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drank SBT: Cotton Candy Green by 52teas
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Sweet and refreshing. I like the green tea base because it’s lighter and I like the way the buttery notes of the green tea meld with the sweet, sugary cotton candy flavors. This pitcher of iced tea disappeared quickly. I also really like that the green teas from SBT are resteepable – I get a full gallon of well-developed flavors – no watered down tastes.

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drank Shan Black Tea by Shan Valley
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This is the 2014 harvest. Similar to the previous Black Tea from Shan Valley that I’ve tried, this has a very fine CTC chop. It resembles a finely ground coffee. But it’s been my experience with these Shan Valley teas that the small chop shouldn’t dissuade you from trying the tea because they are quite splendid!

This smells earthy, with notes of leather and fruit and even the slightest hint of flower.

It brews dark – almost like a cup of black coffee. It’s a rich, robust, vigorous cup of tea – this will definitely get your engine charging! It takes well to milk and honey if you like to add those to your black tea.

Flavorful! Deep, rich flavor. Notes of earth and leather, although these two notes are more subtle than the fragrance would lead you to believe. A malty note that would rival the maltiest assam! Deep molasses-y/caramel-y flavor that is indulgent.

This year’s harvest seems to have less cacao notes as well as fewer roasted flavors, but that’s more than made up for with the malt, delicious molasses and caramel notes.

As I continue to sip, fruit notes begin to develop and I picked up on currant, grape and plum. I’m also tasting a baked bread sort of flavor that’s lovely.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/04/shan-black-tea-2014-from-shan-valley/

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drank Cinnamon Plum by Rishi Tea
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A strong cinnamon-y scent. I also smell notes of licorice and hints of fruit. The fruit note is rather indistinct, it doesn’t necessarily smell of “plum” or “currants.” It just smells like fruit.

I’m glad it doesn’t taste too hibiscus-y. It tastes mostly of cinnamon: a sweet, warm cinnamon note. This isn’t overly tart. There is a balance between sweet and tart with warm notes and I enjoy that balance of flavors.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/03/cinnamon-plum-caffeine-free-herbal-blend-from-rishi-tea/

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drank Cherry Tea by Teanzo 1856
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Day 24 of the Advent Calendar from Teanzo…

It’s the last day of teas from Teanzo. Overall, I’ve had a lot of fun with the calendar. Like TheLastDodo I found that this calendar helped put me in the mood for the holiday and I really needed it because my “spirit” was lacking this year.

As far as the black teas in this box, this one was probably my least favorite. It was alright. There was a strong cherry flavor to it. In my full-length review – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/24/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-24-from-teanzo-1856/ – I mention that it’s a cross between maraschino cherry, bing cherry and a tart “pie” cherry … all those cherries having been macerated in brandy and then strained and liquefied and added to the tea.

The usual “cough syrup” flavor would be applicable here too because I got some of that flavor, which I really wish it didn’t have. I personally like the flavor of cherry cough syrup but I don’t really want a lot of cherry cough syrup flavor in my tea, and the first few sips were enjoyable but after that, the cough syrup flavor was a little more than I wanted.

Fortunately, though, as the tea cools, some of the cough syrup-y notes taper and I was able to enjoy more of the other flavors of the blend. It’s a much better iced tea than a hot tea.

Not my favorite black tea from Teanzo, but it was alright.

PS: The full-length article has a photo of another ornament I made several years ago out of hot cup sleeves.


I really wish there was a festive tea for the last day. I feel like Teanzo played all their good cards at the very beginning. Thank you for drinking through the calendar alongside me!


It was fun to have someone else drinking these teas with me. Yeah, I agree about playin their good cards at the beginning, although I did enjoy the spa trio which was a surprising thing for me. I didn’t expect to enjoy those because I’m not usually all that excited about herbals. But those were pretty good. They have a christmas chai blend and I wish that was in this box and I wish we could have also tried their chocolate mint dessert tea and their tahitian breeze dessert. I just realized that they don’t have any white teas in their line … they should consider getting some!

