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I am excited about the changes that Simple Loose Leaf is making to it’s format. Then again, I’ve always enjoyed this company. I hope that these changes are something that works well for them.

Here’s my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/03/pu-erh-tahiti-blend-from-simple-loose-leaf/

I’m not always excited to try pu-erh teas. It’s a thing … that goes back to my earliest experiences with pu-erh teas that were not exactly “positive.” Since then, I’ve learned a lot about the best ways (for my palate) to brew pu-erh and I’ve learned to appreciate them and even actually like more of them than I’ve disliked. But there’s still that … memory of the bad. You know?

Anyway … if this had been the first pu-erh I tried, I think that I would have fallen in love with Pu-erh at first sip. This has a really lovely tropical flavor to it. Earthy, sweet, juicy, tropical. Lovely! Notes of mango, papaya and coconut.

Really tasty!

The Cookie Lady

I think I’ll have to try this since my earliest experience has thus far been my only experience because it was, as you say, not exactly “positive.”

LiberTEAS

How have you been steeping your pu-erh? I find that the way it’s steeped is the single biggest factor in pu-erh enjoyment.

The Cookie Lady

Well, to be honest, I had a bagged Emperor’s Pu-erh from Numi. Maybe that was where I went wrong…. I’ve also never had anything smokey and didn’t realize that a pu-erh might be smokey. So, I think it might have also been a case of not knowing what the heck I was getting into and then being totally thrown off. It’s something I really want to try again.

LiberTEAS

I can’t recall having a pu-erh that is smoky. It’s more earthy than smoky. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t had a pu-erh that is smoky … one just doesn’t come to mind immediately. You should definitely seek out a good (loose leaf or caked) pu-erh and if you have a gaiwan, that’s the best way to brew it. First do a rinse (15 seconds in hot water, strain the water and discard it) and then start with a 30 – 45 second infusion. The biggest reason that my earliest pu-erh experiences were not exactly positive was because I wasn’t brewing it correctly. Or perhaps I should say that I wasn’t brewing it the way my palate likes it.

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I enjoyed this one from Just.Organic.Tea. As I said in the full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/02/just-tulsi-with-a-twist-from-just-organic-tea/ It’s sweet, lemony, and has just enough spicy kick to keep the taste buds happy.

The peppermint is not an assertive flavor and I was kind of surprised by this because normally peppermint is quite an aggressive herb. Everything is nicely balanced here.

A nice, calming tea, especially nice after meals.

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drank Paradise Tea Tisane by Eden Grove
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This is quite a yummy tea. The black tea isn’t particularly rich or robust, it’s actually quite smooth and mild and I find that the flavor of the black tea has been lightened by the softer, buttery, sweet notes of the green tea. I like that I taste both the green and the black teas here.

The fruit flavors do not overwhelm the cup. I can taste both the pineapple and the passion fruit. It’s an enjoyable cup.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/01/paradise-tea-tisane-from-eden-grove/

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drank Earl Grey Black by Zest Tea
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I’ve tried all four of the teas offered from Zest Tea and I enjoyed each and every one of them. This one was my favorite! Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/01/earl-grey-black-tea-from-zest-tea/

It’s a really good Earl Grey. A strong, delightful bergamot aroma. The flavor is a bit softer than the aroma suggests, but that’s OK. I’d rather the flavor be a bit softer than to be overdone. (An overdone bergamot just ends up tasting like soap or cologne.)

The black tea base is a Nilgiri and it’s rich, malty and robust. Smooth! A delightful base for the bergamot. I like the way the notes of malt mingle with the bergamot notes. It’s really quite a treat.

And with the “high octane” extra caffeine … this one will give you that swift kick in the pants that you need to get going!

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The dry leaf smells strongly of mint. This tea is my first notable experience with Meadowsweet. Err, that is to say it’s my first time that I remember trying Meadowsweet. So, I really didn’t know what Meadowsweet tasted like. So, I googled it and learned that it has a somewhat wintergreen, minty scent to it. I couldn’t really nail down what it was supposed to taste like though. I read that it has a sharp taste to it, then I read that it has a minty taste to it, and then I read that it has a sweet, marshmallow-y sort of flavor to it. So, I said, “forget google, the tea is getting cold,” and i just took a sip.

The tea has a much softer flavor than expected given the strong minty aroma. I taste sweet, buttery green tea notes, an herbaceous sort of flavor, and mint. It’s a pleasant cuppa.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/30/retour-a-la-ligne-green-tea-blend-from-les-2-marmottes/

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drank Mini Pu'erh Tea Bar by teasenz
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As I mentioned in my full-length review of this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/30/mini-pu-erh-tea-bar-50-gr-from-teasenz/ – I was happy with the aroma of the dry tea. It doesn’t have the heavily earthy scent that I’ve experienced with many pu-erh. Sometimes the earthiness gets downright dirty with it’s earthy scent, you know?

