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I loved this tea. And it’s very much like a picnic in the park: sweet-tart strawberry, luscious watermelon, and light champagne-y notes. Of course, if I were having a picnic in the park … there would also be chocolate, unfortunately, there is no chocolate to this tea.

There would also be ants. Fortunately, they’re not part of this tea either.

So this is a “Frank didn’t consult with LiberTEAS about what to include in the picnic basket and also didn’t invite the ants to come to the picnic either” tea. That would have been a bit wordy for the label. So, Picnic in the Park sort of just … condenses it without being as specific as my name for this tea.

It’s a delicious and refreshing tea. It makes a seriously yummy iced tea.

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this is an outstanding Ceylon. It is rich and malty. It’s very Assam-like, actually. It has that bold flavor that I normally associate with an Assam. Although, it’s not quite as hefty as an Assam, this isn’t the tea I’d turn to first thing in the morning. But it has a really amazing flavor – I would be more than happy to be sipping on it as an Afternoon tea.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/12/craighead-single-estate-black-tea-from-p-m-david-silva-sons/

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A lovely Oolong blend. I love the big purple blossoms that are in this. So beautiful!

I steeped this in my gaiwan and got six infusions out of it. You can read about them more in depth here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/11/blue-spring-oolong-tea-from-imperial-tea-garden/

Sweet, honey-like, notes of roasted nut, and a predominate floral note. Creamy. The creaminess began to meld with the nutty flavors. It is delicious and sweet.

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I love Teasenz! They have some of the best teas that I’ve tried.

This tea is fun to watch as it unfurls. The dry leaf is really beautiful. Soft, fluffy leaves that have been scrolled into little rings. So meticulous. Each one is a work of art.

Sweet and delicately fragrant. Light vegetal notes, notes of butter and nut and flower. No bitterness, no grassy taste, and there’s very little astringency. A really, really enjoyable tea.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/11/daughters-ring-early-spring-green-tea-ming-qian-nuer-huan-from-teasenz/

Christina

Ooh, I’ve been meaning to try this one, as it’s one of the free samples I requested.

Sara

I love watching tea leaves unfold as they brew, so this caught my attention right away. The mix of flavors is enticing, too. :D

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I bought this on Canada Day because they were offering free shipping for Canada and even though I’m not in Canada, I got nervous because it was down to only a very precious few tins left of the tea and I worried that if I waited until the 4th of July when they offer free shipping to us here in the US that I’d miss out on this. As it turned out, they didn’t sell out of this one until after the 4th, so I would have been safe but I didn’t want to miss it!

Anyway … it’s a lovely Yunnan!

Molasses-y and caramel-y. So beautifully sweet! A hearty, robust tea. Warm, earthy, notes of leather. A truly wonderful tea, I’m glad I go this one.

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This was the first of the teas that I sampled from Green Terrace and what an amazing introduction to this company.

A delightful peach note – sweet! – and a sharp floral note. A soft mouthfeel. Earth and wood. Very little astringency to my first cup (infusions 1 and 2, combined).

I got six wonderfully flavorful infusions out of this tea, please read more about them here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/10/eastern-beauty-oolong-tea-from-green-terrace-teas/

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drank Winter Forest by Artful Tea
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I found this to be a very intriguing blend.

The green tea base is a blend of Chinese Sencha and Japanese Bancha. These two together bring a somewhat brothy, smooth, sweet, slightly grassy, slightly buttery tasting flavor to the cup. Very little astringency to this.

Of the added flavors, the almond is the strongest. I like the way the orange and almond work together in this. Not a combination I find often in a tea (orange and almond) but I like it. The orange brightens the cup. The pine notes are there too, not an overwhelming flavor but I like what it adds to the tea.

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drank Premium Bi Lu Chun by Grand Tea
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I’m not sure if this “Premium” Bi Lu Chun is the same as the “Supreme” Bi Lu Chun that I tried a couple of months ago: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/09/supreme-bi-lu-chun-green-tea-from-grand-tea/ but I decided to put my tasting note here rather than start a whole new entry for “Supreme” Bi Lu Chun.

This is a top notch Bi Lu Chun. A really intense sweetness with light vegetal notes and a butter like note. A sweet nutty tone is in the distance, along with hints of fruit and flower. Overall, the cup is quite delicate and just … really lovely!

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I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. I’m not a huge fan of “milk” (almond or otherwise) and usually the only purpose milk serves in my diet is as a splash of it in my chai or breakfast tea – rarely – or to pour over cereal. That said, I do like those amazing milk tea concoctions you can find in the mall. Those things that taste more like sugar than tea? Yeah, even though they taste more like milk and sugar than tea, they are still yummy. Fortunately, I’m at the mall rarely and I’m buying a milk tea even less often than that.

All of that tangent leads me to say that I did enjoy this Almond Milk iced tea. I don’t know that I was actually tasting “Almond Milk” but I could taste almond and I could taste a creamy element to it too. And the brisk black tea was very refreshing.

This actually sort of reminds me of a lighter version of Thai iced tea which is one of my favorite ways to drink iced tea. A tasty iced tea.

Kittenna

This is one of the SBTs on my list to try… but I really need to get through the other ones I haven’t tried first! So many teas…

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I like this Masala Chai. The spices are bold and the black tea does not hide behind them. It’s a good, strong, robust chai and that’s just the way I like it. (Oh sure, I enjoy milder versions of “chai” too, but, I’m really quite fond of the bold, spicy chai blends.)

A good balance of the usual spices. I like that I can taste each of the spices and no one spice overpowers the others. This one is awesome as a latte.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/08/masala-chai-blend-from-the-persimmon-tree/

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I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:
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I also review teas for the Tea Review Blog:
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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

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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.

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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.

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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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