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drank Mint Detox Tulsi by Teanzo 1856
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Day 23 of the Teanzo Advent Calendar…

This was a tasty blend. Some thoughts about this Advent Calendar: It was fun, I enjoyed trying new to me teas from a company that I haven’t tried a lot of teas from in the past (I don’t know that I’ve tried any teas from them! These may have been the first!) but I wish that they focused a little less on the herbals and a little more on the camellia sinensis blends. There were some really yummy looking teas in their collection that didn’t make the calendar and I would have preferred some of those over something like ‘hibiscus.’ But, I still found the journey enjoyable and worthwhile.

Now, about this tea: this was pretty tasty. A nice combination of flavors. I like the spearmint paired with the tulsi. The spearmint seemed to bring out a bit of the warmer notes of the tulsi and there was a pleasing contrast. The lemon myrtle gave the cup a light, bright note – uplifting.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/23/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-23-from-teanzo-1856/

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drank Green Earl Grey by Teanzo 1856
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Day 22 of the Teanzo Advent Calendar…

Yay! Earl Grey! I’ve tried a few green Earl Grey teas, and I’ve liked quite a few of them. Some more than others. Of the ones that I’ve tried, I think that this one is my favorite, or at least, the most memorable. I got a good, tangy yet sweet note of bergamot and a pleasantly sweet flavor of green tea. I think that this is a gunpowder – the pellets were a bit larger than some gunpowder green teas I’ve seen – and it offered a sweet, slightly vegetal and earthy note that was appealing and a really nice creamy note that melded with the bergamot in a favorable way.

Overall, this Green Earl Grey was a big win for me!

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drank Tranquil Spa Blend by Teanzo 1856
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This was Day 21 from the Teanzo Advent Calendar…

I found a “trio” of herbal teas that I actually quite enjoyed in this Teanzo Advent Calendar, the three teas that are in the Spa Trio, which includes this tea. Of the three, this one was my least favorite because of the addition of eucalyptus – I am just not crazy about eucalyptus. But, even with the eucalyptus, this was a pretty tasty blend.

The orange and ginger are the two strongest notes of this blend and because they seem to soften the flavor of the eucalyptus, I think that’s why I found this tea to be agreeable. The rooibos is soft and fruity, and I taste hints of mint. A pleasant cuppa.

Here’s my full-length review which includes a photo of an ornament that I made out of a domino: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/21/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-21-from-teanzo-1856/

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LOVE! I taste notes of honey, caramel, cacao, malt, flower and fruit. A lovely, delicious, decadent tea with luscious layers of flavor.

A thick, pleasant mouthfeel. It’s been my experience that many Nepalese teas tend to have Darjeeling-esque characteristics but I didn’t really experience that so much with this tea. This reminds me more of a Fujian tea. This one resteeps well too.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/03/nepal-2nd-flush-2014-golden-tips-black-tea-from-what-cha-tea/

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Before opening the package, I expected this to be a pure chamomile tea, but it wasn’t: it’s mint, chamomile and marigold. Of course, the marigold offers very little flavor to the cup, but, I wasn’t anticipating the mint when I first opened the package. It was a nice surprise. I’m not particularly excited over chamomile, I’d prefer mint over chamomile so I’m glad that I’m going to have a minty flavor to enjoy here too.

A really tasty blend. The mint is strong and the chamomile tempers the minty tones just enough so that I’m not tasting “mouthwash.”

A pleasant blend. I’d drink this one again – don’t think I’d buy it, but, I’d drink it if it was offered to me.

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I changed the name of this tea from Bliss to Harmony, because that’s the name on the tea that I reviewed … and it’s also the name of the tea as shown on the tin in the photo. So, I’m guessing that Bliss = Harmony.

Anyway … the licorice is a strong scent with this tea. I’m ok with that, because I love me some licorice. However, while the licorice IS a strong scent, it wasn’t as strong a flavor so that was a bit of a let down.

This is sort of an odd tasting tea, to be quite honest. As I mention in my full-length article of this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/02/harmony-ayurvedic-tea-from-teaveda/ – you know the liquid at the bottom of your steamer … after you’ve steamed veggies? Imagine combining that liquid of spinach, asparagus and broccoli after steaming. Yeah, that’s sort of what I’m tasting. Nothing wrong with that, I suppose, it’s just sort of an odd flavor that I didn’t expect to taste.

I didn’t hate it, I didn’t love it. But I can say that it wasn’t my favorite that I tried from Teaveda.

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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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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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