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Day 20 of the Advent Calendar from Teanzo…

As I mention in my full-length review – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/20/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-20-from-teanzo-1856/ – once it was determined which tea company I was going to feature for my “calendar countdown” this year, I perused the Teanzo website to get familiar with some of their teas. And besides the Winter Earl Grey tea (day 1) this was the tea I was most hoping would appear in the box – so I was really glad that it was there!

A very aromatic tea. I enjoyed the fragrance of this tea immensely – both the dry leaf and the brewed tea.

This is a pretty tasty Orange Creme type tea. The black tea base isn’t overly aggressive, but it offers a solid flavor of black tea. The orange is flavorful and juicy and the vanilla is sweet and adds just a hint of creamy taste.

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Another tea from Darjeeling Tea Lovers that I absolutely LOVED. That happens a lot with this company because their teas are spectacular.

The aroma is amazing – it has a remarkable peach and flower scent. Love it, and what I loved even more is that aroma translated to the flavor. I tasted peach, I taste the floral notes and these two elements meld beautifully together. Smooth and sweet. No sharpness or bitterness at all and there is very little astringency: just a slightly dry sensation felt in the aftertaste which is followed up with a really lovely sweet note.

The flavor makes me think of a lightly sugared peach. Sweet and fruit-like and absolutely wonderful.

Here’s my full-length review: http://steepster.com/teas/darjeeling-tea-lovers/46363-castleton-maharaja-first-flush-2014-ftgfop1-special-china-black-tea

donkeytiara

Castleton has some spectacular teas!

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A very forgiving tea. I oversteeped it by several minutes because I forgot to set the timer, but I tasted no sign of bitterness and there was very little astringency or tannic quality at all. Very forgiving.

Fresh, vibrant taste with delightful tropical notes. A vegetal note that is somewhere between grass and steamed spinach. Lightly creamy/buttery.

The pineapple is tangy, and the mango and papaya is sweet and juicy tasting. A really nice tropical flavor.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/01/green-pineapple-tea-from-the-persimmon-tree/

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I had my doubts about this tisane because by the looks of it, it’s mostly hibiscus. The idea of the dried grape skins was intriguing to me, though, but because all the ingredients – grape skins, hibiscus and berries – are all so dark and ruby reddish in color, it looks like pure hibiscus which elicited an “ugh” out of me when I first measured it into my Kati Tumbler.

However, it tastes a lot better than I anticipated it would. A short steep time – 4 1/2 minutes in 195°F water – helped keep the ‘hibiscus effect’ to a minimum. (The hibiscus effect = very tart, syrupy, thick liquid that happens after being steeped too long.)

Anyway, I didn’t taste a lot of hibiscus. It has a strong berry taste to it. Served hot/warm, it tastes a lot like warm grape juice! Served iced, it tastes like grape juice and I suspect this would be a great tea/tisane to serve to kids because of that grape-y flavor.

I liked this a lot better than I thought I would.

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drank Vanilla Rooibos by Teanzo 1856
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Day 19 of the Teanzo Advent Calendar …

Tasty! I usually prefer a rooibos blend to be very strongly flavored, so much so that it masks the flavor of the rooibos which isn’t my favorite taste. I don’t mind rooibos as much as I once did, but, I still like a good, strongly flavored rooibos blend. This isn’t as strongly flavored as what I used to want, but I’m not minding that because the nutty flavors of the rooibos works really well with the vanilla notes.

The vanilla tastes authentic. It doesn’t have a fake taste or a cheap vanilla extract sort of flavor. I enjoyed this.

Here’s my full-length article: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/19/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-19-from-teanzo-1856/

Lion

I’ve tried a few vanilla rooibos lately trying to find the right one for me. So far the first one I had (Allegro brand) was the best. I currently am trying to evaluate Upton’s but I think it tastes a little “artificial” despite that it has natural vanilla extract and vanilla bean pieces to flavor it. Maybe it’s the quality of the rooibos making it taste kinda off.

