey, and grain notes as well – and the finish was just a little bit cinnamon tinged. It’s was absolutely delightful, and one of the best straight black teas that I’ve had prepared Western style in a long ass time!

Fjellrev

Damnit, this sounds wonderful too. This is one reason why I’ve been staying away from Steepster. Too many temptations.

Nattie

Yeah I read your tasting note about the icky Peppermint Amour last night while I was drinking a big mug of it… that was a mistake. Glad this was just a rock!

Sil

this is why i have a wishlist haha

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Like drinking cherry blossoms; I craved this so much on Monday and it was very satisfying.

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First tea at work today…

I was really focusing on other projects while drinking this so a lot of what I was tasting didn’t really stick in my head, but I remember thinking that it was surprisingly sweet for what is quite a floral cherry (versus a tart cherry of the dense, sweet cherry like in DT’s Cherry Berry Punch). I enjoyed it a lot though, and I look forward to my next cup where I will hopefully be able to pay more attention to the tea…

Flavors: Cherry, Cherry Blossom, Floral

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88
drank Lemon Lollipop by Tealyra
9774 tasting notes

I just realized that I’ve, unintentionally, been on a lemon kick this week. I guess Summer and hot, humid weather just has me feeling a specific type of way. This cup was hot – very, very similar to the cold brew I first experienced but a bit of a “stickier” feeling mouthfeel. This is eerily similar to one of those generic lemon lollipops that just seem to be everywhere as a kid…

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88
drank Lemon Lollipop by Tealyra
9774 tasting notes

Cold Brew!

Normally I don’t go for lemon herbal teas because they tend to be so similar, but something about this one drew me in and made me curious. I’m glad it did; I enjoyed it a lot! It starts as sweet sherbet lemon top notes/body with just a bit of a bitter finish. I love, love, love that it’s not sour or tart!! Reminds me a lot of the lemonade you get in the summer at the carnival. It could have been just straight up lemonade/tart/sour or it could have been pure sugar and sweetness, but instead there’s surprising flavour balance to this blend!? It’s actually wonderful.

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Gongfu!

Placed a spontaneous Tealyra order earlier this week (Tuesday, in particular) and it showed up today – which is SUPER quick! I was craving a specific tea and that’s why I ordered, but I added a bunch of other things to the order as well like this shou. I’m running low on my BLT Lao Cha Tuo so I thought it would be nice to have some on hand from another company as well…

Like all Lao Cha Tuo, this is a “slow & steady wins the race” kind of pu’erh as these nuggets just steep forever. While the sweet, earthy & petrichor dominant flavour is lovely, especially with the undertone of raisin and prune, I don’t have the patience tonight to brew out the leaves gongfu tonight so I’ll finish them stove top.

I also had some really beautiful, bright red cherries with this session & cherries are always a lovely addition to nearly any shou…

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CAL9WJWAqsD/

And no, I did not use all of those nuggets – it was just for the photo.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBcgTO7YH-I

Nattie

Those cherries look like something out of a food magazine!

Roswell Strange

They were possibly the reddest cherries I’ve ever seen in the grocery store before! I simply could not resist! Really delicious, too.

Martin Bednář

Indeed wonderful cherries. We have huge cherry tree in garden (and one smaller). I hope they will ripe. But my father will say it reminds him communist party (their logo here) :D He is really against them.

ashmanra

That is very interesting, Martin! I had no idea, although I know the color red is associated with communism.

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drank Calm Force by Tealyra
675 tasting notes

Another tea box tea. It tastes pretty herbaceous, pretty generic. I can mostly taste the tulsi. It’s not that enjoyable – way too herby for me, and it gets bitter as it sits.

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73
drank Calm Force by Tealyra
3076 tasting notes

I’ve had this a few times but never wrote a tasting note because the flavor is never how I wish it to be.  First, I love the idea: Yerba mate, various tulsis and peppermint.  It’s perfect for when you’re craving an earthy flavor profile, but this might be too harsh, too earthy.  It sure looks like swampwater!  The peppermint is only noticeable in wispy sips.  The tulsi isn’t as delicious as I wish and might be overpowered by the yerba mate anyway.  I don’t know… I guess I really love purple basil and wish many tulsi teas simply featured purple basil.. but I really only know that flavor from fresh leaves, so I’m not really sure what dried purple basil even tastes like.  At least I have this blend around when I want tulsi or yerba mate. It’s not how I envisioned it though.
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 28 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // 20 minutes after boiling //  3 min
Here’s a heads up for a fun uplifting band (instantly loved their entire album): I Know Leopard – Landmine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZznNjyRrAA

gmathis

Interesting that you mentioned purple basil—we’ve been plant shopping for our backyard container garden and that’s one my husband specifically asked me to look for. (Alas, no luck yet.)

tea-sipper

YES I always want a purple basil plant but that must be the one plant our local flower/veggie shop doesn’t sell.

gmathis

Hubby found seeds last night rather than actual plant sets…we may give it a go.

(Wouldn’t you know it … got everything potted last night and now we have frost warnings!)

tea-sipper

Yep, supposed to snow here on the weekend. sigh.

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drank Nepal Gold Meadow by Tealyra
2203 tasting notes

Eelong sent a sample of this my way, and this morning, it’s a perfect antidote for the glooms outside.

Steeped it in my ToastTea thermos, and managed to retain enough self control not to break into it until I had arrived at work (yep, still here; part of a skeleton crew keeping the lights on). It was so-o-o-o worth the wait! One light, golden-brown cup of sweet clover and hay, and I was able to coax a viable second steep out of it. Extremely drinkable and pleasurable.

Eelong

So glad you liked this one! It’s one of my personal favorites, such an easygoing cup. :) Can’t get to the inbox again, but I just got your package in the mail and I’m so excited to try everything! Thanks for the generous selection. <3

gmathis

I just pulled some of my favorite odds and ends that you might not have seen or have readily available. Have fun!

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I took a chance on this tisane because it looked interesting and because I like the combination of ginger and citrus. I used two teaspoons of material for a 355 ml mug and steeped it at 205F for 3.5, 5, and 8 minutes. The ingredients were in fairly big pieces, which made it difficult to get a good balance of flavours.

Upon opening the bag, the lime hits me in the face. The taste, however, is surprisingly mild, with lime, tangy orange and hibiscus, some sweetness from the aloe, and a touch of ginger. The mint is totally absent.

I honestly wish this mule had more of a ginger kick. As is, I won’t have trouble finishing it, but it probably won’t be a repurchase.

Flavors: Ginger, Hibiscus, Lime, Orange, Sweet, Tangy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 355 ML

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65
drank Peach n' Cream by Tealyra
194 tasting notes

Another herbal tisane from Tealyra. My goodness, this is sweet. The nice, if sweet, peachy flavour is a bit overwhelmed by the orange and hibiscus, and the chamomile is barely detectable. I’m also sure there’s sugar or stevia in this blend, though it doesn’t show up on the ingredients list. Delicate spring peach blossoms this is not, although the aftertaste has the fuzzy peach notes I was looking for.

This may make a decent iced tea, but I’m not a fan of it hot.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Orange, Orange Zest, Peach, Rosehips, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 355 ML

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