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The aroma is reminiscent of a fruity bubblegum, this is especially apparent in the dry leaf. Once the leaves are brewed, the liquid is still fruity and bubblegum-y, but I can also pick up on notes of Darjeeling, or notes that I would expect from a Darjeeling.

I would recommend watching the temperature with this tea. When the water is too hot, the flavor is a little “off” to me and a little bitter too. A cooler temp, 195°F is what I’d recommend will result in a tastier cup.

It’s an interesting tea, I enjoyed it.

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A really good green tea. Fresh tasting and exhilarating, I find this to be an energizing type green. Sweet, vegetal, and clean. Brothy.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/10/just-pure-green-tea-from-just-organic-tea/

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A really good vanilla flavored black tea. The black tea is robust and full-flavored and it marries well with the sweet, creamy vanilla notes. Slightly dry astringency. The dry leaf has some coconut and almond slivers but I really don’t get a lot of coconut or almond flavor from this. If I slurp the sip, the aeration does encourage these flavors to come forward a little but they are still quite slight and nearly indistinguishable.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/10/french-vanilla-bean-black-tea-from-the-persimmon-tree/

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A lovely white tea. I have tried many Oolong teas from Fong Mong, and I’ve been quite pleased with them and I’m very happy with this White as well. Sweet! Delicate with notes of melon. Hints of hay and earth. A very refreshing tea.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/09/taiwan-white-tea-from-fong-mong-tea/

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I have tried a few teas from this company thus far (I have a bunch of reviews waiting for me to post tasting notes about them … yeah, still behind) and I’ve loved everything I’ve tried from them.

This is a beautiful green tea. Very fresh, reminiscent of spring when the early leaves are appearing, the scents, the feel, the experience and the flavors of newness of spring. A lovely delicate flavor but still quite complex. Notes of cream, very smooth, sweet, hints of vanilla and a vegetal tone.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/08/twisted-green-tea-from-beautiful-taiwan-tea-company/

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drank Pure Ceylon by Sarabeth's Tea
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As I wrote in my review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/07/pure-ceylon-tea-from-sarabeths/ this is a surprisingly strong Ceylon.

Surprising because I don’t usually think of a Ceylon as a particularly strong tea, and also surprising because it came from a teabag.

A smoothly flavored Ceylon, nicely round. Notes of malt, fruit, earth and even a delightful undertone of caramel. It’s quite a pleasant cup.

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Bagged, even! Mmm!

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I love the chestnut flavor (and aroma) of this tea. Sweet and delicious. It has a pleasant toasty flavor to it, reminiscent of the flavor of a freshly roasted chestnut. A delightful creaminess in both taste and texture.

This is less vegetal and more nutty. Usually, I expect a vegetal tone to a green tea, but I like that there’s more nutty flavors than vegetative. If you’re one who tends to shy away from a green tea because of the strong vegetal overtones, this would be an excellent tea to try.

Lovely taste, restorative, a beautiful tea! Read more here:
http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/07/lu-shan-yun-wu-green-tea-from-teavivre/

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LOVE! I absolutely LOVE the teas that I’ve tasted from Darjeeling Tea Lovers. The tea is simply fantastic.

This tea smells amazing, it really does have the almond and vanilla aromas that the description promises. I love it when a tea delivers what the description promises!

The flavor is earthy with notes of vanilla and nut, it is delightfully sweet. Creamy with a really lovely, indulgent flavor. It has all this sweetness but I love that beyond the sweetness there is a beautiful complexity to the cup revealing mellow woodsy tones and a mild earthiness.

Read more about this tea here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/06/goomtee-autumnal-classic-autumn-flush-2013-black-tea-from-darjeeling-tea-lovers/

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drank XIN YANG MAO JIAN by teasenz
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These leaves are gorgeous. They’re long and slender and they look so elegant. They have a vegetative aroma that when brewed smells a bit like steamed spinach.

This is one of the finest Mao Jian teas that I’ve tasted. It’s sweet and not as vegetative as the aroma led me to believe. The vegetative taste is more like a steamed artichoke heart rather than the steamed spinach that I smelled as the tea brewed.

The sweetness starts softly, gently, and develops as I continue to sip. It is nutty, sweet, and it has a delicate astringency. A really awesome Mao Jian!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/06/xin-yang-mao-jian-green-tea-from-teasenz/

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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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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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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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