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I’m liking this one a lot! The pear comes through really nicely – which I was afraid would not be the case, because it seems too often with pear teas that the pear just doesn’t come through strongly enough. Pear is such a delicate flavor as it is. But the pear comes through in a really good way with this tea. It is sweet, the green tea is brothy and slightly vegetative, and the plum comes through as sweet at first, with a tart-y finish that lingers into the aftertaste.

I really like this one.

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Backlog:

I tried one of these earlier today. At first, I was going to prepare it as I would Matcha, but, then at some point before the water got hot (I think I was impatient), I decided to add a little cold water to my chawan instead and drank this cold. It’s really good! Sweet and vegetative and tasty.

My full-length review of it will be on SororiTea Sisters in the next day or two. http://sororiteasisters.com

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drank Pumpkin Pie by Trail Lodge Tea
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YUM!

There are a lot of pumpkin pie flavored teas out there, especially during this time of year. Some are better than others – this is one of the good ones.

From the moment I tore into the package, I could smell the pumpkin pie goodness! The smell filled the kitchen – you’d swear I was baking a pie.

The flavor is very pleasing – the black tea base is a solid, strong flavor, it isn’t one of those wimpy black tea blends that allows the flavor to do all the work. I like that I taste TEA here. The flavor of the pumpkin is a bit more mellow than I would like, I think, it isn’t a dominant flavor … but it’s there. The spices are warm and very delicious.

Overall, a very pleasing pumpkin pie blend.

LiberTEAS

I like this even better as a latte! The creaminess enhances the pumpkin-y flavor that I was looking for when served straight. Definitely yummy!!!

Helena

yep, it’s pumpkin time again :D

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I decided to try something a little different today so I sifted some Matcha over my plain, unflavored yogurt and stirred it up until incorporated. It’s pretty tasty this way, although, I think it would be better with either unflavored Matcha or a different flavor of Matcha. I don’t know why I chose the gingerbread, except that it was the first one that I grabbed out of my stash of Matcha. It’s good, but, I prefer the gingerbread prepared as a latte, I think!

Helena

maybe caramel or a berry matcha?

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Backlog:

Last night, as I sat down to watch some television with my hubby, I brewed up a pot of this to enjoy while watching. It’s pretty good, but, it leaves a little something to be desired as far as red velvet cupcaked-ness goes. I agree with TeaEqualsBliss in that it SMELLS like a red velvet cupcake, but, it doesn’t really taste like one. Especially when served piping hot.

It IS tasty, though. I like it better after it’s had a chance to cool a few minutes in the teacup, because this seems to allow time for the chocolate flavors to really come forth. When sipped fresh from the teapot hot, the chocolate flavors are quite obscure, but, after a few minutes, they come forward. The raspberry and coconut are very subtle, but they’re there. This just doesn’t taste a lot like a red velvet cupcake, at least, no red velvet cupcake that I’ve tasted. There are some cake-y-ish flavors here, but, my palate feels the flavors are a little disjointed … it doesn’t come together on my palate as red velvet cupcake.

Disclaimer: Red Velvet isn’t my favorite cupcake so it’s not one I eat a lot, so, I don’t attest to be any kind of an expert in red velvet cupcakes.

I do like this, but, it isn’t my favorite dessert tea/tisane offering from Simpson & Vail.

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I found this tea while shopping at my local Whole Foods recently. I was intrigued because it was a company I’ve not heard of before, they were local, and organic.

This is really pretty good. I think I’m going to try it again tomorrow or the next day, though, before I get too in-depth with it (as in numeric rating and full-length review on SororiTea Sisters), because I brewed it with boiling water, and I generally have better luck brewing teas with herbs (and herbal teas) with a slightly lower temperature – just below boiling. I find that the sage tastes just a little bitter to me, and I think this could be remedied with a slightly lower temp. Otherwise, though, it’s pretty tasty.

A really good, strong vanilla presence, sage is the next flavor I notice, followed by hints of blackberry. The black tea is a strong, slightly astringent tea that provides a nice background. Good enough this time that I look forward to trying it the second time with the lower temp to see how it fairs.

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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea!

This is really lovely! Sweet with lovely fruit notes. I love it when I come across a pure green like this that is stronger on its fruit notes than its vegetal notes! This has more of a fruity taste than one of grass or spinach or beans or peas. I taste notes of sweet nectarine! Hints of mango. This is deliciously juicy and sweet!

The tea is fresh and sweet and it has a brothy sort of texture, but not a strong brothy taste (that is to say it doesn’t taste like veggie broth! It tastes like a broth made of fruit!)

This is really good.

Nik

Oh, I’m definitely adding this to my shopping list. I like green tea because I like the Green flavour. That Green flavour is the same everywhere, whether it’s in young peas, baby spinach, or not-quite-ripe bananas. I love that fresh, refreshing flavour. But I’m not a huge fan of the vegetal stuff: the spinach, the veggie broth, the grassiness, the legumes, etc., and those are what usually features most strongly in green teas. One with more fruity than vegetal notes sounds so, so good!

LiberTEAS

Yes, I found this one to be quite surprising, because I’m used to a stronger “vegetable” note rather than a fruit note from green teas, and this one was so distinctly fruit-ish. So yummy.

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Today has been a weird day. Mondays are typically weird days for me, because hubby is off work and we’re running around doing all sorts of errands and I don’t have a lot of time to sit down and have a cup of tea. And today has been a weird Monday … weirder than usual.

So this is my first cup. When we were at the grocery store, I found gingerbread marshmallows – they’re back! I don’t like grocery store marshmallows, I find them to be just … awful, and I’m a handmade marshmallow fanatic all the way (you MUST try http://240sweet.com/ ) but, these gingerbread marshmallows called out to me last year (they’re shaped like little gingerbread men, and they do taste like gingerbread!) and I loved them so they are the very rare commercially produced marshmallow that I’ll eat.

I love them in my chai! I grab a few and toss them in my cup before pouring the brewed tea into the cup, and let them melt… they add a little bit of sweetness and creaminess to the cup … YUM.

So, at least my first cup of the day is a yummy one.

gmathis

Your evening marshmallow experience sounds much tastier than mine! Will try them in chai soon.

Bonnie

I found some pumpkin ones, and next I’m trying the chocolate ones. Can’t resist!

Nik

Gingerbread? Pumpkin? [swoon] I need these exotic marshmallow flavours in my life!

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drank Balché by Handmade Tea
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I am revisiting this one today (and I sort of revisited it yesterday too, because I tried the small, sampler tin of the Yunnan by itself) so that I can complete Part 2 of the review for this tea which will publish on the evening of November 14 on SororiTea Sisters: http://sororiteasisters.com

This time, I added some extra of the pepper flakes, cinnamon chunks and cacao nibs to rev up the flavor of the blend, and it’s good like this, but, I think that it’s better the way that Caleb blended it. It is better balanced that way. This amplified version is warmer, spicier, and with a bit more chocolate-y flavor and I like it … but, I think that the blend on its own gave off just the right amount of flavor to really showcase the Yunnan in a very special way.

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I originally purchased a sampler from iHeartTeas and this tea was part of that sampler … it doesn’t appear that the sampler is available through iHeartTeas any longer, however, it does appear that Jacqueline’s Tea Room is now selling teas online … so it IS available to those of us who are on the other side of the country.

This is really tasty. The combination of maple and the hint of smoke from the tea base gives it a very rustic kind of flavor, like wood burning fireplaces and camping in the woods. The blueberry flavor adds a lovely sweet-tart note that really brightens the cup.

Very nice.

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