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drank Ball & Chain by Indie Tea
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I revisited this tea recently because it was part of December’s Amoda Tea Box. Yeah, that’s right! Amoda is back, baby!

I was thrilled with last month’s box, which included four sample sizes of teas, DIY loose leaf teabags (which are really unnecessary for me but I know that some people like them), tasting notes, a ‘Stellar’ story link which offers you song choices to listen to as you sip on the teas of the month, and a yummy chai infused marshmallow.

I like their new format – I like the size of the samplers, I like that there are four teas and I’ve always appreciated the tea vendors that Amoda chooses to feature in their monthly boxes. I’m not really into the whole Stellar thing mostly because as I say in my full-length review of this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/17/ball-chain-oolong-tea-from-indie-tea/ – I’m more of a Guns N’ Roses kind of girl than an indie music kind of girl. But different strokes for different folks.

This tea is still just as tasty as I remember it being. I love the flavor of the dates: it’s a good, strong flavor. A nice caramel-y note. The dark Oolong brings a touch of roasty-toasty, smoky flavor to the cup. It all comes together in a really lovely way.

Thanks Amoda!

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drank Reading Nook Blend by Plum Deluxe
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This tea is worth it just for the dry leaf aroma – it smells amazing. The floral notes together with the creamy vanilla notes is absolutely delightful.

As I point out in the full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/16/reading-nook-tea-blend-from-plum-deluxe/ – the Plum Deluxe website says that this is “a black tea with an herbal taste.” That pretty much sums up the flavor of this tea, except that I would exchange the word “herbal” for “floral.”

This is a very floral tasting black tea – but not perfume-ish. The black tea is a mellow tasting tea – I suspect it’s a Ceylon. The floral notes really come through – and I like the way they do come through. It’s a bit like a dance on the palate and it’s quite lovely.

Maddy Barone

I would try it for the name alone!


It’s a good tea – and I loved getting a package from them, it came in a pretty purple envelope – Plum Deluxe. It was really cool.

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drank SBT: Apple Harvest by 52teas
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A tasty iced tea. I like that it’s sweet without being cloying.

While I would sip casually, this isn’t an obvious apple flavored tea. When I focus on the sip, I pick up on the apple notes, but as I sip casually, the apple doesn’t reach out and grab me.

That said, it’s really good and kept me sipping, not because I was looking for the apple but because I was really enjoying what I was tasting. The black tea seems to taste a bit smoother with the apple. It’s sweet but not too sweet and it has an invigorating quality without being bitter, astringent or too aggressive in flavor.

It’s a really nice iced tea.

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The flavors are a little subtle – I was told ahead of time by Marty (who I’m guessing is the M in M&K’s) that the pine notes were pretty subtle in the pine teas from the winter teas collection. So I expected that.

Even so, I still can taste all the elements of the tea. Subtle mint notes, a sweet green tea note, berry notes that add a touch of tartness to the cup, a hint of honey. The pine notes develop as I continue to sip.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/14/mintberry-pine-green-tea-blend-from-m-ks-tea-company/

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drank Oolong Tea by Buddha Teas
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I’ve never made any big secret about the fact that I prefer loose leaf over the bag – I think most of us here do. So, when this tea was sent to me to review by Buddha Teas, I really had my doubts. Oolong teas just shouldn’t be in a tea bag, they need that room to expand.

But I tried to go into the review with an open mind.

The box says it’s a four seasons Oolong, but I would question that because I’ve had a few four season Oolong teas and they weren’t like this. This reminded me more of a Formosa Oolong. It was toasty and warm with more fruity notes than floral notes. The four seasons Oolong teas that I’m familiar with have always been more floral and vegetal than toasty/warm and fruity.

I thought maybe I steeped it wrong so I got another bag and tried again – and got the same results … this is definitely more like the Formosa Oolongs than the four seasons Oolongs that I’ve known.

