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There are two listings for this tea here on Steepster, but since I’ve already written about this tea on this listing, I went with this one.

I like this tea quite a bit. Yeah, it’s on the smoky side, but the smoke notes are soft and don’t interfere with the bergamot notes. A slight malty note to the tea as well, with hints of chocolate. Notes of grapefruit are slightly stronger than the bergamot notes. It’s a really nice medley of flavors.

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Yummy!

Marshmallow Treats were something that my step-mother would make pretty often. And she would often experiment a little bit with them, adding different flavors and such … but I can’t recall her ever making a strawberry flavored marshmallow treat.

So, I don’t know if I’ve ever actually had a strawberry marshmallow treat, but if I were to have one, this tea tastes just like I’d expect a strawberry marshmallow treat to taste. Sweet and a little tart from the strawberry. Marshmallow-y, creamy goodness. And I can taste the toasted rice from the Genmaicha which gives this just the right “puffed rice cereal” note that I’d expect in a Marshmallow treat.

The green tea is sweet and buttery which also complements the marshmallow treat concept, because I remember buttery taste from my step-mother’s marshmallow treats.

A really good flavored tea. One of Frank’s best so far this year.

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I just realized it’s been nearly two weeks since my last tasting note! Yikes. Rest assured, I’ve not given up drinking tea, just … have been otherwise distracted.

Heavily smoked teas like a Russian Caravan don’t usually elicit a great deal of excitement from me, but, as far as smoky teas go, this is pretty good. I enjoyed it.

I like that I can taste components from each of the teas in this blend. I could taste the sweet, wine-like notes from the Keemun, the rich, malty notes of the Assam, and of course the strong, smoky character of the Lapsang Souchong.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/04/russian-caravan-black-tea-simple-loose-leaf/

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One of the nicer lime green teas that I’ve tried. The lime is a gentle flavor, it’s not too tart and it’s not in my face. It doesn’t sour. It reminds me a bit of a lime curd, like the filling you might find when you have a lime cupcake from a gourmet cupcake shop. (I’m a sucker for gourmet cupcakes.)

The lime is bright and refreshing while the green tea is light and sweet, with a touch of vegetative taste.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/03/whole-leaf-green-tea-essence-key-lime-eden-grove/

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drank Rooibos Kalahari by Tea Affair
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This is from my March Amoda Tea Box. Earlier this week I had received an email from Amoda to let us know that they’re discontinuing their subscription boxes as they were, that they’re making changes to their format. I understand the need to change a business in order to make it work and be more profitable, but I will miss the way the box has been. (sigh)

Oh well, such is the nature of business and of life.

I’m not always crazy about rooibos blends as I’ve said often enough, but this one is tasty. A strong citrus-y note – stronger than I expected from lemongrass – so that suggests to me that the flavoring is probably lemon and lime flavoring. There is also a faint creaminess to this which could be from the lemongrass. I often experience a somewhat ‘buttery’ note from lemongrass.

Overall, it’s a nice blend. Not my favorite rooibos blend that I’ve received in my Amoda box, but, I enjoyed it.

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drank Assam Earl Grey by Tea People
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I’m always excited to try a new-to-me tea … and when that new-to-me tea is an Earl Grey I’m doubly excited! I love Earl Grey!

A strong, distinct Bergamot scent. Not as strong as some bergamot teas that I’ve had, but it’s strong. You can check out my full-length review here for my “1-5” rating for the bergamot strength: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/02/assam-earl-grey-black-tea-tea-people/

What really stood out to me about this tea is that the black tea base is the star of the show. In this case, it’s an Assam. Rich and malty. The bergamot isn’t overwhelmed, but it isn’t overpowering either. I like that the tea comes first.

A really nice Earl Grey.

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Back when I first tried this tea, I was experiencing a bit of … whatever it was that was going around. My husband had it, brought it home to me and our two daughters got it too.

Whatever it was, it didn’t last as long for me as it did for my husband. This tea may or may not have been responsible for the short duration of the cold. I don’t know. What I do know is that I started drinking this when I started feeling sick. And I drank a cup of it every day, and after I drank it, I felt a little better, and after about four days, I felt better overall. My husband, on the other hand, was sick for the better part of ten days.

This tea reminds me a bit of a soup broth. It has warming spices that taste of Indian cuisine: turmeric, ginger, cumin, coriander, and pepper. There is also a light, vegetative flavor from the green tea.

Normally, these functional teas … well, they taste functional. In other words, they don’t taste so great. But this one was something I found enjoyable. I didn’t feel like I had to drink this, I enjoyed it.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/01/ayurvedic-immune-tea-tea-life/

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drank Soba Cha Deep Roast by Steepster
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This reminds me a lot of drinking the toasted rice part of Genmaicha. It’s got that yummy roasty-toasty flavor of the genmaicha toasted rice, but it has a tasty malty note to it too. Like Barley … the flavor reminds me of a freshly baked loaf of multi-grain bread.

Sweet with notes of honey and nut and caramel. It tastes very breakfast-y, like a piece of toasted multi-grain bread with a pat of melted butter and a drizzle of honey.

CelebriTEA

I love this tea ♡

Indigobloom

I wish this one was available for sale, for those who just want this one…

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This was my first experience with an Olive Leaf tea, and I was pleasantly surprised by what I tasted. There are other ingredients to this tisane (it’s not a straight up Olive Leaf only tisane) so there was a lovely pineapple-y, apple-y flavor along with a soft vegetative flavor that is similar to that of green tea. Not exactly green tea, but, not so different from it.

I quite enjoyed this. As I said, I didn’t know what to expect from it, and it surprised me by tasting quite nice.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/31/organic-corsican-olive-leaf-tea-wise-owl-tea/

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Sipping on a cup of this now. Really smooth with vanilla notes. The maple is a little less discernible and I found that I needed to add a pinch of sugar to bring the maple forward. The cinnamon is subtle but I like that, because cinnamon can be sometimes aggressive and I like that I can enjoy the three flavors – vanilla, maple and cinnamon – rather than an overpowering cinnamon note.

A really tasty cuppa.

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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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