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Thank you to Rachel for sending me a tasting of this tea!

Starting my day out a little unusual – not reaching for an Earl Grey this morning, but, instead I thought I’d try this.

I like how the white tea softens that edge of the black tea base (Adagio’s black tea is a bit harsh for my personal preference). The cherry and cream flavors play very nicely together… and the creamy finish is pleasant – I’m not getting as strong an astringency as I usually get from Adagio’s black teas and that’s a really good thing!

Thank you Rachel – this is really good!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

Now that it has cooled just slightly, I’m finding this tea even more enjoyable. The cherry flavor really comes through. It is smooth and creamy and delicious! YUM!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I am happy you are enjoying this blend, this is my aunts favorite blend.

-Jessica-

Oooh I have been eyeing this one, but I am a bit scared of the white AND black tea that is in here. I am not much of a black tea fan, but I love white tea… I think this tea may be tearing at my soul with a love/hate relationship! LOL

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85
drank Bancha Tea by Starwest Botanicals
4231 tasting notes

This has a pleasant sweetness to it and a nice toasty note – it sort of tastes like Genmaicha – without the rice part. Genmaicha is slightly sweeter because of the rice, and slightly more “warm” tasting – roasty toasty tasting – because of the rice.

It has a strong vegetative nature to it as well.

I like it!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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OK… I’m being EXTREMELY courageous here (yeah, I keep telling myself that whenever I start thinking that I’m about to drink a Lapsang Souchong tea)

I gave it a rinse (awakening of the leaves) with boiling water for about 10 seconds before I brewed it, I had hoped this would take away some of the smokiness that I find off-putting.

You may be asking why would I brew a tea that I know I won’t like? But here’s the thing, I didn’t like it years ago, around the same time I had convinced myself that I didn’t like Dragon Well tea and a few other things… and since that time my tastes have changed, and how do I know that I still dislike Lapsang Souchong? I may be missing out on something just because I thought I didn’t like it.

So when Enjoying Tea sent me this sample… I figured it was an opportunity for me to try it without having to actually go out and purchase it.

So… after that extraordinarily long introduction… here goes!

The rinse definitely helped. It’s still very smoky (of course) in aroma and taste.

There is a pleasant sweetness to it too… caramel-y. That is something that I don’t think I’ve ever really recognized about a Lapsang Souchong because I couldn’t ever get myself past the smoky part.

It wasn’t a terrible tea experience, but I don’t think that I’ll be buying any Lapsang Souchong any time soon either. I’m not going to rate it numerically, because I feel that would be unfair, because what I really dislike about Lapsang Souchong is that pine-y smoke flavor, and it is a characteristic that is Lapsang Souchong. It is what it is.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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88

I brewed some of this last night to put in the refrigerator for iced tea this afternoon.

THIS TEA IS AMAZING ICED! YUM!

The flavors are all there, not muted because the tea is chilled. The green tea tastes slightly vegetative but not too much and the fruit flavors are well… very fruity! This is delicious!

Gonna raise my rating a bit because… I can!

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I’m kind of on the fence about this tea, so I’m not going to give it a numeric rating just yet.

I like the idea behind this tea – because back before I discovered the joy of tea, I used to drink hot water with a squeeze of lemon and a drizzle of honey when I had a sore throat to help soothe it. This is kind of that same, soothing idea, but with some other ingredients to make it a little more interesting than a cup of hot water with lemon and honey.

It’s ok, but I can’t say I love this one. I will give it another chance in a few days or so and see if I like it better. It’s not bad… just not my favorite right now.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more

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84

This tea is just perfect for this evening. I made a rather spicy stir fry for dinner, and this cuppa is calming my stomach and lifting my spirits!

There really isn’t a lot to say about this other than it’s pure peppermint – and it tastes like it! Minty and fresh. Nice – soothing – delicious.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Snowflake by Georgia Tea Company
4231 tasting notes

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a sample of this tea!

The aroma of the liquor is delicious – coconut and vanilla! My mouth waters as I smell it.

The almond, coconut and vanilla flavors are very nicely balanced in this cup. The black tea base is smooth and strong with some astringency. There is a little bit of bitterness to it as well, but it does not disturb the sweet flavors that are going on with this tea, and might even give it just a little more interest.

Overall, a very pleasing cup of tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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85

Enjoying my second infusion of these leaves now. I think that the second infusion is even better than the first – the peach flavor is stronger now, the vanilla and almond sort of take a back seat to the peach in this cup. This is well-named because it is really a Sweet Peach Treat.

Very good!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I am so happy you enjoyed this one. :-)

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85

Thank you to Rachel for sending me a sample of this tea to try! The aroma is delightful.

This is tasty! The peach flavor is sweet and juicy, the vanilla is smooth and creamy. The almond flavor is nutty and gives this tea more of a peachy dessert kind of flavor that I’m really enjoying.

Smooth and rich with a soft mouthfeel and very nicely sweet. YUM!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Island Blend by Design a Tea
4231 tasting notes

This is the very first time trying a tea from this company, and I’m liking it a lot. It brews to a beautiful, pale green color. It smells rather unusual, I can smell a vanilla note and a fruit note, but there is also a very strong… almost baked kind of aroma to the cup. Almost like cookies. It doesn’t smell like a typical tropical blend, that’s for sure. Nevertheless, it does smell delicious in its own way and it is a very intriguing sort of fragrance…

The vanilla flavor is strong here, very creamy and sweet tasting… The mango also holds its own in the blend. The green tea offers a light, fresh taste to the mix, I’m not getting a lot of what I would call grassy flavor but there is some vegetative characteristics to the cup. The combination of the vanilla, mango and Sencha is a very tasty one, indeed.

This is really good.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Lori

Hmmm…I may add this to my shopping list….

LiberTEAS

Lori – I just got finished writing a review of this tea for the SororiTEA Sisters blog, it will publish on July 2. http://sororiteasisters.com :)

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:
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I also review teas for the Tea Review Blog:
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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

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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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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.

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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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