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Pleasant. The Ceylon in this blend is rich and even a little malty. Smooth with notes of sweetness. It melds nicely with the floral notes of the Peony. I don’t know that the floral notes that I’m tasting I’d immediately identify as “Peony” but then … I can’t recall ever drinking a tea with the essence of the peony flower.

It’s a sweet, gentle floral note. Overall, a pleasant, mellow cuppa.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/18/lovers-leap-estate-indigo-black-tea-essence-peony-eden-grove/

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As I mentioned on today’s post: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/04/makaibari-first-flush-vintage-black-tea-from-tea-people/ I have recently suffered a loss. I broke the glass jar/carafe of my Breville One Touch, so at the moment, I’m using a stove top kettle. Gah!

Seriously, you don’t realize just how vital these tools are to you until you can’t use them. Don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone and all that stuff. I cried when it broke. Yes, I did. Seriously. I felt like I lost a dear friend. It was devastating. The following day, I did get good news about the broken kettle, and that’s news I’ll share with you as soon as what I have been promised comes to fruition, but, in the meantime, I’m using a stove top kettle. I went a few days without posting any reviews because … I didn’t have my tea maker! UGH!

Now that I’ve somehow come to terms with my loss, I’m able to brew tea and just deal.

So this was the tea that I had today to start things back in motion with the SororiTea Sisters blog. And what a lovely tea it was to start things off again.

A pleasantly crisp, light and refreshing Darjeeling. Uplifting! Sweet notes of fruit meld with notes of earth and bright floral tones. This tea has a light astringency to it, much less than what you might normally expect from a Darjeeling.

A very fine cuppa!

Ost

D: Ohh that sucks! I’m so sorry! :( I’d probably cry too.

LiberTEAS

I had my Breville for four years. It was the most used appliance in the house with the exception of the fridge which is constantly running. I was quite distraught.

looseTman

I feel your pain! http://steepster.com/teaware/revere-ware/46814-classic-2-1-slash-3-quart-whistling-tea-kettle Imagine gongfu brewing a tea that requires < 212*F with your stove top kettle.

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drank Berber by Tay Tea
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A really minty blend. It smells like spearmint gum. But I’m happy to say that the flavor of the gunpowder green comes through, this isn’t so minty that I’m tasting toothpaste. It’s a strong mint note with a sweet, lightly vegetative taste of green tea. Very refreshing and smooth.

Clean and fresh tasting, it is a revitalizing tea. I enjoyed this one … I’m glad that Amoda included it in the April Box. sigh I’m going to miss my Amoda box!

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This tea is labeled as a “chai” even though it is more like one of those holiday orange spice blends than what you might expect with a typical chai. It’s more like one of those red-hot cinnamon type of teas.

Which I don’t mind at all, because I love those. It has a prominent cinnamon flavor with a backdrop of cloves, and the orange is very subtle. Mostly what I tasted from the orange is a bright, citrus-y note but nothing really distinct that says ORANGE.

The black tea isn’t completely overpowered by the spices here, and I like that. This is a good tea for chilly mornings – I know we probably aren’t getting a whole lot of those lately, but every once in a while here in the pacific northwest the day starts out cold and overcast. This is the kind of tea that helps me mentally cut through those clouds.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/17/chai-americaine-blend-doehi/

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As I was digging through some of my stash, I came across a sampling of this tea. It’s one that is no longer available through Adagio … I’m not sure if that’s because it’s been discontinued or if it’s because it’s temporarily sold out.

It’s a good golden Yunnan. Peppery but with a lovely sweet undertone of caramel. This is one of the best black teas that I’ve tried from Adagio.

Since it’s not currently available and I’m unsure of the age of the sampling that I have, I’m not going to rate it.

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drank Hunan Dark Tea by Tea Source
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Here’s my full-length review on this one: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/16/hunan-dark-tea-tea-source/

My first infusion: I could taste notes of fermentation. In my tasting notes, I mentioned that it tasted a bit to me like a grape-y balsamic vinegar that has been thinned with wine. Earthy, but not as earthy as a typical pu-erh. There is a sweet, creamy note to it, I compared it to a vanilla frosting sort of taste. Honey and molasses. Remarkably smooth and mild.

My second infusion: Sweeter than the first cup, but not quite as creamy in taste and texture. Honey notes remain, and I’m noticing mineral and vegetative notes emerging.

A really lovely tea experience.

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I was actually impressed by this blend, and I didn’t expect to be. The ginger is nice and zesty. It’s spicy but not too hot and it is an interesting contrast to the honey-like sweetness and woodsy tones of the rooibos.

Also very nice on a sore throat.

A simple blend but I enjoyed it.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/16/organic-ginger-calendula-rooibos-tea-spicely-organics/

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I was really excited to try this one. I’m not sure exactly why that is. Fruit Loops aren’t my favorite kids cereal. In fact, I really don’t care much for fruit loops, never really have. I’d much rather have fruity pebbles.

Hey Frank … Fruity Pebbles. Use a genmaicha base. Fruity Pebbles. I wouldn’t be upset if you did a cocoa pebbles either.

Actually, when it comes to “kids cereals” I’d really love to have a count chocula. You’ve done the franken berry and the boo berry. What about count chocula, Frank?

The aroma of this cereal is fruity and sweet. Kind of like when you open a box of Fruit Loops. Fruity and sweet. But even though it is a fruity, sweet tea, the black tea base is substantial. It’s a solid English Breakfast tea with strong notes of malt (which accentuate the cereal-ish-ness of this tea). Overall, a satisfying black tea blend.

The fruit flavors – I taste lime primarily. Next I tasted raspberry and orange. The strawberry, blueberry and apple are softer notes. The fruit notes are more on the sweet side than on the true to fruit side, which works given that this is a “fruit flavored kids cereal” inspired tea.

I would like marshmallow in this.

Tea Sipper

But Earl Grey already reminds me of fruity pebbles… what about a EG genmaicha? Also, I thought the ingredients lists marshmallow?

LiberTEAS

There is some marshmallow flavor, but not enough … I would like to really taste the marshmallow, so I guess what I should have said is that I could taste more of the marshmallow in this.

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drank Blue Lady Black by Zest Tea
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I’ve tried and reviewed three out of the four Zest Teas thus far (the other reviews/tasting notes coming soon), and overall, I’d give these teas a thumbs up.

I really liked this Blue Lady. Fragrant, sweet and fruity. I like that while the fruit notes are strong, the Nilgiri black tea is stronger and isn’t overpowered by the fruit. I like that even though there is hibiscus in the blend, it seems to do more to enhance some of the contrasting tones of the fruit than it does stand out and taste like hibiscus.

The black tea has a nice malt note. The extra caffeine doesn’t add a weird or funky or off taste at all. In fact, if this had been brewed “blindly” – that is, if I had not known that I was brewing a “High Octane” tea, I wouldn’t have known by the taste that it was a high octane tea. It tastes like a fruit flavored tea. It tastes great.

But it does certainly pack a kick in the pants!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/15/blue-lady-black-tea-zest-tea/

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I’m not usually a fan of rooibos and I’ve never really made any big secret of that. However, I have enjoyed these dark chocolate rooibos blends from Tea of Life. The chocolate notes are very well-defined. And … I’m a bit of a chocoholic.

So this blend was right up my alley, lots of dark chocolate flavor together with creamy vanilla. I tasted some honey-like sweetness from the rooibos and maybe a hint of nutty tones from the rooibos, but that’s really all I taste from the rooibos and that’s OK with me.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/14/rooibos-chocolate-vanilla-tea-life/

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:
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I also review teas for the Tea Review Blog:
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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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