Hide

Welcome to Steepster, an online tea community.

Write a tea journal, see what others are drinking and get recommendations from people you trust. or Learn More

4227 Tasting Notes

85
drank Rumchata Honeybush by 52teas
4227 tasting notes

Backlog:

I really liked this one. I love horchata, and while I have never actually tasted rumchata (I actually recently discovered that this is something that can be purchased in the liquor section of the grocery store. I don’t shop there very often … and had no idea that such a thing existed.)

But I like the concept of adding some rum to horchata. And this is yummy. I actually recommended to Frank that he try this flavor with Genmaicha since the rice-y flavor of the genmaicha would be very complementary to the horchata flavors. I hope he does that soon.

Anyway … the cinnamon adds a nice warmth to the cup. I do like the sweet, nutty flavor that the honeybush adds to this too (although genmaicha would be better, methinks.) Very tasty … and Frank proves once again that he has a way with honeybush.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

75

Backlog:

An interesting concept. I don’t know if I’ve tried another tea that offers “extra caffeine” like this. I mean, I know that different teas have different caffeine levels, but I don’t know that I’ve encountered a tea that boasts extra caffeine like this.

This is really tasty. I love the toasted coconut flavor. It is sweet, toasty, creamy and nutty. The flavor of the tea is strong … and the “extra caffeine” seems to bring it to a nearly bitter point – almost, but not quite. I can taste “hints” that this could be bitter … so it’s one you want to keep careful watch over when you’re steeping it.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/08/toasted-coconut-black-hicaf-tea-republic-tea/

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

88
drank Lucuma Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
4227 tasting notes

Backlog:

Prior to tasting this tea I can’t recall having ever tasted Lucuma. It’s sweet and like the description suggests – maple-y. It makes a sweet, creamy matcha.

My specs for this Matcha were classic grade with a distinctive level of favoring. The Lucuma has a very mild flavor to it though, that you could bump this up to robust and I’d probably be satisfied with it.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/07/lucuma-flavored-matcha-green-tea-red-leaf-tea/

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

75
drank Sea Breeze by Eden Grove
4227 tasting notes

Backlog:

I was a little worried before I sampled this because when hibiscus is the first ingredient … I worry. I don’t like hibiscus.

But this isn’t too bad. I steeped it for 5 minutes, and this kept the hibiscus’s power at a minimum. It didn’t taste too thick or syrupy or tart.

The spice notes are nice and I like that contrast to the sweet, fruity tones. A tasty, tropical “fruit chai.”

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/07/sea-breeze-tisane-eden-grove/

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

75
drank Tanzania GFOP by A C Perch's
4227 tasting notes

Backlog:

An agreeable black: rich, bold and hearty with a delicious honeyed taste.

Nicely round. Malty notes, bread-y flavors … although this isn’t the most complex black tea I’ve tried. It’s more of a “black tea” kind of tea … strong, full-flavored, but not a more than that to it. Just a good black tea.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

93
drank Organic Kukicha by Aiya
4227 tasting notes

Backlog:

Previously, I reviewed their conventionally grown Kukicha, and then I got the opportunity to try their Organic variety. I love both teas, but I do have a special appreciation for this one because it is organic. That said … you really can’t go wrong with Aiya … all of the teas that I’ve tried from them have been really remarkable.

This is a really good Kukicha. Very fresh tasting. One of the best Kukicha teas I’ve tried.

A vibrant, energizing flavor, and yet it is very calming to sip. Light, sweet, slightly grassy, with a hint of astringency at the tail. Not quite as nutty as some of the kukicha I’ve tasted. This has more of a fruit and floral taste.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/06/organic-kukicha-green-tea-aiya/

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

88
drank Red Jade by Eco-Cha Artisan Teas
4227 tasting notes

Backlog:

This one was in my January Steepster Select Box and I was thrilled to find teas from Eco-Cha in that box! I love Eco-Cha!

The aroma is gently spiced. These spice notes are part of the sip too, I taste notes of cinnamon and clove. Mid-sip, I notice hints of mint. There is a grain-like flavor to this too, sort of like malt. Not like a malty note you might taste in an Assam, but more like the flavor of a hot cereal. That kind of malt.

A very comforting tea. There is a fruit note that is somewhat fruit-like, like currant.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/05/red-jade-tea-eco-cha/

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90

Backlog:

One of the most impressive teas that I’ve tried from Indonesia.

A very fresh, uplifting flavor. Soft and silky. Buttery taste and texture. Mildly vegetal, reminiscent of freshly steamed spinach, and with the buttery notes, it becomes a steamed spinach that’s been lightly drizzled with butter. Nice.

But this has a nice complexity to it too, with floral mid-notes, and delicate nutty tones and a fruit note in the distance. One of the sweeter green teas I’ve come across in my tea journeys.

I love the two teas that I’ve tried from this company. Here’s my full-length review of this one: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/05/organic-mountain-indonesian-green-tea-tea-sea/

Ubacat

I loved this one too – enough to think about buying it. Their tins are so cute too.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

78

Backlog:

A very hearty flavor to this tea. It’s one of those teas that I’d like to have in my teacup first thing in the morning … something with a little bit of gusto.

A strong roasted flavor to this: a nice, rich, roasty-toasty flavor that I enjoy. Hints of smoke and earth. There is a backdrop of spice to it too. I like the way the spiced notes meld with the roasted notes. This is one you want to keep an eye on when you’re steeping it because I could taste a subtle bitter tone that suggests to me that it could become quite bitter if oversteeped.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

85

Backlog:

I have to say that even though these teas from Tea of Life are bagged teas, I’ve been pretty impressed with what I’ve tried from them thus far. This blend has struck a really good balance between green tea flavors with the right touches of honey and lemon.

Sweet, slightly grassy, and a bright citrus-y note.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/04/green-tea-honey-lemon-tea-life/

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

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

*

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.

*

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.

*

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.

Location

Vancouver, WA

Website

http://SororiTeaSisters.com

Following These People