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4231 Tasting Notes

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drank Red Jade by Eco-Cha Artisan Teas
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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/

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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/

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

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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.

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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/

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drank SBT: Cherry Limeade by 52teas
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I was excited to try this flavor because I love the flavor combination of cherry and lime. I wish that those flavors were a little sharper in this tea. It’s still a really good iced tea, but the flavors are not quite as bright and distinct in this as I’d like them to be.

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drank (Red) Maple Spice by Shanti Tea
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A seriously yummy rooibos blend. The cardamom and fennel give this a nice warmth. I love the licorice-y note from the fennel. Citrus is noticeable toward the finish.

But the maple is the star of this show. sweet and I love the way it melds with the spices. Really yummy. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/03/red-maple-spice-tisane-shanti-tea/

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A strange ingredient list. The green tea is a little lost in the blend, but I did enjoy the mint and melon notes together. The cinnamon and licorice are a bit more subtle than I wanted them to be … but I didn’t have high expectations for this tea anyway.

It’s alright – not horrible, but not something that I’d ever order for myself.

Lynxiebrat

That combination sounds really odd, particularly combined with a green tea.

LiberTEAS

The mint and melon seemed to work together alright … but the cinnamon and licorice seemed really out of place … but since they were there, I wanted to taste them … but they were so subtle that they seemed to do little except to help mask the green tea.

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drank Winter Fire by Butiki Teas
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If you’re looking for a tisane that will start a fire inside you and warm you up from the inside out, you need look no further than this blend. Plus, with the guayusa, it will give you the caffeinated boost you need first thing in the morning.

I do like that once my palate gets past the very zesty, peppery heat of this cup, I can enjoy other flavors. There is a pleasing molasses-y note, notes of coffee (without the bitter taste of coffee) and cinnamon.

If you don’t like a super-spicy drink, this is not the tisane for you. But if you’re looking for some spice in your life – give this a try.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/02/winter-fire-guayusa-blend-butiki-teas/

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drank Cache-Cache by Lupicia
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I found another sampling of this tea in my tea stash. It’s a very unique tea in that it seems like every time I try it, it tastes a little different. This time, I tasted notes of vanilla, banana and hints of spice. A smoothie sort of taste, but, imagine a smoothie with a few spices tossed in just for something a little different.

Tasty.

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I have enjoyed every tea that I’ve tried from Zi Chun thus far and this one is no exception. I don’t often encounter rose Oolong teas, but this one is a winner. The rose is soft, slightly sharp, and sweet. The Oolong tastes sweet and silky. Buttery.

A really nice Oolong experience, you can read about it here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/01/rose-oolong-tea-from-zi-chun-tea-co/

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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

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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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