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drank Orange Spice by Tea of Life
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This was alright. It was actually better than alright, I found it quite nice.

The green tea was lightly sweet, buttery and a little grassy but not overly so. It had a smooth, soft texture. The orange is bright and flavorful. The spices are gently warm with notes of clove and cinnamon. The spices aren’t overdone. This isn’t one of those ‘red hot cinnamon orange’ type of teas.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/23/orange-spice-flavored-green-tea-from-tea-of-life/

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drank Wedding Tea by Harney & Sons
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The white tea is smooth and sweet and these characteristics are further highlighted with the notes of vanilla. A hint of tart lemon brightens the cup without making it too tart. It’s a nice “marriage” of flavors.

It tastes a bit like lemon curd was stirred into my white tea.


Sounds tasty!


Lemon curd sold me! I could eat it out of the jar with a spoon.


Every time I think I’ve tried everything from Harney that I’ve wanted to try, I hear of something else interesting like this!

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drank Yunnan Jig by Simple Loose Leaf
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A beautiful dry leaf. The aroma is leathery and evoked thoughts of an old library with lots of leather bound books. The brewed tea smells more earthy than leathery.

Rich flavor, smooth from start to finish. Virtually no astringency, only a slight dryness toward the tail. Notes of cacao and spice. A sweet caramel undertone. A nice balance between sweet and savory. A nicely round cuppa.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/22/yunnan-jig-black-tea-from-simple-loose-leaf/

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OK, so I was kind of surprised to not find a listing for this one. Perhaps everyone has been reviewing it under the loose leaf interpretation of this tea?

Anyway … the dry sachet smells VERY MUCH like a marshmallow treat. I really like this iced tea version of the tea – perhaps better than the reblend of the original Marshmallow Treat. Having tried tea from the first batch which was made with the Matcha dusted Genmaicha, the reblend just couldn’t really compete with that experience. The reblend was good – just not as good.

But the ice tea rocks! Sweet, roasty-toasty rice flavors and delicious marshmallow flavor. A really good iced tea.

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As I wrote in my full-length article – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/21/vanilla-almond-black-tea-blend-from-the-secret-garden-tea-company/ – this tea is unbelievably smooth. So sweet and silky and delightfully yummy.

There is very little astringency to this – the earliest sips were not astringent and as I continued to sip, I started to pick up on a light dryness. It’s very smooth from start to finish.

The vanilla is noticeable right from the start. I would pick up on the almond somewhere between the start and mid-sip, and I found that the vanilla and nutty flavor were very complemented each other well.

The black tea base is smooth and even-toned, I suspect it is a Ceylon. A really nice tea.

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drank Apple Embrace by Monarch Tea Co.
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This comes from Edition 7 from Postal Teas subscription. I was thrilled with the box because it featured a company from which I’ve not yet tried teas.

And this is a tasty tea. I like that the black tea notes are prominent – this is a tea first and the flavorings do not overpower the base – the apple flavors are subtle but develop as I sipped. The flavoring reminded me of apple pie filling, complete with a touch of cinnamon. It’s a gentle warmth from the cinnamon, again nothing overwhelming here. Just a really nice black tea with a level of flavoring designed to accentuate the tea.

I enjoyed the packaging from Monarch tea – they’re a company that can be found on Etsy and the packaging has a very ‘homemade’ sort of feel to it and I liked that. It’s rustic and attractive, cute and artsy.

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The aroma of the brewed tea is quite lovely.

I can’t say that I’ve tasted a lot of currant flavored white teas. I’ve had many currant flavored black teas, but not so many white or even green teas flavored with currant. I really like this combination though. The crisp, sweet flavor of the white tea is nicely paired with the sweet-tart flavor of currant. It’s a really nice flavor combination.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/20/white-currant-tea-from-caraway-tea/

It’s a tasty tea – I’d be happy to drink this again.

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drank Peppermint by Simple Loose Leaf
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As I wrote in my full-length article about this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/19/peppermint-herbal-tisane-from-simple-loose-leaf/ – yes, this is plain and pure peppermint, but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable. The leaves produce an invigorating cup that is crisp and cool and refreshing. It’s nice to sip.

I enjoyed this offering from Simple Loose Leaf. It’s as simple as it gets – pure peppermint – but it’s a quality leaf and it’s a very enjoyable cup. It’s great served with a squeeze of lemon!

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This is another of the teas that I just had to try.

I think I may have steeped it a little weak. I’m getting buttery, creamy flavors but this is remarkably delicate tasting, like I didn’t add enough tea to the teapot type of delicate. I taste all the flavors, it’s just not as strong as I’d like it to be so next time, I’ll add a little more leaf.

leaf in hot water

ooh irish cream like…Baileys?

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Yes, the leaf does look green – but the label says black! But I’ve come to expect that from a Darjeeling tea.

This is a lovely Darjeeling: Sweet, crisp and refreshing. The liquid is much paler than some of the Darjeelings that I’ve had in the last year and it has a greener taste to it. And since it’s a first flush, there isn’t a strong muscatel to this cup.

Light notes of vegetation and hints of jasmine. Sweet grassy notes. A really nice afternoon tea.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/19/gopaldhara-wonder-tea-first-flush-2014-from-darjeeling-tea-lovers/


I’ve found that Darjeelings, especially first flushes, looks and steep more like green teas even if they technically aren’t.


agreed. I always steep a Darjeeling at 195°F or sometimes lower if the leaves look really green. When I used to steep Darjeeling at boiling temperatures, they’d end up too bitter and astringent. But when brewed at a lower temperature they’re quite lovely.

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:

I no longer write for the SororiTea Sisters but I am still the admin for the blog.


The reason I’m no longer writing for SororiTea Sisters is because I am now the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas:


I’ll still be posting occasional reviews on teas here on Steepster, mostly backlogged reviews because I’m way behind on getting reviews posted. That’s why I’m keeping two accounts active at the current time – so that I can get those backlogged reviews posted.


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, which is why I was very excited to be the Mad Tea Artist of 52Teas!


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