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drank Posh Earl Grey by LuLin Teas
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Sorry about the number of backlogs … I’m trying to get caught up.

This is a delightful Earl Grey offering from Lu-Lin Teas. I’ve tried a few Lu-Lin teas now (watch for more reviews coming soon) and I have been very impressed with their teas. And it’s a really nice company too, having had a few email conversations with Hannah from Lu-Lin. She is really pleasant, and I appreciate her dedication to fine teas.

This is a very silky tasting tea. Very smooth … with a nice balance between tea flavor and bergamot. Here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/01/30/posh-earl-grey-from-lu-lin-teas/

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drank Apres Ski (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.

I don’t hate this as much as some other people did. But, it wasn’t the greatest cup of tea I’ve had either. I do like the representation of fig in this cup, it has a decent fig flavor. I tasted hints of citrus. Overall, it was just ok. Not something I’d order again (which is a good thing since it doesn’t appear to be available any longer) but if I were offered it, I wouldn’t mind drinking it again.

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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea. It’s a nice Golden Nepal … it has a very bright flavor … nice wine-like finish. Sweet. I didn’t get the chocolate notes that my Sister experienced, but, I’m enjoying it nonetheless. This tastes more like a Darjeeling to me than a tea that would offer chocolate-y notes, although it has a richer taste and a thicker body than I’m used to from a Darjeeling.

Overall, a pleasant cuppa, but probably not one I’d stock up on.

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A very nice Darjeeling with a very distinct Muscatel note. Sweet and wine-like. Somewhat astringent, slightly dry, reminding me of a sweet, dry wine.

Very enjoyable.

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I’m not really jumping for joy with this blend. The mango is very mild. The black tea is astringent. It’s just kinda … eh. There are much better teas out there.





Terri HarpLady

At least it has a decent name :)

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea. I can’t find this on Upton’s website anymore so I’m guessing it’s sold out.

I disagree with my Sister on one point regarding this tea … it doesn’t look like fannings to me, but it is a very finely cut CTC. It is a very rich and flavorful tea, nice amount of malt and a wine-y quality to it as well. A nice Assam … it definitely does have a harsh side to it and I think if it was left to steep too long it would have been bitter (I steeped it for 2 minutes and that produced a really flavorful cup with minimal bite)

A good Assam … I’ve tasted better, but, this one certainly would work as a good jump start in the morning when you need one.


try it like a Ceylon pour over….I bet its amazing and bright


After seeing their actual fannings I did see the difference :) I agree with you they are very fine…after comparing it to some of their others, for sure! :)

Glad you got the package ok! HUGS!

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Just finishing up a cup of this now. It’s pretty darned good. Sweet, chocolate-y, warmly spiced … with just a hint of orange. The Pu-erh brings out the earthy notes in the spices … I like how well this blend works together … it’s not overly energizing (I don’t feel really caffeinated after drinking it) so it’s nice to drink later in the day. It’s good as a latte, but I like it even better without the dairy.


curious….is the chocolate a ‘flavoring’ or is it chips in the mix? Cocoa nibs? Chocolate powder?


I think they had flavoring and mini chips.

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drank Exotic Pear by Butiki Teas
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A lovely pear tea … I was surprised to see that it has been retired. It’s really nice. A really unique approach to the flavor of pear … it is sweet and the pear tastes authentic, and I love the touch of anise. The floral notes are nice too. But the anise really is what makes this tea just … amazing for me. I am glad I got to order some before it was retired.


oh I didn’t know Butiki was doing a pear blend…too late :)


I think she’s attempting a new pear blend at the moment to replace this one :)

Donna A

Look forward to the new pear blend then, since I’ve never had a pear tea.

Butiki Teas

I’m currently failing at the new blend. Started getting into testing new flavors. Ended up not being a fan of my tea poached pear in caramel sauce idea. Then I dropped the flavoring on the floor and shattered the bottle. Now every time I put my sneakers on, I smell like pear. Will be testing out a pear vanilla caramel white tea though.


That’s tragic!!!! Pear vanilla caramel white sounds good though!

Butiki Teas

It was sad. I’ve never broken a bottle of flavoring before and it was an expensive one. I’m looking forward to testing the new blend.


Eeep, pear sneakers sound interesting though. Sorry your bottle broke! :/


Hahaha! love the pear sneakers, could be an innovative idea for Nike! I still have a tiny little bit of this tea, I also like it lot, it’s very different from other pear blends I have tried.

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This tea took me by surprise … first in learning that it wasn’t just a rooibos blend, but a black tea and rooibos blend. The combination of these two leaves makes for a lighter base, and I think that this allows for a richer chocolate flavor to come through. I also love the coconut and vanilla additions to this … it gives the cup a smooth, creamy, sweet profile. It’s a bit like a latte without dairy. Nice!

I liked it a whole lot!

PS: I can’t say enough about how awesome the packaging is from Fashionista too! It is REALLY fun to receive a package from them.

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drank White Peony by thepuriTea
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this is a really lovely White Peony, which is no big surprise, because I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve ever tried from thepuriTea … (Earl Grey Fans … try their Earl Grey!) this is a lovely, fruity, deliciously delicate – but not too delicate – bai mu dan. By that, I mean, that this has a fuller flavor than most Bai Mu Dan teas that I’ve tried, it really blew me away!

Really good!

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:

I no longer write for the SororiTea Sisters but I am still the admin for the blog.


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


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.


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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