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4224 Tasting Notes

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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.

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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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A simple tisane, but it is still tasty. It’s nicely balanced. The Tulsi is has a light basil flavor with notes of mint and pepper, and this complements the zesty ginger notes, and the lemongrass gives it a light, sweet, citrus-y lift.

Tasty, one I wouldn’t mind drinking now and then.

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drank SBT: Very Big Hill Dew by 52teas
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I enjoyed the Very Big Hill Dew Honeybush so I was interested to see how this would compare. This makes a very tasty iced tea. I think that this does work better with a honeybush base than it does with a black tea base. The lemon-lime notes shine through in the iced tea version, but, I am getting less of the bubbly, effervescent taste that Frank captures so well in his “soda” inspired teas, and I felt like that flavor came through better with the honeybush version.

But this is still a very refreshing, tasty iced tea.

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Very tasty! As some of you are probably very aware, I don’t usually get excited over Pu-erh (the opposite, usually I put off trying a Pu-erh, which really isn’t fair that I do that, because I do usually like the tea, but my initial reaction comes from my first few experiences with Pu-erh which were not favorable.) But this is a pretty good blend. I love the combination of vanilla cinnamon and chocolate.

The earthy qualities of the puerh really complement the chocolate and the cinnamon nicely, and the vanilla gives it a nice, creamy taste. I wish the stevia wasn’t in it, but that’s really my only big complaint about this blend.

A very well-crafted blend: I highly recommend it.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/12/organic-vanilla-chocolate-delight-pu-erh-tea-from-spicely-organics/

TeaBrat

How exciting, they finally got their teas put up on the website!

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Not a bad bagged tea as far as bagged teas go. I’ve tried some good bagged teas and some not so great bagged teas and then some really horrid bagged teas … this one falls under the good bagged tea category, even though I’d prefer to drink loose leaf, this one is pretty good and it is one I wouldn’t mind carrying with me if I were traveling and loose leaf was inconvenient.

Sweet, tangy-tart, and even a slight bitter tone from the pith of the fruit, and I don’t find this bitterness off-putting, on the contrary, I think it adds something to the overall taste.

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When I first opened the package, I was a little unsure about this tea because the scent of the lavender is rather jarring. It took me by surprise just how strong the lavender was. But although the lavender is strong in this tea, it doesn’t overpower the flavor of the Oolong nor does the lavender end up tasting perfume-ish. This one gets big bonus points for that.

The Oolong starts off delicate and buttery with undertones of vegetation. In later infusions the Oolong flavor starts to emerge more as the lavender becomes more subdued. I found the transition between each infusion to be really interesting and I found myself looking forward to seeing just how much the taste would change from cup to cup.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/11/pure-indulgences-lavender-oolong-tea-from-le-palais-des-thes/

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drank Cranberry by A C Perch's
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One of the best cranberry teas I’ve yet to try. The cranberry taste is distinct and strong, but the flavor isn’t overly tart, and as one who tends to be somewhat sensitive to tart flavors, I found myself quite happy with the smoothness of this tea. This tea seems to celebrate the sweeter side of the cranberry.

A flavorful black tea base with a slightly dry astringency at the tail. A delicious berry taste. A really pleasant tea.

Angrboda

They do a blend with this and their vanilla which is absolutely lovely. :)

LiberTEAS

That sounds really good. This is one of the better cranberry teas I’ve had, and with vanilla? that sounds really yum!

Angrboda

I’m not sure how much they use of either, but I don’t think it’s 50/50. To me it seems like there is less vanilla than cranberry. Maybe 25/75 or something like that. If you have a vanilla, and enough left of this, I would recommend trying it. :)

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I absolutely LOVED this tea. The more I taste from Tea People, the more I love them. They have selected some really phenomenal teas for their line up, and if you haven’t tried teas from them yet, you’re missing out!

Dewy and sweet, it’s a very fresh and lively flavor. A light nutty tone reminiscent of a freshly roasted chestnut. Sweet and relaxing to sip.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/10/makaibari-bai-mu-dan-white-tea-tea-people/

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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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