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This is a really good Earl Grey. I like that it has a Yunnan Base. The bergamot is a bit more subdued than in a typical Earl Grey, I like the subtle approach here, and I like that this is different. And I like that the bergamot allows for enjoyment of the Yunnan. But there is also a part of me that still wants the BERGAMOT.

For that reason, I gave it a slightly lower rating … it’s a really good tea, but not what I’d call exceptional. A little more bergamot might have pushed it over the 90 mark.

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I am currently having a Matcha smoothie. I was out of yogurt, so there’s no yogurt in this, instead, it’s made with the freshly squeezed juice of one orange, a bunch of strawberries, a banana and this White Chocolate Matcha.

And it’s yummy! The white chocolate and strawberries come through the strongest … and at the end I taste the little bit of orange. The banana is overwhelmed by it all, but that’s OK. I’m enjoying my mid-day snack!

I’ll rate this Matcha later (at some point!) when I post the link to my full-length review of it.

CelebriTEA

Sounds like Heaven ♡

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drank Black Oolong by LuLin Teas
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A really wonderful Oolong! I have been very impressed with the quality of tea that I’ve tasted from LuLin. This is a rich, deeply fermented Oolong.

Hints of smoke, fruity background flavor, smooth and silky to drink. Notes of spice that develop as I continued to sip … and in subsequent infusions.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/03/28/black-oolong-tea-from-lu-lin-teas/

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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea. It’s a very fine chop on this CTC tea. It’s a pretty severe cut on these … it’s more like a superfine grind on a coffee rather than a tea leaf.

But despite the fine chop, it is still a really decent tea. The flavor is smooth and inviting. It is rich … with a mild to moderate astringency that develops to a stronger astringency by mid-cup.

Nice malty tone to this cup. Earthy, fruity with hints of warm spice.

It’s an enjoyable cup.

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drank Chai Green Tea by Compass Teas
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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this Chai! I liked it!

I was kind of surprised to find this chai didn’t have any ginger. However, I think the omission works well with this blend, because I think the strong, peppery flavor of ginger would have overwhelmed the cup. As it is, there’s a really nice balance of flavors.

The green tea is sweet and creamy, and this brings out the tones of almond. A nice balance between sweet and spice. The cinnamon is the strongest flavor of the cup – it’s a sweet-spicy cinnamon though … not overly spicy.

This isn’t a spicy chai … but it does certainly have a certain zesty appeal to it. I liked it. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/03/27/chai-green-tea-from-compass-teas/

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drank Raspberry Cream by 52teas
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Yummy!

I know I’ve said this before, but I am really glad that 52Teas revamped it’s black tea base when it did (at least a year ago now), because I really like the black tea base now. Before, it was always kind of iffy. Sometimes the base really worked, other times, not so much. This is much smoother and richer, while at the same time keeping that robust flavor.

And it’s a good base for the flavors of raspberry and cream. The malty notes of the black tea meld nicely with the sweet, creamy notes. I did find myself wanting a little more creamy notes in this … it was a little too light on the vanilla cream taste in my opinion. The raspberry is sweet and just the right amount of tart.

However, the cream notes really POP once the tea cools a bit. This one is tasty iced!

Southern Boy Teas

It’s funny to me about the base tea. I have other people saying they hate the new base and it’s too finicky. Still others seem to swear that the base is different from one tea to the best when I KNOW for a fact that I used tea from the same exact batch for each of the blends. I guess it’s just hard to please everyone. I was actually thinking the other day that maybe I should toy with it some more, but then I’m sure I would have some customers upset that some reblends were a little different.

Southern Boy Teas

*from one tea to the NEXT, not best. lol.

LiberTEAS

My biggest problem with the old base is that it could be harsh. Not always … it really depended upon the flavors you were working with … some blends would come off as harsh and others would not. This one is much more reliable, in my opinion, I haven’t experienced the same harshness that I sometimes got from the old blend.

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A really lovely Jasmine. Not perfume-y, just sweet and exotic … this is the way a jasmine should be. Light vegetative tones that mingle with the overtones of flower.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/03/26/organic-white-tip-jasmine-green-tea-from-fashionista-tea/

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drank MintGrass by The Teaologist
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This has an interesting balance of peppermint, lemongrass and chamomile. Soothing … but at the same time, invigorating! The combination of flavors is really refreshing. Fresh, sweet, crisp … enjoyable.

I’m not always excited about tisanes, but this one is not bad. I’d drink it again.

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The dry leaf is cute and whimsical with the shamrock candy sprinkles … although this is certainly not a buying point for me, because I’d just as soon the candy sprinkles not be part of a tea. I understand the philosophy behind it though, because a tea vendor wants the tea to be visually appealing. So this tea definitely has that.

However, this tea also has GREAT flavor. The black tea base is rich and malty and strong … vaguely resembling a good Irish Breakfast tea. But then there’s more to this … because there is a delightful Irish Cream flavor to it … sweet, creamy and just a hint of that liqueur flavor. I like that this is creamy enough to serve non-latte (without dairy) because I prefer not to add milk to my teas. This had a really lovely “latte” taste without the latte.

A really yummy tea – a great way to start the day! http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/03/25/connemara-morning-black-tea-blend-from-trail-lodge-tea/

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Thank you Azzrian for sending me some of this Matcha to try. It is YUM! I had mine as a latte … I found that the creaminess of the latte was a nice match for the sweet, luscious butterscotch flavor.

This was a “robust” flavored, classic grade of matcha, and I think that if I were to order it again, I’d go with the robust flavoring as well, because there was a really nice balance between flavor of Matcha and butterscotch flavoring.

A really delicious Matcha – thanks again Azzrian!

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:
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I no longer write for the SororiTea Sisters but I am still the admin for the blog.

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The reason I’m no longer writing for SororiTea Sisters is because I am now the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas:

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I’ll still be posting occasional reviews on teas here on Steepster, mostly backlogged reviews because I’m way behind on getting reviews posted. That’s why I’m keeping two accounts active at the current time – so that I can get those backlogged reviews posted.

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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, which is why I was very excited to be the Mad Tea Artist of 52Teas!

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