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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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drank Tiramisu Oolong by 52teas
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Yummy!

This was a tea I was excited to try … Tiramisu Oolong? Um … yes please!

The Oolong has a rich and toasty flavor that accentuates the flavoring nicely. I can taste the rum, the coffee notes, and the vanilla notes. The marshmallow adds a bit of “fluffy” to the taste. I do wish I tasted more chocolate. But, then, when do I ever wish the opposite? I can’t think of a time when I thought “gee, this tea could use less chocolate.” I don’t think I’ve ever actually said that about a tea. I don’t think I ever will either. Chocolate … well, one can never have too much, can they?

I liked this one. Quite good.

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drank Rooibos Spice by Mint Tea
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I bought a package of this tisane at Mint Tea which is a little tea house in Vancouver, WA, but I was told that their supplier of many of their loose leaf teas is Strand Tea, and after looking at their website, I found this tea on there. However, since I bought it from Mint Tea with their house “label” on it rather than a Strand label, I am calling it a tea from Mint Tea.

The ingredients are somewhat chai-like and there are flavors here that are chai-like but this isn’t quite as chai-like as I would have guessed based upon the ingredient list. The chicory and barley malt give this a different taste and “feel.” The chicory gives it a deep, toasty flavor that is very coffee-ish. The malt … well, it gives it a malt flavor. :)

I like the way the chicory and cacao work together in this tisane. Very pleasant and nice to sip on a cold winter’s evening.

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drank Smoky Bacon by Man Teas
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This is one of the teas that I got as a “thank you” for contributing to the indie gogo campaign to reopen Zoomdweebies. Of the three in the ‘bacon’ set, this is the one that I hadn’t tried. And that’s mostly because of Lapsang Souchong. But, I’m glad I got to try this finally, because it’s pretty good. I did a rinsing of the leaves (15 seconds) and this helped eliminate the really strong, off-putting smoky notes that I get from Lapsang Souchong.

I do think that this tea would have benefited from a slightly lighter (or more complex?) base. Maybe not just Lapsang Souchong, but maybe a blend of Lapsang with Keemun and a little bit of Ceylon to round out the black tea base. A less robust tea background would have allowed the flavors of bacon to develop, I think.

The bacon notes are not completely overwhelmed by the lapsang, but, they are slightly obscured. I would like more bacon in this one!

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drank Tulsi Infusion by Teatulia Teas
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I’ve tried this tea on several different occasions, and I re-reviewed it for the SororiTea Sisters because when I had the opportunity to try it again, I wanted to sit back and compare notes to see what I thought of it now. It had been a while since that last review. Here’s a link to my new review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/12/17/tulsi-infusion-black-tea-teatulia/

This Tulsi Infusion has a nice balance of flavors. The black tea is strong and robust, and the tulsi adds a nice warmth to the cup. Crisp and slightly minty, but there are also some “spicy” sort of flavors in there too. I like tulsi, and I think that this is a really good tea for someone who is new to the herb and wants to explore it.

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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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