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77
drank Lover's Lane by Indie Tea
248 tasting notes

This to me tasted very much like a before-bed kind of tea, probably because of the lavender. I can taste it and the rose, but not so much the orange. I really enjoyed this, but for whatever reason it didn’t call out to me as something I have to have around at all times.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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74
drank Crazy Earl by Indie Tea
407 tasting notes

This is an interesting EG. Normally grapefruit isn’t my favorite because it gets bitter, and there is some bitterness to this cup, but the orange and bergamot balance it out and make it sweeter. It’s a nice mix of citrus and goes well with the traditional EG flavor.

I think I would accept a cup of this again, but I’m not sure I would buy it. The bitterness in the middle of the sip really isn’t my thing, although the orange is really done well—I tend not to like orange in my teas because it’s either overwhelming or too weak, but this is just the perfect touch of citrus. A very nice way to wake up this morning!

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96
drank Ball & Chain by Indie Tea
778 tasting notes

Completely forgot that I had this tea. It’s nice, sweet, and slightly nutty.

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67
drank Truth Serum by Indie Tea
10 tasting notes

In the can, I smell spearmint and chamomile.

Upon steeping, chamomile is still the strongest thing I taste, with darker notes of the spearmint and tiny bits of the apple with a sour, granny smith peel type taste. The longer it steeps, the more I can taste the apple,and the sweeter it becomes. However, once it passes the five minute mark (as I have steeped it in the past) it starts to turn bitter and have the “old sock” taste some people say Valerian has.

This is an excellent tea for calming the nerves, even if the taste isn’t exactly the most pleasant. It certainly is not unpleasant but it does taste slightly medicinal, mostly due to the slightly bitter aftertaste.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Poppy Fields by Indie Tea
4303 tasting notes

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This is a really pretty blend, one of the prettier dry leaf tisanes I’ve seen. I like that there’s no hibiscus in it. Any tea company that chooses NOT to use hibiscus in their tisanes gets big bonus points from me.

But it does have chamomile. OH well… I’d rather drink chamomile than hibiscus any day of the week. I also like that this has tulsi, because I’ve grown fond of the herb.

I don’t know that I taste jujubes with this tisane, but that’s OK because I’m not a fan of jujubes anyway. I like that I taste floral notes, fruit notes, and minty/peppery/herbaceous notes.

It’s alright … not my favorite blend from Indie, but it’s certainly drinkable.

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87
drank The Road To Hana by Indie Tea
4303 tasting notes

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Indie Tea is one of my favorite tea purveyors because they offer some very unique blends in a very fun format – the packaging is fun and the names of the teas are fun! It’s just a fun company!

A yummy tropical blend. I’m glad that the hibiscus was not overdone, in fact, the only place I really noticed it’s presence was in the color of the tea which brewed up to a very pale pink. (VERY pale!)

The mango and coconut do not overpower the white tea (and neither does the hibiscus.) Everything is soft and in keeping with the delicateness of the white tea. A soft, earthy quality and a hay-like vegetation, with notes of coconut and mango. Really tasty!

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88
drank Ball & Chain by Indie Tea
4303 tasting notes

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I really like the combination of dates and Se Chung Oolong. The Oolong has a sweet, slightly toasted flavor that melds with the date flavor in a really delicious way. Sweet, slightly smoky, a little bit nutty … really good!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/12/ball-and-chain-oolong-blend-tea-from-indie-tea/

mrmopar

Dates and Oolong sound good.

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76
drank The Road To Hana by Indie Tea
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: entire sample ~6tsp
Water: 1000ml at 175°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: coconut, papaya, tropical
Steeped Tea Smell: floral, vegetal, soft
Flavor: tart hibiscus start, then a fruity coconut, with a vegetal finish
Body: Light
Aftertaste: light pleasant floral
Liquor: translucent light orange

it bring to mind hay, flowers, with a twinge of tropical

fun white that has flavor but isn’t overpowered by the flavors.

I am so glad I got this in my Amoda Tea monthly box.

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2013/09/indie-tea-loose-leaf-white-tea-road-to.html

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Ball & Chain by Indie Tea
778 tasting notes

Received this tea for my birthday and decided I’d have it with breakfast. The aroma of the dry leaf is very sweet. The flavor is nice. The oolong in this blend is nutty and dark. It has a bit of a roasted flavor. The dates lend a bit of sweetness. I really like this one.

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drank Poppy Fields by Indie Tea
2225 tasting notes

Also not super impressed… I can taste too much of the gag-worthy chamomile flavour that I quite dislike in this one. I’ve found that I can actually tolerate it in most loose leaf blends, but for some reason, it’s really not working here. However, this was probably the best of the three teas that I did try, as there were other flavours going on as well. I’ll have to write a better tasting note next time though, as I no longer remember all my thoughts on it.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank The Road To Hana by Indie Tea
2225 tasting notes

Hmm, perhaps I understeeped this one. In spite of the big pieces of mango and coconut, I didn’t get much beyond a general hay-flavour of the white tea, which wasn’t as tasty as I was hoping either. I’ll give it another shot, but currently not too impressed… and I had high hopes for this one!

