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An unusual blend – let’s face it, you’re probably not going to find a lemongrass and chrysanthemum green tea blend in every tea shop. But I enjoyed it.

The green tea was light and sweet with a buttery note. I can’t say that the buttery note came from the green tea or the lemongrass or a combination of both. It was very soft and had a nice mouthfeel.

The chrysanthemum offered a very light floral note while the lemongrass gave a slight citrus-y note. Overall, a pleasant, delicate, enjoyable cuppa.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/26/whole-leaf-green-tea-essence-lemongrass-chrysanthemum-eden-grove/

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drank Laos Black #05 by Steepster
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The aroma was very unusual. Some of the other notes on this tea suggest a tomato aroma, and I’m not sure that it was tomato that I smelled with this tea, but, it definitely smelled different.

It also has a different flavor. In this case, different is definitely good.

Rich with a medium body with a sweet, honey-like flavor. Malty, earthy, and barely there hints of smoke. A very easy to sip tea.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/25/laos-black-tea-05-steepster/

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I’m not always excited to try “decaffeinated” teas. I’m not usually thrilled to try naturally caffeine free tisanes either, but if given a choice between the two, I’d probably choose a caffeine free tisane over a decaffeinated tea. I had several bad experiences many years ago with decaffeinated teas, and that horrible chemical-y aftertaste continues to offer a lingering “ghost” of a flavor on my palate when I think of decaffeinated teas. It’s all in my head, of course, but, it’s difficult to get past those bad episodes.

That said, this was a decent tea! It doesn’t have that chemical-y, weird, off decaffeinated flavor that I remember from my previous decaffeinated experiences. It has a light, refreshing flavor. It is slightly “thinner” than a caffeinated green tea. But this thinness does not create an unpleasant cup. It’s quite nice.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/25/decaffeinated-green-tea-from-sarabeths/

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The leaves look a bit more like a dark Oolong than a black tea, which comes as no surprise since this tea comes from an Oolong varietal, but it is apparently fermented longer like a black tea. It tastes more like an Oolong than a black tea too, it doesn’t really have that dark, deep flavor of a black tea. It has that lighter, smoother flavor of an Oolong.

Not a bad thing, though, as I do enjoy honey Oolong teas. Smooth, very little astringency, honey notes, and a crisp, clean flavor. Nice, I enjoyed it.

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The day that my box from Simple Loose Leaf arrives in the mail is always a happy mail day. I mention this because my May teas arrived yesterday, and I can’t wait to get started on them. This one is from my March box. (I’m still a wee bit behind, but I’ll get caught up. I will. Sil will tell you that I won’t, but don’t listen to that. I will get caught up even though Sil’s betting against me.)

This is one of the nicer “white” chai teas that I’ve encountered. I love the addition of the coconut and vanilla, because they add a nice creamy note without adding milk to make a “latte” – because milk in white tea? No.

Gentle spices, nothing that overpowers the delicate base, but it does have a nice peppery kick to it. The lemongrass adds a little lift to the flavor without throwing off the balance that’s been created. The spices are well balanced. A really nicely crafted chai.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/24/winter-white-chai-simple-loose-leaf/

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drank Rare Orchid Oolong by Tea Source
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I was really happy that teas from Tea Source were in the Steepster Select box. This is a company that I’ve not tried teas from and I’m always happy to try new to me teas!

There is a malty note to this Oolong and that’s not something that I generally experience with an Oolong, but I like it! A really lovely, different Oolong.

I never really caught a strong “asparagus” note as some of the others who tasted this tea did. The early infusions offered no real asparagus tones to me, and in later infusions if I really focused, I could taste hints of it, but, it was never a really assertive flavor.

What I did get was the aforementioned malt, notes of vanilla which offered sweetness and a lovely creamy texture and flavor, honey notes and floral notes. Fruit notes began to develop in later infusions.

A really nice Oolong. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/23/rare-orchid-oolong-tea-tea-source/

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I love Fujian Black teas, so I was excited to try this Golden Monkey from Teavivre … I am always so impressed with the teas that I try from them. It has a rich, caramel-y taste with notes of cacao.

A very smooth tea from start to finish with a crisp, dry astringency toward the tail. Sweet, notes of earth, leather, fruit (apricot, raisins), caramel, chocolate, and notes of molasses. YUM!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/23/golden-monkey-black-tea-from-teavivre/

looseTman

YUM!” – Agreed!

mrmopar

Teavivre has some fine teas.

Roughage

This is one of my favourite teas from Teavivre.

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drank Green Apple Watermelon by 52teas
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As promised in the description, this does taste (and smell) a bit more like candy than it does something that would be considered true to the fruit. Not necessarily a bad thing, because I like watermelon and green apple jolly ranchers.

The green tea stands out, though, which I didn’t really anticipate because a lot of times the flavored teas are more about the flavor than the tea. Here, this is definitely TEA with flavor and not the other way around. Sweet and vegetative, notes of grass, and hints of butter.

The apple and watermelon notes weave their way through the sip. I taste more watermelon than apple during the sip, and in the aftertaste, it’s all about the apple.

It’s a good tea. Not my fave from 52Teas but they can’t all be my faves. I’ll enjoy it as long as I’ve got it in my tea stash though.

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One of the better Indonesian Black teas that I’ve tasted. Thick with malty tones and no discernible bitterness to this tea. It’s just smooth and sweet. It has a nice caramel note that keeps me sipping. The caramel and the malt together remind me of the chewy crust from a freshly baked loaf of french bread.

A lovely and complex tea: notes of wood, a distant smoky note. Warm and earthy. A really good tea.

Read my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/22/organic-mountain-indonesian-black-tea-tea-sea/

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A very fine cut/CTC leaf. Not a strong aroma to either the dry or wet leaf. The brewed tea didn’t emit a very strong fragrance either. But it is a very robust tasting tea. This will give you that kick in the butt that you need when you need to wake up in the morning.

Not a lot of malt notes, but some. More of a wine-like Assam with fruit notes and a fair amount of astringency. Sweet with a thick texture. Pleasant. Holds up to milk and honey if you like to add those to your tea.

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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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Most of the teas that I record in my notes here are going to have a fairly high rating from me. This is not because I am not discerning, but because I do not usually waste my time on drinking tea I do not care for, nor will I waste my time on writing about it.

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