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drank Imperial Keemun by Steepster
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I agree with the part that says “marriage of floral, fruity, smoky and mineral flavors.” It’s a pleasant marriage of these flavors. I get more fruit and smoke than I do floral and mineral, but I do taste each of these qualities.

Smoke is prominent. The sweetness of the fruit reminds me of something between berries and plums. Together with the smoke, these fruity notes almost taste roasted, like they were grilled over a smoky charcoal grill.

Usually with a Keemun tea, it tastes either of smoke, or it tastes fruity and wine-like, but I’m finding that this Keemun is something in between these two. It’s strong, rich and smoky, but there are wine-like qualities to this too.

The floral notes are subdued and the mineral notes come through toward the finish.

A good Keemun.

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LOVED this blend. This was the first tea that I tried from the “Selection Club” box that I received in March. I changed my subscription to the Selection Club and I could not be happier with this service!

Seriously, I LOVE Simple Loose Leaf. They offer exceptional customer service. If I have a problem they get back to me right away. Admittedly, I’ve only had one problem to date but that problem was MY mistake, and they still went above and beyond to correct the problem. That’s the kind of company I like to deal with.

Getting back to this tea, this is delicious and is quite probably my favorite that I’ve tried from Simple Loose Leaf yet. I taste the raspberry, the mint, the vanilla and the green tea. I love that all flavors are represented in a very clear way with this blend. The raspberry is sweet-tart, the mint is crisp and cool and doesn’t overpower, the vanilla is soft and creamy.

If I’m to offer any complaint about this blend, it would be that I think the green tea should be a little more prominent (because, after all, I’m drinking tea.) But that isn’t to say that the green tea is absent, it isn’t. I just want more green tea flavor, I think.

Regardless, I loved this. And my youngest daughter LOVED this. It may be her favorite green tea yet.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/07/raspberry-vanilla-mint-green-tea-simple-loose-leaf/

Note: I’m a little torn about how to rate this. If it’s not my favorite that I’ve tasted from Simple Loose Leaf, then it’s up there in at least the top three … that should mean that it gets super high marks, right? But, I do think that the green tea should be a stronger presence. So, that should subtract points, right? So, rather than try to rate it, I’ll just recommend it and not give it a numeric rating.

It’s good, you should try it!

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drank Chocolate Chip by Adagio Teas
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I’m not usually a fan of Adagio’s flavored black teas, because I find the black tea base to be rather harsh. I steeped this at just 2 1/2 minutes hoping to keep the harshness to a minimum, and this did work, although I do still taste some of that harshness, although it’s not quite as harsh as some of the other flavored blacks I’ve tried from Adagio.

This is better served with a splash of milk as it reduces the harshness. That said, I wish that Adagio would rethink their black tea base.

A nice chocolate flavor though, and a pleasing vanilla-y undertone. This would be so much better if the black tea base tasted better.

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drank Spicy Anise by English Tea Shop
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I had high hopes for this blend – even though it’s a bagged tea. When I see “anise” … my hope level rises because I love anise. The spicy part made me even more excited to try it.

But, it is a disappointment. If you look at the ingredient list, you might think this is chai-ish, but taste wise, it leaves much to be desired of a chai. This is more like a warmly spiced mint tea than a chai. Mint dominates this blend, not the anise.

A disappointment.

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I love the teas that I’ve tried from Tea of Life. Yeah, sure, they’re bagged/sacheted teas and for the most part, I usually look down my nose at bagged varieties, but, Tea of Life has proven themselves to be good teas … even for bagged teas.

A really good balance of green tea and blueberry flavor with this tea. The green tea tastes light and buttery, and the blueberry is sweet with the tart berry note at the finish.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/05/green-tea-blueberry-tea-life/

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Backlog (and correction):

When I previously wrote this tasting note, I wrote it for the Shan Lin Xi High Mountain Concubine Oolong tea and not for this tea … and that was a mistake. So, I’m moving the tasting note to the correct Oolong!

I absolutely LOVE Eco Cha! This is a fantastic company, and their packaging is gorgeous – very classy! It’s the kind of tea package that you’ll feel good about giving to a tea loving friend (even if that friend is YOU!)

