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When I first opened the package, I was a little unsure about this tea because the scent of the lavender is rather jarring. It took me by surprise just how strong the lavender was. But although the lavender is strong in this tea, it doesn’t overpower the flavor of the Oolong nor does the lavender end up tasting perfume-ish. This one gets big bonus points for that.

The Oolong starts off delicate and buttery with undertones of vegetation. In later infusions the Oolong flavor starts to emerge more as the lavender becomes more subdued. I found the transition between each infusion to be really interesting and I found myself looking forward to seeing just how much the taste would change from cup to cup.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/11/pure-indulgences-lavender-oolong-tea-from-le-palais-des-thes/

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drank Cranberry by A C Perch's
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One of the best cranberry teas I’ve yet to try. The cranberry taste is distinct and strong, but the flavor isn’t overly tart, and as one who tends to be somewhat sensitive to tart flavors, I found myself quite happy with the smoothness of this tea. This tea seems to celebrate the sweeter side of the cranberry.

A flavorful black tea base with a slightly dry astringency at the tail. A delicious berry taste. A really pleasant tea.

Angrboda

They do a blend with this and their vanilla which is absolutely lovely. :)

LiberTEAS

That sounds really good. This is one of the better cranberry teas I’ve had, and with vanilla? that sounds really yum!

Angrboda

I’m not sure how much they use of either, but I don’t think it’s 50/50. To me it seems like there is less vanilla than cranberry. Maybe 25/75 or something like that. If you have a vanilla, and enough left of this, I would recommend trying it. :)

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I absolutely LOVED this tea. The more I taste from Tea People, the more I love them. They have selected some really phenomenal teas for their line up, and if you haven’t tried teas from them yet, you’re missing out!

Dewy and sweet, it’s a very fresh and lively flavor. A light nutty tone reminiscent of a freshly roasted chestnut. Sweet and relaxing to sip.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/10/makaibari-bai-mu-dan-white-tea-tea-people/

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I was really quite happy with this tisane. I’m not usually all excited about a chamomile blend, but all the components in this very busy blend work together quite nicely. I like the way the minty/basil-y notes of the tulsi unite with the apple-y notes of the chamomile and the sweet floral notes.

There is a distinct lime note to this as well, and I liked that tangy contrast, and I like how the lime-y flavor brightens the overall flavor. Sweet, warm, tangy, crisp … all these words come to mind when describing this tisane. I do wish there was a bit more from the cacao, but that should come as no big surprise, right? More chocolate always equals better!

That said, I liked this one.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/09/love-joy-tisane-verdant-tea/

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Georgia Tea Company nails the black currant flavor on this tea … and I like that it doesn’t overpower the flavor of the rich black tea base. A moderate astringency. Tangy and slightly sweet with hints of raisin.

Not an artificial currant flavor, it has that tart flavor that I’d expect from a currant tea. I’m not usually a big fan of tart, but, this IS a black currant tea, so I expected it here, and it isn’t too much. Somewhat reminiscent of wine. Nice.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/09/black-currant-flavored-black-tea-georgia-tea-company/

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drank Cantaloupe Watermelon by 52teas
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Yummy! This tastes like summertime in tea form.

Sweet and fruity. Strong distinct flavors of cantaloupe and watermelon. They are delicious, albeit somewhat candy-ish. I think it would be interesting to explore these flavors in a buttery Sencha tea … but I like the white tea base too. It’s light and delicate and slightly earthy and it allows the flavors to come through well.

Good hot or iced. I like it with a very thin slice of lemon because I find that the acid really perks up the flavors. Nice.

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drank Imperial Keemun by Steepster
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I agree with the part that says “marriage of floral, fruity, smoky and mineral flavors.” It’s a pleasant marriage of these flavors. I get more fruit and smoke than I do floral and mineral, but I do taste each of these qualities.

Smoke is prominent. The sweetness of the fruit reminds me of something between berries and plums. Together with the smoke, these fruity notes almost taste roasted, like they were grilled over a smoky charcoal grill.

Usually with a Keemun tea, it tastes either of smoke, or it tastes fruity and wine-like, but I’m finding that this Keemun is something in between these two. It’s strong, rich and smoky, but there are wine-like qualities to this too.

The floral notes are subdued and the mineral notes come through toward the finish.

A good Keemun.

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LOVED this blend. This was the first tea that I tried from the “Selection Club” box that I received in March. I changed my subscription to the Selection Club and I could not be happier with this service!

Seriously, I LOVE Simple Loose Leaf. They offer exceptional customer service. If I have a problem they get back to me right away. Admittedly, I’ve only had one problem to date but that problem was MY mistake, and they still went above and beyond to correct the problem. That’s the kind of company I like to deal with.

Getting back to this tea, this is delicious and is quite probably my favorite that I’ve tried from Simple Loose Leaf yet. I taste the raspberry, the mint, the vanilla and the green tea. I love that all flavors are represented in a very clear way with this blend. The raspberry is sweet-tart, the mint is crisp and cool and doesn’t overpower, the vanilla is soft and creamy.

If I’m to offer any complaint about this blend, it would be that I think the green tea should be a little more prominent (because, after all, I’m drinking tea.) But that isn’t to say that the green tea is absent, it isn’t. I just want more green tea flavor, I think.

Regardless, I loved this. And my youngest daughter LOVED this. It may be her favorite green tea yet.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/07/raspberry-vanilla-mint-green-tea-simple-loose-leaf/

Note: I’m a little torn about how to rate this. If it’s not my favorite that I’ve tasted from Simple Loose Leaf, then it’s up there in at least the top three … that should mean that it gets super high marks, right? But, I do think that the green tea should be a stronger presence. So, that should subtract points, right? So, rather than try to rate it, I’ll just recommend it and not give it a numeric rating.

It’s good, you should try it!

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drank Chocolate Chip by Adagio Teas
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I’m not usually a fan of Adagio’s flavored black teas, because I find the black tea base to be rather harsh. I steeped this at just 2 1/2 minutes hoping to keep the harshness to a minimum, and this did work, although I do still taste some of that harshness, although it’s not quite as harsh as some of the other flavored blacks I’ve tried from Adagio.

This is better served with a splash of milk as it reduces the harshness. That said, I wish that Adagio would rethink their black tea base.

A nice chocolate flavor though, and a pleasing vanilla-y undertone. This would be so much better if the black tea base tasted better.

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drank Spicy Anise by English Tea Shop
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I had high hopes for this blend – even though it’s a bagged tea. When I see “anise” … my hope level rises because I love anise. The spicy part made me even more excited to try it.

But, it is a disappointment. If you look at the ingredient list, you might think this is chai-ish, but taste wise, it leaves much to be desired of a chai. This is more like a warmly spiced mint tea than a chai. Mint dominates this blend, not the anise.

A disappointment.

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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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