But not this tea. The aroma here is rather soft, really, almost to the point where there’s very little fragrance to speak of. Which in the case of pu-erh, is a good thing as far as I’m concerned.

The flavor is WONDERFUL! Deep, rich, mellow. Notes of cacao. No bitterness or astringency. Just smooth and pleasant. Nicely round.

The chocolate notes are quite intriguing to me because I don’t think I’ve had another pu-erh that was quite so distinctly cacao-ish before. It tastes of raw cacao … not quite raw … but not quite roasted either … perhaps something in between. It also has a lovely molasses-y flavor with hints of mushroom.

Overall, one of the nicest pu-erh teas I’ve had the opportunity to try.

TeaBrat

sounds yummy

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drank Chocolate Peppermint by Tea Horse
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As I was sorting through my stash of tea, I came across this and decided that I’d finish what I had of it. It’s a bit of an old sample, which is further illustrated by the fact that Tea Horse is no longer a functioning company. Sad. I really liked this company – what little I was able to deal with them. They were always friendly and helpful.

Anyway … on to the tea – even though this is an older sample, I have to say that the tea is still very flavorful. I think that the packaging (the foil lined, kraft packages) seem to keep the tea in a very fresh condition better than some other packaging. The black tea base is still quite rich, the chocolate notes are strong and the peppermint does not overpower the chocolate (bonus!) Tasty.

However, since this tea is no longer available as the company is now defunct, I won’t bother with a numeric rating.

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I had this tea last night. Currently – and for a limited time – that is to say RIGHT NOW and only until 10 pm Eastern Time (USA only), there is a free sample offer going on at the SororiTea Sisters blog for this tea as well as two other decaffeinated teas. Interested? Check out the offer here:

http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/26/gentle-slumber-organic-tisane-from-good-life-tea/

And while you’re at it, you can read my full-length review about this tisane.

It’s a pretty good bed-time tisane. I like the peppermint in it, it sort of masks the sometimes funky flavor of rooibos and chamomile. The peppermint is strong but it doesn’t taste too minty, there are notes of flower and nutty rooibos in the background. I like the combination of flavors and how they work together.

It’s a nice, relaxing blend.

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drank Strawberry Banana Black by 52teas
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OK, I just was not excited about this tea to tell you the truth. I’m not big on the flavor combination of strawberry and banana. It seems like it’s “the” flavor combination, because you can find strawberry/banana yogurts and other things, but I just never have gotten into this combination. I prefer the two fruits separate … together … they both seem to lose a bit of the wow factor for me.

And what made it worse for me is that this was released on my birthday week. I wanted a tomato tea. Yes, another tomato tea. Frank has since explained to me why this won’t happen but that doesn’t keep me from wanting another tomato tea.

If nothing else, he could have put a couple of heavy doses of chocolate into this and made Chocolate Strawberry Banana black tea.

But no. Strawberry banana. OK.

Be like that.

I was happily surprised by this tea though. I actually quite enjoyed it. The strawberry is sweet with a little bit of that berry tart, and the banana isn’t quite as strong as the strawberry but it offers a sweet understated flavor and a pleasant creaminess. The black tea seems different from what I remembered the black tea base tasting like, it seems to have lost some of the richness to it, but it’s still an enjoyable base. Smooth and round, not too astringent.

I liked this more than I thought I would. But I would have been happier if it were a tomato tea.

albertocanfly

I agree! I don’t understand all the hullabaloo about this flavor combination.. it often ends up so lack luster. Glad this tea exceeded expectations, though!:]

yyz

Maybe not what your looking for but Betjeman and Barton have a tomato tea http://www.betjemanandbarton.com/en/les-parfumes/299-jardinier.html. If interested you can phone order it from Montreal for a reasonable shipping rate.

LiberTEAS

Interesting … I might have to look into this company. Thanks!

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Amazing tea. So sweet. On the SororiTea Sisters review for this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/29/rara-willow-white-tea-from-nepali-tea-traders/ I compare the sweetness of this tea to be reminiscent of the rock candy on a stick that I used to buy at the Disneyland candy shop on Main Street. I realize I’m probably aging myself by saying this but we could get those things for like a nickle or a dime each and I would get a dollar’s worth … I loved those things.

And the sweetness of this tea brings me back to that experience.

No, it’s not exactly as sweet as rock sugar. But, it reminds me of the sweetness that sort of dances on the palate after I’ve finished one of those rock sugar lollipops. The aftertaste of sweetness.

And there’s more to this tea, of course: sweet, fruity, slightly vegetal with hay-like notes, hints of melon and a dew-like taste.

I highly recommend 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.

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