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I love Simple Loose Leaf. Here’s why:

Quite simply, their customer service rocks.

My December subscription shipment was of their Cocoa Cream tea. As I mentioned in my tasting note of that tea, it’s very coffee-ish. http://steepster.com/teas/simple-loose-leaf/42294-cocoa-creme-black

Anyway … it was my fault that I didn’t read the description thoroughly before I added it to my subscription. I should have done that. But I didn’t. I saw “cocoa cream” and I thought CHOCOLATE! And as I am a chocoholic, when I think CHOCOLATE … I usually put whatever it was that made me think of this magical substance into my cart. This happens in the grocery store. I’ve learned to avoid the cereal aisle because of this, because there are some rather unhealthy, overly sugared cereals there that make me scream “chocolate” and as I said before, when I do this, the chocolate thing goes into the cart. I also avoid the candy aisle and do my best to avoid the bakery.

So, I added the cocoa cream to my cart, and it ended up being more coffee than chocolate or cream. This was rather disappointing for me, so when I wrote of my disappointment on the SororiTea Sisters blog (if you haven’t checked out our blog yet, please do: http://sororiteasisters.com ) Simple Loose Leaf contacted me immediately and went above and beyond to correct the problem.

They sent me several additional samples with my January tea – which was this tea. And this tea … was not a disappointment. It delivered exactly what I expected: White tea, coconut and vanilla. And it was yummmmmm!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/03/madagascar-coconut-white-tea-blend-from-simple-loose-leaf/

TeaBrat

that’s nice… good customer service means a lot!

LiberTEAS

It does. The quality of a tea is important too, but, if I don’t get good service from a vendor, I won’t shop with them no matter how good their teas are. The product they sell doesn’t matter if they aren’t good to their customers. I want to feel important to the companies I support.

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drank Karigane #22 by Tea Wing
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The third tea that I tried from the December Steepster Select box. A really nice green. The flavor is evocative of sweet grass and lightly buttered vegetables. It has a strong vegetative taste so if you’re one who tends to shy away from green teas because they don’t like that overly vegetal taste, then this is not the tea for you.

I enjoyed it though. A pleasantly invigorating tea. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/02/karigane-22-tea-wing/

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drank Champagne Cider by Butiki Teas
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A really good honeybush blend. I was REALLY happy with the December box from Amoda. (Note: the February box is pretty exciting too!)

I didn’t get a lot of champagne-ish notes from this, but I definitely got a spiced cider like flavor. I can SMELL the champagne, but, I don’t really taste it a whole lot. The fruit notes are really nice though, the orange brightens the cup, the apple adds a nice sweetness, and I like that the spices are on the subtle side. It’s a really nice take on a mulled-wine (or I guess mulled champagne?)

I enjoyed it.

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drank Graham Slam by Herbal Infusions
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An interesting cup of tea. Not my favorite from Herbal Infusions, but, not bad either. The name … sort of suggested to me that it might be something like a s’mores, but there’s no chocolate to it which … I guess I’m wishing there was. Imagine that, huh? Me? Wanting chocolate? Ha!

I taste black tea, and it’s a mild, even tempered sort of tea. As the tea cools, I notice more and more of the graham notes. The coconut is off in the distance.

It’s tasty … it’s a bit more cookie-ish than it is s’mores-ish but the description didn’t mislead me … I allowed myself to be misled because of the graham in the name. That’s my fault, not the fault of the tea. It’s pretty tasty.

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My second tea from the December Steepster Select box. A fantastic Yunnan. Rich with notes of tobacco, earth and leather. I love the complexity of this tea. I taste layers of honey and malt. There is also a low note of caramel and a hint of cacao that weaves its way through the sip.

A really yummy Yunnan. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/12/28/golden-yunnan-black-tea-pursuit-tea/

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drank Hojicha by Aiya
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A really delicious, roasty-toasty Hojicha! The leaves are sencha and bancha leaves that have been roasted. The flavor is sweet, warm and toasty with nutty notes. A beautifully soothing cuppa.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/12/27/hojicha-green-tea-aiya/

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This was the first tea that I tried from my December Steepster Select box. I like that the new Steepster Select boxes offer true “samples.” There is one serving in each little package. Nice.

My full-length review can be read here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/12/26/guiyuan-roasted-dong-ding-oolong-steepster/

This tea: Sweet and smooth. Silky. Nutty and a delicious creamy note. This tea reminds me of toasted coconut. Notes of charcoal develop in later infusions. Notes of flower and hints of freshly roasted coffee are also more apparent as I continue to steep.

A really nice Dong Ding.

Kittenna

Yum. Sounds really tasty!

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drank Lapsang Souchong by Tea Forte
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Not a bad Lapsang Souchong. The flavor is robust and smoky, but I didn’t feel overwhelmed by the smoky notes. A really nice nutty tone to this, with a delicious caramel-y low note.

Sweet, toasty and nice. This would be a good choice for those who find themselves a bit intimidated by the smoke level of most Lapsang Souchong teas … this one seems a little less aggressive.

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When I wrote my notes for this tea, I had just come back from a big holiday shopping day … and I was exhausted. I liked the way this tea helped to revitalize me.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/12/23/mao-jian-green-tea-from-little-red-cup-tea-co/

This is an excellent Mao Jian. One of the better teas that I’ve tried from this company.

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I was excited to try this, especially when I did (mid-December) because this season on Grimm, some of the characters have been spending some time at the Sacher Hotel for which this tea is named. I’m a Grimm fan … so it was just … kind of cool to be sipping on this tea. I’m a Grimm Nerd.

I was even more excited when I opened the pouch and realized it was an Earl Grey blend! Yay! Bergamot! One of my favorite tea flavors!

The bergamot is a softer bergamot here … subtle … delicate. Not at all pefume-ish. I like the blend of black teas used (Ceylon and Darjeeling) – it keeps the tea tasting very light and a bit like something I’d imagine drinking in Vienna. Although … I wouldn’t want to encounter a Hexenbiest while I sip my tea in Vienna.

This tea gets extra points just because of the Grimm connection.

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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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