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drank Apple on the Green by Pluck Tea
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This is the second tea from my august box from Postal Teas (aka the 6th edition box). Everything is nicely balanced in this tea – it’s quite enjoyable. The green tea is light with subtle grassy tones and a nice creamy flavor that melds nicely with the crisp apple taste. The apple tastes authentic. I like that I’m not tasting an artificial or fake-y apple note here, and it’s not overly spiced. There’s just enough cinnamon to enhance the apple notes without going overboard.

A really nice blend. The apple is a little on the softer side – this is a green tea with apple notes. The green tea is the most prominent flavor of the cup.

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drank Vanilla Cacao by Tisano
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Oh yum!

It tastes like liquefied cupcake. The rooibos adds enough of a nutty, sweet flavor that it sort of mimics a cake-y taste, and the notes of creamy vanilla and luscious cacao are so yum!

I love cacao shells and I don’t think they could taste much better than in the presence of rich, sweet vanilla. Even if you aren’t crazy about rooibos – if you like chocolate (and seriously, who doesn’t like chocolate?) you really should try this.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/22/vanilla-cacao-tea-from-tisano/

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I wish I would have read the description of this tea before I tried the sampling of the tea that I had, because I thought it was a straight black tea and not a blend of black and green teas. I steeped it in boiling water for 3 minutes and this imparted some bitterness to the cup (I think the green didn’t like that I overlooked it and it acted out in my teacup.)

Even with the bitterness, it isn’t a bad tasting tea but it could certainly be better.

I love the aroma – the combination of bergamot and jasmine are delightful. I like the way these two elements play with one another in the cup. The tangy bergamot is an interesting contrast to the sweet, exotic floral notes.

The Assam is bold and the aforementioned bitterness may be there because of the Assam or it may be that the green tea acted out as I said before. I don’t get a lot of green tea flavor in the presence of the stronger Assam.

Overall, it’s alright, but I think it’d be better if I’d brewed it differently. Therefore I won’t rate it numerically.

Flavors: Bergamot, Jasmine, Malt

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drank Organic Chamomile by Teanzo 1856
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This is Teanzo’s Day 11 tea from their Advent Calendar. At first, I was like, Oh … yay (cue sarcasm) another Chamomile tea but this was actually quite lovely. It’s very soothing (especially on the scratchy throat. The remnants of my cold from earlier this week) and this is a really good quality Chamomile. Great big, whole blossoms and very little broken pieces or dust.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/11/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-11-from-teanzo-1856/

Flavors: Apple, Honey

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I was so happy to try this Darjeeling Oolong tea. They’re a little less common than other Oolong teas and I’ve enjoyed every Darjeeling Oolong that I’ve tried thus far and I was certain I’d feel the same for this one.

And, what can I say? This is an awesome tea!

Delicious, sweet, fruity. I taste the promised notes of orange and spice. Notes of juicy grape. Smooth and very pleasant to sip. Earthy, woodsy, and warm.

The fruit notes really developed in the later infusions. I started picking up on notes of apple and a brown sugar sweetness in my later cups.

Here’s my full-length article: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/21/2014-darjeeling-2nd-flush-goomtee-oolong-tea-from-what-cha-tea/

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drank Cinnamon Pear by 52teas
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I enjoyed this although I had hoped for a more pear-like experience with it. The black tea is a brisk and invigorating tea but a little on the astringent side. At least, with these particular flavors, I’m noticing the black tea to be more astringent than I’d like it to be. This is something that I’ve noticed with some of Frank’s blends: the black tea with some flavorings really works, while with others – not so much.

The cinnamon is my favorite part of this tea. It’s a warm, flavorful cinnamon taste. The pear, while hot, is not very distinguishable. Once the tea cools slightly, some of the pear notes emerge but I’m not really wild about the pear flavor. It almost taste artificial. It isn’t until this tea has been chilled that it becomes much more enjoyable.

This tea works well as an iced tea – not so much as a hot tea, though.

Kittenna

I definitely noticed that tendency towards astringency here, which definitely didn’t work for the tea. I think it might have been better on a different base, too.

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drank Black Tea by Teatulia Teas
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I recently revisited this tea from Teatulia when it was included in my Tea Box Express box from October. This box is AWESOME! You get tea, a sweet treat, and at least one tea accessory. In the box for October, which was themed “Bee Happy” – I received a eco-canister of Teatulia tea, a jar of tea honey, a honey server, a teapot shaped tea bag holder, and a really yummy bee shaped cookie.

Since I’ve had the tea previously, I knew pretty much what to expect from it. It’s a robust black tea that would serve nicely as a breakfast tea. Pleasant and full-bodied.

You can read of my experience with Tea Box Express here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/20/product-review-tea-box-express-monthly-subscription-part-2/ Plus you can see pictures of all the goodies that was in the box!

Since my rating is for the tea, I would rate the box as a 100! I would definitely subscribe if my subscription funds weren’t already stretched to the limit!

Kittenna

Definitely jealous of all the tea subscription options you Americans have… :(

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drank Earl Grey Lavender by Artful Tea
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When I’m ordering from a new tea company, I usually choose at least one Earl Grey selection. I’m a huge fan of Earl Grey as most of you (if not all of you) are already aware. And I have learned that not all Earl Grey teas are created equal. This “Lavender” variation of Earl Grey is what caught my eye while shopping with Artful Tea.

This is a really nice Earl Grey Lavender. The black tea is smooth and robust. It supports the strong bergamot flavor well. It’s smooth at the start and toward the finish there is some tangy astringency.

I like the bergamot doesn’t taste perfume-ish even in the presence of lavender, another ingredient that can come off perfume-y if overdone. This has been skillfully blended so that there is enough lavender for a sweet, floral note to contrast with the bold, tangy flavor of bergamot, but not so much of either ingredient so that it comes off tasting like I’m sipping liquid soap.

A very pleasant cuppa.

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I believe that this was Les 2 Marmottes flagship tisane. It’s a blend of linden, verbena, peppermint, hibiscus, chamomile, rosehip and orange blossoms. Fortunately, the hibiscus is not an overpowering presence in the cup.

It’s a subtle tasting cup. Herbaceous. Do I like it? I don’t hate it. It’s not the best tisane I’ve ever consumed, but it isn’t terrible. It was a very gentle taste and I appreciate that given how it could have gone wrong with hibiscus.

Here’s my full-length article: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/19/infusion-des-marmottes-tisane-from-les-2-marmottes/

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The 10th day of this advent calendar from Teanzo! And this is the tea we get for today.

I really loved this. I wouldn’t really call it a “chai” exactly, because a) there really are only two spices that I’d associate with a chai, and b) the spices aren’t really strong enough for me to think “chai.” If I were to taste this blindly, without knowing it was called a coconut chai, I wouldn’t have guessed it was a chai by the flavor.

I would have guessed it was a spiced coconut tea.

And as a spiced coconut tea, this is really delicious! The black tea is a prominent flavor (always a good sign in a tea blend) and the coconut is a strong presence too. The cinnamon and ginger add warmth but not a lot of zing to it. It’s more like a yummy baked good that’s been lovingly prepared with just the right amount of spice.

It’s really yummy. I liked this a lot. This is one that I’d happily drink again and again.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/10/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-10-from-teanzo-1856/

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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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