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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/

TastyBrew

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!

LiberTEAS

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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drank Lemomila by Shanti Tea
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A decent chamomile blend. I like the lemon grass, it adds a bright note to the cup.

Soothing, a gentle sweetness with a hint of tartness. An enjoyable “cozy” cup.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/07/lemomila-tisane-shanti-tea/

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drank Holiday Blend by English Tea Shop
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For Christmas, I got a lovely box of tea from a friend. This was one of the teas in that box. Even though the ingredients are sort of ‘chai-ish’ sounding, it tastes less chai than it sounds. This is more of a gently warm, spiced tea that tastes more holiday than chai.

And that’s alright because this is a holiday blend … not a chai blend. :)

A mild black tea flavor … smooth. The spices are not overly aggressive. The fruit notes of apple and orange add a nice, pleasant flavor. Overall, it’s a nice holiday cuppa.

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Hey, Sil! Guess what? I’m getting closer to getting caught up!

A really enjoyable Puerh. My first cup was dry and light, with vegetative notes. Mellow with notes of brine … slightly salty. Not so much “fishy” kind of briny taste, more like the salty kind of briny, like a liquid you might marinate a piece of meat in.

I notice an earthy, mushroom-y sort of flavor to this … a barely there note. In subsequent infusions, the earthiness begins to subside and there is more vegetal notes instead. A mellow, well rounded taste that is both savory and sweet.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/06/fengqing-raw-pu-erh-cake-tea-2006-teavivre/

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drank Cherry Buds Green by Kally Tea
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This tea threw me for a loop when it came time to post this tasting note, because Kally Tea had – at one time – another “cherry buds” tea, but that was a rooibos and fruit blend, and this is a flavored sencha blend. So, I added the word “rooibos” onto that other listing, and added “green” onto this one so that we would be able to pick out the difference.

Because this is certainly NOT a rooibos fruit blend. This is a lovely green Sencha that reminds me of spring and one of my favorite springtime teas! The green tea is lush and sweet, and the cherry notes are sweet-tart. It’s a really good blend.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/05/cherry-buds-green-tea-kally-tea/

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A really tasty Earl Grey Creme. The sharp, tangy Bergamot is softened really nicely with the vanilla notes. This is more vanilla than it is bergamot though, I think it would be nicer with a more precise balance between the two flavor components, but as it was, I enjoyed what I tasted.

The black tea has a very smooth and even taste. Not an overly aggressive tea, but not one I’d call weak either. Sweet and creamy, with a nice punch of citrus tang.

A good Earl Grey Creme.

Tamarindel

Hi LiberTEAS, if I may ask, do you remember how much tea you used for a cup? I just tried this tea for the first time, and the instructions were for grams, but all I have are teaspoons, so I am still experimenting and trying to figure out the right measurement for a great cup.

LiberTEAS

Hi! I am one of those types of people that eyeball my tea measurements. I know that this irritates a lot of people (and I’m sorry!) but, I’ve been brewing tea for a lot of years and I used to measure it out using the heaping teaspoon method, but, I’ve gotten to the point where I can eyeball the right amount and more often than not this works for me. I wish I could be more helpful to you!

Tamarindel

No that’s alright, with experience we all start to do things by feel rather by rule. Thank you all the same! I’m glad you like the tea, it makes me feel more confident that with a little trial and error I’ll be able to get the results I want too :)

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:
http://sororiteasisters.com

I also review teas for the Tea Review Blog:
http://www.teareviewblog.com

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

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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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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.

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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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