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The appearance of the dry leaf surprised me because the leaves look more like a CTC black tea than a green tea. The leaves are small and dark in color. I examined the leaves after brewing too – to see if maybe it was just a very fine pelleted gunpowder green but the leaves didn’t seem to unfurl into something more recognizable as green tea so these are just finely cut green tea leaves that are darker in color than most green teas I’ve come across.

The aroma is like green tea though, it smells earthy and vegetal. I don’t smell a lot of lemon or citrus notes.

The lemon flavor is very delicate. It seems as though the lemon flavor is reliant upon just the addition of lemongrass and lemon pieces and not on lemon flavoring here. So, it is, as I said, very delicate. If you’re looking for a distinct lemon flavor – this isn’t the tea for you.

What little lemon notes that there are are tart and tingly, softened somewhat by the buttery notes of the lemongrass.

The real flavor of this cup comes from the green tea. A sweet, refreshing green tea flavor that’s only very lightly vegetative. A gentle smokiness in the distance. There is a dry astringency toward the tail.

I don’t know how “detox” this actually is. I don’t know that I really consider green tea with lemon pieces and lemon grass to be a detox blend. That said, it’s an enjoyable beverage. Light and pleasant to sip.

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drank Assam Green Tea by Starglory Tea
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A really nice Green Assam tea. The dry leaf has a distinct vegetal aroma. When brewed, the tea smells much softer, not quite as grassy as the dry leaf.

It’s sweet and smooth and it has very little astringency. It’s both energizing and relaxing to sip. Hints of honey, buttery, nutty, vegetal without bitterness. The vegetative tones are something between grassy and mild steamed veggies.

A really nice cuppa.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/28/assam-green-tea-from-starglory/

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drank Pumpkin Chai by 52teas
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In my full-length review of this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/27/pumpkin-chai-blend-from-52teas/ – I found myself wondering if this blend was crafted with 52Teas new black tea base or not. I know that Frank was talking about making another new black tea base but I wasn’t sure if this tea was crafted using that new blend.

Anyway, I enjoyed the black tea base here, it was strong, smooth and robust. A wee bit of astringency but I didn’t find it bothersome.

The flavor of pumpkin shines through. A good amount of spice! A warm spicy chai! I found myself wanting a little more pepper but overall, I enjoyed the spices here, and I liked that I could taste the pumpkin.

Ze_Teamaker

The pumpkin flavor was really strong in this one.

LiberTEAS

yeah and I liked that. It seems so often with the pumpkin chai teas or the ‘pumpkin spice’ teas that they’re all spice and no pumpkin. I liked I could taste the pumpkin.

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I love the dry leaf aroma: notes of berry and vanilla. Once brewed, there are more black tea notes, and the vanilla fragrance becomes softer and the berry notes seem to disappear.

It’s tasty! Even though I can’t smell the strawberry in the brewed tea, I can definitely taste it. Hint of chocolate. Vanilla. Sweet strawberry with a tart note in the aftertaste. The chocolate was very subtle. As I say in my full-length review of this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/27/secret-gardens-secret-black-tea-from-the-secret-garden-tea-company/ – the chocolate is very unassuming, it’s a note that sort of hides itself but every once in a while the palate notices it and the taste buds jump up and say, ‘whoa, what was that? chocolate???’

The black tea is lovely with notes of malt.

A really enjoyable tea.

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So, when I went to Trader Joe’s before Thanksgiving, I grabbed a can of this. I also grabbed some of the pumpkin butter as well as the pumpkin ravioli that they had because back in the samples area, they were sampling the pumpkin ravioli with a sauce made with the pumpkin butter and browned butter and it was so good. That pumpkin butter has become a favorite ‘syrup’ for me, I mix it with equal parts half & half and it’s delightful on pancakes and waffles.

