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drank SBT: Maple Bacon by 52teas
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When I got my huge package from Zoomdweebies after the first of the Kickstarter campaigns, I got two packages of SBT Maple Bacon since this tea was in the 12 Days of Christmas package too. The first time I steeped it for the 12 Days of Christmas review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/12/29/fifth-day-christmas-southern-boy-teas-edition/ and I wasn’t all that crazy about it. It just didn’t work for me.

So that’s why it took me so long to finally brew this additional sachet. I knew I wasn’t gung-ho about it. This time, I cold-brewed the tea, and this worked WONDERS! This is actually quite good. I will actually up my rating from 51 up to 70 because as a cold-brewed tea, this works great. I’ll even try hot-steeping the bag now that it’s been cold brewed once … maybe it will be good. Let’s hope!

Anyway … not so much of a strong bacon flavor as a maple flavor. I get a good, brisk black tea flavor, smooth and flavorful, and a hint of bacon-y goodness. This is much better cold-brewed. COLD BREW THIS ONE!

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drank Bali Bamboo Leaf by wise owl tea
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As I mentioned in my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/24/bali-bamboo-leaf-tisane-wise-owl-tea/ I haven’t had the opportunity to try a lot of bamboo teas. But I really liked this one.

I was surprised at how much it tasted like green tea! It was a little sweeter than a typical green tea, with no astringency and no bitterness.

There is a slight buttery taste to it (another factor that made me think “green tea”) and a vegetal taste that falls somewhere between steamed veggies and sweet grass. It almost tastes like a Chinese sencha. But because it has no caffeine, this would make a suitable substitute for those who can’t have caffeine and miss that green tea flavor.

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When this tea was in my Steepster Select box, I was thrilled. I’ve been wanting to try teas from Seven Cups.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/23/li-li-xiang-anxi-wulong-2013-oolong-tea-seven-cups/

This is easily one of the very best Oolongs I’ve tasted. It is a unique Oolong in that it has intriguing raw cacao notes along with some of the other flavors that you might ordinarily expect in a greener Oolong, like vegetative and nutty flavors. The cacao took me by surprise. Beautiful notes of vanilla too.

A really good Oolong. Highly recommended.

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A really enjoyable cup for breakfast. The first cup was robust and richly flavored. A medium astringency to it, with notes of cedar and malt and hints of smoke.

The second infusion was amazing. I got the Eucalyptus that was promised in the description! I don’t always take black teas out for a second infusion, because I find the second cup to rarely be worth the effort, but this tea – this second infusion is remarkable. Definitely take this one through at least 2 infusions!

A very unique but enjoyable breakfast blend. I like it.

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drank A Day in Provence by Tay Tea
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Can I just say that I’m already feeling the loss of Amoda Tea? I know that it’s still early in the month of the first no-box-from-Amoda-Tea month, but, I probably would have received the box either today or yesterday … and I don’t have it and I miss it. It was certainly a lot more fun to receive that parcel from Amoda Tea than it is to receive bills in the mail! (I know, duh, right?)

This was a tea in April’s box. Yeah, I’m still behind. Big surprise.

A really lovely rooibos blend. I love the lavender, and I love that the rooibos isn’t a strong flavor. The currant gives it a wine-ish sort of taste that i enjoy, and there is a pleasant sweet-tart berry note.

A really nice cuppa.

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When I brewed this, I was looking to relax a little bit. Maybe not destress so much as just something to find a sense of inner calm and I have to admit that this tea did that. It’s a functional tea that does what it claims.

The cumin is strong in this but it isn’t overwhelming. It has a sort of curry-ish type of flavor, with notes of green tea and citrus. I taste the ginger and licorice but I don’t get a lot of lavender flavor.

Overall, a pleasant tea. Most functional teas I find to be quite medicinal, but I like that this is a little more like a savory broth rather than a medicine. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/22/ayurvedic-de-stress-tea-from-tea-of-life/

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Sitting here, enjoying a cup of this tea. I really like these tea drops. They have a really robust cardamom flavor but a good balance has been achieved between tea and cardamom.

As I’ve said before, I guess the only thing I wish these tea drops didn’t have was the sweetener, but they aren’t overly sweet, in my opinion, so even that works, although I’d prefer to decide if I wanted it sweet or not.

Still yummy though.

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Some time ago, in the forums, I commented on the thread that asked what Dragonwell people were going to get this spring. This is one that I recommended. It’s an OUTSTANDING dragonwell.

Then again, you can’t really go wrong with Teavivre.

This is a very fresh Dragon Well, and it’s a freshness that can be tasted. Sweet, mild, fresh, pure, clean, nutty and buttery are all words that come to mind when I sipped this tea. It’s an invigorating and refreshing green tea.

A delightful chestnut flavor with a hint of steamed veggies. As I continued to sip, I could pick up on some apple-like flavors. Savory notes toward mid-sip: a little salty. A really, really good Dragonwell!

here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/21/organic-nonpareil-qian-dragon-well-long-jing-green-tea-teavivre/


That’s an impressively long name for that tea.


This sounds great, I look forward to getting to the dragon well portion of my green tea project.


“You can’t go wrong with Teavivre.” One of the truest statements I have ever read.


They are a company that continues to impress me. I was blown away with how good this Dragon Well is.

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I was very excited to receive this in one of my past Steepster Select boxes. I love white pearls! These pearls were a little smaller than I remember the white tea pearls that I’ve had in the past being. These are closer to the size of a jasmine pearl, and I seem to remember the white tea pearls being a little larger than these.

The flavor is sweet like honey! A thinned honey. Light and crisp, subtle notes of melon, air, earth, and a hint of flower in the background. A really good tea for those who tend to shy away from white teas because they find that they are too subtle. This white tea has a well-pronounced flavor!

A really beautiful tea.

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I wasn’t incredibly impressed with this tea. It was quite tannic, and I only steeped it for 2 1/2 minutes in boiling water. That doesn’t seem like it’s long enough to produce such a tannic cup. Any longer, and I suspect that this might have been too bitter.

After a couple of sips, I was able to see past the tannic quality a little and notice some of the complexity in this tea: some fruit notes (stone fruit with citrus) and some sweetness. However, the tea is quite astringent, more than I like it to be, and too tannic for my liking.

I wish I had better things to say about it, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:

I also review teas for the Tea Review Blog:

In addition to my passion for tea, I am also a mixed media/altered arts artist. You can see some of my art here: http://eccentricpastiche.blogspot.com

I am also a self-proclaimed foodie. I review local restaurants and the food I buy online here: http://hungryinportland.wordpress.com


My favorite teas are Yellow Teas with most Oolong teas at a close second. As far as “flavored” teas go, I love Earl Grey, Chocolate and Jasmine teas.

I also am intrigued by flavored teas with an unusual or unique flavor combination.


I don’t do a whole lot of swaps anymore, however, I do occasionally sell sampler boxes here: http://liberteas.teatra.de/ I don’t always have sampler boxes available as it depends upon how much time I have as well as packaging supplies. I usually post at least one or two sampler boxes per month, though, so if you’re interested, keep an eye out or PM me and I’ll let you know when I have some posted.


Most of the teas that I record in my notes here are going to have a fairly high rating from me. This is not because I am not discerning, but because I do not usually waste my time on drinking tea I do not care for, nor will I waste my time on writing about it.


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