4788 Tasting Notes

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drank White pear by Simple Loose Leaf
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This is one of my favorite teas that I’ve tried from Simple Loose Leaf. The pear notes are well-defined and taste true to the fruit. The Shou Mei is sweet and hay-like and I like the way these notes play with the pear. It’s a smooth tea, no bitterness and no astringency. A very flavorful white tea – a really good pear tea! I’d highly recommend this one to those who are looking for the ‘right’ pear tea.

Sami Kelsh

Ooh, shiny. I love pear!

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drank Assam 2nd Flush Green by What-Cha
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I love to try other-than-black Assam teas. And this is a lovely Green Assam. It has an amazing dry leaf scent, notes of mango! Yes, mango! Once the tea is brewed, this fragrance softens but it’s still there. Nice.

The tea starts out rather delicate but the flavors develop as I continue to sip. Vegetal notes and notes of fruit. Tangy citrus. It’s a very refreshing and rewarding cuppa. I felt it soothing and calming me as I sipped.

Good for a resteep, the flavors intensify with the second infusion.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/09/assam-2nd-flush-2014-green-tea-from-what-cha-tea/

Scatterbrain

Assam green? Cool!

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The aroma is heavenly! Strong notes of bergamot with vanilla. I don’t smell a lot of rose in the dry leaf (nor do I smell a lot of rose with the brewed tea).

This is a tasty Earl Grey creme type of tea. The rose is the “different” ingredient here and I do taste it, it weaves its way in and out of the sip. It’s never a really strong or obvious presence in the tea, but every once in a while, I’d pick up on it. It would peek in and say, “hello, here I am!”

The black tea is brisk and medium-bodied. The bergamot is tangy and strong (I like my bergamot like that!) and the vanilla tempers the sharper notes of bergamot. It’s a really nice balance of flavors.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/09/avalon-blend-black-tea-from-the-secret-garden-tea-company/

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I will get caught up. I am determined.

The orange is a dominate ingredient, especially in the aroma. The moment I opened the pouch, the scent of orange filled the kitchen. After steeping for 10 minutes, the orange fragrance softened a bit, and I could pick up on notes of chocolate and the familiar nutty notes of honeybush.

This translates to the flavor, as I could taste all the components of the tea: I got a strong orange flavor. Sweet and juicy! The honeybush adds some sweetness and the nutty flavor to the cup and I like the way the nutty notes meld with both the orange and the chocolate. It’s a nice marriage of flavors.

I would like there to be more chocolate in this. Yeah, I know: I always want more chocolate.

It’s still a tasty blend. Definitely more orange than chocolate though. And it should be the other way around.

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This tea has a lot going on. It’s a white tea, a green tea, a rooibos and an herbal. But these all work very well together. It’s tasty.

The lavender is a lingering presence in every sip but it isn’t so strong that it ends up tasting soapy and I really like the way the lavender and the blueberry play together. It’s a nice flavor combination.

A nicely crafted blend. Sweet and nutty from the rooibos, a fresh and pleasing brothy texture from the teas, beautiful notes of lavender and sweet-tart notes of blueberry. The currant is especially noticeable at the tail and brings a little more tartness for contrast.

A really nice cuppa.

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Too much hibiscus in this one for my taste. As the tea cools, I pick up on other notes: I can taste the blood orange and the tangerine and lemon notes. I didn’t taste a lot of the white tea. This ends up tasting more like a citrus punch than a tea.

Not my favorite. It’s not bad, I finished my cup after it cooled and enjoyed it as a cool beverage and it was alright.

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The tea that I had was called “ShanLinXi Highest Moutain” but the descriptions are the same so I’m going on the belief that the Special Reserve = Highest Mountain.

Anyway! This is a fabulous Oolong! The dry leaf has an intense aroma: strong, sweet, floral. Once brewed, the liquid has a softer scent, but there are still obvious notes of fruit and flower in the fragrance.

Yes, I got notes of butterscotch. Nice! Sweet, smooth, not bitter or astringent. Smooth from start to finish. As I say in my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/07/shanlinxi-highest-mountain-oolong-tea-from-beautiful-taiwan-tea-company/ – it’s kind of like having one of those butterscotch candies in your mouth and allowing it to melt over the palate. This tea is like that.

I also pick up on notes of flower and hints of spice.

This tea keeps on going, too. I got eight very flavorful infusions out of it. I highly recommend this one.

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A lovely Peony. I tasted familiar “white peony” notes such as sweet, vegetal tones and notes of melon and hints of a crisp ‘airy’ note that evokes thoughts of the air after a cooling rain. I also picked up on notes of lettuce and that’s not something I often taste with white peony.

A really nice pure white peony, I like that it’s organic.

Here’s my full-length review: http://steepster.com/teas/just-organic-tea/46100-just-perfect-peony

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drank Matcha To-Go by Aiya
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When it comes to Matcha, I’d be hard-pressed to name a company that offers better Matcha than Aiya. Theirs is always of the finest quality so when they offered me these Matcha To-Go sticks to review, I was very happy!

This is a great product … the small, pixie pouch is ideal to take with you when you’re on the go. Just pour one of the pouches into a small size water bottle (16.9 ounce) and give it a vigorous shake. No clumps, no lumps and it doesn’t settle to the bottom instantly. It stays incorporated a good, long while so that you can enjoy the tea without having to shake the bottle every three seconds.

But what’s best about this product is that you can taste the quality of the Aiya Matcha here. This isn’t bottom of the barrel Matcha – this is top-notch stuff. It’s sweet and silky and not bittersweet. Just sweet. This is the good stuff!

It’s also good hot.

Here’s my full-length review that gives more details of both hot and cold tea experiences: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/06/matcha-to-go-stick-packs-from-aiya/

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Ali Shan! My beloved! My favorite Oolong!

And I loved this Ali Shan from Green Terrace Teas. Exceptional quality. Sublime flavor.

Early infusions were sweet and lusciously smooth. Liquid silk mixed with thinned honey. Mmm! I picked up on notes of orchid and honeysuckle.

Later infusions were just as sweet and creamy. Still very silky. The floral notes are less sharp. I tend to prefer the later infusions because of that, the floral notes are less intense and I am able to enjoy those sweet and creamy notes all the more.

Here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/05/ali-shan-high-mountain-oolong-tea-from-green-terrace-teas/

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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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