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I really liked this, although it still surprises me to admit it! I’m not a big fan of the earthy notes of pu-erh or of yerba mate … and this blend has both of those leaves in it! I was thinking this was gonna be way too earthy for me to like it! But, I liked it anyway!

This not exactly what I’d refer to as a “chai” since it really only has pepper and cardamom in it, but, it is still deliciously spiced and I love the vanilla and chocolate notes of this, and the coconut gives it even more creaminess and I think that the creamy tones help to offset some of the earthy notes.

Here’s my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/02/organic-energizing-chai-blend-from-zen-tea/

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YUM! I loved the green base for the caramel flavoring for Red Leaf Tea’s matcha … but I think I might just like the black tea base even better. The rich, robust flavor of the black tea complements the decadent, creamy, burnt sugar sweetness of the caramel flavoring.

Here’s my full-length review of this one: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/01/caramel-flavored-black-tea-matcha-from-red-leaf-tea/

Amariel

Oh my, this sounds great!!

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A very good tea. Then again, I’ve come to expect really good teas from Arbor Teas. Smooth, caramel-y (the caramel tones are light but delicious in this!) and I taste notes of fruit and flower. Warm and robust without bitterness.

This one is a good, strong tea that would work as that first cuppa of the day if you’re looking for one. I really like it.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/01/organic-singampatti-oothu-black-tea-from-arbor-teas/

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drank Nutty Enough by Naked Teas Galore
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I really liked this tisane … it was one of my favorite tisanes that I’ve received from my Amoda tea box. My only complaint is that more chocolate is always better, so I think that Naked Teas Galore should have added a couple of extra handfuls of the cocoa nibs to the tea as they were blending.

But then again, it was delicious as it was … nutty, sweet, delicious. I liked the way the apple and cinnamon gave it sort of a nutty, apple cider-y kind of taste.

Really tasty … needs more chocolate.

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drank Formosa Lapsang by Grey's Teas
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This is a really different tea. It has a strong smoky presence, as I would expect anything that has “Lapsang” in the name of it … but it’s not like a typical Chinese Lapsang Souchong. Instead, it is a Formosa Black tea (Taiwan) that has been prepared in the traditional Lapsang Souchong style, so it has the strong smoky presence, but the tea base is a little different.

It’s unique and unusual … but I like it!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/30/formosa-lapsang-from-greys-teas/

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It had been a while since I tried my last “Monk’s Blend” type of tea before brewing up a cup of this, so it took me a while to recognize this as what it was. This is tasty … I like that the base of this tea is not just a black tea base, but a blend of green and black teas. The green tea brings a crispness to the cup, a lighter flavor which helps to soften the sometimes astringent black tea.

It’s sort of bubblegum-y with it’s fruity notes. This one is plenty sweet without sweetener … it surprised me at just how sweet it was. My sweet tooth was quite happy with this cuppa!

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I think I happened to see a forums discussion about creamy earl grey teas and a good replacement for the SpecialTeas product which is now long gone. This is one I’d recommend to you! This is a really, really good creamy Earl Grey.

Delicious creamy overtone, nice subdued bergamot (curbed by the sweet vanilla-y notes), but still a deliciously full-flavored cuppa.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/29/organic-creamy-earl-grey-black-tea-from-fashionista-tea/

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drank Tiger Spice Chai by David Rio
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Yeah, I’m still really behind. sigh I hope to get caught up one day!

Anyway … I received a packet of this chai mix in one of my Love With Food boxes … and I was happy to try it. David Rio is a company I’m familiar with because back when I was first starting out in the tea business (blending/selling … not reviewing!) I sampled quite a few of David Rio’s products as I did have some customers that expressed an interest in a chai mix rather than a loose leaf … and had I decided to ultimately offer a mix … I would have gone with the David Rio product because at the time, it was my favorite of the ones that I had tried. This was many years ago, and I’ve since had the opportunity to try some newer brands out there … but this is still pretty darned good for what it is.

However, I can say this … my taste buds seems to have … developed since the last time I had this because I used to like this a whole lot better than I do now. Either my taste buds have improved or the competition has improved (or perhaps … a little of both.) I used to love this stuff … but now I’m finding it just … OK. Drinkable … but not something that I’d keep stocked in my kitchen for everyday consumption … or even more than occasional consumption.

Good, not great … but I do like that David Rio is committed to a good cause (the welfare of animals.)

Sil

haha you’ll never catch up!

LiberTEAS

LOL … thanks a bunch for your confidence! :)

Sil

mostly i just don’t want you to catch up or i feel like i’d see less fun notes to read! :)

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A really lovely Oolong … I really enjoy the Osmanthus Oolong teas because the natural peach-like flavors of the osamanthus accentuate the natural peach-y tones of the Oolong … they go together very nicely. This Osmanthus Oolong is sweet, creamy and dreamy!

I like that this is sweet but it doesn’t become cloying or too much for the palate. Lovely fruit tones. A nice creamy tone.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/28/osmanthus-oolong-tea-from-driftwood-tea-2/

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I love Darjeeling! And my favorites tend to be the 2nd Flush.

This is a really nice 2nd flush darjeeling. Notes of fruit, earth and a woody undertone. Sweet but not overly so. Wine-like. A very enjoyable darjeeling from a company that offers some of the finest darjeeling teas I’ve ever encountered.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/27/jungpana-estate-2nd-flush-golden-tips-darjeeling-tea-from-darjeeling-tea-lovers/

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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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