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A really lovely Oolong! I can’t say that I had tried a Tsui Yu Oolong before I tried this one, but this one was absolutely lovely.

You can read about my different infusions and my experiences with those infusions here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/09/tsui-yu-jade-oolong-tea-from-eco-cha/

Eco Cha is one of my favorite companies because the teas stand out to me as being top-notch. This is a remarkable Oolong and one that should be explored! I highly recommend it.

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A very subtle peach note. The black tea is definitely the star of this show – which is the way it should be when it comes to tea, don’t you think?

The black tea is brisk and a bit more astringent than I would like it to be. It’s a pleasant black tea with peach flavors but it’s not the best peach flavored black tea I’ve encountered. It’s just alright.

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Of the different teas that I’ve tried from Just.Organic.Tea. this one probably stood out as my least favorite. I’m just not a big fan of hibiscus and there is a bit too much hibiscus in this for my liking.

I do like the green rooibos in this … it adds a bright, fruity note to it. (I generally prefer green rooibos to red rooibos because I like that light, fruity flavor of it.) I also like the juicy blueberry taste to this. I would like to taste more rose, and I feel like the hibiscus was sort of overwhelming the delicate rose notes.

It’s sweet and tart and not a bad blend, just not my favorite from this company. On the other hand, my daughter LOVED this. So it was a winner with someone in this family!

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I liked this one. I don’t know that I got a pumpkin pie crepe that had been topped with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce or not. Then again, I can’t say that I’ve actually ever had this dessert before, but if I saw it on a menu, I’d be sure to save room for dessert so that I could try it.

It is an interesting medley of flavors though, and I can taste the pumpkin and the chocolate and the vanilla. I can taste notes of spice and the black tea notes in this too.

It’s tasty. It’s an interesting combination of flavors, but I like it.

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I wasn’t all that crazy about this tea at first, but as I continued to sip it, I found myself liking it more and more. The first few sips had a very delicate flavor to them, but by mid-cup the flavors really popped.

The green tea is the star of this show. It’s a refreshing green tea with soft vegetal notes and a velvety butter taste. Sweet and quite nice. The passion fruit is a subtle flavor that seemed to intensify as I continued to sip.

This is really nice iced.

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This was in my May Selection Club box from Simple Loose Leaf. The aroma is vegetal, sweet and flowery. The fragrance was certainly familiar as I’ve had quite a few Sencha teas, but the gentle floral fragrance was unexpected and nice to discover.

Sweet green tea notes. The vegetal notes are sweet – not savory, not bitter, not even bittersweet. Just beautifully sweet with a soft, smooth texture. Like liquefied silk.

It has a strong vegetal flavor, like something between grass and kelp, but without the savory notes that often accompany those two descriptive flavors. There is also a layer of fruit note, similar to apple with a creaminess that I’d describe as a vanilla-ish note. Nice!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/06/japanese-sencha-saga-green-tea-simple-loose-leaf/

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This blend was just “ok” to me. It was alright. Not something I’d want to return to and drink again, but if it were something that was offered to me, I wouldn’t refuse it. Although I might ask if there were something else available. Nor is it something I would recommend to others.

A soft smoky note, hints of grass, flinty. The one thing that set me off with this was the jasmine, because it tasted off. It tasted contrived. It didn’t belong there. I normally love jasmine, but here it just didn’t work.

I didn’t hate it, but not something I’d be hunting down to try again.

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I love the aroma of this tea. It smells so delightfully cinnamon-y. I don’t generally “love” the aroma of a pu-erh tea, but this one is an exception to that, because the cinnamon seems to work very well with the natural earthiness of the pu-erh. It doesn’t smell like a spicy cinnamon, it’s more of a sweet cinnamon like the smell you’d get when there’s a fruit pie with cinnamon baking. That kind of sweet cinnamon smell.

The cinnamon is smooth and rich … which is an unusual way to describe cinnamon, because it isn’t what I would normally categorize as a smooth spice. But with this tea, the flavor comes across as a true, rich cinnamon flavor like something you’d find in the top-notch spice shops. This is not your average grocery store cinnamon.

The pu-erh is mellow and earthy, but again, the earthiness here works to the cinnamon’s advantage. This is a really harmonious combination of flavors.

The early infusions were mostly about the cinnamon, but as I continued to steep I noticed the cinnamon began to wane and more of the pu-erh began to emerge. Deep, smooth and flavorful. Not bitter or astringent.

A really lovely tea experience.

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I’m back and I need to get busy on getting caught up! I had a very stressful couple of weeks and wasn’t able to do much except deal with the issues at hand. Now that things have settled down somewhat, I can focus on getting my tea notes caught up on Steepster!

This tea smells delightful. Warm and cinnamon-y, with notes of pumpkin. It is also a very visually appealing tea with it’s cute little pumpkin shaped candies sprinkled throughout the blend. Normally, I’m not a big advocate on the candy sprinkles because they don’t really add anything to the blend, the sweetness they add is barely noticeable (if at all). Their only real purpose in a blend is to make the blend visually appealing and here, these candy sprinkles are doing their job. It is whimsical and cute but really unnecessary. Even so, they did bring a smile to my face because they’re so darned cute.

The cinnamon is not overpowering in this blend, and it shouldn’t be. And I can actually taste pumpkin! The black tea is a mellow tasting black – I suspect a Ceylon – but it isn’t so mellow that it hides behind the flavors of cinnamon and spice and pumpkin.

Definitely an autumnal tea, but it was nice to indulge in a cup of pumpkin pie in May too. It’s a good blend and I’d be happy to drink it again.

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I don’t see this tea on the Tea Grotto website so I don’t know if that’s because it’s been discontinued.

It has a really nice strawberry flavor. I don’t taste as much “cream” notes as I would expect from a tea called Strawberry Cream but the strawberry is definitely there and it’s a really good strawberry flavor. It tastes like real strawberries, not chemical-ish or fake.

The cream notes I’m picking up on are more of like the natural creamy taste I’d get from a green tea. It’s still quite a nice tea though.

Since this doesn’t appear to be a tea that is available any longer, I’m not going to rate it.

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I’m always on the lookout for a good strawberry tea and this one is GREEN! Even better! But not available anymore! :-( Guess I’ll never get to taste it.

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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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