So I was happy to see that Steepster included in last month’s select box some choice teas from Eco Cha … and this was one of them. I had already tried the tea from samples that I had received from Eco Cha, but this one is so good that I was certainly happy to get the tea again! (You can read my first review of this tea here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/12/15/shan-lin-xi-high-mountain-oolong-tea-eco-cha/ )

A really good Oolong, sweet, floral and a slight woodsy note. The texture is light and refreshing. Later infusions revealed the woodsy tone to be more of a pine-like note, and later I tasted notes of apple.

An excellent Oolong!

Jiāng Luo

+1 for Eco Cha love can not wait for spring flush

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drank Eggnog Honeybush by 52teas
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I’m not typically a fan of rooibos or honeybush … but when Frank makes a honeybush blend, I look forward to trying it. Frank has a way with honeybush, and to my recollection, there haven’t been any of his honeybush blends that I’ve been terribly disappointed by.

I think honeybush is a great base for eggnog flavors, the nutty, sweet notes of the honeybush go nicely with the flavors of a traditional eggnog.

Piping hot, I find that the flavors are a little muddied. This tea benefits from a few minutes of cooling time … and then yum! I can taste notes of vanilla, and that creamy, eggy, custardy flavor that I expect from eggnog. I like that the cinnamon is a subtle flavor here and doesn’t overpower, although as I state in my full-length review of this tea http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/04/eggnog-honeybush-blend-52teas/ I think that nutmeg would have been a better spice than cinnamon (or perhaps a combination of nutmeg and cinnamon).

There is a light drizzle of the boozy flavors and that works alright for me too. Overall, I enjoyed this one, although I like it better with just a little nutmeg added (which I have added to all my subsequent cups of this tisane.)

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drank Earl Grey by Sarabeth's Tea
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Had I not known I was opening a tin of Earl Grey tea, I might not have guessed it by the aroma. This has to be one of the most softly scented bergamot teas I’ve yet to encounter. A little disconcerting for this bergamot fan, but, I decided not to let it sway me yet.

It’s a decent tea. The bergamot is a subtle flavor, more subtle than I usually want in a Earl Grey blend, but, the flavor is there, and it doesn’t taste artificial. The black tea has a good flavor to it. This is certainly not the worst Earl Grey tea I’ve had, but, I can’t say it’s my favorite either.

It’s a good Earl Grey tea for those who like their bergamot on the softer side.

Doubling up on the tea bags helps enhance the bergamot flavor a little – and this DOES make an incredibly refreshing iced tea!

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I really like this tea. It’s a strong, robust tasting tea with no bitterness. The description on the website suggests that this is a lower caffeine tea … I don’t know if that’s true or not, but, if it is, this would be a great tea for those who want a bold breakfast type tea but need to decrease their caffeine.

A really good black tea. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/03/australian-daintree-black-tea-mcivers-tea-coffee-merchants/

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Another impressive blend from Butiki. The champagne notes are clear in this blend, and they offer a crisp, refreshing taste. The white tea is delicate and sweet, and I like the way the champagne notes meld with the white tea. Both tend to be somewhat delicate flavors, and they accentuate each other well in this blend.

The rose is also subtle here and the floral notes linger on the palate.

A really nice blend. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/03/champagne-rose-cream-white-tea-blend-butiki-teas/

Amanda Wilson

Oh this tea has to go must try list.

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:

I also review teas for the Tea Review Blog:

In addition to my passion for tea, I am also a mixed media/altered arts artist. You can see some of my art here: http://eccentricpastiche.blogspot.com

I am also a self-proclaimed foodie. I review local restaurants and the food I buy online here: http://hungryinportland.wordpress.com


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.


I don’t do a whole lot of swaps anymore, however, I do occasionally sell sampler boxes here: http://liberteas.teatra.de/ I don’t always have sampler boxes available as it depends upon how much time I have as well as packaging supplies. I usually post at least one or two sampler boxes per month, though, so if you’re interested, keep an eye out or PM me and I’ll let you know when I have some posted.


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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