Lion

On the other hand I’m really enamored with Upton’s Super Grade Rooibos.

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This is a good quality Shou Mei. I liked that the leaves didn’t appear as crumbly and dry as some Shou Mei teas that I’ve encountered have appeared. This didn’t look like dry, brown leaves. These leaves had some downy fuzz on them, and the colors varied from pale green to silver to brown. Impressive for a Shou Mei.

Then again, I shouldn’t be surprised because the quality of Simple Loose Leaf has always been top notch. I have been very appreciative of the quality of their teas.

Sweet, fresh and light tasting. Crisp and ‘spring – like’ with hay-like notes. This tea offers many delightful infusions.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/30/shou-mei-white-tea-from-simple-loose-leaf/

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I enjoyed this one. I won’t say it was my favorite iced tea from SBT, but it’s a good one and one I had no trouble finishing the pitcher and one I wouldn’t mind having again on occasion.

This does not taste like those holiday, spicy-hot, cinnamon red-hot candies with orange flavoring type of teas. This is sweet with notes of savory from the cinnamon, but it’s not overly spicy. The orange is bright, and the honeybush has its natural nutty tones which brings out some of the natural earthy notes of the cinnamon. It’s a harmonious, refreshing glass of iced tea.

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I’ve previously written a tasting note for this tea but because I revisited it back at the end of September (yeah, yeah, I’m still behind) I decided I’d revisit it here too. Fong Mong has some really fantastic Oolong teas!

Delightfully sweet with lovely peach-like notes. Honeyed sweetness. Please read my full-length review for details on each infusion: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/29/top-grade-oriental-beauty-oolong-tea-from-fong-mong-tea/

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
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Scrumptious! Lovely maple notes. I like the way the nutty tones of the rooibos meld with the maple-y flavors. It’s almost pancake-y, but a very sweet pancake breakfast. The toffee is not something I’d usually put on a pancake, but, hey … it goes good with the rooibos and the maple so I’m not knocking it.

Yummy. This should be a must try for fans of maple.

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I have a lot of favorite tea companies. This year, I added at least one more “new” tea company to my list of favorites: What-Cha. I love the varieties of white teas that they offer (they offer a stunning array of other varieties as well).

This Darjeeling White from What-Cha may be one of the very finest White Darjeeling teas I’ve come across in my years as a tea reviewer. It’s just so good.

Sweet, delicious, delicate, lovely spice notes … with a wonderfully silky texture. Very refreshing.

It starts with notes of grass followed by gentle spice notes. Mid-sip, I pick up on fruit notes (melon, apple, and grape.) Notes of flower toward the finish, with a slightly dry tail and a clean, sweet aftertaste.

Here’s my full-length article: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/28/darjeeling-1st-flush-2014-jogmaya-white-tea-from-what-cha-tea/

Anlina

What-cha has rapidly become one of my favourite companies too.

LiberTEAS

I’ve been impressed with everything that I’ve tried from them and they have such a nice selection of exceptional teas from many different regions to choose from. They’re awesome!

Anlina

What-Cha has been really influential in developing my palate for straight teas. I think it was with my first order that my tastes started to drift away from flavoured teas. I still enjoy them, but I have a great appreciation for just tea these days.

I want to try everything they have.

LiberTEAS

Me too! I would love to try all their teas.

I like both straight (pure/unadulterated) teas as well as flavored and/or blended. I enjoy exploring the complexity of a pure tea. I also enjoy tasting flavors with tea to see how well they work with a tea.

I just love tea. I want to try all teas.

LiberTEAS

Disclaimer: There will be some exception to the “I want to try all teas” statement and I should actually change the statement to “I want to try most teas, some exceptions apply.”

What-Cha

Thanks for the kind words Anlina and LiberTEAS, it does mean a lot to hear the tea is being well received.

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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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