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drank Valley Green Tea by Shan Valley
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After scanning through some of the tasting notes of this tea, I see that this one wasn’t as big a hit with others. I personally liked this one. Of the four teas from Tea Valley, I think that this one represents the daily “go to” type of tea with more of a “green tea” taste … you know … the classic green tea taste: vegetal that falls somewhere between grassy and buttered beans, leaning just a little more toward the grassy than the vegetables. Very subtle nutty notes – not quite as roasted or nutty as the Mountain Roasted Green Tea from Tea Valley, but, still … this is nice.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/10/valley-green-tea-shan-valley/

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The aroma of the dry leaf was a little off to me and had a chemical-y smell. Fortunately this didn’t translate in the flavor. I didn’t taste chemicals, I tasted chocolate, caramel, peanuts and the natural nutty notes of the honeybush played to the peanut flavor very nicely.

Really tasty. I don’t know that this is a Peanut Cluster liquefied, but it tastes good.

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Sipping on this one right now, I think that Tea Grotto may have discontinued it. It’s another sampling that I uncovered in my stash.

OK … this is pretty good. The black tea is full-bodied. There’s some astringency to it, but not overly so.

This is a moderately flavored tea. I don’t find the pomegranate to be overly strong, but it’s strong enough to be tasted. My only complaint is that the pomegranate tastes a little bit artificial. It’s not a bad flavor or anything, it just doesn’t taste bright or juicy or like the true fruit, it tastes like pomegranate flavoring.

Again, since this is a discontinued tea and I don’t know how old my sampling is, I am not going to bother rating it.

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I’m having a cup of this tea right now. I came across this in my stash and i have no idea how long I’ve had this sampling. Hopefully it’s not too stale.

Well, the good news is that I don’t think it’s stale. After a few moments of cool time, I can taste the apple and the caramel notes come through nicely. The black tea is brisk. It’s also a tad astringent. I think I’d prefer it to be a little less tannic, but, overall, it’s a tasty tea.

It’s one that I can’t find on the Culinary Teas website anymore, so I guess they’ve discontinued it. While there, I did happen to notice that they’ve changed their website.

Anyway, due to the potential age of this sampling, as well as the fact that it’s no longer available from Culinary Teas, I’m not going to bother rating it.

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I’ve been very happy with the teas that I’ve tried from Tea People.

This one has a really nice balance of sweet and savory. The vegetal tones are a little bit grassy, a little bit like steamed veggies, and even a little kelpy. It has a very invigorating taste, this one is good to sip when you need a little pick-me-up.

Here’s my full-length review of this one: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/09/makaibari-silver-green-tea-from-tea-people/

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drank Cumulus by Pelican Tea
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I love the dry leaf aroma of this tea, it is warm and spicy from the cinnamon and habanero, and there is a crisp, minty note from the peppermint. There is also a fruity note that I detect … which at first I thought that might be from the green tea, but, I don’t think I’ve ever smelled a fruity note in a gunpowder green … so perhaps the fruitiness comes from the habanero also (peppers are berries, after all).

A really tasty tea. So far, I’ve tried two teas from Pelican Tea and I’ve enjoyed both. The habanero is a little intimidating when I read the label, but once I’m able to get past that and actually taste the tea, I’m very delighted with it.

A very harmonious cup. The spice notes meld beautifully with the cooling peppermint. A good balance without competition for attention.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/07/cumulus-green-tea-pelican-tea/

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A very faint dry leaf aroma, almost to the point of being non-existent. Normally I smell something with a pu-erh, but this is very, very faint. The wet leaves, on the other hand, have a very strong vegetal note, like peas.

This very young Pu-erh is more vegetal than earthy, so those who tend to shy away from Pu-erh because it’s overly earthy … this would be one for you to try. It’s much more like a green tea than a Shu Pu-erh.

Sweet, vegetal, buttery, notes of mushroom and steamed veggies with hints of nut. The analogy that I made on my full-length review (see it here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/06/fengqing-wild-tree-yesheng-raw-pu-erh-tea-cake-2013-teavivre/ ) is a plate of extra-mild, freshly steamed, sweet spinach topped with lightly sauteed mushrooms (sauteed in butter, of course!) and then topped with thinly sliced almonds – raw almonds.

Quite a lovely pu-erh experience!

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There are two listings for this tea here on Steepster, but since I’ve already written about this tea on this listing, I went with this one.

I like this tea quite a bit. Yeah, it’s on the smoky side, but the smoke notes are soft and don’t interfere with the bergamot notes. A slight malty note to the tea as well, with hints of chocolate. Notes of grapefruit are slightly stronger than the bergamot notes. It’s a really nice medley of flavors.

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Yummy!

Marshmallow Treats were something that my step-mother would make pretty often. And she would often experiment a little bit with them, adding different flavors and such … but I can’t recall her ever making a strawberry flavored marshmallow treat.

So, I don’t know if I’ve ever actually had a strawberry marshmallow treat, but if I were to have one, this tea tastes just like I’d expect a strawberry marshmallow treat to taste. Sweet and a little tart from the strawberry. Marshmallow-y, creamy goodness. And I can taste the toasted rice from the Genmaicha which gives this just the right “puffed rice cereal” note that I’d expect in a Marshmallow treat.

The green tea is sweet and buttery which also complements the marshmallow treat concept, because I remember buttery taste from my step-mother’s marshmallow treats.

A really good flavored tea. One of Frank’s best so far this year.

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I just realized it’s been nearly two weeks since my last tasting note! Yikes. Rest assured, I’ve not given up drinking tea, just … have been otherwise distracted.

Heavily smoked teas like a Russian Caravan don’t usually elicit a great deal of excitement from me, but, as far as smoky teas go, this is pretty good. I enjoyed it.

I like that I can taste components from each of the teas in this blend. I could taste the sweet, wine-like notes from the Keemun, the rich, malty notes of the Assam, and of course the strong, smoky character of the Lapsang Souchong.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/04/russian-caravan-black-tea-simple-loose-leaf/

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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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