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One of the more unusual teas I’ve come across in my tea journey. It has a lot going on, but the flavors work in a pleasing way.

Flavorful blend of mint and flower with an earthy, sweet background. I taste both the black and the green tea (I brewed it at a lower temperature to avoid scorching the green tea.) The black tea is probably not as full-flavored as it would be if I brewed it at a higher temp, but, I feared a bitter taste from the green tea if I brewed it too hot.

I’m happy that the mint isn’t overpowering this blend, and neither is the hibiscus – yay!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/18/8-tea-tisane-eden-grove/

Marzipan

Is it supposed to be like After Eight the candy?

LiberTEAS

No. I’m not sure why they call it after eight. But it’s not like the candy.

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A really high quality gunpowder green, I love that this is organic. A pleasant, smooth texture … brothy. Thick and silky. It has the flavor of lima beans … only sweeter. Buttery with a toasted nut tone. A very clean and fresh taste.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/17/organic-gunpowder-green-tea-from-simple-loose-leaf/

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A very special Pu-erh. A young one, so definitely one that I’ll hold on to for a while before I drink the rest of it. Let it age a bit.

Very little earthiness here, as I would expect from such a young Pu-erh. It is more vegetal than it is earthy. The vegetative taste falls somewhere between steamed spinach and kelp.

A light, refreshing Pu-erh, sweet and slightly floral, and there is a creaminess to this that took me by surprise. A distinct nutty tone and a bright citrus note too.

A really interesting pu-erh, I’m glad I got to try it. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/16/master-hans-2013-sheng-pu-er-tea-verdant-tea/

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drank Tiger Monk by Temple Road
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Toast! I love the sweet, nutty, roasty-toasty flavor of this tea. It also has a nice creamy note to it. Later infusions, I began to discover some peach-like notes, notes of charcoal, mineral-y notes. I noticed more of a rustic flavor as I continued to steep these leaves.

A really fine Oolong! I highly recommend it.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/16/tiger-monk-roasted-oolong-tea-from-temple-road/

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drank Darjeeling de Triomphe by Teavana
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Because of my severe dislike for Teavana as a company, I really wanted to hate this tea, but I couldn’t. It’s actually a really nice Darjeeling. However, is it good enough to justify the high price tag on it? No. There are many excellent Darjeeling teas out there – better than this – for less than what Teavana is selling this one for.

This is a blend of six teas from six different estates. Nothing really all that exceptional about that. It’s a first flush, so I didn’t expect a lot of muscatel with this Darjeeling, and I didn’t get it. At least I wasn’t disappointed. Nice floral tones and a clean finish.

It’s good, but there are many Darjeelings out there that are better than this one, so I can’t recommend it, nor can I give it a high rating because I feel like it just isn’t worth the price.

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drank Jasmine Bloom by Nuovo Tea
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A beautiful blooming tea that tastes good too. It has a delicate jasmine note with flavors of buttery vegetables and a light fruit note too, like melon-y flavors. This one opens up pretty fast.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/15/jasmine-bloom-flowering-tea-nuovo-tea/

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A really nice Pu-erh. The earthiness is more like a vegetal note, notes of mineral and a sort of savory/salt like taste that is an nice contrast to the sweeter vegetal notes. Hints of kelp. Each subsequent infusion delivered a deeper flavor.

Here’s my full-length review with more details about the multiple infusions: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/14/fengqing-zhuan-cha-raw-puerh-brick-tea-2005-teavivre/

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drank Tea Book Volume 1 by Basilur Tea
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OK … I LOVE love LOVE the book-ish tin that this tea comes in. It’s so cool.

And the tea inside is pretty good too! A tasty roasted almond essence enchants the nose, evoking thoughts of something freshly baked. The black tea is a Ceylon and it’s a mild, even-tempered sort of tea. The almond notes are lovely. There are jasmine flowers in this tea but this isn’t a jasmine tea. I taste hints of flower in the distance, but the focus isn’t on the floral notes but the sweet, nutty almond notes.

A really tasty tea.

Rosehips

This sounds so fun!

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A very disappointing tea. The aroma of both the dry leaf and the brewed tea is very soft to the point of being non-existent. Since this is a lavender tea, I expected more from the aroma but didn’t get it.

The barely there aroma translates to the flavor too, that is to say that the flavor is barely there. I don’t taste much lavender or green tea. I don’t taste grassy or vegetal, I only taste very subtle notes of a buttery-like taste. If I focus on the sip, I taste a whisper of lavender.

Very disappointing, as I said. Not something I’d recommend, not something I’d drink again … not even something I’d want to pass on to someone else … just … tea gone horribly wrong.

Christina

Do you like lavender tea? Because I have some lavender Earl Grey (Golden Moon’s Tippy Earl Grey) that’s far too heavily scented for me. I can send it to you if you’d like.

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:
http://sororiteasisters.com

I also review teas for the Tea Review Blog:
http://www.teareviewblog.com

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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Vancouver, WA

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http://SororiTeaSisters.com

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