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One of the nicer lime green teas that I’ve tried. The lime is a gentle flavor, it’s not too tart and it’s not in my face. It doesn’t sour. It reminds me a bit of a lime curd, like the filling you might find when you have a lime cupcake from a gourmet cupcake shop. (I’m a sucker for gourmet cupcakes.)

The lime is bright and refreshing while the green tea is light and sweet, with a touch of vegetative taste.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/03/whole-leaf-green-tea-essence-key-lime-eden-grove/

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drank Rooibos Kalahari by Tea Affair
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This is from my March Amoda Tea Box. Earlier this week I had received an email from Amoda to let us know that they’re discontinuing their subscription boxes as they were, that they’re making changes to their format. I understand the need to change a business in order to make it work and be more profitable, but I will miss the way the box has been. (sigh)

Oh well, such is the nature of business and of life.

I’m not always crazy about rooibos blends as I’ve said often enough, but this one is tasty. A strong citrus-y note – stronger than I expected from lemongrass – so that suggests to me that the flavoring is probably lemon and lime flavoring. There is also a faint creaminess to this which could be from the lemongrass. I often experience a somewhat ‘buttery’ note from lemongrass.

Overall, it’s a nice blend. Not my favorite rooibos blend that I’ve received in my Amoda box, but, I enjoyed it.

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drank Assam Earl Grey by Tea People
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I’m always excited to try a new-to-me tea … and when that new-to-me tea is an Earl Grey I’m doubly excited! I love Earl Grey!

A strong, distinct Bergamot scent. Not as strong as some bergamot teas that I’ve had, but it’s strong. You can check out my full-length review here for my “1-5” rating for the bergamot strength: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/02/assam-earl-grey-black-tea-tea-people/

What really stood out to me about this tea is that the black tea base is the star of the show. In this case, it’s an Assam. Rich and malty. The bergamot isn’t overwhelmed, but it isn’t overpowering either. I like that the tea comes first.

A really nice Earl Grey.

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Back when I first tried this tea, I was experiencing a bit of … whatever it was that was going around. My husband had it, brought it home to me and our two daughters got it too.

Whatever it was, it didn’t last as long for me as it did for my husband. This tea may or may not have been responsible for the short duration of the cold. I don’t know. What I do know is that I started drinking this when I started feeling sick. And I drank a cup of it every day, and after I drank it, I felt a little better, and after about four days, I felt better overall. My husband, on the other hand, was sick for the better part of ten days.

This tea reminds me a bit of a soup broth. It has warming spices that taste of Indian cuisine: turmeric, ginger, cumin, coriander, and pepper. There is also a light, vegetative flavor from the green tea.

Normally, these functional teas … well, they taste functional. In other words, they don’t taste so great. But this one was something I found enjoyable. I didn’t feel like I had to drink this, I enjoyed it.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/01/ayurvedic-immune-tea-tea-life/

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drank Soba Cha Deep Roast by Steepster
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This reminds me a lot of drinking the toasted rice part of Genmaicha. It’s got that yummy roasty-toasty flavor of the genmaicha toasted rice, but it has a tasty malty note to it too. Like Barley … the flavor reminds me of a freshly baked loaf of multi-grain bread.

Sweet with notes of honey and nut and caramel. It tastes very breakfast-y, like a piece of toasted multi-grain bread with a pat of melted butter and a drizzle of honey.

CelebriTEA

I love this tea ♡

Indigobloom

I wish this one was available for sale, for those who just want this one…

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This was my first experience with an Olive Leaf tea, and I was pleasantly surprised by what I tasted. There are other ingredients to this tisane (it’s not a straight up Olive Leaf only tisane) so there was a lovely pineapple-y, apple-y flavor along with a soft vegetative flavor that is similar to that of green tea. Not exactly green tea, but, not so different from it.

I quite enjoyed this. As I said, I didn’t know what to expect from it, and it surprised me by tasting quite nice.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/31/organic-corsican-olive-leaf-tea-wise-owl-tea/

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Sipping on a cup of this now. Really smooth with vanilla notes. The maple is a little less discernible and I found that I needed to add a pinch of sugar to bring the maple forward. The cinnamon is subtle but I like that, because cinnamon can be sometimes aggressive and I like that I can enjoy the three flavors – vanilla, maple and cinnamon – rather than an overpowering cinnamon note.

A really tasty cuppa.

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drank SBT: Cucumber Melon by 52teas
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In reading back over my review of this tea (found here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/30/cucumber-melon-flavored-iced-tea-from-southern-boy-teas/ ) I noticed there that I mention to Frank that he should consider adding green teas to his SBT line, and what do you know? That’s his next project! I don’t know if my suggestion had anything to do with that. But, I’m glad that he is going to add green teas to the line, as well as other tea types.

I really liked the green tea version of the Cucumber Melon better than this black tea version. I like this alright, but the black tea notes seem to mask some of the subtler notes of cucumber and melon a bit more than I’d like.

It’s a tasty tea, but, not quite as cucumber-y or melon-y as I wanted it to be.

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drank Firewater by Pelican Tea
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I have to admit that I was a little afraid of this tea. I like spicy flavors, but, habanero? The spiciest pepper that I generally deal with, culinarily speaking, is the Jalapeno, although on a rare occasion, I might pick up a habanero, roast it, and then dice it fine and mix it with crushed pineapple to make a syrup to top ice cream. Quite a yummy ice cream topping, but, I’m still just a wee bit afraid of habanero because while it can be quite good when handled correctly, it can also be way too hot when it’s overdone.

And this quote from the Pelican Tea website: “Exceptionally Spicy, Habanero Infused” didn’t do a whole lot to assuage my fears.

But I decided to be bold and daring and try it.

And YUM!

Yes … spicy. Yes. Yes it is. And it burns … but in a very good way.

Read more about my thoughts of this tea here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/30/firewater-black-tea-blend-pelican-tea/

mrmopar

Love the spice! And the heat no meal is complete without Tabasco!

Veronica

I’m intrigued. I love spicy things, too!

LiberTEAS

Oh, I love spice … but, habanero … is a bit daring for me. Spicy for me is usually Jalapeno or Chipotle. Although I do put some cayenne in my chili. But, when I see the word “habanero” I kind of … wince and think “oh no, it might be too spicy!” But this was really quite good.

K S

I am so allergic to habanero. I love the flavor and the heat but turn instantly bright red faced. Jalapeno makes me crawl all over (doesn’t stop me from loving them) I brought all this on myself by overdoing it in cheese dip a few years ago. Before that dip I ate them all the time. Stupid allergies.

LiberTEAS

@KS – bummer! I can’t really relate, because I don’t have any serious food allergies like that. But I feel for you, it can’t be easy to have to limit yourself like that. :(

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A lovely Ti Kuan Yin. Sweet apple notes! Earliest infusions offered notes of apple, vanilla, orchid and creamy butter. Later infusions brought forth notes of vegetation and softened the floral tones. The apple notes come forward with subsequent infusions.

Really nice and deliciously creamy. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/29/ti-kuan-yin-oolong-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.

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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