4423 Tasting Notes



I was actually impressed by this blend, and I didn’t expect to be. The ginger is nice and zesty. It’s spicy but not too hot and it is an interesting contrast to the honey-like sweetness and woodsy tones of the rooibos.

Also very nice on a sore throat.

A simple blend but I enjoyed it.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/16/organic-ginger-calendula-rooibos-tea-spicely-organics/

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I was really excited to try this one. I’m not sure exactly why that is. Fruit Loops aren’t my favorite kids cereal. In fact, I really don’t care much for fruit loops, never really have. I’d much rather have fruity pebbles.

Hey Frank … Fruity Pebbles. Use a genmaicha base. Fruity Pebbles. I wouldn’t be upset if you did a cocoa pebbles either.

Actually, when it comes to “kids cereals” I’d really love to have a count chocula. You’ve done the franken berry and the boo berry. What about count chocula, Frank?

The aroma of this cereal is fruity and sweet. Kind of like when you open a box of Fruit Loops. Fruity and sweet. But even though it is a fruity, sweet tea, the black tea base is substantial. It’s a solid English Breakfast tea with strong notes of malt (which accentuate the cereal-ish-ness of this tea). Overall, a satisfying black tea blend.

The fruit flavors – I taste lime primarily. Next I tasted raspberry and orange. The strawberry, blueberry and apple are softer notes. The fruit notes are more on the sweet side than on the true to fruit side, which works given that this is a “fruit flavored kids cereal” inspired tea.

I would like marshmallow in this.

Tea Sipper

But Earl Grey already reminds me of fruity pebbles… what about a EG genmaicha? Also, I thought the ingredients lists marshmallow?


There is some marshmallow flavor, but not enough … I would like to really taste the marshmallow, so I guess what I should have said is that I could taste more of the marshmallow in this.

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drank Blue Lady Black by Zest Tea
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I’ve tried and reviewed three out of the four Zest Teas thus far (the other reviews/tasting notes coming soon), and overall, I’d give these teas a thumbs up.

I really liked this Blue Lady. Fragrant, sweet and fruity. I like that while the fruit notes are strong, the Nilgiri black tea is stronger and isn’t overpowered by the fruit. I like that even though there is hibiscus in the blend, it seems to do more to enhance some of the contrasting tones of the fruit than it does stand out and taste like hibiscus.

The black tea has a nice malt note. The extra caffeine doesn’t add a weird or funky or off taste at all. In fact, if this had been brewed “blindly” – that is, if I had not known that I was brewing a “High Octane” tea, I wouldn’t have known by the taste that it was a high octane tea. It tastes like a fruit flavored tea. It tastes great.

But it does certainly pack a kick in the pants!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/15/blue-lady-black-tea-zest-tea/

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I’m not usually a fan of rooibos and I’ve never really made any big secret of that. However, I have enjoyed these dark chocolate rooibos blends from Tea of Life. The chocolate notes are very well-defined. And … I’m a bit of a chocoholic.

So this blend was right up my alley, lots of dark chocolate flavor together with creamy vanilla. I tasted some honey-like sweetness from the rooibos and maybe a hint of nutty tones from the rooibos, but that’s really all I taste from the rooibos and that’s OK with me.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/14/rooibos-chocolate-vanilla-tea-life/

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drank Lilac Blend by Strand Tea Company
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I really liked this one. Visually, it’s a beautiful tea, and it has a lovely fragrance and it tastes good too. Nicely round, creamy texture, sweet with notes of caramel and honey. The floral notes are not sharp and don’t taste perfume-ish.

I like it.

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I thought that this would taste “smoky” because … something about the name just … sort of insinuated it to me. But this isn’t a smoky tea. It’s a lovely combination of mint (spearmint and peppermint) and jasmine and green tea. A tasty combination.

Not overly minty. Crisp and cooling, but not in a sip of mouthwash sort of way. I taste green tea and jasmine along with the mint, and it’s a very refreshing, interesting combination. The jasmine notes build as I continue to sip.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/13/whisper-of-the-woods-green-tea-blend-from-whispering-pines-tea-company/

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I don’t really love chamomile, but I don’t hate it. I have discovered that as long as it’s the chamomile blossom and not chamomile dust (like what you’ll find in the tea bags from some of those large commercial brands) chamomile is pretty good.

And what’s nice about this particular blend is that there are other ingredients that give it a fresh citrus-y sort of taste that I find appealing. There’s not a heavy hibiscus taste or texture to this and it gets bonus points for that.

Overall, not a bad tisane. Not something I’d drink daily, but it’s alright.

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LOVE! I’ve tried a lot of different Matcha … and I’ve enjoyed most of the ‘premium’ brands out there that I’ve tried. They’re amazing. But even though I’ve managed to find many “new” favorites and new loves with matcha, DoMatcha was my first “love” and I still love it. It’s a really exceptional Matcha. One of the best you can find. You can find many great Matcha out there, this is one of them. I’m not going to say one is better than another, I’ll just say that this one belongs in the “great” category.

Bright, fresh, lively flavor. Beautiful color. Lots of froth. Sweet, vegetal, bittersweet (think bittersweet chocolate), I love that it’s organic. A really good Matcha.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/12/organic-ceremonial-grade-matcha-domatcha/


i keep shying away because of the price!!!!!! OW! lol.

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drank Black Iced Tea by Tazo
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I don’t know if this is the entry for the box of large tea bags/filters or if it’s the entry for the black iced tea you might get at a Starbucks (I very seldom go to Starbucks). Anyway … I’m writing this tasting note for the box of large tea bags/filters.

The best thing I can say about this tea is that I’m glad I didn’t buy it. It was a box that was sent to me as a gift. I would have been very disappointed if I bought this.

I tried brewing this several different ways. I cold brewed the tea filters overnight. The result was a flat and dull tasting black tea. Maybe I’m spoiled because I’ve been drinking so much of the SBT as of late, but, this is definitely lacking.

I also tried hot brewing the filters … I also resteeped via hot brew the tea filters that I cold-brewed. Nothing that I did produced a pitcher of iced tea that I was happy with, and I just realized that the problem is not with the brewing method but the tea itself.

Put simply, it’s just a very sad, sad tea. This is the kind of tea that gives tea a bad rep.


Another nominee for the hall of shame!


As I mention in my review of this tea, I realized as I was drinking it why some people don’t like tea. I wouldn’t like tea either if this was what I was drinking. Tazo/Starbucks/Teavana should be ashamed of themselves.


People always tell me they don’t like tea, yet whenever I insist they taste some that I’ve brewed I only hear their surprise. There’s too much icky tea out there that people can get ahold of. :p

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With my subscription to the Selection Club from Simple Loose Leaf, I have thus far always chose the sampler pack. Hey, I’m a taster, and I find the smaller sizes of five teas to be much nicer for my needs than larger sizes of just one or two teas.

I don’t know that if I were choosing just one or two teas for the month of April, that I would have selected this tea, because generally speaking, herbal tisanes like this (with lots of hibiscus) are not my favorites.

That said, this is a pretty good tisane, and I found that the hibiscus and cranberry seemed to marry much better than some other berries with hibiscus. They are both tarty type of flavors and they meld together in a seamless way.

I liked this better iced than hot. It’s a tasty tisane. Not my favorite, but they can’t all be my favorites, and I liked it enough to not only finish the hot cup when I reviewed it, but also enough to brew a full half-gallon pitcher to enjoy iced the next day.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/11/cranberry-breeze-herbal-tisane-simple-loose-leaf/

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:

I also review teas for the Tea Review Blog:

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


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.


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.


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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