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An excellent Earl Grey. A strong, amazingly beautiful bergamot scent (I never get tired of that scent.) The base is Ceylon and Keemun which offers a strong background of flavor without being too aggressive. It’s smooth and well-rounded. No bitterness and only slightly astringent toward the tail. What astringency there is seems to accentuate the bergamot notes in a positive way.

Bright, citrus-y bergamot. Notes of floral without tasting perfume-ish. The citrus notes linger in the aftertaste. Tangy and invigorating.

A seriously good Earl Grey. Definitely in my top five. I’m not sure which Earl Grey it would displace … nor am I sure I’d want that Earl Grey displaced so just consider the statement to say that this is really good. If you’re an Earl Grey fan, try it.

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drank Pyin Green Tea by Shan Valley
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The dry leaf LOOKS like a black tea (or at least a well oxidized Oolong) but it definitely smells like a green tea with its vegetal aroma. The brewed tea is darker than most green teas tend to be.

Although the aroma of the dry leaf led me to think that I’d be drinking a strongly vegetative tea, the vegetal notes are actually quite a bit softer than I expected them to be. I do taste some vegetation here but I taste the other flavors more prominently: Lovely floral notes, notes of fruit and a buttery overtone.

A well-rounded tea with a nice, brothy texture. It’s a very satisfying drink.

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

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An AWESOME tea. A beautiful muscatel note to this tea. This is the tea you want if you’re looking for muscatel!

A lovely, wine-like taste with bright, fruity notes. Slightly dry toward the finish. Sweet and fruity with notes of grape and black currant. The sip starts out sweet yet spicy. Nice notes of malt that accentuate the sweetness without allowing it to become too sweet.

A wonderful tea! Please check out my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/06/castleton-autumnal-tulip-black-tea-2013-autumn-flush-from-darjeeling-tea-lovers/

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I have really enjoyed the Pu-erh teas that I’ve tried from Master Han. I love that the aroma isn’t overly earthy, in fact, I found that this smells more like a green tea than a pu-erh. It actually reminds me of the damp woods in my area of the world – the Pacific Northwest.

A refreshing flavor that’s sweet and mild, almost champagne-ish, with a light, bubbly character. I taste sticky rice and sweet, buttered corn. Nutty flavors that remind me of raw, unsalted cashew. A very satisfying tea that, as I say in my full-length review of this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/06/master-hans-2014-wild-picked-sheng-puer-tea-from-verdant-tea/ – leaves me feeling more like I’m eating than I’m drinking.

It’s a very interesting tea.

The second infusion was less creamy and starchy tasting, this time I experienced more of a brothy type experience. I could taste notes of barley. Dry mineral notes. Gentle floral notes and touches of spice.

Please check out my full-length review (link above) for details on the infusions.

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I’m not usually all that enthusiastic to try tisanes. Generally, I prefer camellia sinensis, but I can’t drink it all the time because otherwise it’d be difficult to drift off to sleep. This is one tisane that will help in that department. And it is an enjoyable tisane.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/05/insomniacs-dream-herbal-blend-from-simple-loose-leaf/

Lovely, light apple-y notes from the chamomile marry nicely with the lemony notes of the lemon balm and lemongrass, and the cool peppermint is quite refreshing. It’s a mellow, relaxing herbal. Nice.

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I’ve had the opportunity to try quite a few different teas from Cameron – both the black tea varieties and the Oolong varieties – and it would be difficult to tell you which I prefer. They’ve all been quite lovely.

The beautiful leaves are whole and have been rolled lengthwise to create a lovely, wiry shape when dry. They slowly unfurl to release their flavor. It’s warm and robust and sweet with notes of cacao. Caramel and molasses. Subtle tones of leather and earth. There is a very pleasing texture that is thick and buttery and smooth, but it doesn’t taste buttery like an Oolong or green tea would. It just feels it.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/05/taiwan-sun-moon-lake-formosa-black-tea-competition-grade-from-cameron-tea/

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drank Peach Brulée by Tea Forte
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This was yum! I still have some in the cupboard, I might have to indulge in a cup tomorrow. I like that the black tea base is a bold tasting black tea. The reason for the bold flavor is that it’s a pan-roasted Assam base and it is what makes this blend so awesome! The notes of malt from the tea, the rich, robust flavor, and the pan-roasting gives this tea a roasty flavor that is almost reminiscent of a rich coffee. Only it’s better than coffee because it’s tea.

The peach notes do not overpower the black tea base, and I like that too. Notes of peach, mango and a subtle hint of coconut. Of these flavors, the peach is the most prominent, with the mango weaving its way in and out of the sip and the coconut is very delicate, most noticeable in the aftertaste than during the sip.

A really lovely tea.

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This is a really long overdue backlog, I just came across my notes on this one and didn’t log it here. On the one occasion that i had this tea, I oversteeped it a tad and it was a little bitter. (Don’t oversteep it!) But, beyond the bitterness I could taste a robust, rich flavor with a fruity, wine-like note. This is one of those wine-y type Assam teas rather than a malty Assam. I did get some notes of malt but it’s not quite as malty as other Assam teas I’ve had.

A good Assam that would have been better if I hadn’t oversteeped it, I think. For that reason, I won’t rate it.

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drank White Lavender by Tea of Life
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This was not my favorite tea from Tea of Life. (I’ve tried quite a few of them and still have quite a few more to write about).

The lavender tastes artificial, as if it were put there by flavoring or essential oil rather than by lavender buds. Because of that … it ends up tasting like someone added lavender perfume to my tea. Not an enjoyable taste for me.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/04/white-lavender-tea-from-tea-of-life/

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Seriously yum. I think I’m going to brew some of this tomorrow for iced tea. I’ve tried it as a hot tea and had several lovely cups of it, but I think that I need to try it iced.

I like this one even better than the black tea version of the tea. The genmaicha works very well with the banana pudding flavors. The sweet, roasty-toasty element of the genmaicha seems to enhance the wafer cookie flavors nicely. I really liked this one!

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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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Most of the teas that I record in my notes here are going to have a fairly high rating from me. This is not because I am not discerning, but because I do not usually waste my time on drinking tea I do not care for, nor will I waste my time on writing about it.

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