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drank Green Vitality by Tealyra
3794 tasting notes

I wanted to try this one because I was hoping it would be similar to DavidsTea’s discontinued Eucalyptus Mist.  Also, the photo of the blend is just colorfully amazing - a rainbow of chunky herbal ingredients.  Sadly, it isn’t QUITE like Eucalyptus Mist, but I do enjoy this blend for what it is on its own.  (A long shot to compare the two blends as I was just going by the “candied aloe vera” in both blends.)  My sample didn’t have too much rooibos visible in it, and I also didn’t see any big pieces of the turmeric.   There is also some added chlorella algae powder in the blend which is supposed to be good for detox which I could always use more of with my unhealthy diet.  Flavorwise, I’m glad the turmeric wasn’t overly present.  It’s really a soothing combination of flavors and unique — sweet yet earthy in the best way, a bit like licorice from the fennel with a subtle minty finish.  Sweet enough from the perfect amount of blackberry leaves, I think.  It’s really tastier than I’m describing.  I’m glad I tried this blend! 
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 – 2 teaspoons // 20 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 11 minute steep 

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Sipdown (1952)!

Steeped a pot of this on Saturday afternoon while listening to the rain. The gentle vanilla notes, though a little fondant like, are silky and soothing. Coupled with the cool air and pitter patter of lightly fall raindrops, it’s a really calm and almost meditative combination. It’s been a long time since I last had a blooming tea but something about today just made it seem like a good idea. Sometimes you have to revisit the classics to respect them!

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/Ck3935aOWg4/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoS7kFSFSAQ

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Cold Brew!

After a couple days of almost exclusively pumpkin/pumpkin spice teas (I’ll get to those tasting notes shortly) this cold brew is like a cold glass of ice water after a week of wandering the dessert. The lemon notes are so juicy and tart and it really is, like the name implies, very refreshing. My only criticism is that I bought this because I was really intrigued by the idea of a cucumber lemonade and I don’t feel like I taste nearly enough of the crisp, cool vegetal notes I’d expect. I can get a million lemonade teas that are tasty like this one, so I’m a bit disappointed they seem to have skimped out on the cucumber…

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78

For the sipdown prompt “a dessert tea.”

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a chocolate mint rooibos in my collection… I bought this in my birthday order last year, and it’s the only tea from that order I’ve broken the seal on because I was craving it so bad.

It isn’t my favorite Chocolate Mint Rooibos that I’ve had… I had one once that had apple and yogurt pieces in the blend and that one had a richer and more creamy flavor. But this is perfectly serviceable, and is scratching the itch I had for a chocolate mint herbal this evening. There isn’t a strong chocolate flavor, but it is present enough that the flavor of the rooibos base isn’t discernable. The mint has a strong presence, a little cooling and a little candy sweet. It gives off a very soothing vibe.

Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Mint, Peppermint, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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99

So I really needed more (any) ripe pu-erh for my time away (I really underestimated how much ripe puerh I should have brought with me.) SO I really took a gamble on this pouch of tuochas from Tealyra. I was real worried they would be gross. BUT THEY ARE GREAT. Really, they are exactly what I look for from these tuochas. Very dark, very deep, tastes like dark chocolate, coffee and rich dark bread and NO negative flavor characteristics. Three great full mugs — I really should have tried for a fourth. Interestingly, EACH steep had this dusky silt of puerh in the bottom – not sure if that means it’s a lower quality for Puerh People, but to me it made for a richer cup and exactly what I wanted. The tuocha also immediately lost its shape on the first steep, which I also don’t know if that means it’s a high or low quality tuocha… but VERY happy with these! They are perfect for my flavor preferences! I would gladly buy more of them. I think there were 15 tuochas in the 100 gram pouch I bought for $10.50 (but there was a 25% off sale). They are a larger size tuocha compared to most.

Flavors: Bread, Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Rye

tea-sipper

And possibly the 99 rating is so high due to my very low expectations??

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70
drank Jin Jun Mei by Tealyra
6382 tasting notes

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Drank this the other day when wfh. It was pretty middle of the road for me so I don’t remember much about it. It was smooth and fine but doesn’t standout. Thank you Sil for the share!

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70
drank Yunnan Golden Special by Tealyra
6382 tasting notes

Sipdown (226)

Thank you Sil for sharing but this was nothing special. Smooth. Fine. Meh. Am I not a golden Yunnan fan? I’m starting to think that’s just not my fave.

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32

Not a fan, has a weird artificial floral/fruity taste.

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drank Butterscotch Potion by Tealyra
2 tasting notes

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drank Butterscotch Potion by Tealyra
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100

Hands down my favourite black tea, my go to each morning.

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

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70
drank Piña Colada by Tealyra
13898 tasting notes

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70
drank Piña Colada by Tealyra
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70
drank Piña Colada by Tealyra
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70
drank Piña Colada by Tealyra
13898 tasting notes

Not as good as the versions from tealish or my favourite – tea G. decent enough but less pina colada than they are and more generic hibisuc flavour. which is fine but not re-order invoking

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70
drank Piña Colada by Tealyra
13898 tasting notes

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70
drank Piña Colada by Tealyra
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78
drank Crushed Cherry Colada by Tealyra
13898 tasting notes

Sipdown! I enjoyed this one well enough while I had it. Maybe not as much as cherry snowcone from DT that one time but it was still decent enough esp with a splash of sweetner.

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78
drank Crushed Cherry Colada by Tealyra
13898 tasting notes

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78
drank Crushed Cherry Colada by Tealyra
13898 tasting notes

Jury’s still out on this one.

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78
drank Crushed Cherry Colada by Tealyra
13898 tasting notes

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78
drank Crushed Cherry Colada by Tealyra
13898 tasting notes

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