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92
drank An'xi Ben Shan Oolong by teapro
61 tasting notes

Arrived in my teapro box this week and I’ve kind of fallen in love with it.

Dry, the aroma is super fresh. Reminds me of freshly cut flowers and foliage, very green but not at all grassy.

It brews into a really pale, welcoming yellow colour. Now the aroma is just so unggh. Sweet, sweet stewed pears in liqueur with jasmine and lilies creating this floral perfume over the top. There’s a slight hint of minerals too but not enough to put me off (I’m not a fan of that mineral flavour).

Tastes just like it smells; sweet and subtle with jasmine floral notes and pears.

Really impressed with this oolong. It’s fast becoming an all-time favourite.

Full review of the whole tea box: https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/teapro-subscription-box-review-oolong/

Flavors: Floral, Jasmine, Pear, Perfume, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML
Kawaii433

Wow, great review at immortalwordsmith, Izzy.

Izzy

Thanks :)

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85
drank Strawberries & Cream by teapro
61 tasting notes

This one was nice too, but I’m not so mad about strawberries. The creamy flavour is more of an aroma and an aftertaste, but it’s still there. It doesn’t taste fake.

The strawberries are good, they taste natural and there’s the right balance between tart and sweet. The other ingredients aren’t strong enough to be individually detectable, but you can tell they’re adding something to the cup because overall it has a rounded and more complex flavour than simply strawberries and cream.

Comparing it to the Raspberry Breeze blend (which only has raspberries + 2 ingredients) it has far more depth.

High rating because it was good by tisane standards… just not my favourite, personally.

https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/teapro-subscription-box-review-fruit-tisane/

Flavors: Cream, Milk, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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87
drank Raspberry Breeze by teapro
61 tasting notes

Raspberry Breeze is yum. I love that it’s so real. You open the bag and you’re pulling out whole freeze-dried raspberries, whole linden flower petals and whole hibiscus flower petals. There’s something about seeing the ingredients whole that makes the resulting tea more wondrous. Maybe that’s just me.

The raspberries are super tart and just the right amount of sweet. Exactly like eating real raspberries, this tea is so fresh and juicy.

I’m not sure the linden flower brings anything to the blend, however. You could argue that this is a really simple tea. But I think that’s the charm of it.

Also, getting 1 teaspoon of this tea in your mug is a bit of a challenge considering one teaspoon can just be a single raspberry, so you have to really dig through the bag to cherry pick one piece of each ingredient. In about a week’s time I’m just going to be left with a bag full of hibiscus and linden flower when all the raspberries are gone.

https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/teapro-subscription-box-review-fruit-tisane/

Flavors: Raspberry, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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87
drank Jungle Berry by teapro
61 tasting notes

A good berry tea from the subscription box. I liked this one a lot, I just need to remember to brew it lightly or the coconut quickly becomes too cloying. It was the most complex from the box.

It has a really nice berry flavour that’s predominantly blackberry but also a bit of raspberry too. I’m not sure what chokeberry tastes like, but that’s in there as well.

Tastes best cold. Doesn’t need any additional sweetener.

https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/teapro-subscription-box-review-fruit-tisane/

Flavors: Blackberry, Coconut, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 2 g 250 OZ / 7393 ML

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78
drank Orange Sunshine by teapro
61 tasting notes

So, I finally got round to reviewing this one properly. I had it 3 ways:

Hot – lovely orange zest aroma. Hibiscus dominated flavour but you could definitely taste the orange-ness in it. Not too sweet. It went well with the ginger acacia honey that came with the tea.
Cold – orange aroma again, but 99% hibiscus in flavour. Wasn’t too tart. I quite enjoyed it.
Frozen – 100% hibiscus, I liked it but it’s just not as described.

Also take a look at the pictures in my review. This tea is bright pink – the pics on the teapro website are of a completely clear liquid. It doesn’t directly say that this tea is clear, but it’s certainly implied. This just added to my expectations that this would be orange flavoured and not hibiscus dominated.

https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/teapro-subscription-box-review-fruit-tisane/

Flavors: Hibiscus, Orange Zest, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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78
drank Orange Sunshine by teapro
61 tasting notes

Teapro subscription arrived this morning and I couldn’t resist trying one straight away. I picked the Orange Sunshine blend and actually froze it in the lolly mold that was in the box.

First, the smell is very citrusy and reminds me of candied orange (it’s on the ingredients list but there’s no Steepster ingredient for it, or the orange blossom or the rose peel).

The colour, however, is red. Like deep raspberry red. And the flavour is mostly hibiscus and berry-like. I can’t taste any orange at all.

I’ll leave scoring it for another day – maybe I just got too much hibiscus in the 2 teaspoons I used… or maybe it’s more orangey when brewed hot or cold rather than frozen. I will shake up the bag for next time and find out.