It’s still a pretty tasty tea – regardless of ‘name’ and even regardless of the bag. Sure, it’d probably be even better without the bag but it’s pretty good.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/13/organic-oolong-tea-from-buddha-teas/

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drank Chocolate Toffee by 52teas
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I don’t want to jinx anything, but I may just get caught up soon. I’m getting ever so much closer. OH joy! It will be weird for me when I’m not writing tasting notes for other people’s teas anymore. But it will be a good weird. It will also be weird reading what other people think about my teas again. Again … a good weird (at least I hope so!)

I think I enjoyed this more than some of the other tasters of this tea here on Steepster. That’s based solely on the numeric rating that I saw as I scrolled down while I was waiting for this page to load. I thought this was rather yummy.

I think I liked that I could really taste the black tea prominently. It tastes rich and there’s a touch of malt to it and the black tea melds nicely with these flavors. The toffee maybe brings out the malt a little bit. There is some astringency to this but it’s not an overpowering presence of astringency.

More chocolate would be good here. Not a surprise comment from me, right? The toffee is sweet and buttery.

It’s tasty.


sure thing Liberteas…lol how often do you say THAT? :) I kid!

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I love LiShan Oolongs! And Teavivre is one of the best companies when it comes to awesome Taiwan Oolong teas!

As I said in the intro of my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/11/nonpareil-taiwan-li-shan-oolong-tea-from-teavivre/ – I knew I was going to be a happy sipper when the first sound I emitted when I tasted this tea was “mmmm” and the first words I uttered were, “Oh my goodness, this is lovely!”

And lovely, it is!

Creamy, smooth, sweet. No bitterness or astringency. Sweet, warm cream notes with hints of orchid, and whispers of peach, melon and apple. Later infusions became more unified, creating a medley of the fruit notes that meld with the lovely florals. Still creamy, the creaminess becomes a little subdued and mingles with the other flavors.

A definite must try!

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A really nice medley of flavors.

The floral notes of the rose and lavender contrast well with the earthy, nutty flavors of the rooibos and the sweet-tart notes of berry.

The sip starts with floral notes, then I taste the berry notes and and by mid-sip, I’m picking up on the honeyed flavor of the rooibos. A really nice, calming blend.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/10/provence-rooibos-blend-from-the-secret-garden-tea-co/

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I can’t say that I’ve ever had a strawberry pina colada. I’m not big on alcoholic drinks. I think the last time I had alcohol is that I took a sip of the champagne my hubby bought a couple of weeks ago. Before that, it had been at least three months since I took a sip of his beer. In the last 12 months, this sipping has maybe resulted in at most, an ounce of ingested alcohol.

Yeah, so … you get the idea. I don’t drink … well, I drink tea. That’s my booze. I’m a teaholic.

Anyway, the strawberry here is a strong flavor, as is the coconut and pineapple. The rum is a very, very subtle note but it’s detectable. It makes a tasty flavor combination for this iced tea. I enjoyed it.

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drank Dong Ding by Le Palais des Thes
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The aroma is sweet, floral and slightly nutty. These notes translate to the flavor although I taste more nutty flavors than I smell nuttiness in the fragrance, and fewer floral notes than the aroma.

A strong honey note, hints of flower, sweet creamy notes that morph into a nuttier flavor as I continue to sip. Very smooth from start to finish. No astringency, no bitterness. Just a pleasure to sip.

Later infusions were not quite as creamy as the first one was at the start, but the nutty flavors continued to develop as did the floral notes – I can taste orchid by the third cup. And creamed corn! Interesting!

A really lovely Oolong. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/08/dong-ding-oolong-tea-from-palais-des-thes/

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:

I no longer write for the SororiTea Sisters but I am still the admin for the blog.


The reason I’m no longer writing for SororiTea Sisters is because I am now the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas:


I’ll still be posting occasional reviews on teas here on Steepster, mostly backlogged reviews because I’m way behind on getting reviews posted. That’s why I’m keeping two accounts active at the current time – so that I can get those backlogged reviews posted.


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, which is why I was very excited to be the Mad Tea Artist of 52Teas!


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