4641 Tasting Notes

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drank Hempmaicha by Handmade Tea
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Backlog:

I bought this in the “mini size” a couple of months ago. The hemp lured me in. I am a big fan of hemp.

Rather than using a Japanese green tea as you would find in most Genmaicha blends, a Chinese green is used here. It looks a lot like a Chinese eyebrow (Chun Mee) but I could be wrong.

This is a bit nuttier than a typical Genmaicha tastes to me, it has a sweet, toasty flavor that I enjoyed. A nice, autumnal taste. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/06/hempmaicha-green-tea-blend-from-handmade-tea/

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drank Chai-napple Gunpowder by 52teas
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This is what I’m drinking currently. I’m finding myself a tad under the weather and when I’m feeling like this, spiced teas seem to lift my spirits if nothing else. I’m glad that I’ve got several reviews on tap at SororiTea Sisters so I don’t have to try to review teas with a sore throat. I’m more than caught up there (maybe not caught up here, still backlogging! But I’ve got plenty of reviews waiting for their scheduled time of publication.)

In the meantime, I’m drinking lots of spiced teas and slurping lots of Hot and Sour soup.

This is a good tea – not my favorite from 52Teas but I like the combination of spice and pineapple. The green tea base is pleasant. The spices are warm and comforting and exactly what I’m looking for on this sick day. The pineapple brightens the cup. I’d like a little more pineapple-y goodness in this today, I think. Then again, my tastebuds might be off because of the sick.

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Beautiful pearls of black tea with an aroma of earth, leather, honey and cacao.

The pearls brew a delicious cup of tea. Rich and flavorful with plenty of gusto. Robust, lots of cacao notes, an undertone of caramel, notes of earth and leather. It’s a pleasant combination of flavors. As my palate continued to explore this tea, I started to pick up on fruity tones – notes of plum with hints of peach – and a faint note of flower. I was surprised by the complexity here because it was a very rugged, robust cup. I expected that hefty quality to weigh the tea down but I found myself able to explore the depths of the tea.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/06/yunnan-dragon-pearl-black-tea-from-what-cha-tea/

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Drinking some of this chai now. I love Blue Lotus chai … if you like spicy chai blends, you really should try their chai blends! I like it because it’s not presweetened, so I can control what type of sweetener and how much I add to my chai. I do like a little dollop of honey or a little bit of raw sugar in a chai to accent the spices but most chai mixes go way overboard with the sweetener. This doesn’t. And I can also control how strong the chai is, and decide how “latte” I want to go with it.

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A really excellent Golden Monkey. Smoky, yes. Leather-y, yes. But also rich with notes of chocolate and undertones of caramel and I like the way all these flavors play together. Pleasant and smooth. Robust.

Thank you Ost for sending me a sampling of this tea. It’s a pleasure to be sipping it.

Ost

Glad you liked it!

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Yummy. This is one of the teas that changed my mind about iced chocolate flavored iced teas. I was skeptical of them before trying this because … hey, I love chocolate, you know that, but I wasn’t sure how well the chocolate flavors would translate to an iced beverage. I mean, it works great for a hot cup of tea but I wasn’t sure about an iced tea. But this is so yum. One of my favorite honeybush blends from SBT.

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For real? I’m the first one to review this tea here? Can’t be real.

Anyway, I was thrilled to be able to try this tea because I love me some Earl Grey, and this is an awesome Earl Grey. AWESOME! I love the blend of teas used – it provides a solid backdrop of flavor that’s rich, robust and full of gusto. And even better, the bergamot doesn’t wimp out in the presence of the black tea power. This is the kind of Earl Grey that I’m more than happy to start the day with – any time!

I love this tea. Since my favorite Earl Grey is no longer being sold (at least not by the company that used to sell it) this may now be my favorite Earl Grey. It would be difficult to say. I’ve had a lot of amazing Earl Grey teas. But this one definitely has earned a spot in the upper echelon.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/05/new-house-blend-black-tea-from-bluebird-tea-co/

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drank Chamomile by Ocean of Tea
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This is really a nice Chamomile. The blossoms are whole and LARGE. No crumbly pollen-y dust. Light and sweet, notes of apple. I like that this isn’t chamomile dust (I hate cleaning my tea strainer after having something with pulverized chamomile!) and it has a clean, refreshing, soothing flavor.

I’ve enjoyed the teas that I’ve tried from this company.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/04/chamomile-from-ocean-of-tea/

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drank Organic Medium Oolong by Arum Tea
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This was the first Oolong tea from Indonesia that I can recall having tried. The dry leaf looks a lot like a TieGuanYin, the leaves have been wound into pellets. So, I brewed it similarly to how I would steep a TieGuanYin.

My earliest infusions had a floral aroma and a sweet honey flavor. Beneath the honey tones I noticed flavors of nut and flower. The floral flavor lingers into the aftertaste. Later infusions were still sweet but a little crisper and a little more astringent than the first couple of infusions. I still get quite a bit of honey flavor – in fact, the last infusions were more honeyed than the first – and still a strong nut and floral taste.

A really delightful tea to explore. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/04/organic-medium-oolong-tea-from-arum-tea/

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Tasty. The ginger isn’t overpowering but does add a warm, zesty flavor to the cup. It starts out really soft, so much so that at the start I barely noticed the ginger but as I continued to sip, the flavor developed. The sweetness of the peach curbs the kick of the ginger and these two flavors work really well with the nutty flavors of the rooibos.

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I am obsessed with tea!

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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. I don’t always have sampler boxes available as it depends upon how much time I have as well as packaging supplies. 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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