Flavors: Berries, Hibiscus, Tart

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML
Kittenna

Boo. I see you brewed it for 8min+ – maybe try a bit less to see if that tames the hibiscus?

Izzy

Yeah, that’s what I’m planning on. The instructions for making the iced tea lolly were 2tsp, 100ml, 8 to 10 minutes, then freeze. I quite enjoy hibiscus though so it was enjoyable – I was just expecting orange flavours!

Kittenna

Oh yeah, herbal instructions always say to brew for so long! Glad you enjoyed it regardless; sometimes I don’t mind hibiscus, but other times it’s just too tart and (as you had mentioned), masks other flavours because it’s so strong!

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90

Another tea from the subscription box (I finally got the blog review written up!) that is fast becoming my favourite. I love love love jasmine green tea, but jasmine white tea is even better. The jasmine smells very very fresh and the white tea adds a slightly nutty sweetness that goes with the jasmine even better than the usual slightly grassy green tea flavour.

The pearls are much smaller than I expected however. Once they unfurled I noticed the leaves were not in great shape. Some were quite badly damaged and others were yellow, black or brown in places at the edges, like the leaves should have been discarded rather than made into pearls.

It didn’t impact flavour as far as I can tell.

3 pearls, 80c water, 3 mins. I could have left it for longer.

Review of the full subscription package (including the teaware) – https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/teapro-subscription-box-review-white-tea/

Flavors: Jasmine, Nutty, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML
LuckyMe

I agree, jasmine complements the delicate flavor of white tea better than green. I feel like white tea allows the jasmine flavor to really shine through. My favorite is Yunnan White Jasmine from Verdant Tea. They also have a pretty nice jasmine scented black tea.

Kittenna

Yes! I also find jasmine whites to be amazing, and love Verdant’s yunnan white jasmine.

Izzy

Thanks for the recommendation! Just checked and they have international shipping, so I’ll add it to my list of teas to buy :)

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81
drank Orchid White Peony by teapro
61 tasting notes

Second tea from the subscription box. It was great, but not as nice as the Silver Needle. I’ve discovered I don’t really like orchids, which is a problem for this tea.

It has a nice stone fruit flavour, maybe peach or apricot. It’s sweet but not as refreshing as I’d hoped. Strong orchid aroma and slightly nutty with a hint of wet oak.

I had a horrific migraine after drinking this tea. I can’t rule out this tea as a trigger, so I’ll sip the next cup tentatively!

Flavors: Apricot, Nutty, Oak wood, Orchid, Stonefruits

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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91
drank Supreme Silver Needle by teapro
61 tasting notes

The first tea in my teapro subscription box. Yep, I’ve decided to do a tea subscription to see what it’s like. When it comes to “real” tea with beautiful complex flavours and many many steeps revealing new layers… I’m kind of lacking in knowledge. I read the awesome detailed reviews here on Steepster (particularly those from Derk and eastkyteaguy) and I feel inspired to kick the supermarket/grocery store tea habit and explore more. But I’m on a budget and I need a little help with detecting flavours sometimes.

So, this “exploring tea” subscription seemed perfect. A chance to get the basics down at least. With a fairly empty cupboard (apart from the box of tea bags) it’s not like I’m going to run out of space.

Anyway, the actual tea. It’s excellent although I don’t have anything to compare it to at this point. The buds are so fluffy! They smell pretty good too, very fresh and fragrant.

I steeped 1 generous teaspoon for 3 minutes, managing to get 3 steeps out of it in total. The aroma is very fresh melon – but not quite ripe melon. It’s not sweet enough to be ripe but it’s very strong in aroma.

Flavour-wise, melon again. But it’s gentle and a little bit creamy. Slightly floral too – honeysuckle perhaps. In my last steep which lasted 9+ minutes, I had this hit of white chocolate. The description card that came with this tea (very helpful with determining flavours) has it down as “floral, melon, honey, cucumber” so I got 3 out of the 4.

I had the first cup at about 7pm and the last around 10pm. I slept very very well, this tea made me feel very peaceful.

I’m going to try the other 3 teas and then write up a combined blog review for the subscription box. In the meantime, I’m definitely looking out for more silver needle teas to try.

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Honeysuckle, Melon, Sweet, White Chocolate

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
Bluegreen

I will be looking foward to your review of the Teapro subscription: I do not know much about them. They for sure have a colorful web site!

Izzy

Thanks Bluegreen!

derk

Is the Teapro subscription your introduction to loose leaf tea? It’ll be fun :)

Izzy

It’s more of an introduction to really tasting the loose leaf tea, instead of relying on added flavours and fruits and bits :)

Kittenna

Sounds delicious! I’ll be interested to watch for your reviews of the teas you get :)

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