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I love a second flush Darjeeling, so I was happy to find one in my Steepster Select box from February. A lovely fruit note: black currant and grape. I am tasting sweet and a hint of tart from these fruit notes. Somewhat tannic, but, that’s something I tend to expect from a Darjeeling like this.

I taste muscatel, woody notes, subtle hints of earth, a wine-like finish. A nice afternoon cup.

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I like this. Sweet with a nice tropical fruit taste. Lightly grassy from the green tea, with soft buttery notes. The buttery notes give this a pleasant, silky texture.

Lightly tart, mostly what I get from the fruit though is sweet. Sweet papaya and sweet passion fruit. YUM! Tasty hot, but even better iced.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/02/crime-passion-green-tea-culinary-teas/

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drank Citron Tisane by Eden Grove
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drank Citron Tisane by Eden Grove
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I wasn’t too terribly excited to try this tisane … or any tisane that boasts hibiscus as their primary ingredient. I don’t like hibiscus.

Despite my initial misgivings, this is actually quite tasty. Even though hibiscus is listed as the first ingredient on the ingredient list, there is relatively little hibiscus in this. A look through the silky pyramid fabric shows only a couple of hibiscus pieces in it, mostly I see lemongrass. I like lemongrass.

The flavor is citrusy, tart, and a little sweet. It’s an enjoyable caffeine free tisane. Not my favorite from Eden Grove, but I’d drink it again.

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drank Witches' Brew Chai by 52teas
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I’m having another cup of this today. So good. It’s the perfect, comforting, soothing cup.

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drank Houjicha Ichiban by Steepster
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Still working on the backlogs … but I’m getting there!

Yummy roasty-toasty scent – always a good sign of a Houjicha, right? To me, Houjicha is a comfort tea, and this one is definitely comforting and cozy.

I didn’t get a lot of grassy/vegetative notes from this one, although I know that some of the other tasters reported some grassy notes. I taste more of a nutty flavor, which is typical of just about every Houjicha I’ve ever tasted. I can’t recall a Houjicha where this has not been the case.

I did get a lovely buttery tone and even notes of chocolate to this which was a nice complement to the toasted nut and caramel notes. Also a savory “salty” like quality that highlighted the nutty flavors.

A really good Houjicha. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/28/houjicha-ichiban-green-tea-steepster/

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drank Malty Assam by Tea People
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A WONDERFUL Assam. Rich and malty, as I expected it to be based on the name of the tea, but still, I’m glad that Tea People delivered on what was promised with the name of this tea. It has a wonderfully smooth and well-rounded taste with some lovely fruit notes that give this an almost wine-like flavor too. I like the balance between “malty” Assam taste and “wine-y” Assam taste.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/28/malty-assam-black-tea-tea-people/ If you’re a fan of Assam tea … try this.

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drank SBT: Whiskey & Cola by 52teas
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I don’t drink a lot of alcohol, but, I have had a few JD and pepsi drinks in my past. When I was young and thought that drinking alcohol was the cool thing to do, JD and pepsi was my drink of choice. So, I was excited to try this Whiskey and Cola from SBT, if for no other reason than it was a drink that I felt I could adequately rate because I do have some history with it, even if the history is a bit distant.

The cola notes are definitely distinct in the fragrance of the dry leaf, with softer whisky notes. The same is true of the brewed tea … and the taste of the iced tea. I could certainly pick up on the cola notes right away, but the whisky was a little less obvious. After a few sips, I began to pick up on the whisky.

The black tea melds nicely with these other flavors. This is not my favorite SBT tea, but, I did enjoy it, and it would be one that I’d be willing to have now and again.

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An absolutely LOVELY oolong! The aroma of the dry leaf is herbal with floral tones, the brewed tea is more delicate with a vegetal note and hints of flower.

Delicate and light but still full-flavored. Sweet and very creamy. Floral with light vegetal notes. Later infusions develop the vegetative notes, and the creamy notes begin to subside, but it is still very delicious and well worth the effort to resteep.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/27/da-yu-ling-high-mountain-oolong-tea-eco-cha/

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drank Witches' Brew Chai by 52teas
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Having a cup of this chai right at this very moment. I love this chai. LOVE it. Love the slightly smoky, spicy-sweet, licorice-y flavor to this. I cannot believe that this one didn’t sell out yet.

The perfect chai now that Masterpiece Chai is no longer available.

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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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