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I really, really liked this. I didn’t know quite what to expect from it … I mean, I love Jasmine as some of you are probably aware, and I LOVE chocolate (I’ve never really made any secret of my chocoholicism have I?) But these were two flavors that I wasn’t too sure about combining.

But it works! And I think it works because of the Hojicha base. The roasty-toasty, nutty flavors of the hojicha meld beautifully with both the jasmine and the chocolate notes. The jasmine here is subtle, it is more of a background note, but it does add some interest and dimension to the cup.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/25/organic-jasmine-cacao-green-tea-from-spicely-organics/ This one is so interesting and different … if you’re one who appreciates those kinds of teas – you really should try this one!

MissB

Jasmine cocoa? Fascinating flavor combination.

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Slowly, slowly getting there. Sil … I’m going to get there. Just you wait and see!

A really delicious green tea. I love the roasted notes to this, it’s kind of unexpected, even though the name of the tea is “Mountain Roasted Green Tea” … the roasted notes are still something I don’t usually prepare myself for when I drink a green tea. This reminds me of a Roasted Oolong.

Sweet, velvety, smooth, roasty-toasty, with a nice nutty flavor. Yum!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/24/mountain-roasted-green-tea-shan-valley/

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I can get the teas from Jasmine Pearl Tea Merchants bulk at my local Chuck’s Produce, so, occasionally, I’ll wander over to the bulk section and see if anything catches my eye. This is the tea that caught my eye most recently. I love licorice.

This has a powerful licorice flavor not just from licorice root but also from fennel and anise. It is reminiscent of a strong, black licorice candy. It is snappy, warm and zesty, but with a nice sweetness too.

I love the licorice-i-ness of this tea but, I feel like the Gunpowder Green tea is a bit overwhelmed in this blend. There’s a bit too much licorice and not enough green tea flavor. It’s difficult for me to say that, because I do love licorice, but, when I drink tea, I do want some tea flavor too.

That said, I did enjoy this cuppa because as I say, I love licorice. It is yummy and it is something that I’m likely to buy again in the future.

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An excellent Milk Oolong. Sweet, creamy, and delectable – just like you expect from a Milk Oolong. One of the better Milk Oolong teas that I’ve tasted.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/23/lishan-hong-xiang-milk-oolong-tea-t-oolong-tea/

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drank Organic Long Jing by Steepster
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As I write in my full-length review of this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/22/organic-long-jing-03-steepster/ – this is a Long Jing that stands out among the many different Long Jing offerings that are out there. This is a really good Dragon Well.

Please click on the link above to read the review I wrote … it will tell you what you need to know about this tea.

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drank Bourbon Chai by Vintage TeaWorks
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Having a cup of this tea this afternoon. I really like this chai. It’s spicy and warm, it has a taste that evokes thoughts of bourbon, but it’s not too spicy and I love the sweetness of the honey notes. The black tea is robust. It’s a good chai.

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A really tasty Houjicha! I love the roasty-toasty, nutty flavor of this. This is one of the very best Houjicha – if not THE best Houjicha – that I’ve yet to try. This is top-notch!

In addition to the roasted nutty flavor, I also tasted lovely notes of golden caramel and even the slightest floral tone which I found unique about this tea.

Sweet and savory, with a savory note arriving at about mid-sip. It’s that contrast that really makes this an exciting Houjicha for me, usually a houjicha is sweet but only sweet with it’s roasty-toasty nutty flavors … but the slight sharpness that I get from the flowery taste here really perks up the palate when it hits.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/22/hoji-cha-gold-houjicha-gold-from-kyoto-obubu-tea-plantations/

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drank Peppermint Bark by 52teas
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Generally when I open a package of mint tea, I expect to be blown away by MINT … but that didn’t happen when I opened this package. It’s rather subdued for a mint tea … and I’m ok with that. I do enjoy mint, but I like it when the mint is carefully blended so that it doesn’t bowl me over with the minty presence.

This is pretty darned tasty. I taste mint, of course, but I taste the other flavors too. I taste tea, and I taste almond, and I taste white chocolate. I don’t know that I’m tasting “peppermint bark” here, but it does have a very confectionary-esque taste to it. I like the fluffy note that I get from the marshmallow, and it accentuates the white chocolate taste (which is the flavor I note least).

I enjoyed this, although I figured my oldest daughter would like it more than I did, so I gave her the rest of the package to enjoy. She loves it.

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drank White Tea Chai by Tea of Life
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I was surprised by the aroma of the dry leaf, I could barely smell the spice. But once brewed, the spices came forward … in both the fragrance and the flavor. The brewed tea smells yummy.

The white tea is a delicate tasting tea – no big surprise there! – and the spices are in keeping with that … they aren’t overpowering the flavor of the tea. It’s a really pleasant chai – much better than I expected it to be after smelling the dry leaf.

If you like a peppery chai … you should try this.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/21/white-tea-chai-blend-tea-life/

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drank Sunny Ceylon by Tea People
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Another new-to-me company! I love trying new teas and teas from new-to-me companies.

This was a perfect tea for the day that I chose to drink it, because it was rather gray and gloomy, and this really brought a little touch of warm sunshine into my otherwise cold day.

A bright, lemony and ginger-y tea, but I like that the Ceylon is the focus of this blend. I taste the tea front and center, and the lemon and ginger accent the tea.

I really enjoyed this tea, and I really like this company. Nice people and good teas!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/20/sunny-ceylon-flavored-black-tea-tea-people/

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:
http://sororiteasisters.com

I also review teas for the Tea Review Blog:
http://www.teareviewblog.com

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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