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I wasn’t all that excited about this honeybush when it first came out (but before I tried it) but after I tasted it, I really liked it. It reminds me a bit (only slightly) of the Sheri’s blend that 52Teas had … only I think I like this better because that was rooibos and this is honeybush, and the fruit notes here are more enjoyable.

This tastes a lot like a peach-apricot cobbler! The cinnamon accents the fruit and the honeybush with it’s sweet, nutty flavor offers a cobbler-pastry flavor. Yum!

I liked this one. It is good iced too, but I like it better hot because I prefer my cobbler served hot!

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I do love a good Formosa Oolong. My favorite Oolong teas still tend to be AliShan but my earliest experiences with Oolong tea began with Formosa … Formosa was my first Oolong, and in those earlier days in my tea journey, I believed that Oolong was Formosa and I didn’t know that there are so many different types of Oolong. I’m happy to have discovered Oolong as I have, but, Formosa Oolong will always hold a special place in my heart.

This is a really good Formosa Oolong. It has a very autumnal type of taste with it’s earthy notes and the sweet, dried fruit notes that it has. A warm, toasty taste. Sweet.

This is a tea that you definitely want to take the time to infuse multiple times because the later infusions become tastier than the earlier infusions – sweeter, more intensely flavored.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/05/formosa-oolong-from-simple-loose-leaf/

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An excellent Japanese Sencha. It is crisp and vibrant. Sweet with a slight savory tone that develops at mid-sip. This Japanese Sencha seems sweeter than many of the other Japanese Sencha teas that I’ve tried. I like that.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/02/organic-sencha-superior-green-tea-from-shi-zen/

A mild vegetal note, hints of butter and salty kelp. A nice balance between sweet and savory, with more emphasis on the sweet. A really good Sencha.

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I really loved this past spring because I got some remarkable, stunning, amazing first flush Darjeeling teas. Normally, I am more excited about the second flush (I love that muscatel) but the first flush this year was rather outstanding and I enjoyed the teas that I’ve tried.

Here is my full-length review of this Darjeeling: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/01/organic-2014-puttabong-darjeeling-first-flush-from-happy-earth-tea/

This is a sweet, delightful tea. The fragrance is delicate. Notes of earth, crisp floral notes and notes of fruit. Surprising notes of grape which I don’t usually expect from a first flush but this one is distinctly grape-y! Some astringency develops as I continued to sip, offering a slightly dry finish.

Happy Earth Tea rocks!

TeaBrat

I got some of their samples and haven’t logged any of them yet. Maybe you will inspire me :)

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drank Japanese Chai by Shanti Tea
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I just came across this old tasting note that I had intended to post as a review once upon a time, but I didn’t. Unfortunately, I don’t see this tea on Shanti’s website anymore, so I guess it’s no longer available … so I guess I’ll just post a tasting note about it rather than write a full-length review.

I enjoyed this chai. It’s a blend of both black and green teas, and usually when I brew those, I brew it at a lower temperature to accommodate the green tea leaves. The black tea still tasted remarkably full and nicely round even though it was brewed at a low temperature. The spices were peppery but not overly spicy. The basil (Tulsi) notes added a really pleasant dimension of flavor to the cup.

Overall, an enjoyable and delightfully different chai, it’s a shame that it’s not on the website anymore. And since it’s no longer available, I won’t bother with a rating for it.

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drank Forest Fruit by Tea of Life
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With so many flavors going on, I worried that this would taste more like fruit flavors than it would taste of tea, but I was happy that I could taste more tea than fruit.

Yeah, these teas from Tea of Life are bagged, but I’ve been really happy with most of what I’ve tried from them. I’ve come across one or two that I didn’t care for, but for the most part, they’re not bad, and sometimes that convenience of the bag is really important.

A good black tea base with fruit notes of strawberry, cherry, blackberry and black currant. I enjoyed this. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/31/forest-fruit-black-tea-from-tea-of-life/

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drank Revenant by Pelican Tea
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I like it! These habanero infused teas from Pelican Tea frightened me at first because I was worried I might be a bit too wimpish for the heat, but, while they are WARM (and by warm I mean that there’s a really WARM heat that builds in the back of your mouth and down the throat … it’s hot but it’s a really good kind of ah-cha-cha kind of heat) and while these are warm the heat doesn’t overpower the other flavors and there’s an intriguing balance of flavors that kept me sipping. I liked it … these are different, truly unique and I like.

Spicy, and a nice roasty-toasty note from toasted rice and the Se Chung Oolong. A little bit smoky and I like the way the smoke and the toasty notes meld with the spice from the pepper. And then the mint comes through and it adds this little bit of cool to contrast with the heat. Nice!

Really, you gotta try these teas from Pelican! Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/31/revenant-oolong-tea-from-pelican-tea/

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drank SBT: Orange Creamsicle by 52teas
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YUM!

Very refreshing and an enjoyable balance between Orange, Vanilla and Black tea notes has been achieved. I hot brewed this, but I might get another pouch sometime soon so that I can try cold-brew.

I like this.

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The bergamot is a bit softer than I would like it to be for an Earl Grey. I do like this Earl Grey, though, but for me, an “Epic” Earl Grey would be one with a stronger bergamot note. This would be the ideal Earl Grey for those who like their bergamot to come on soft and smooth.

The bergamot does develop as I continue to sip, though and I enjoyed that. The black tea is robust and pleasant and doesn’t attempt to hide behind the citrus notes. Tangy, a little sweet, and enjoyable to sip.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/30/just-epic-earl-grey-from-just-organic-tea/

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drank Assam Breakfast 2014 by Steepster
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A very smooth Assam. A bit smoother than I usually expect from an Assam. Assam usually is a hefty tasting tea, robust and just bordering on the edge of becoming bitter, but I didn’t get that from this tea, in fact, it might be a little smoother than I want my Assam teas to be. At least my “breakfast” type Assam teas.

Don’t take that as my saying I didn’t like this, because enjoyed it and it’s a really good Assam, but its not one I’d reach for as the first cup of the day. I like my first cup to be just a wee bit edgier than this one is, but again, that’s not to knock this tea because I really, really enjoyed it. It’s smooth, rich, delicious, malty and just … wonderful. I’d save this one for late morning or early afternoon!

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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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