4833 Tasting Notes


The sachet produced a very strong tasting tea. The gooseberry is bitter and sour and I must admit that those are not my two favorite tastes. The mint and the cinnamon help to soften the bitter and sour tastes just a bit and I appreciate that. I’m glad to say that this tea isn’t all about the gooseberry and I can taste the warmth of the cinnamon and the crisp, cool flavor of the mint. The green tea is a little lost in the shuffle though.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/16/revitalize-ayurvedic-tea-from-teaveda/

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drank Apple Brandy Assam by 52teas
4833 tasting notes

Sipping on a cup of this now and writing my review for it for SororiTea Sisters – it won’t appear there until later this month.

I like the base of Assam for this blend. It’s difficult to tell if this is a “wine-like” Assam with the brandy flavors but since I’m not picking up on a strong malty presence I’m going to go with a “wine-like” Assam. I do taste hints of malt, but it’s not as obvious a taste as I usually get from an Assam. I do taste the brandy, though, and as one who doesn’t really drink a lot of alcohol, I wouldn’t really know the difference between a brandy or a wine, but I do taste that wine-like or brandy-like flavor.

And then there is apple. The apple is a nice flavor to go with the brandy and the Assam. It’s crisp and adds a nice sweetness to the cup.

Overall, this is a pleasant cup. I recommend letting it cool just slightly (still hot but not piping hot) because I found that the flavors developed with some cool time.

And I’ve decided that I’m no longer going to rate teas numerically. You’ll learn more about why later.

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The brewed tisane smells amazing. Distinct notes of vanilla and it smells heavenly.

It tastes good too! I’m not really big on rooibos (as you’re probably aware) but the nutty flavors of the rooibos work well with the strong vanilla tones. I also taste subtle floral tones and hints of the berry flavor, and even a bit of that berry tingle in the aftertaste.

It’s a relaxing tisane and it has a desserty flavor to it, nice for after dinner. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/15/secret-garden-rooibos-tisane-from-the-secret-garden-tea-company/

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I’ve noticed that over the past year or so, my iced tea consumption has increased significantly. I used to only drink iced tea during the hottest months of the year, and when it wasn’t the hottest months of the year, the iced tea pitcher got stashed back into the cupboard. But now, I keep a pitcher of iced tea in the fridge at all times. I like having something cold to drink in the fridge and since I don’t drink soda, that’s out. I drink water but I sometimes want something other than water and when that happens, I pull out the iced tea pitcher and enjoy a glass of iced tea.

And usually, it’s a SBT tea that I’m drinking because I love the convenience of the large tea sachet. It makes it easy to brew and especially to cold brew. I usually prefer loose leaf but when it comes to iced tea, I find myself wanting more convenience.

All that said … this isn’t my favorite green tea offering from SBT. But it IS tasty. With my first glass, I had trouble identifying flavors until I reached the end of the glass. Then I poured myself a second glass and I could really taste the strawberry and kiwi. The strawberry is more prominent than the kiwi and the green tea is soft and buttery.

Tasty and refreshing.

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Beautiful dry leaf that almost looks like pine needles. (But they don’t smell like them!) They are darker in color than a typical “silver needle” with more of a purple-y color to them than the pale green to silvery color that you’d find in a Chinese Silver Needle. The aroma is soft and floral.

The liquid is very pale and the taste is delicate. Sweet and floral. It’s lovely and soft tasting. Even though it’s a very delicate and subtle tea there are many layers to it.

The second cup was stronger than the first. The floral notes are not quite as sharp as they were in the first cup, but they are also not quite as delicate. This cup has a creamy overtone that is very enjoyable and the tail has light, fruity tones that evoke thoughts of peach and orange.

This tea is not quite as “haylike” as some white teas can be. This is sweet, creamy with nutty tones. It’s a different silver needle, but different is good! I enjoy the classic silver needle too but it’s nice to try something a little different that will challenge what I know about silver needle!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/14/kenya-silver-needle-purple-varietal-white-tea-from-what-cha-tea/

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drank Organic Black Tea by Arum Tea
4833 tasting notes


The appearance of the dry leaf reminds me a lot of an Oolong pellet. It’s a different color, of course, most of the ‘pelleted’ Oolongs are greener in color and these are chocolate-y brown, but they are still tightly wound into pellets. They have a warm, nutty aroma that’s slightly sweet and slightly earthy.

A very rewarding flavor. It is reminiscent of a Nilgiri tea. Somewhere between a Nilgiri black and an Oriental Beauty Oolong. In my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/14/organic-black-tea-from-arum-tea/ I mention that I get the texture of the Oolong while I taste a smooth, malty flavor of the Nilgiri.

A really lovely Black. I enjoyed it.

