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drank Fennel Masala Chai by Yogic Chai
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I love fennel – especially in tea. I love that bit of black licorice taste it imparts.

So I was very happy to see how much fennel is in this particular chai. Yum!

This is a very good chai. The Assam tea base is strong and sturdy. It provides some heft to the cup without getting too aggressive and overthrowing the spices. Even though there is a lot of fennel in this blend, it is not TOO much – the spices are in delightful balance.


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drank Earl Grey Cheesecake by 52teas
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I am increasing the rating on this tea today, because, I realize that it’s better now than it was when I first got it in the mail. I think this is because the tea needed time to “develop.” It tastes amazing now… much MUCH better than it did a few months ago!

The cheesecake and bergamot are in good balance. The black tea base is remarkable here, it is the right blend of teas – not quite as aggressive as other black teas from 52Teas … it is more refined and elegant and works good with these particular flavors.

Yum yum yum!

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

Ooh, this sounds very interesting!


When I discovered 52 Teas and that they had a tea called Earl Grey Cheesecake, I nearly fainted. That sounds made especially for me. Some is on its way to me, and your review is making me think it can’t come fast enough!

Michelle Butler Hallett

Great review. Totally want to try this blend now.

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drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
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Well, I’m having an interesting morning. I had planned on heading back to bed after getting my youngest on the school bus, but, then I visited the discussion board and well, I got a little worked up. Anyways…

That has nothing to do with this tea, except that I hadn’t planned on drinking tea yet. But I needed something to calm me and I am turning to Earl Grey to do just that.

It’s been a little while since I’ve had this tea, and as I taste it now, I am more convinced than ever that this is the best Earl Grey ever. Smooth, rich, delicious. Awesome. Amazing. Every other good adjective. Yes, this is my Earl Grey.

You can read my full review of this tea here:

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I am finishing up the last that I have on hand of this. I wanted to have more of this today mostly because I wanted to try to address Jaime’s concerns about this tea.

I don’t find it tasting of cardboard, or even “dusty”… but it is a stronger (and different tasting) base which I attribute to the black tea base. It is a Bangladesh-grown tea so it does taste different than a typical Earl Grey would (or should!) It does have kind of an unusual taste to it – but not a bad taste, just different.

But I do see where you’re getting the “dusty” comparison from… the astringency in this is kind of powdery/starchy. It isn’t a heavy astringency, so it’s kind of a light “dusting” of the powdery sensation. I find that the astringency becomes stronger the longer it is infused… so I recommend a lighter infusion time with this particular tea… just 3 minutes.


Thanks! I’m going to keep working at this one. I think it’s definitely something with the base tea…and I’ve never had a plain, non-flavored Bangladesh-grown tea that I’ve known of. Maybe it’s that? Thanks for taking the time to help me out! I’ll have another round with this one in the morning!

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I am incredibly fond of jasmine green teas, but, I think I enjoy jasmine white teas even more. The softer qualities of the white tea seem to bring out the softer, gentler side of jasmine. Lovely!

This is so good. The white tea is delicate but I can taste the soft, slightly grassy notes. The jasmine is so dreamy!

170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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In honor of today’s published review, I decided to enjoy a cup of this. You can check out the review here:


This is really good. Rich & delicious. Nice burnt-sugar caramel-y note, along with a delicious baked-bread kind of taste with a nice level of malt. Toothsome! I love this.


LOVE this!!!!

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drank Mintastic by 52teas
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Good Morning! This really is a nice way to start the day!

I wrote a full-length review for this tea, you can read it here:

The aroma of the brewed tea is so nice – very crisp and minty. The wintergreen scent is what catches my attention most, I think.

Minty, delightful deliciousness!


I need some this – hard something garlicky for lunch!


hard-had LOL sorry!

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I am surprised by this decaf! It doesn’t taste like decaf! It has a rich, malty, baked taste that is so delicious, and had I not known it was decaf (because, well, I brewed it), I wouldn’t have guessed it. It does not have that somewhat thinner body and taste that is sometimes a characteristic of decaf teas.

This is rich and flavorful. Very nice flavor.

Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this!

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Michelle Butler Hallett

Good to know. Thanks so much for posting this.

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drank Health Juice by Shui Tea
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Thanks to Paul M Tracy for sending me a bit of this tea to try!

I had originally set my timer for 5 minutes but when it hit 4 minutes, I saw how dark red it had become and I feared that I would have an overly hibiscus-y tea, so I stopped the infusion at 4 minutes. I am glad I did. I taste a very fruity tisane now, but if it had steeped longer, I think I would have tasted more of the hibiscus and as it is, I am only getting faint hibiscus notes.

The aroma is primarily eucalyptus which I happen to like but I can see it coming off as medicinal to some.

I am getting a very pleasant backdrop of apple and carrot which provides a very smooth, lightly sweet, even “surface” for the bright citrus notes of this tea. Every once in a while, the flavor of the eucalyptus will reveal itself. I am getting very little from the hibiscus – just an occasional note of tart. The beetroot gives a nice sweetness.

I actually like this quite a bit. Much better than I thought I would!

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

I’m sorry, but I had to laugh at the name of this tea! XD

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Oh wow! This is probably the best white tea that I’ve ever had! It’s amazing!

Sweet with floral sharpness that comes off with just a little bitter bite. It amazes me how much this white tea fills the palate with it’s complex flavors.

Delightful. So good. I want more.

PS: Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me this!

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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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