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drank Keemun Peony by Grey's Teas
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A name that was confusing for me because Keemun means black tea to me, and Peony means white tea to me … so was this a black or a white? It’s a black tea!

A very rich and satisfying Keemun. Wisps of smoke, not overpowering or off-putting even to me and I tend to be kind of sensitive to the smokiness of a tea (although I’m finding that I’m less sensitive to it than I once was.) The smoke here is more like what you might experience if you were to have a fire roasted plum. And yes, there is plum-y notes to this too.

Reminiscent of a well-aged wine, but with a delectable honeyed sweetness.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/13/keemun-peony-china-black-tea-greys-teas/

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Smoky but not so smoky that I’m overwhelmed by the aroma the moment I open the pouch. It’s not an off-putting, strong smoked essence.

An interesting cuppa … Fruit notes (plum and peach), together with the smoky notes and notes of flower. While it would seem that there are so many unique Oolong teas out there, this is definitely one of the most unusual ones that I tried, and I really liked it a lot.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/10/19/assam-smoked-oolong-tea-greys-teas/

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A really delightful tea. A very autumnal fragrance to it – I smell notes of apple and caramel, mmm … caramel apples! When I tasted it, at first I wished I tasted more of a caramel apple taste. But there wasn’t much of an apple like flavor … but there was plenty of caramel sweetness!

Rich and robust. Notes of spice. A wonderful Kenyan tea.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/07/04/royal-tea-of-kenya-tajiri-black-from-greys-teas/

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Rich and a delicious, powerful kind of flavor. This is one of those kinds of teas to keep on hand when you need that extra kick to wake up in the morning, but even though it’s got a certain rugged appeal to it, it’s got a lot of subtle nuances that make it an excellent cup for relaxing with on a contemplative afternoon, too. (This tea does double duty!)

Fruity, caramel-y, with notes of earth and leather and smoke and hints of flower all within one sip … layers and layers of flavors waiting to be discovered with this tea.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/17/china-keemun-dahlia-black-tea-from-greys-teas/

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drank Formosa Lapsang by Grey's Teas
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This is a really different tea. It has a strong smoky presence, as I would expect anything that has “Lapsang” in the name of it … but it’s not like a typical Chinese Lapsang Souchong. Instead, it is a Formosa Black tea (Taiwan) that has been prepared in the traditional Lapsang Souchong style, so it has the strong smoky presence, but the tea base is a little different.

It’s unique and unusual … but I like it!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/30/formosa-lapsang-from-greys-teas/

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i want the tea nation earl grays black tea .it has the picture with the boat on it.

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For the first time in weeks I have got a few hours spare to tidy my room, listen to some music I have bought recently (ska music today) and drink my way through a pot or so of tea. You can’t go wrong with this tea. I left it brewing far longer than I normally would, and it still tastes wonderful. I love afternoons like this, in their understated way

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The leaves in this are enormous. I just threw a few into the bottom of a cup rather than using a strainer, and they have opened up fully. Leaves are several centimetres long and it looks like some weeds are growing in the bottom of my cup

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Smells much nice than my other oolong, but then it’s much more expensive too – I have been introducing people to it because they all love its name!

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I decided having only one oolong in my cupboard was a shame, so bought this because of its wonderful name!! I do enjoy a nice cup of oolong… I still think you have to drink at least a couple of cups of oolong to enjoy it as much as possible, very nice savoury tea

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drank Green Earl Grey by Grey's Teas
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Earl Grey was always my sick tea. It was very soothing.

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drank Winter Warmer by Grey's Teas
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Enjoying this tea this evening. It is lovely … a nice alternative from the typical orange spice teas … the orange isn’t over the top and neither is the spice. The clove is gentle and warm, the orange is bright … but the black tea stands out as the strongest flavor. Pleasant and delicious, something that’s cozy and comforting … not quite strong enough as a first cup of the day perhaps, but makes a nice evening pick me up that is also warming me up.

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A very surprising Darjeeling. I was surprised to taste a honey note right up front … sweet, delicious honey! Floral notes, woody notes … a really interesting and unique Darjeeling. Here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/01/23/darjeeling-monteviot-organic-first-flush-from-greys-teas/

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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea!

This is really lovely! Sweet with lovely fruit notes. I love it when I come across a pure green like this that is stronger on its fruit notes than its vegetal notes! This has more of a fruity taste than one of grass or spinach or beans or peas. I taste notes of sweet nectarine! Hints of mango. This is deliciously juicy and sweet!

The tea is fresh and sweet and it has a brothy sort of texture, but not a strong brothy taste (that is to say it doesn’t taste like veggie broth! It tastes like a broth made of fruit!)

This is really good.

Nik

Oh, I’m definitely adding this to my shopping list. I like green tea because I like the Green flavour. That Green flavour is the same everywhere, whether it’s in young peas, baby spinach, or not-quite-ripe bananas. I love that fresh, refreshing flavour. But I’m not a huge fan of the vegetal stuff: the spinach, the veggie broth, the grassiness, the legumes, etc., and those are what usually features most strongly in green teas. One with more fruity than vegetal notes sounds so, so good!