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drank Aniseed Balls by Bluebird Tea Co.
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This tea was at the top of the list of teas that I wanted to try from Bluebird because I love Anise. And even though I don’t love hibiscus or stevia, I was willing to overlook the presence of these ingredients if I was about to try a tisane with licorice, aniseed and star anise … and chili!

I wish the hibiscus wasn’t there. That said, this is still an enjoyable tisane for me even though there is hibiscus and stevia. I’d like them not to be there, but I still enjoyed this even though they are there.

I love the licorice-y flavor to this. This is not for someone who doesn’t like the flavor of black licorice, but I love licorice so this tisane was right up my alley. The chili adds just a little warmth to it but doesn’t make it too spicy.

Read my full-length review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/13/aniseed-balls-tisane-from-bluebird-tea-co/

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drank Frozen Summit by Dachi Tea
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I had this tea the other day. Dachi sent me their package ahead of time so that hopefully I’ll be able to get them some last minute investors in their Kickstarter! Check it out here:

The package they sent is wonderful – all decked out in a beautiful metallic, coppery gift bag with their logo on it. It was like a little gift. Fun!

The tea is good too. This Dong Ding is sweet and nutty. The earliest infusions offered warm, toasty notes of nutty granola and notes of honey. Later infusions, I tasted butterscotch! Yum! I also picked up on a malt like note which was very enjoyable. A very smooth and pleasant Dong Ding!

You can read my full-length review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/31/frozen-summit-oolong-tea-from-dachi-tea/

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drank Lime Marshmallow by Butiki Teas
4833 tasting notes

So, now I’m having a cup of Lime Marshmallow in my brand new tea mug that my daughter got for me for Christmas. For those of you who didn’t see it in the thread that I resurrected from the graveyard last night, here’s a link to the picture of my new mug. I love it: https://www.flickr.com/photos/eccentricpastiche/15928728560/

This thing holds 16 ounces of tea, so I’ve got sixteen ounces of lime marshmallow in front of me right now.

The flavors start out very delicate. The lime is the strongest flavor of the cup, but it’s quite delicate too. The tartness of the lime lingers into the aftertaste. I like that it’s not overly tart, the sweetness of the marshmallow softens the tart lime just a bit.

There’s a creamy layer of flavor beneath the lime. Soft and sweet. The marshmallow and the white tea work nicely together – the light, subtle notes of the white tea with a light sweetness from the marshmallow. It’s nice. I think I am finding myself wanting a little more marshmallow flavor. It’s good but I feel like it could be better.


I love your mug. Those lines are some of my favorites too! Snape is the best :D so sad at the end.


I still cry when I watch it. When I read the book, I had to stop reading and cry for about an hour after the chapter about Snape’s memories.


This is even better on the resteep! The flavors are really THERE now.


I was hoping it would be a lot like Frank’s Lime Jello Salad.


@Fjellrev: no, it’s not really like that. I love both though. But they are different.


Fjellrev – to me, they are definitely along the same lines, but Butiki’s is creamier and the base is less noticeable (also, less chance of bitterness). If you like Lime Jello Salad, you will like this tea.


I agree that they’re similar and if you like the Lime Jello, you’ll like this. But there are some noticeable differences as well. Both are delicious.

I just brewed this tea tonight, and I found that with a little extra leaf the flavors really come through nicely.

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My order from Butiki Teas arrived today. I wasn’t going to place an order because the teas that I order are teas that I review (as well as teas sent to me for review) and really, since Butiki Teas is closing soon, I didn’t figure that Stacy was looking for SororiTea Sisters reviews.

However, when I saw the announcement for the Lime Marshmallow tea I couldn’t stand it and I knew I had to try it. I already missed out on the smoky banana one and I didn’t want to miss out on trying the Lime Marshmallow. And that tea looked woefully lonely in the cart all by itself so I added a couple of other teas.

And yeah, i’ll review them eventually on SororiTea Sisters because that’s what I do: Drink, Write, Repeat.

This is actually really quite good. I was a little disappointed at first because I wasn’t getting a strong chocolate-y flavor that I want. (I always want more chocolate.) There is a nice amount of spice – it’s peppery and it provides a swift kick to the palate but it isn’t an overwhelming HOT sensation. I feel the tingle and the burn in the back of the throat from the pepper but it isn’t so hot that I feel like I need to find something to tame the heat.

And the chocolate is coming through. If I were to offer any complaint, it would be that it needs more chocolate. (Again, please refer to my simple scientific equation: more chocolate = better.) But, there is a nice balance between sweet chocolate and spicy chili here. And the black tea base is sweet, I taste light notes of honey that stay through the aftertaste. Nice. It’s a really pleasant black tea, it’s strong enough to be tasted amid notes of chocolate and chili.

Overall, this gets a yum from me. I’m happy that I put this in the cart.


This sounds like one fascinating combination, and Lime Marshmallow too!

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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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