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A lovely first flush from Happy Earth! I was very happy with the many different first flush Darjeeling teas that I’ve tried this year. So good.

Sweet notes of fruit and flower. Light and crisp. The fruit is something between apple and peach. A very smooth tasting tea with a mild, dry astringency toward the tail. After a few sips, I started to pick up on hints of vanilla. These tones added a nice, silky experience to the cup.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/13/organic-2014-risheehat-darjeeling-first-flush-from-happy-earth-tea/

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The chocolate rooibos tisanes from Tea of Life have been very satisfying for this chocoholic. They are very chocolate-y! And it’s a rich, dark chocolate. I’m a happy camper when it comes to these teas.

The chocolate is rich and a dark, bittersweet type of chocolate. The coconut is a bit softer than the chocolate (and not the other way around, yay!) and I like the smooth, creamy sweetness it adds to the cup. Not a strong, overpowering flavor of rooibos to this and I’m quite alright with that.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/12/rooibos-chocolate-coconut-from-tea-of-life/

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A strong orange aroma in the dry leaf, but the flavor isn’t as strong as the fragrance would suggest. That’s not to say that the orange is absent in the flavor, it isn’t, it just isn’t as strong as the scent led me to believe it would be.

And I’m glad it’s not as strong, because it would have overpowered the Shou Mei white tea. The white tea and the orange flavors meld well together. Sweet, juicy, flavorful, and refreshing! This makes a stunning iced tea!

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The aroma is reminiscent of a fruity bubblegum, this is especially apparent in the dry leaf. Once the leaves are brewed, the liquid is still fruity and bubblegum-y, but I can also pick up on notes of Darjeeling, or notes that I would expect from a Darjeeling.

I would recommend watching the temperature with this tea. When the water is too hot, the flavor is a little “off” to me and a little bitter too. A cooler temp, 195°F is what I’d recommend will result in a tastier cup.

It’s an interesting tea, I enjoyed it.

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A really good green tea. Fresh tasting and exhilarating, I find this to be an energizing type green. Sweet, vegetal, and clean. Brothy.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/10/just-pure-green-tea-from-just-organic-tea/

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A really good vanilla flavored black tea. The black tea is robust and full-flavored and it marries well with the sweet, creamy vanilla notes. Slightly dry astringency. The dry leaf has some coconut and almond slivers but I really don’t get a lot of coconut or almond flavor from this. If I slurp the sip, the aeration does encourage these flavors to come forward a little but they are still quite slight and nearly indistinguishable.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/10/french-vanilla-bean-black-tea-from-the-persimmon-tree/

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A lovely white tea. I have tried many Oolong teas from Fong Mong, and I’ve been quite pleased with them and I’m very happy with this White as well. Sweet! Delicate with notes of melon. Hints of hay and earth. A very refreshing tea.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/09/taiwan-white-tea-from-fong-mong-tea/

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I have tried a few teas from this company thus far (I have a bunch of reviews waiting for me to post tasting notes about them … yeah, still behind) and I’ve loved everything I’ve tried from them.

This is a beautiful green tea. Very fresh, reminiscent of spring when the early leaves are appearing, the scents, the feel, the experience and the flavors of newness of spring. A lovely delicate flavor but still quite complex. Notes of cream, very smooth, sweet, hints of vanilla and a vegetal tone.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/08/twisted-green-tea-from-beautiful-taiwan-tea-company/

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drank Pure Ceylon by Sarabeth's Tea
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As I wrote in my review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/07/pure-ceylon-tea-from-sarabeths/ this is a surprisingly strong Ceylon.

Surprising because I don’t usually think of a Ceylon as a particularly strong tea, and also surprising because it came from a teabag.

A smoothly flavored Ceylon, nicely round. Notes of malt, fruit, earth and even a delightful undertone of caramel. It’s quite a pleasant cup.

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Bagged, even! Mmm!

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I love the chestnut flavor (and aroma) of this tea. Sweet and delicious. It has a pleasant toasty flavor to it, reminiscent of the flavor of a freshly roasted chestnut. A delightful creaminess in both taste and texture.

This is less vegetal and more nutty. Usually, I expect a vegetal tone to a green tea, but I like that there’s more nutty flavors than vegetative. If you’re one who tends to shy away from a green tea because of the strong vegetal overtones, this would be an excellent tea to try.

Lovely taste, restorative, a beautiful tea! Read more here:
http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/07/lu-shan-yun-wu-green-tea-from-teavivre/

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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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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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