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drank Pony Goal by The Teaologist
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I wasn’t all that impressed with my first infusion of this tea. It was alright, but just alright. Kind of “meh” … you know?

Then I brewed the tea a second time. (Not a resteep of the leaves.) This tea benefited from not reading the package steeping parameters and going with my own “go to” steeping parameters for a white tea. 160°F for 5 – 7 minutes. It’s much taster than the suggested 180°F for 2 – 3 minutes.

Good hot, but much better cold. Sweet berry goodness and a nice creamy tone. I love the notes of pomegranate in there too. A really tasty tea.

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A really good Ceylon offering from Kally Tea. (By the way, Kally now has a full line of Organic teas … good stuff!)

This Ceylon has a certain gusto to it that I really liked … most Ceylon teas tend to be very even-tempered. Sort of just … there. You know what I mean? This one though has a good strength to it. Not over-invigorating but enough to keep me going. Robust and malty, which I always find surprising when I encounter a malty Ceylon. This is a good one.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/06/23/new-vithanakanda-ceylon-sftgfop-1-black-tea-from-kally-tea/

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drank SBT: Lime Cola by 52teas
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Currently drinking this tea. I love this tea. This is my favorite of this summer’s SBT releases. I cold steep the pouch first, and then I stash the pouch in a covered container in the fridge, and then when I empty my half gallon pitcher full of tea, I hot steep the pouch. I get a gallon of tea from the pouch this way. The only tea thus far that I’ve found from SBT that I don’t like brewed the cold brew method is the Pink Lemonade flavor … that one just doesn’t work for me cold brewed. But it’s also one of my favorite teas from this summer and so, even though I only get a half gallon out of that tea bag (the resteep after the hot steep just doesn’t have enough “umph” for me) it’s worth it because that is a yummy tea too.

I love this iced tea. And yeah … even though we’re in autumn weather, I still drink about a quart of iced tea a day in addition to my other tea drinking. I prefer iced tea with my meals so I drink several glasses of iced tea a day too. Still prefer tea hot … but I like to have these tasty iced teas from SBT on hand.

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drank Tropical Eyebrows by 52teas
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Another tropical tea. That’s usually my reaction when I encounter a “tropical” flavored tea. It’s not all that exciting, it seems like something every purveyor of flavored tea offers.

But this Tropical flavored tea is quite enjoyable … I love the addition of the persimmon! Now, I’m … not one who … eats a whole heck of a lot of persimmon. I usually walk right past them in the produce section of my local store in favor of more common fruits like apples and oranges. (Speaking of apples … I’m overjoyed that honeycrisp apples are back!)

So I can’t actually say unequivocally that it is the persimmon that makes this tea different. It could be the Chun Mee tea. But this tropical tea is deliciously different and I like it! Yum!

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A really pleasant Oolong. I love the complexity of this Tieguanyin. Sweet and exotic florals, slightly vegetative (on the grassy side of vegetative), a lot of warmth to this Oolong as well. Later infusions start to deliver creamy notes (but not really what I’d call buttery.)

A really interesting and unique Tieguanyin. I liked it.

Here is my full-length review of this one: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/06/22/five-year-aged-tieguanyin-oolong-tea-from-verdant-tea/

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I just found out that this company recently closed it’s doors. Sad. :(

This was a tasty cup of tea, although I don’t know that I tasted “cake.” I did taste a strong cinnamon-y note … not so much a cinnamon candy kind of taste, but more like a snickerdoodle cinnamon note.

I also taste vanilla. The vanilla and the cinnamon play well together and seem to enhance that overall “snickerdoodle” kind of flavor.

Tasty, not quite “cake” but tasty!

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A truly exceptional tea. I really love this Assam. Sweet, malty, rich, caramel-y, and a delicious bake-y kind of taste. As the tea cools, I notice a distinct apricot note as mentioned in the description.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/06/20/hattialli-golden-lion-assam-tea-from-butiki-teas/

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drank Houjicha - Amber by Obubu Tea
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This is my last backlog for this evening … I’m gonna try to do a little bit every night and hopefully I’ll get caught up eventually!

This was a very interesting Houjicha … I could still taste the vegetative tones of the Sencha in this tea, as well as some of the floral tones of the Sencha … usually, it’s been my experience that with the roasting process, the houjicha becomes an entirely new flavor but here, I taste notes of the Sencha still … I like that though!

The vegetative notes taste a bit like roasted vegetables … and I like this unique taste. There is a slight creamy tone to this cup too … it’s a little bit nutty, a little bit toasty and warm, a little bit vegetative and savory, and a little bit sweet and creamy! A really nice cuppa.

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drank Sunset Pineapple by Compass Teas
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Definitely one of the better pineapple teas/tisanes that I’ve had, and I don’t know if this is even available any longer. Back when I wrote my full-length review of this tea (see it here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/06/19/sunset-pineapple-tisane-from-compass-teas/ ) … back in June … yes, I’m still so very behind! This tisane wasn’t available back then and it doesn’t appear to be available now, some months later.

Unfortunate because this was really tasty.

Sweet, pineapple-y and the green rooibos base is light and refreshing. An amazing iced tea!

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drank Vanilla Mint Chai by Rishi Tea
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Tasty, although I don’t agree with calling it a chai. Yeah, I know that chai means “tea” but I think that most of us have come to accept chai to mean the warmly spiced (and sometimes spicy!) tea blends. This blend only has cinnamon, licorice root and vanilla that I’d categorize as a “spice” and a herb (mint). Not enough spices to call it a chai!

It’s still tasty though!

The pu-erh is earthy and mellow, and it sits off in the background. The mint and vanilla are in the foreground, giving this a taste that is reminiscent of the creamy center of a peppermint patty. YUM! The licorice root is subtle but it adds a pleasant snap to the cup.

Not too minty, not too earthy, I like the balance of this tea and it’s really quite a treat.

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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.

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