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I had high expectations for this tea and unfortunately, I don’t feel that it met those expectations. Then again, when a tea has bergamot, my expectations are usually very high and maybe that’s not fair. I love my bergamot.

That’s not to say I disliked this tea, I didn’t. I actually enjoyed it, but it wasn’t as strongly flavored as I like my bergamot to be. I appreciated the robust flavor of the Iverness estate black tea, but I wanted the bergamot to be on even footing with the strength of the black tea and it just wasn’t.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/19/inverness-estate-black-tea-with-essence-of-bergamot-from-eden-grove/

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I revisited this tea back in July and enjoyed my experience with it. It’s sweet. The peppermint gives it a crisp note and I appreciated that the peppermint wasn’t overpowering the cup. The rose is gentle. The white tea is not overpowered.

It’s a really pleasant tea. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/18/rose-mojito-white-tea-blend-from-the-persimmon-tree/

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drank SBT: Wildberries Green by 52teas
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This is my second pitcher of this tea. Well, no, this is my third pitcher of this tea. This is my second pouch of this tea. I brewed the first pouch back in August (but I’m still quite behind on my posting!) and it was good for a gallon of delicious iced tea – hot brewed. I ordered a second pouch so that I could experiment a little bit and try it cold brewed – which is what i’m drinking now. It works well as a cold-brew too, although the flavor is not quite as intense as I remember from the first hot brew.

Here’s the link to my review of my first two pitchers of this iced tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/21/wildberries-flavored-green-iced-tea-from-southern-boy-teas/

I like it as a cold-brew and I am thinking that by cold-brewing this the first time, I may get three pitchers of iced tea out of the one pouch. That would be awesome. I really like this flavor a lot, very berry-licious, but not so over-flavored that I’m missing out on the green tea flavor.

A really tasty iced tea.

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drank SBT: Garlic Toast by 52teas
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Weird!

But I like it. Although I have to be honest, when I was preparing it last night, I wasn’t so sure that I’d like it. When I opened the pouch – oh my goodness – it was GARLIC. It smelled like I just opened the oven and inside was a halved loaf of French Bread that had been slathered with garlic butter and toasted until it was golden brown. So, as I was making the tea all I could think of was: This is so weird. This is not an odor I ever imagined smelling as I was making iced tea.

OK, that wasn’t the only thought I was having. My other thought was: I’m going to have to run a “cleaning cycle” on my Breville after I finish making this because I don’t want any residual odors/essences to latch themselves onto my next cup of tea.

Hmm … chocolate covered garlic?

OK … anyway, that was last night. Today, I’m drinking a glass of Garlic Toast flavored iced tea. And, yes, it’s weird, but it’s also … good. Believe it or not. I like the savory element of the garlic. I like that zesty garlic flavor. It highlights the black tea in a different way where I am exploring more of the sweet elements of the black tea because of how well they contrast with the sharp heat of the garlic.

And the garlic is not a heavy or overwhelming flavor. It is THERE and not hiding behind the tea at all, but there is more tea taste to this than garlic. I am drinking garlic flavored tea … not tea drowning in garlic essence.

Weird. Yes. But weird in a very interesting, unusual, and ultimately, tasty way.

MegWesley

That sounds like an interesting tea.

gmathis

Oh, my…what’ll they think of next?

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I was rummaging through my tea stash and I came across this tea that I hadn’t yet sampled. It’s a bit old, not sure how old, but I do keep my stash in airtight canisters that keep them out of the elements that harm tea. So, I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

Well, either it’s lost some of it’s bergamot over time or it just didn’t have a lot of bergamot to begin with. I’m noticing that the bergamot here reminds me a lot of the bergamot that I’ve had from 52Teas – that is, it’s on the bubblegum-y side. I love 52Teas but they haven’t nailed their bergamot/Earl Grey yet. They need to find a better bergamot oil.

Anyway … this note isn’t about 52Teas but this tea from a company that no longer exists. It’s alright. Not the best Earl Grey I’ve had. Then again, I don’t know how much that is to be attributed to the age of the sampling versus the actual tea. So, out of fairness, I won’t numerically rate it. I don’t hate it though so I’ll be able to finish the cup.

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I love this Keemun. I think that this may be the best Keemun I’ve ever tasted. So good. Rich, smooth, delicious. Very little astringency, just a slight dryness toward the tail. Honeyed caramel drizzled over tree-ripened plums. Mmm!

I love this.

donkeytiara

i bought 2 tins of it….I think it’s a great compare/contrast to Butiki’s Congou and to TeaVivre’s Superfine…… Keemuns are magical.

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Lovely! Like a spring morning! The aroma is slightly “green” – not so much veggie or grassy but more like that fresh, new, green smell from the new green growth of spring.

Sweet, delightfully creamy, honey notes, floral notes. Buttery. The jasmine notes begin to emerge in the later infusions. I notice citrus in later infusions as well.

Really, really lovely.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/17/four-seasons-spring-oolong-from-green-terrace-teas/

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drank SBT: Mango Sherbet by 52teas
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I really liked this iced tea flavor. I believe I may have passed some of it along to my daughter who also loved it.

The mango flavor is strong. Notes of cream to create the “sherbet” flavor and I like the way this flavor melds with the natural malty tones of the black tea. It’s quite a delicious combination.

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drank Kokang Green Tea by Shan Valley
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An interesting tea that tastes different when served hot versus served cold.

When hot, it’s a fresh, exhilarating, rich, brothy type of tea. Smoky. Not overly vegetal, in fact I found the vegetal note to be a bit subtle which I found surprising given it’s a green. Buttery and creamy. Like browned butter. Distant notes of fruit and flower.

As it cools, the creaminess tastes less like browned butter and more like fresh cream. The smokiness seems to leave the cup as it cools. The fruit becomes more prominent in the cooled cup – a bit like fruit and cream. Nice.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/16/kokang-green-tea-from-shan-valley/

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I bought this sample based on the name of it – the idea of apricot brandy sounded good at the time when I was shopping. The dry leaf aroma represents the name quite appropriately: it smells like apricot and brandy and black tea. The brewed tea smells similar but I notice more black tea notes with the brewed tea than with the dry leaf.

It tastes as good as it smells (bonus points!)

A nice, authentic apricot flavor along with a pleasantly smooth black tea flavor. It’s a mild black tea with some astringency but not much. The brandy flavor is not an overwhelming flavor and as I’m not big on alcohol, I think this earns bonus points too. I like the subtle brandy note.

A really enjoyable blend.

Nicole

This sounds good.

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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.

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