Anyway, this is pretty tasty. Sweet, yes. I wish it wasn’t so sweet, BUT I do like that I tasted pumpkin and I tasted the black tea and the spice. It wasn’t an overly spicy chai, but it was pleasantly, warmly spiced. I finished off the can in record time, so I guess I either enjoyed the convenience of the powdered chai latte mix or I enjoyed what I was drinking enough to polish off the can so quickly.

So, it’s good. I don’t know if I’ll be buying more when pumpkin harvest happens again at Trader Joe’s. I’ll definitely be buying more pumpkin butter though.

Fjellrev

I wish Canada had Trader Joe’s! I always read about all the neat things you can find there. Pumpkin butter? Sounds delicious.

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Having never actually eaten rhubarb, I often feel like I’m at a disadvantage when I review a rhubarb tea because I’m not exactly sure what a rhubarb should taste like because I don’t have that experience tasting actual rhubarb.

For this tisane, I taste the rooibos. The honeyed, nutty flavor seems to work well with the custardy notes and the notes of rhubarb.

In my full-length review, I mused a bit about the stevia in this blend: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/26/rhubarb-custard-rooibos-blend-from-bluebird-tea-co/

Overall, this is a tasty tisane. I enjoyed it.

Kittenna

Omg, you’ve never had rhubarb?!

LiberTEAS

not that I’m aware of.

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A seriously AWESOME Milky Oolong. So sweet and creamy and luscious. I appreciate that this is a natural milk Oolong (no additional flavoring added). I enjoy both the ‘milk’ flavoring added and the natural Milk Oolong, but I think I especially appreciate the non-flavored Milk Oolong because I like that pure flavor.

Soft, creamy … lovely! Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/25/alishan-milky-oolong-tea-from-teasenz/

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I’ve been very busy evaluating the prospects to join SororiTea Sisters that I’ve neglected my posting of backlogs so that I can get caught up, so now I’m allowing myself to fall behind again.

I MUST get this caught up by the end of March. MUST! You’ll soon find out why!

Anyway, this is a good Hojicha! Roasty, toasty, warm. Nutty. Tasty! I love a good hojicha especially in the autumn because it’s got those lovely nutty, toasty flavors that taste so autumnal to me.

The texture is smooth and light. A pleasure to sip.

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drank Kiwi Cheesecake Oolong by 52teas
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I don’t think I’ve ever had kiwi cheesecake. If I did, I don’t remember and I think it’s something I’d remember. Kiwi is not the most ordinary of cheesecake toppings, you know?

This is pretty tasty: I can taste the kiwi, I can taste the cheesecake. I like the way the creamy notes of the cheesecake work with the natural creaminess of the Oolong. I get a light tangy flavor from the cream cheese. I am missing some of the buttery pastry/graham cracker type of crust flavor that is often found in Frank’s cheesecake flavors. I’m not tasting it so much with this blend.

It’s an unusual blend but very enjoyable.

KittyLovesTea

I like the sound of this, particularly since it’s an Oolong base. :)

Roswell Strange

We make a really awesome Kiwi topped Cheesecake at work! But that’s the only place I’ve ever seen Kiwi cheesecake…

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This stuff is great! It’s a really economical way to enjoy Matcha (to go!) every day. It’s a very versatile product. You can add it to juice, coconut water, smoothies, or anything that you want to “boost” with Matcha.

When I first tried it, I went simply and added a teaspoon of the powder to my 16.9 ounce water bottle and gave it a shake. It mixes completely with no lumps and no sediment and makes a perfectly tasty “tea to go” without any sweetener.

I’ve since added it to a bottle of pomegranate juice (Yum) but when adding it to juice, if you want to taste a stronger impact of Matcha, add maybe an extra half a teaspoon. When I added a 1/2 a teaspoon to 8 ounces of juice, the juice overpowered the matcha a little. A little more Matcha and it is better.

Here’s my full-length article: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/24/product-review-unsweetened-matchabooster-from-maeda-en/

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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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