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I was sad when I could (recently) no longer find Infussion online. I am almost always sad when a tea company seems to close its doors (whether they be the doors to a brick and mortar or their cyberspace doors) and I really have liked what I’ve tried from Infussion, and I also liked them as a company … really nice!

Anyway … this is a beautiful Matcha – incredibly smooth and sweet. Whisked up brightly jade, and with lots and lots of froth. The matcha doesn’t separate quickly … it stayed well incorporated until I reached the bottom of my bowl.

A really good Matcha – excellent! Here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/03/03/ceremonial-grade-organic-matcha-from-infussion/

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I really, really liked this breakfast blend from LuLin … in my opinion, it’s a great example of what a breakfast blend should be. Rich, full-flavored, Robust, Bright, Brisk, and a very invigorating tea … what you need to get going in the morning.

Here is my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/03/03/breakfast-blend-no-1-from-lu-lin-teas/

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drank White Cherry by Aromatica
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I liked this blend. The aroma of the dry leaf was STRONG cherry notes, almost to the point of smelling medicinal. However, I’m grateful that it didn’t brew up to taste like cherry cough syrup. I like cherry cough syrup just fine when I need it to control a cough, but I’d rather not drink a teacup full of it when what I desire is tea.

Fortunately, this has a really good balance between sweet-tart cherry notes and tea flavors. I tasted the green tea notes as well as a hint of earthiness from the white tea. Jasmine notes are lingering in the distance. Rose creeps in after a few sips. The coconut offers more of a hint of creaminess to the overall cup rather than a profound flavor.

Overall, a really well-conceived blend from Aromatica … thank you to Amoda Tea for including it in the February box for me to try!

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drank Ginger Sweet Peach by Tiesta Tea
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A very nice aroma to the brewed cup. Sweet, juicy peaches! It reminded me of the scent of the warm peach sauce that my gramma would make for waffles! YUM!

The spices were not as obvious in the aroma but they’re definitely there in the flavor. But I like that it’s not an overpowering presence in the cup.

Let this tea cool slightly after you’ve brewed it … it takes a few minutes (give it three to five minutes before you start sipping) to get the flavors to pop. A nice, well-defined note of peach, a hint of melon, and a nice set of spices to this cup. Very enjoyable tisane.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/03/02/ginger-sweet-peach-herbal-tisane-from-tiesta-tea/

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This chai makes a darned tasty latte! I like that it’s spicy even after I’ve added the milk, and the milk doesn’t drown out the spices.

A flavorful black tea base, and while the canister that I have of this tea doesn’t elaborate on the black tea base, I see that the description here states that it’s an Assam tea, and I suspected as much, given robust, malty character. A really good way to start off a chai, in my opinion! I find that I’m often disappointed with chai blends that use Ceylon rather than Assam … the bolder flavor of Assam really brings a chai to the next level for me.

It is a peppery blend with a hint of licorice, and a hint of nutty flavor from the nutmeg. The cardamom and cloves add a nice dimension to the cup.

A really enjoyable chai!

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I love the aroma to this tea – it is sweet and slightly woodsy, and it reminded me of my home … here in the Pacific Northwest, after a rain.

A delightful tea with a profound fruity note, honey-esque tones, also notes of wood and flower. Very nice.

Here is my full-length review of it: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/03/01/taiwan-oolong-black-tea-from-nuvola-tea/

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drank Smaug Tea by 52teas
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OK, I REALLY liked this blend a whole lot. It packs a punch of spice, so if you’re a spice wimp, this tea is not for you. You’ve got to be able to handle your chili pepper because this one is an assault on your sinuses.

But I like it. It burns so good. And what I do like is that even though it is hot it isn’t so hot that I feel like I need to run to the kitchen to extinguish the fire with a bite of ice cream, you know?

The vegetative notes are sweet, but slightly overwhelmed by the strong flavors of cinnamon and cayenne pepper … I still taste the dragon well tea, but, it’s not as dominate as I usually like a tea to be in a tea blend. However, I find it hard to complain about anything with this tea, because I enjoyed it so much. I like the touch of Lapsang in here too – it’s an identifiable taste but not an overpowering one. A really good tea!

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drank Green Pina Colada by Tea Licious
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A really enjoyable flavored green tea from Tea Licious. It’s primarily Pineapple and Coconut, and not so much the rum notes that you would experience from a cocktail … then again, I’m not much of a alcohol drinker (as in, it is a VERY rare occasion when I imbibe alcohol. Maybe once a year, and then maybe a sip or two. Very, very rarely do I drink more than that.) So, I’m not really missing the rum notes so much, and I like the way the coconut and the pineapple come through here.

The green tea has a lovely sweet, buttery note with hints of vegetation. A really pleasant green tea. Here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/02/28/green-pina-colada-tea-from-tea-licious/

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drank Love Affair by Defthlesen & Balk
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This was originally entered as an “Amoda Tea” and while Amoda did indeed offer it (and continues to sell it, I believe) in their February tasting box, it is a Defthlesen & Balk Tea according to Amoda.

Anyway … I tried this tea a while back … I’m REALLY, REALLY behind on my tasting notes. It’s pretty tasty, but, a little disappointing. Being a chocoholic, I want CHOCOLATE when I’m promised chocolate, and this tea promises chocolate but doesn’t really deliver quite as strongly as I would like it to. There is a gentle rose note to this cup, and a sweet-tart strawberry note, and then there is the rooibos. I wish there was more chocolate and less rooibos taste.

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Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea. It’s a really nice Darjeeling. A really nice first flush. Malty and sweet, not so much of a muscatel note but that’s kind of expected with a first flush. There are some nice fruity notes that border on a ‘grape-like’ taste but it’s not quite that of a muscat grape … more of a sweet taste that falls somewhere in between apple and grape, with notes of a citrus-y briskness.

Nice earthy tones, nutty notes and a hint of spice too. A distinct masculine tea.

Very nice.

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