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Even though this tea has a lot of the same spices as a typical masala chai blend would have, it doesn’t really taste like a typical chai. Typically with a chai, the spices are strong and assertive, and here, the black tea is the strongest note with the spices providing some background flavor.

The black tea is a robust and flavorful tea. Not bad for a teabag. Not bad for a Ayurveda tea.

Its an energizing blend. I like the spices in this, they add a depth to the flavor and rather than the focus being about the spices, it’s more about the black tea and the spices highlight that.

Not bad and it does deliver what it promises. It is, indeed, a stimulating cup of tea.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/27/ayurvedic-stimulating-tea-from-tea-of-life/

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I just received my package from Ost today – Thanks, Ost! This is awesome. I know you said in your review of this tea that you aren’t all that wild about it but I LOVE this. I love the deep, rich, chocolate-y flavor that is like dark bittersweet chocolate, notes of honeyed caramel in the undertones, and the woodsy earthiness to this. I taste notes of molasses. This reminds me more of a Fujian tea than a Ceylon.

Really nice.

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I was at first a little upset to see hibiscus as one of the ingredients, fortunately, the hibiscus adds relatively little to the blend except for a pretty pinkish hue to the cup which does – admittedly – enhance the “watermelon-ish-ness” of this tea. Fortunately, it doesn’t do much to the flavor (I don’t want an overly tart watermelon tea!) nor the texture (a watermelon tea should be on the light side, I think).

There is some tartness to this, but not just from the hibiscus, but from the lemon-y notes. And I do like the lemon and the watermelon together. The lemon brightens the cup nicely.

A very fruity tea, I like that I can also taste notes of the tea base which is a green and white tea base. It’s light, buttery and fresh tasting. I do think that the tea tends to be more of a background note, and the fruit medley is more focused than the tea. But the flavors are so nice that it’s hard to complain about that.

Overall, I enjoyed it. It’s a little more fruit than it is tea, but it’s a pleasant tasting cuppa. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/27/watermelon-splash-tea-blend-from-bluebird-tea-co/

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drank Kettle Corn by 52teas
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I’m sorry to read that the other review of this tisane here on steepster did not enjoy this as much as I did. I would recommend steeping this a little longer than you would a typical tea – since it’s Yerba Mate you won’t get the same tannic quality of a camellia sinensis blend. I steeped this for 10 minutes at a just under boiling temperature: 195°F.

This brought out a good amount of yummy Kettle Corn flavor.

When the cup is piping hot, I don’t get a lot of Kettle Corn flavor, but as the tea cools slightly, the flavors begin to develop. I found that a pinch of salt helped enhance the Kettle Corn experience as well. I got a sweet, honeyed flavor and the roasted notes of the yerba mate complimented the “popcorn” flavor.

TeaBrat

lol – I guess that was me! I will try steeping my remaining sample for the time you indicated and if I can get anything out of it I’ll report back. :)

LiberTEAS

Try just a pinch of salt in the brewed tea too. :)

TeaBrat

will do!

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drank Earl Grey by Verdant Tea
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OK, I was astonished that I needed to create a listing for this tea here, how is it that I’m the only steepster-type person to have tried this Earl Grey?

We must remedy that immediately – try this Earl Grey!

It’s rather unique. Two amazing black teas plus a Wuyi Oolong makes up the base. This gives the tea a solid “black tea” background and a softer texture from the Oolong. It also adds a hint of toasty, nutty flavor. These flavors meld beautifully with the chocolate and malt notes of the black teas.

The bergamot notes are strong … but not quite as strong as I’d like them to be. The vanilla notes are strong as well. It’s tangy, citrus-y, sweet, creamy and these two components with just an average black tea would be lovely, but when you combine them with the extraordinary teas from Verdant Tea you get a truly over-the-top, wonderful Earl Grey tea experience.

If I’m to offer any complaint, it would be that I’d like the bergamot notes to be stronger. However, I do like the way the base teas are the highlight of this blend, so I find it difficult to offer a complaint. I really enjoyed this.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/26/earl-grey-black-tea-from-verdant-tea/

MissLena

This sounds delicious! I see it is back in stock..it will possibly be added to my potential Black Friday Verdant order :)

Kittenna

I feel like it’s relatively new? I only just recently saw it on the site, and I have a sample en route.

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I have been pleased with the many different teas that I’ve tried from Fong Mong and since AliShan Oolong teas are my favorite Oolong, you know I loved this one from this company.

I managed 10 infusions from the same measurement of leaves. I combine five infusions into my AliShan YiXing Mug. The first cup was very creamy and smooth. Floral and vegetal notes that have been softened by the creamy indulgence that comes from a high quality Jin Xuan like this.

The second cup was still quite creamy. In fact, I enjoyed it more than the first cup, because some of the creamy notes have subsided just a little to make way for the wonderful sweetness from the floral notes and a touch of fruity flavors.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/25/taiwan-alishan-jin-xuan-oolong-2014-from-fong-mong-tea/

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drank Fenouil by Les 2 Marmottes
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This is a pure fennel tea. I love the aroma because I LOVE licorice and that’s what this smells like. Fennel is one of those spices that I love but the rest of the household doesn’t care for, so it’s one that I seldom have in the spice cupboard. So it was a treat for me to brew up a cup of fennel, courtesy of Les 2 Marmottes. And even though I used to add fennel to my Masterpiece Chai and I have had many different teas with fennel in it, I don’t think I’ve ever had a pure fennel infusion until I tried this tisane.

I love licorice so yeah, I loved this. It tastes a lot like liquefied licorice. It was sweet (almost sugary sweet) but without the snap or zesty flavor of licorice root. It’s a softer, sweeter version of black licorice.

I think that this was one of my favorites from Les 2 Marmottes.

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drank Crimson Grove by Mellow Monk
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I’ve not had a lot of Japanese black teas, but the few that I’ve had I’ve really enjoyed. So it was a real treat to have the opportunity to sample this Crimson Grove from Mellow Monk.

A tea with sweet and warm notes. Hints of smoke and nutmeg. Not an overly aggressive type of black tea, this isn’t the tea you’d want to turn to if you need a vigorous shake awake. Instead, this is the kind of tea to turn to when you want something cozy and contemplative.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/24/crimson-grove-black-tea-from-mellow-monk/

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A very flavorful, snickerdoodle-like blend. The sweet, nutty flavor of the rooibos when combined with the flavors of cinnamon and vanilla ends up tasting a lot like a snickerdoodle liquefied.

The cinnamon is warm, not spicy-sweet like a cinnamon candy, but more like the stuff you’d sprinkle on your toast. Or roll cookie dough around in and put on a baking sheet and bake to make snickerdoodle cookies. The vanilla is sweet and creamy.

A little bit of caffeine-free yum.

TeaBrat

This sounds better than the snickerdoodle from David’s tea…

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drank Milk Oolong by Simple Loose Leaf
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This is a wonderful Milk Oolong: sweet, creamy, and deliciously luscious.

The first two infusions were combined into one cup and the combined result was light and creamy and sweet. Nutty. Hints of vegetation. Later infusions were not quite as creamy. More floral notes came forward.

A really intensely creamy tea at the start, and as I continued to infuse the tea the creaminess subsided somewhat but it was still rather creamy and delightful.

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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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