Liquid Proust Teas’ Elixir #9

Elixir #9 by Liquid Proust Teas
Oolong Tea/ Flavoured
$6USD for 1 ounce

Liquid Proust Teas has provided me with Elixir #9 for the purposes of providing an honest review.
I received this product at no charge to me and received no other compensation.

“Desire makes everything blossom; possession makes everything wither and fade.” – Marcel Proust

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First Impressions

There are some teas that just make me go ‘awe’ at how pretty they are, and Elixir #9 is one of those teas. It’s definitely the peach blossoms that do it for me, because I’ve never seen peach blossoms in a tea before so I’m curious about how it’ll look when steeped. All of the oolong is rolled up into tight little balls, so I’m curious about how big the leaves actually are, given that they’ll unfurl when steeping.

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Elixir #9 is made out of green oolong (Vietnamese tung-ting), peach blossoms, and flavouring. After opening the bag, the first thing I smell is the beautiful smell of the tea leaves. Along with the smell of tea, it smells a bit sweet in a floral way but it also reminds me of longan at the same time. Given that the tea looks amazing, I looking forward to giving it a try.

Preparation

Liquid Proust Teas recommends steeping Elixir #9 in 185°F (85°C) water for 3 minutes, I steeped for about 3 minutes.

First Taste

The oolong unfurls beautifully when steeping, the peach blossoms darken a bit in the hot water but otherwise don’t seem to change. The tea is gorgeous though, it smells amazing when it’s steeping. Elixir #9 has a delicate floral scent to it, which is enticing, and it steeps to a beautiful yellow colour.

The taste of Elixir #9 is, in short, amazing. The taste of the tea is smooth, not bitter at all, with a light floral flavour that matches the scent. It’s almost a little bit sweet, which makes Elixir #9 quite enjoyable. The smooth texture of the tea makes it an easy drink. The peach blossoms add the floral flavour that gives the tea an extra little something.

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A Second Cup?

I really wanted to try resteeping the tea, so I did! It tastes just the same for the second and third steeps without any noticeable change in the flavour.

My Overall Impression

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I loved Liquid Proust Teas’ Elixir #9. It has a beautiful aroma, delicate and delicious flavour, and is a pretty tea. Elixir #9 is an amazing tea, and great value in the fact that it can be steeped multiple times without any less flavour. The smooth taste and floral-mixed-with-tea flavour is amazing – plus that wonderful yellow colour is a delight in a cup!

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Liquid Proust Teas’ Peach vs. Bergamot featuring Formosa Oolong

Peach vs. Bergamot featuring Formosa Oolong by Liquid Proust Teas
Oolong Tea/ Flavoured
$7USD for 1 ounce

Liquid Proust Teas has provided me with Peach vs. Bergamot for the purposes of providing an honest review.
I received this product at no charge to me and received no other compensation.

“Always try to keep a patch of sky above your life.” – Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way

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First Impressions

I was more than a little bit excited about this tea when I read the name because I really love Earl Grey teas so anything with bergamot oil gets me excited. Opening the bag to take a sniff, the first thing I can smell is peaches and it smells sweet – it reminds me a lot of fuzzy peaches candy. The underlying scent has some citrus notes to it, which I would think is the bergamot but it doesn’t pack a wallop like in some Earl Greys that I’ve had before. This is a lot more subtle, since the peach scent is definitely overwhelming the bergamot. If this was an actually some kind of match between peach and bergamot, I would say that peach is already winning in the fragrance department!

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Peach vs. Bergamot contains: Formosa oolong, marigold, and flavouring. Without more information, my best guess is that the flavouring includes peach and bergamot. The marigold is easy to pick out, the oolong has subtle twists in the leaves. They are an amazingly dark colour though, and the flavouring stands out to the point that it is overwhelming to the natural fragrance of the tea.

Preparation

Liquid Proust Teas recommends steeping Peach vs. Bergamot in 185°F (85°C) water for 3 minutes, I steeped for about 3 minutes.

First Taste

Peach vs. Bergamot is a beautiful, clear golden brown colour and has a very light peach fragrance. I don’t really smell any bergamot, but the peach is very nice. With the first sip, the peach flavour is subtle and the oolong flavour comes out quite well despite it being hard to smell when the tea was dry. The tea is pleasant – smooth, no bitter notes. The peach flavouring is a quite nice pairing with the oolong. Because the flavouring isn’t overwhelming, oolong comes out in tea after steeping. I don’t really get any hints of bergamot flavour though, there’s no punch of citrus that I am used to from Earl Grey, but the peach is so pleasant that I don’t even care that I can’t taste the bergamot.

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A Second Cup?

Steeping Peach vs. Bergamot again, most of the light peach flavour is gone and I get the full effect of the oolong. It actually resteeps quite well, despite not tasting the same. The second (and also third!) steep of Peach vs. Bergamot brings out more of the straight oolong taste as most of the flavours are gone. Because the flavour changes so starkly, it’s almost like getting to try a whole new tea.

My Overall Impression

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I loved Liquid Proust Teas’ Peach vs. Bergamot. In a battle between peach and bergamot, peach is the winner – but the clear champion overall is the oolong. The peach flavouring lasts well for the first cup, but each subsequent steep brings out more and more of the oolong and it’s a beautiful flavour. I think the first steep would also make a really nice iced tea, the delicate peach flavour lends itself well to a tea for summer and would probably taste fantastic with some ice, maybe a fresh sprig of mint. Hot though, the tea is great and I love the changes in flavour as the oolong comes out.

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Liquid Proust Teas’ Nostalgia

Nostalgia by Liquid Proust Teas
Black + Oolong Tea / Flavoured
$9USD for 1 ounce

Liquid Proust Teas has provided me with Nostalgia for the purposes of providing an honest review.
I received this product at no charge to me and received no other compensation.

“Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.” – Marcel Proust

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First Impressions

Like with the first Liquid Proust Tea I reviewed (Smoked Breakfast), the bag is very sturdy and a bit tough to open (at least it’s air tight?). It has a very subtle aroma, no perfumed smells to overwhelm the senses here! The tea itself smells sweet, it reminds me quite a bit like the smell of lychee and it comes off as ‘fruity’ to me, despite not being an herbal infusion at all.

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Nostalgia contains the following: 2012 Da Hong Pao oolong, Fujian black tea, and red sandalwood. This is my first time trying a tea with Da Hong Pao oolong and red sandalwood. It is a pretty tea, the red sandalwood gives nice bright pops of colour in the otherwise very dark tea leaves. I’m not too familiar with red sandalwood so I’m not sure if what kind of smell it should have on its own, but I don’t smell anything that reminds me of wood in this tea – it does make the tea look prettier though.

Preparation

Liquid Proust Teas recommends steeping Nostalgia in 205°F (96°C) water for 2-3 minutes. I steeped it for about 3 minutes.

First Taste

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Nostalgia had a very light scent when steeping – I couldn’t quite place my finger on what it reminded me of. It almost had a light earthiness quality, as well as smelling like black teas that I’ve tried in the past. The tea steeps to a warm brown colour that is very inviting. Nostalgia has a very smooth taste, there’s no bitterness that I noted. There was a slight astringency at the end of each sip that was primarily quelled by drinking more of the tea. While it had smelled a bit fruity to me prior to steeping it, I didn’t note any lychee qualities to the tea when drinking it – I didn’t really expect any as it wasn’t listed as an ingredient, but it did have the fruity floral scent to it when dry.

After I finished my first cup, I wanted to see how it would resteep so I had another steep of Nostalgia.

A Second Cup?

Nostalgia does really well with resteeping! I tack on another 30 seconds of so of steeping time for each subsequent cup, I resteeped this tea two more times and it tasted exactly the same, which is a nice quality to have in a tea.

My Overall Impression

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I thought that Liquid Proust Teas’ Nostalgia was just okay. It’s a beautiful tea and it resteeps really well if you’re looking for a tea that will last you throughout your day. While I did find the flavour of the tea quite enjoyable, I was not a fan of the astringency sensation that I get from this tea.

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Liquid Proust Teas’ Smoked Breakfast

Smoked Breakfast by Liquid Proust Teas
Black Tea / Flavoured
$5USD for 1 ounce

Liquid Proust Teas has provided me with Smoked Breakfast for the purposes of providing an honest review.
I received this product at no charge to me and received no other compensation.

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

I first came across Liquid Proust Teas on Instagram shortly after I had posted my first blog entry here on One More Steep. Andrew Richardson, the owner of Liquid Proust Teas, had liked my screenshot and I saw that he was looking for bloggers to review some teas. We communicated and a couple weeks later I got a package of tea to review! This is the first of four reviews of Liquid Proust Teas.

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First Impressions

The bag that this sample of Liquid Proust Teas’ Smoked Breakfast came in is very sturdy, I thought I was going to rip the thing apart trying to get it open! But onto the tea… The aroma of smoke is very, very strong and it reminds me a lot of the smell of a campfire. There is an underlying scent that reminds me of star anise, which is not listed on the ingredients list at all. The tea itself is quite nice, I can see a lot of texture in the dried leaves and the leaves themselves are decently sized.

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Smoked Breakfast contains the following ingredients: Chinese black tea (FOP), lapsang souchong, cinnamon pieces, and flavouring. For those who’ve never had a tea with lapsang souchong before, it is a smoked tea (which accounts for the strong smoke smell). Despite cinnamon being on the list (and being able to see the cinnamon), I can’t smell it at all when the tea is dry. I would have liked it if the ingredients list identified the flavouring as natural or artificial.

Preparation

Liquid Proust Teas recommends steeping Smoked Breakfast in 205°F (96°C) water for just 60 seconds. I thought this was a typo a first, given that black teas are normally steeped for a few minutes, but I did check the Etsy page for this tea and it is not a typo. So I gave it a go at 60 seconds.

First Taste

The tea was steeped for 60 seconds and it still smells smokey although it is not as strong as when the tea was dry, it is a lot more muted now it’s been steeped. I did have to let it cool down a bit as 60 seconds is not a long time to allow water to cool down. To my surprise, Smoked Breakfast is a very smooth tea. It wasn’t bitter and it doesn’t taste smokey. Instead, it tastes a bit sweet. There’s not spiciness that I would have expected from the cinnamon, I can’t taste it all. The tea itself is delightful. The subdued smell of campfire promotes a sense of nostalgia.

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A Second Cup?

I opted to try steeping Smoked Breakfast for a second time. This time I steeped it for longer than the initial 60 seconds (probably around 90 seconds). The campfire aroma is still gentle and not over-powering, and the taste of the tea remains true to the first cup. I love it when a tea can be steeped again and taste great! It would probably do very well for a third or even fourth resteep, although I didn’t try it as it was quite late in the day when I had resteeped this tea.

My Overall Impression

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I liked Liquid Proust Teas’ Smoked Breakfast. The heavy smoke aroma is very strong and can be off-putting if you’re not prepared for it. I find that the smokey aroma doesn’t transfer into the flavour of the tea itself, and overall it is a very nice tea. I quite like the taste of it and the gentle smoke aroma when the tea is ready to go is quite pleasant. The 60 seconds recommended steeping time was a good call by Liquid Proust Teas, and it did pretty well with the second steeping. Being able to resteep a tea and have it taste great is a great quality to find in any tea.

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