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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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Not bad, but not the best rooibos chai blend I’ve tried, either. It’s a bit heavy handed with the cinnamon, but I do also taste cloves and ginger. It needs cardamom. I think that the spices would taste more rounded with it.

It’s very one-note … which is not the best way to describe a chai. Know what I mean?

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This is the first tea from Amoda Tea’s February Tasting box that I tried. I was happy to see that Amoda teamed up with Verdant for Valentine’s day to offer three teas that were not something that was offered on the Verdant Website.

I’ve tried the Eight Treasures blend and enjoyed that, so I was pretty confident that I’d enjoy this. There are some different “treasures” to this valentine’s blend, though. This blend has juniper, tulsi and burdock, while the original treasure blend has goji, marigold and honeysuckle. The result is a slightly spicier blend with this Valentine’s offering.

Really nice. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/24/eight-treasures-valentine-blend-from-verdant-tea/

Lynxiebrat

I got this one in my 1 time Amoda box, I can’t wait to try it! I’m planning a small buy on Verdant’s website soon, like in the next week or so, when I get more moola.

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drank Casablanca Twist by Nuovo Tea
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I enjoyed this. I don’t usually get all wow-ed over a mint tea like this one, but I like the balance of flavors that this tea offers.

I like the combination of Darjeeling and mint. I question though if this is a black tea or a green tea … even though it claims to be a green tea base, it tastes more like a black Darjeeling to me than a green.

Either way, it’s a tasty – albeit very minty! – tea. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/19/casablanca-twist-green-tea-blend-nuovo-tea/

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Now, we’re talking. A beautifully rich, flavorful black tea. Lovely notes of cacao and caramel. Nice heft to this tea – something I could start the day with.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/18/golden-monkey-black-tea-georgia-tea-company/

Sil

mmmmmm

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drank Cucumber White by Tazo
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I wasn’t all that impressed with this tea. It is alright … certainly not horrible but, it wasn’t a great tea either. Not one I’d waste my time with in the future. More lime taste than cucumber, with crisp, light white tea notes.

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A really good Oolong. A strong lichee fruit taste to it. If I didn’t know that this was a pure/unflavored tea, I would have thought it had been scented with lichee … the flavor is intense.

Silky, flavorful, mild astringency. Woodsy notes to go along with the fruit tones. Later infusions become more earthy/woody, and I started to pick up on the sweet potato notes.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/17/guang-dong-phoenix-dan-cong-oolong-tea-teavivre/

SimpliciTEA

I read many of your recent reviews on your website, and I wanted to let you know that I noticed how well-written each one was. Perhaps someday I will be able to describe the experience of drinking tea as thoroughly and joyfully as you do. Maybe. : – )

LiberTEAS

Thank you. That is a tremendous compliment. I appreciate it.

looseTman

SimpliciTEA, I agree with you. LiberTEAS is a truly gifted reviewer of Tea and the SororiTea Sisters website is a tremendous resource for all who are interested in learning more about the joy of Tea.

LiberTEAS

and thank you @looseTman

looseTman

You’re welcome!

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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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