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drank Ginger Twist by Mighty Leaf Tea
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A really nice tea to keep on hand when I’m feeling under the weather. I’m glad that it’s a tisane WITHOUT hibiscus. It does have ginseng, and i’m not big into ginseng, but I’d rather have ginseng than hibiscus.

Tasty. I like the tropical notes to this. The ginger is warm and peppery. Not a bad tisane.

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drank Butterscotch Banana by 52teas
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Of the teas that were released for November, this was the one tea I was really looking forward to. There were some cranberry teas in November … and I like cranberry OK, but, I really like Frank’s banana blends. I wonder how banana and cranberry would taste together. Or how about a cranberry pecan blend? Save it for thanksgiving time though, Frank… K?

Anyway … This blend is yummy. A bit more butterscotch flavor than banana, and that was a little disappointing only because I found myself sort of “searching” for the banana flavor a bit. As I said before, I’m a fan of Frank’s banana blends.

But, the butterscotch here is really tasty. Sweet, creamy and indulgent, and it softens the black tea just a tad, giving it a sort of caramel-y, creamy softness. Nice.

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This is awesome. Chocolate-y and decadent and just seriously yum.

A delicious dark chocolate flavor (want milk chocolate, just add a splash of milk!) The mint doesn’t overpower this blend and I like that. It’s a cool, crisp minty flavor that complements the chocolate.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/11/mint-cacao-herbal-tea-from-herbal-infusions/

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This tea smells amazing. I love lavender, and while lavender and fig are two flavor profiles I would have never thought to blend together, this works. This just may be the best fig tea I’ve tasted yet. I like the way the lavender and fig taste together.

This one made my repurchase list, and it’s not often that I come across a tea that belongs on that list.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/10/fig-lavender-black-tea-blend-from-tea-grotto/

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drank Wuyishan Black by Steepster
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Of the five teas that were in the December Steepster Select box, this one was definitely my favorite. It’s a seriously good tea.

I got two awesome infusions out of this tea. The first was rich and full-flavored. It tasted and felt smooth as it washed over the palate. The second infusion was less astringent than the first, making it a smoother, silkier experience.

Smoky, sweet and sour notes, caramel-y undertones. A really wonderful tea!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/10/wuyishan-black-tea-steepster/

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drank Madame Butterfly by Gurman's
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When I received a sampling of this tea from a friend, I had kind of expected it to be a jasmine tea because I’ve had at least one or two Madame Butterfly Jasmine teas. But this is a yummy peach flavored Sencha! (Not that jasmine isn’t yummy too!)

The flavor doesn’t taste off or chemical-y. It tastes like fresh, juicy peaches! The sencha gives it a sweet, slightly buttery taste. I put in my notes that it reminds me of lightly buttered vegetables. It’s a very light tasting Sencha, and it melds nicely with the peach notes.

Really tasty.

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This is one of the “free samples” that Simple Loose Leaf sent me to compensate for the fact that I didn’t flip for the cocoa cream tea. I was really happy with their efforts to make that situation right, even though the fault was all mine. I like it when a company treats their customers right!

This is a really good blend. It would make a really good, hefty sort of breakfast blend – it’s got some gusto to it. Rich and full-flavored, with notes of smoke, malt and spice.

A really good tea.

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I found the name of this tisane to be very funny. My husband didn’t agree with me. We sometimes have very different sense of humors.

Anyway … this is pretty good. Instead of the usual “nutty” flavor that I usually get from honeybush, I taste more of an earthiness that really works well with the lemony and lime-y flavors. I taste the effervescent taste of soda here too. I don’t drink a lot of soda, but, I do like the way Frank manages to capture soda in his soda inspired teas.

It’s a pretty tasty tisane.

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I don’t recall having tried the first version of Butiki Teas Pumpkin Milkshake, so I wasn’t able to compare notes, but, this is really good.

I also don’t think I’ve ever tasted a pumpkin milkshake. I’ve tasted eggnog milkshakes during the holiday season … but never pumpkin milkshakes (and my favorite milkshakes during the holiday season are the chocolate peppermint milkshakes from Burgerville. If you don’t live in the Pacific Northwest, you probably don’t know what Burgerville is.)

Anyway … back to this tea. I love that the base is an Oolong. I love how the natural earthy notes of the Oolong accentuate the earthiness of the spices, and the natural “creamy” texture of the Oolong works to translate the milkshake-y-ness of this blend. Yes, milkshakeyness is a word, I just made it up. I can do that, I’m a writer.

A very enjoyable, harmonious blend. I expected no less from Butiki Teas. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/08/pumpkin-milkshake-2-0-oolong-blend-butiki-teas/


Dude! The burgerville pumpkin milkshake is the best one they make! I have friends who come visit between Halloween and thanksgiving simply so they can have one. Next year, you have to try it!


I guess I will have to … I don’t go to Burgerville often, because it’s spendy, but, I can’t resist that peppermint milkshake. So good. A close second for me is the Hazelnut milkshake … OMG! yum! I fell in love with their portabello wedges from a couple of years ago, and I’ve been watching for them, but, I haven’t seen them for a while! I hope they bring those back as a seasonal item.

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Another tea from my December Steepster Select box.

A really good Oolong. Sweet, creamy and floral. The creaminess falls somewhere between butter and sweet cream. It’s a very smooth and yummy Oolong!

Subsequent infusions allowed the floral notes to develop. I also began to notice nutty flavors in the subsequent infusions. There were also indistinct fruit notes that I was picking up … they were distant throughout my experience with this tea: close enough for me to taste the fruit and wonder what it was that I was tasting but never so close that it became obvious to me. A mystery … but who doesn’t love a good mystery?

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/07/nantou-four-seasons-oolong-tea-pursuit-tea/

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:

I also review teas for the Tea Review Blog:

In addition to my passion for tea, I am also a mixed media/altered arts artist. You can see some of my art here: http://eccentricpastiche.blogspot.com

I am also a self-proclaimed foodie. I review local restaurants and the food I buy online here: http://hungryinportland.wordpress.com


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.


I don’t do a whole lot of swaps anymore, however, I do occasionally sell sampler boxes here: http://liberteas.teatra.de/ I don’t always have sampler boxes available as it depends upon how much time I have as well as packaging supplies. I usually post at least one or two sampler boxes per month, though, so if you’re interested, keep an eye out or PM me and I’ll let you know when I have some posted.


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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