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drank Sweet Yerba Mate by Samovar
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OK… I really… don’t like this. And I’m surprised, because I love licorice, and I have never been disappointed by Samovar before… but this… is just horrible.

Licorice and Yerba Mate do not go well together.

Just say no.

Batrachoid

What a shame. Thanks for the warning. A yerba mate/licorice blend was something I planned on trying some day at home. O_O; I would’ve assumed I just used some wrong balence and wasted so such tea!

LiberTEAS

Well, it could be the wrong balance from Samovar’s end… I don’t wish to discourage you from trying to blend your own blend. What really disappointed me was not so much that the tea itself was terrible but that it was from Samovar, because I have tasted a few from Samovar over the last couple of days, and in one of my reviews (written for Tea Review Blog but not yet published), I had mentioned that I’ve not yet been disappointed by a blend from Samovar… looks like I have to retract that statement now. :(

Batrachoid

Ouch. That’s an almost personal let down on Samovar’s part. Maybe I will try that blend. Do you know any yerba mates that could work a little better?

LiberTEAS

Well, yesterday I tried a Peppermint Yerba Mate from Samovar which was tasty. I really like Mate Factor’s Yerba Mate (their dark roast is great). Over the last year particularly, I’ve tried several yerba mate blends that I have really enjoyed (more that I’ve enjoyed than not).

Michelle Butler Hallett

Eeewww. Licorice and yerba mate just sound vile to me. But Im genuinely sorry it tasted so bad for you,

@ Batrachoid: I really like the Jumpy Monkey blend from David’s Teas: green yerba mate with coffee beans, almonds, white chocolate and cloves.

Lori

Liber TEAS- u r absolutely right! This was the worst blend ever. After one sip, I had to throw the cup away. I donated the my small tin to some unsuspecting Steepster-ite. Weirdly, Samovar’s peppermint mate does work.

LiberTEAS

@Lori – it was the same way with me. I was going to write a review about it, but I couldn’t because I couldn’t get past the first sip! I tried to take another and I just couldn’t bear to do that to myself. LOL

Batrachoid

@Michelle Butler Halltt: That does sound good, both on its own and as a possibility wth licorice. I love licorice and I like to try it with a lot of “odd” flavors. It tastes amazing with a lot of things like pineapple, sour cherry, and galangal (Er- but not all those at once).

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Finishing off the last of this tea that TeaEqualsBliss sent to me – thank you!

Bright and delicious. The pomegranate is sweet and tart, but not too tart. It tastes like … well… pomegranate! This tea starts out with very little astringency, but it develops as I continue to sip. Not a bad thing though, as long as you don’t mind astringency (I don’t mind it at all, as long as it’s not overwhelming)

I like that I can taste tea and pomegranate. The black tea is brisk and bright, and the fruity flavor of the pomegranate doesn’t taste artificial. It’s a good cuppa.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I visited the website of Strand Tea Company this past weekend, because I was looking for a new Yixing mug, and I discovered this blend, so I had to try it. Portland is just minutes away. (Another nice thing about Portland being so close, my order arrived so quickly)

This is a delicious breakfast blend. A lovely malty flavor. Smooth, rich and delicious. Warm and cozy on this very rainy Northwestern morning, but also has some strength and heft to it.

I noticed one or two rose petals in the blend too, which is appropriate… I actually expected more rose petals since Portland is the city of roses, but, that’s alright. A very good breakfast blend!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Peach Jubilee by Tea Forte
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My very last pyramid from my winter collection package. I really like this one too. I think of the five different flavors in the package, this and the hazelnut truffle were definitely my favorites.

You can read my full-length review of this tea here:

http://sororiteasisters.com/2010/11/10/peach-jubilee-from-tea-forte/

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Lover's Lane by Indie Tea
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The dry leaf is GORGEOUS! Big slices of dried orange and rose buds and petals tossed with large Dragon Well leaves and tiny lavender buds. It smells gorgeous too. I especially love the aroma of the brewed liquor, the lavender and rose and citrus meld together and the fragrance is intoxicating.

It tastes rather amazing too. I am happy that they used Dragon Well in this blend, so often in blends like these Sencha is the choice, and not that I have anything against a good Sencha, but with these light floral notes, the Dragon Well seems a better choice than a buttery Sencha.

Light, sweet, floral with just a hint of citrus in the background. Delightful!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Premium Chai by Butiki Teas
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My first experience with this tea company and it’s a good one. This is a pleasant chai blend that is strong and boldly spiced, but not overly spicy. The black tea base has a good strength that stands up well to the addition of milk (this one is definitely better as a latte!) Smooth and rich, this has a really nice flavor to it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea!

This has a really good flavor. The pear essence is abundant in both the aroma and taste, and the Sencha tastes fresh and smooth. A nice light-bodied tea with a whole lot of flavor.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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This is a good puerh. It has a strong earthy quality to it and the taste is stronger than the aroma. But just underneath the earthy flavor is a delightful sweetness that is caramel-y and delicious and keeping me sipping. The liquor is quite thick and imparts a mouthfeel that is similar to that of a green Oolong. No bitterness, no astringency.

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drank Cinnamon Fig by Art of Tea
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This is another tea from Jaime’s awesome secret santa package. This is one I was totally thrilled to receive because I have been wanting to try it for quite some time, in fact, it was on my “list” to order with the next Art of Tea order I placed. yay! Thank you Jaime!

This is really yummy. The description from Art of Tea is pretty much spot on – I am tasting the maple-y, apple-y kind of taste here. This is very autumnal tasting. Warming and comforting, the kind you want to curl up with while wrapped up with a cozy blanket in front of a fireplace. Very nice!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

OooooO! Fig!

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drank Peppermint Yerba Mate by Samovar
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I really did not think I would like this as much as I do. I mean, I like peppermint ok. I like yerba mate ok. But these two are made for each other! The peppermint makes the yerba mate taste better and vice versa! The earthy and bitter qualities of the mate go together so well with the crisp flavor of the peppermint. There is a natural sweetness to this that is so pleasant.

I am drinking this in my Libre Mug, which has become my “gourd” and “bombilla” all in one.

I like this one! Then again, I don’t think there has been any tea/tisane that I’ve disliked from Samovar…

TeaEqualsBliss

OMG!!!! Sounds good!

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