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I enjoyed this tea this afternoon while catching up with one of my favorite TV shows. The rose is nice in this one – not overpowering, just a lovely touch of sweet rose.

Having briefly read some of the other notes about this tea, I took care not to oversteep and I didn’t experience any bitterness. The black tea is smooth and pleasant.

And pleasant is the word for this tea … it’s a really nice, pleasant rose tea.

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I loved the black tea version of 52Teas’ Strawberry Zabaglione, so I was pretty sure I’d love the lighter base of this green tea version. I think I might like it better, because I love the buttery notes that are enhanced because of the lightly buttery green tea. It really accentuates the custard-y notes well.

So good! The softer base allows these flavors to really develop. The strawberry is sweet and a little tart, the custard notes are sweet and creamy, and the green tea tastes fresh and soft. A yummy treat!

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Yay! Earl Grey!

I love Earl Grey tea. I love bergamot … and this is a really good Earl Grey!

The bergamot is strong but not soapy. It tastes bright and tangy, and there is a nice floral note that works its way through the sip. The black tea base is present, it doesn’t get overpowered by the bergamot, there is a nice balance between black tea flavor and bergamot. The black tea has notes of earth and even wisps of smoke in the distance. It’s a very flavorful black tea base.

I really like this Earl Grey. I love that it’s organic. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/16/organic-earl-grey-tea-from-spicely-organics/

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drank Obukucha by Steepster
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This tea tastes like spring to me. From the color of the beautifully bright, light green liquor to the invigorating taste that is light, crisp and reminiscent of fresh baby vegetables. Lightly brothy with notes that fall somewhere between vegetable and seaweed.

A really enjoyable balance between sweet and savory. A very satisfying flavor, as if I’m sipping on a nourishing broth. As I said in my full-length review of this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/15/obukucha-green-tea-steepster/ – it reminds me of a well-balanced meal.

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drank Pure Rose by Praise Tea Company
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I’m currently sipping on this pu-erh. It has a very strong fishy scent that I don’t really care for. The rose is in there too, so it kind of smells like fish and roses which is kind of a weird scent. I’m trying to not allow the aroma to prematurely affect my opinion of the tea.

I did a quick rinse and then 45 seconds for the first infusion.

This is alright. It definitely tastes better than it smells, because I’m not getting that fishy or brine-y taste that I expected since I experienced such a strong fishy scent. It has an earthy flavor, but, not fishy. It reminds me of the deep, earthy flavor of a mushroom.

The rose comes through nicely too … not a strong rose essence, but it compliments the deep earthy flavor of the pu-erh. Overall, an enjoyable pu-erh. I’m glad that I didn’t let the aroma stop me from tasting.

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I really like the Teadrops that I’ve tried from My Teadrops.

This is one of the strongest white teas that I’ve tasted, and I’m sure that’s because I’m drinking the whole leaf here that’s been finely ground into a powder. The vanilla notes are soft and creamy. There’s a nice balance between tea and vanilla with this cup.

I wish it wasn’t sweetened, but, I didn’t find it to be overly sweet. There is some sediment at the bottom of the cup when you reach it, so I recommend to stop consuming the beverage once you reach about 1/2 to 1/4 inch to the bottom of the cup. Once you get to that point, stop drinking as I did … and I didn’t get any sediment in my mouth. (I prefer to drink the liquid, not eat the leaf.)

I love this company though, they are very nice and offer excellent customer service and they really believe in their product. It’s the kind of company I like to deal with. I also love that they considered my advice to them and they are now offering their teas in refill sizes in addition to their beautifully crafted wooden box, so that returning customers can get better pricing on their follow-up purchases. I love it when companies listen.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/15/product-review-golden-amber-teadrops/

Sil

that sounds great!

mrmopar

+1 for listening to customer input!

LiberTEAS

@mrmopar agreed! I love it when a company listens to what a customer has to say. And I love the way this company approaches me as a customer, I don’t feel like … I’m being “handled” … you know what I’m talking about? I’m treated like a friend, and I like that.

mrmopar

Yep and Yep! There are a few who do this and for those that do I am a lifelong customer.

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A rich and satisfying Ceylon. Those are two words that I don’t usually think of immediately when I think of Ceylon (Brisk, crisp, mild tasting are words that I associate with Ceylon.) But this Ceylon even has some maltiness to it. It’s a good one.

I taste notes of fruit and flower in every sip. Distant notes of earth and leather. It’s a pleasant cup of tea.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/14/lovers-leap-estate-indigo-black-tea-from-eden-grove/

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drank Bourbon Chai by Vintage TeaWorks
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I’ve had this chai a few times since I’ve written my original review of it: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/13/bourbon-chai-blend-vintage-teaworks/ and I really enjoy this chai.

The “dry” leaf looks wet – as though it has been marinated in honey. The tea smells like bourbon to me (even though there’s no actual bourbon in the tea), perhaps the combination of ingredients evokes thoughts of bourbon.

Sweet and warmly spiced. It’s “spicy” but it’s not a hot type of spice. It’s more like a sweet-spicy kind of spice. The spices are very harmonious in this blend.

A very satisfying chai!

darby

My mom loved this one!

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drank Jasmine Orange by Tea of Life
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Having tried the Lipton jasmine orange tea (and this one from Lipton still being the only tea from Lipton I like), I wondered how this might compare to it.

I was satisfied with this tea. It has a light grassy taste, with notes of jasmine and a bright citrus splash of orange. It’s light, invigorating and sweet. Enjoyable.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/13/green-tea-jasmine-orange-tea-life/

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drank Sugar Plum Shou Mei by 52teas
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I was really excited to try this tea. When I saw what 52Teas created for their Christmas week, I was really happy. I love sugar plums. I’m talking about the jelly belly sort of sugar plum here, not the real sugar plum thing … I’m not really sure what that it is … I tried looking it up online and I got a few confused ideas of what it is … so when I think “sugar plum” I’m thinking of the sugar coated tart plum looking gummy/jelly thing that you can buy in the candy store in the mall.

There is a nice plum flavor to this tea and I found that it complemented the natural notes of the Shou Mei quite nicely. Then I noticed hits of lavender emerging.

This is a good tea. I don’t know if it’s quite what I hoped for or expected with a name like Sugar Plum and all the thoughts that “sugar plum” evokes … but it’s a tasty cuppa.

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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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