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I started my morning off with this tea. so YUMMY! Cinnamon Chocolate-y goodness! It’s THE way for a chocoholic to kick start their day! Here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2011/09/25/cinnamon-chocolate-brownie-from-simpson-vail/

Thanks to Azzrian for sending me this tea … I haven’t had it for about a year now, and I’ve missed it!

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drank Honeybush Haze by Amoda Tea
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The November Amoda box came today! (Well, technically … yesterday, since it’s now after midnight) I was so excited to see that all three teas were from companies I hadn’t tried teas from previously … including this one which was blended by the people at Amoda!

This smells amazing. It really smells like warm apple crumble! And it tastes like it too. Sweet, apple-y, and nutty. I love that they used green honeybush and rooibos in this blend – it gives a slight nutty flavor but more of a fruity tone – although the oxidized leaves might have created an interesting flavor too. Overall, it tastes sweet, light and yummy! Very dessert-y.

Edited to add: Correction … this tea wasn’t blended by Amoda, but, chosen by a Tea Sommelier based upon the company’s personality. It’s still an amazing tea!

Sil

Now you have me excited….though I’m a little sad that someone in the us was able to get their box before me booooo lol

Amoda

Canada Post is so slow! I can’t believe you haven’t received your box yet Sil!

Thank you LiberTEAS for setting up the page for this tea! We really need to find the time to get more active on Steepster! It’s well worth it.

Helena

The US will always get it before us Sil except with DT because they’re in Canada and so we get it faster than the US. Be patient it will come.

LiberTEAS

Amoda Tea is in Canada too. But I am in Washington State, so I’m not really very far. :)

Sil

Helena – not always! Mostly since amoda is in BC i hoped i might get it earlier than some of the folks in the us. :) I did receive it though I’ve been too busy to be able to give new teas my focus so I’ve tried to hold off for a bit heh

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drank White Grapefruit by Shanti Tea
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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea. I don’t see this tea on the Shanti Tea website any more, I guess it’s been discontinued?

This is pretty good … not my favorite grapefruit tea, but, I like what I’m tasting. It has a pleasantly tart taste with the bitter grapefruit notes to make it taste quite true to the fruit. I like it.

Sil

Stacy’s grapefruit make me happy!

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drank Dragon Well by Foxfire teas
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LOVE! There is so much to love about this dragon well! It is sweet, somewhat buttery with hints of bean, and then as I continue to sip, I notice a cocoa-ish note as mentioned in the description. I could hardly believe my taste buds! But there it was! YUM! By mid-sip, I notice a citrus-y tone toward the tail end of the sip, this citrus note lingers into the aftertaste.

A really, really good Dragon well. Dragon Well is one of those teas that I don’t drink very often, but when I finally do get around to trying one, I can’t help but wonder why it took me so long to get a Dragon well in my cup! The answer, quite simply, is that I have a lot of teas to drink … and it would seem that there is hardly enough time to drink them all. However, if I were less a ‘taster’ and instead kept to one tea … this would definitely be a contender to the Dragon Well that I kept on hand. It’s really amazing!

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What a lovely Oolong! I selected this as one of my three samples because I don’t recall ever having tried a Da Yu Ling, and today as I read through the whole description of the tea, I see that it grown in the Li Shan Mountain, so perhaps this is similar to a Li Shan or an Ali Shan. I don’t know, I fear I’m not as knowledgable about the tea growing regions of Taiwan as I’d like to be.

But, I will say that while there are some similarities to some of the Li Shan Oolong teas I’ve tried, this one seems different. It has a crisp, fresh taste to it, very light and floral, almost perfume-y, but not in a chemical perfume kind of way but more like the flavor of the air when you’re walking near a field of flowers … specifically, I taste orchid. Perhaps also some lily. The flavor is sweet and exotic and very enjoyable.

There is a slightly fruity undertone to the flavor too… like a delicate flavor, like an Asian pear (or what I used to call apple pears) … sort of crisp and light in flavor like that.

I am really enjoying this. Please watch for my full-length review of this tea to be published on November 19th on SororiTea Sisters. http://sororiteasisters.com

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drank Peach Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I made a smoothie for dinner. Yogurt, frozen fruit, bananas, and some pineapple juice, and a heaping teaspoon of peach Matcha. This is the perfect way to disguise the overly chemical taste of the Peach Matcha.

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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea. I am so glad I got to try it because I’ve been really curious about these Disney Teas. I love Disneyland, I love just about everything Disney, so I am thrilled to be able to try some of their teas!

Unfortunately, while I think that Disney can do many things right, I don’t think that tea is one of them. This is just sorta alright. I taste the bergamot and the orange, but the bergamot tastes kind of funky to me. It doesn’t taste like the exotic bergamot I’m used to tasting in high quality Earl Grey blends. This tastes more like … soda pop orange flavor in a tea.

It’s alright, I’m enjoying it and I’ll certainly finish the cup, but, this tea certainly won’t be the reason I want to go to Disneyland.

Azzrian

ROFL I think I sent you some of that too! HAHA!

TeaEqualsBliss

Yes! Some of them are pretty good and others are just ‘alright’. :)

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drank Gooey Butter Cake by 52teas
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OK… first, I need to thank Azzrian for suggesting this flavor. It is so amazingly good.

I love Gooey Butter Cake. My favorite one is the Lemon Gooey Butter Cake from Paula Deen’s baked goods that are sold at WalMart. I don’t like to shop there, it’s like my least favorite place to shop, but, when I do shop there, I always visit the bakery in search of Paula Deen’s Gooey Butter cake, specifically, the lemon gooey butter cake. Oh my goodness it’s so good. But I’m pretty sure it is not healthy. In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s the opposite of that, and something I shouldn’t eat. So the idea of having a gooey butter cake in a tea flavor without all the fat and calories that I’d get from the gooey butter cake, that’s sounds like a wonderful alternative to me.

Now… I’m not going to say that this is just as good as a gooey butter cake, because … it isn’t. Nothing really takes the place of the gooey butter cake, but … I think that this tea is tastier than NO gooey butter cake, and that’s about how much gooey butter cake I should eat. NONE. This is really good, and has the flavor that I love from the gooey butter cake (a little more lemon might be even better since I prefer the lemon variety). Sweet, buttery, rich, yummy.

And fat free.

Sil

Mmmmm makes me wish I’d gotten this one lol either that or I need to make a cake this weekend :)

Azzrian

Your welcome :)

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This is really quite lovely. So smooth and delightful. Not overly done with any flavor, it allows the natural flavors of the pouchong to really sing and the pouchong seems to be perfectly matched with the flavors of lemon-y citrus and vanilla. Sweet, silky and really wonderful. Nice to sip after a long day.

Nik

Mmm…this sure sounds nice.

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drank Toffee Dream by Zen Tea
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Finally getting around to trying this sample from Zen Tea. I am sorry it took me so long to try it! But I’m really thrilled to be trying it now.

This is really tasty. The white tea is soft and vegetative, reminding me a bit of the taste of the air around the hay and alfalfa fields after they’ve been cut. Sweet and green with notes of hay. The warmth of the hay really complements the flavor of the sweet toffee flavor in a very pleasant way.

A really lovely cup. My full-length review will be published on SororiTea Sisters on the 12th of November: http://sororiteasisters.com

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