LiberTEAS

Yes, I found this one to be quite surprising, because I’m used to a stronger “vegetable” note rather than a fruit note from green teas, and this one was so distinctly fruit-ish. So yummy.

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drank Good Afternoon by Grey's Teas
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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea!

When I opened the package I could smell a hint of smokiness and a rugged, earthy kind of smell. After brewing, a smoky aroma really emerged, as well as a hint of peppery essence … kind of like what I think it might smell like if I were to burn peppercorns in the fireplace along with pine wood.

This is much different than I anticipated before opening the pouch… I expected a typical afternoon tea… you know, something on the lighter side, like a Darjeeling blend. This is more like a powerful kick-in-the-pants kind of pick-me-up in the afternoon. I’m enjoying it though!

LiberTEAS

I find myself liking this one the more I sip on it… now that it has had some time to cool just a bit, it has become really quite nice, with sweet caramel undertones and a creaminess to it that marries with the smoky tones in a deliciously unexpected way.

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Eventho this has a murky-type color to it post-infusion it’s pretty sweet on the tongue. It seems to be one of those craving-crusher type teas, too! YUM!

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drank Valerian Root by Grey's Teas
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OMG! Dry…this smells like butt. Seriously. I’m not even joking.

Post infusion…it smells like a rare flower I can’t pick my finger on and the roots of trees…and maybe a bit of root beer.

It has a mellow flavor…almost lemon verbena esque and a bit of root beer flavor.

I have to admit it’s a bit harsh getting past the dry aroma but overall the taste isn’t bad for an herbally-herbal tisane.

(I’m now unplugging my nose – virtually)
Oye!

Bonnie

Eoooouuuuu! P U!

TeaBrat

Valerian root is very smelly!

DaisyChubb

I can only handle it in blends. Minty blends to take over the butt. Overwhelm the butt. Conquer the butt.

Missy

butt conquering lol

Hesper June

Ewwwww!!! Serve it to un-wanted Guests ;)

TeaEqualsBliss

LOL @ you all! At least I’m not the only one who thinks it smells like BUTT :)

Missy

You might just be able to leave it out so the unwanted guests just stay away…

CHAroma

I tried this once and immediately spit it out. Couldn’t get it past the gag reflex. Blech!

TeaBrat

It’s better when it’s in pill form, lol! Does help me to sleep.

Missy

I agree it’s really good for getting some nice z’s.

mpierce87

Lol- I have valerian capsules and I always think they smell like majorly stinky feet.

Janefan

Valerian is the only herb that seems to help me sleep. I saw some loose at an herb/tea shop recently, but couldn’t bring myself to buy it due to the smell! Good to know that’s normal, at least (and that it doesn’t taste as bad as it smells!). But, I’m not sure what a whole cup of it (instead of the small amount in a sleep tea blend, or herbal pill) would do to me!

Kittenna

Hahaha, I think I’ll be avoiding valerian root if that’s how it smells! Major yuck!

Ninavampi

I can’t stand Valerian Root, so gross and stinky… Now I will have to avoid it at all costs, it will immediately bring up the word BUTT in my brain… hahaha…

OrganicOswald

This stuff smells like decaying, rancid feet! Also, the stronger the odour, the higher the quality!

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2nd infusion I do like better – but I infused less – too! It’s still herbally and limey but sweeter and a little more smooth. Comparable to a beautiful bouquet of flowers in springtime!

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1st infusion an herbally-lime type green tea with dewy sort of notes. I may have over infused a bit so I won’t rate yet but a 2nd infusion is coming soon

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The aroma is beautifully florally and woodsy-sweet…much like Cedar?

It tastes like a sweet-wood and peach. The middle to the end of the sip is a juicy yet velvety and semi-creamy floral type taste. It’s very nice. Reminds me of a few Formosa oolongs I have tried but better!

This is a WINNER :)

Azzrian

Sounds excellent! Woody peach YUM!

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With the second infusion, I steeped for six minutes. Still can’t bring myself to 15 minutes.

This infusion is also delicious, although it is a little different than the first infusion. I notice more of a fruit tone emerging with this infusion, as well as a stronger floral tone. The malt and cream notes are still there, although these seem softer this time. Still a rich, delicious cup of tea, and definitely worthwhile to steep this a second time.

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Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea. This is a delightful Assam… very different from a typical (black) Assam. The suggested steeping parameters on Grey’s website state to steep for 15 minutes. I’m afraid I wasn’t quite that brave, I steeped it for only four minutes, and I was scared that would be too long for an Assam. I’ve had far too many bitter Assam teas after steeping even a second or two longer than three minutes that steeping this for four minutes – even though it is a white tea – was a bit scary to me.

As it turns out, this is fantastic. Sweet, creamy even! The malty tones that I’d expect from an Assam are there, but together with the creamy notes, it tastes absolutely decadent. No astringency or bitterness. Just sweet, sweet delicious tea.

Angrboda

15 minutes! dies!

CHAroma

I’m with you. I wouldn’t be able to steep it for 15 minutes, at least not on purpose. ;)

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