ETA: :( Second infusion primarily tastes like hibiscus, though it’s quite a tame level of it. I remain disappointed.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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36
drank Lover's Lane by Indie Tea
2225 tasting notes

Unfortunately, not impressed with this tea :( The lavender is very overwhelming, and becomes more potent when iced. I do think that this might be improved by adding sweetener, however, or perhaps some lemon juice to make a lavender lemonade, but I really can’t taste any of the other flavours. Big miss for me, sadly.

ETA: Second infusion = still lavender. Blech.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Kaylee

On the other hand, lavender lemonade sounds fantastic!

Kittenna

Yes, it does! Possibly mostly because lemonade sounds fantastic :D But if it can help me make a low-sugar lemonade, I’m in!

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84
drank Crazy Earl by Indie Tea
4303 tasting notes

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A really interesting take on the classic Earl Grey. Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending it my way!

The black tea is a brisk yet smooth tea with hints of pepper to it. The bergamot is a softer bergamot, and the additional citrus notes seem to soften the bergamot to produce more of a citrus medley than a distinct bergamot taste.

Here’s my full-length review of this one: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/03/05/organic-crazy-earl-black-tea-from-indie-tea/

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drank Masquerade by Indie Tea
2855 tasting notes

I took one look at this one & decided I probably wouldn’t like, LOL.
I wasn’t even going to try it, but I figure, what the heck?
So, I actually like it :)

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71
drank Masquerade by Indie Tea
1909 tasting notes

Sipdown, 169. A few tea samples into my cupboard from the traveling teabox (which left my possession today), a few teas out that left with the tea box. This was a sample I took out for my evening tea.

This is decidedly fine. The flavors are muted, and it’s just kind of fruity. Not medicinal, thankfully, but not distinctive either. I drank the whole pot, though, so I guess it was tasty enough.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Mad Tea Party by Indie Tea
4303 tasting notes

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I brewed this as a black tea rather than as a pu-erh, but fortunately it did not come out too earthy. The aroma is more earthy than the flavor. Allow the tea to cool slightly to get the chocolate, cherry and chili notes to emerge. It’s really an interesting and tasty blend. Nice.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/02/09/mad-tea-party-from-indie-tea/

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88
drank Ball & Chain by Indie Tea
6770 tasting notes

Just had a triple shot of this – LOTS of loose leaf at less time – just for kicks! Hearty but good! See other notes!

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70
drank Masquerade by Indie Tea
1276 tasting notes

Another one from the traveling tea box. Thanks! Maybe something is off with my taste buds today, but I wasn’t getting anything at all here. It certainly tastes like rooibos to me. But it had a flavor that kind of reminds me of plastic grocery store bags… which sounds terrible but isn’t.. maybe edible grocery store bags? I’m sad I wasn’t finding any apricot or vanilla. I love red rooibos but green rooibos, not so much for some reason. Maybe that’s the culprit. This is funny but TeaEqualsBliss included this in the teabox and her Adagio custom blend that she sent me a while back that has rooibos apricot & vanilla is much much tastier! It’s funny that this one reminded me of that one!

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96
drank Mad Tea Party by Indie Tea
6770 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking more and more of this! Almost gone…WOW…a nicely flavored pu-erh! Yesterday’s cuppa was even a little spicy! Backlogging…see other notes!

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88
drank Crazy Earl by Indie Tea
6770 tasting notes

I’m barreling thru this one way too fast. See other notes

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69
drank Mad Tea Party by Indie Tea
6 tasting notes

So this is my first pu-erh~
I didn’t really get a sweet taste like I thought it was going to be. Not that its a bad thing I just was expecting a chocolately land of wonder. lol
It’s very smooth and has a small gently sweetness to it.
It smells nice like chocolate but with the pu-erh coming through more.
It leaves anice taste in your mouth afterwards. I feel as though this would go well with any vanilla or chocolate sweets. Drinking this makes me want to have some snickerdoodles for some reason!

The cherry does come through. I was hopping for more of a kick from the chile peppers though, I don’t really taste them come through.

This tea is very good though I’d buy it again and serve it with some tasty treats though.
As you rink it more it gets sweeter which is fun. It’s a good buy. :]

*To taste the chocolate more softly smack your tounge against the roof of your mouth (with it open)

-NOTE: Since you don’t get th same flavour everytime with this tea (because you don’t get the same amount of chocolate with every cup) you could add some more vegan chocolate to it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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With a name like this – how can I not try it?
PLUS it’s a ChariTEA!

I was a little hesitant that it was going to be too tart because of the hibiscus but Indie Tea does the dreaded “H” right! It does a ‘body good’ I guess! It all works well! I’m very grateful for that! It’s slightly tart but two types of tart – one from the Hibiscus and the other from the Cran…they are different but good…almost a yin and a yang of sorts.

I think the peppercorns help it along as well. They are NOT overpowering but are a nice, subtle addition. And the honkin’ huge rose in there is a nice touch! This is just lovely!

Hesper June

I nervously giggled out loud when I read the name:)

Azzrian

HAHAHAHA!!! I had to make sure I was reading it right :) Awesome!

LiberTEAS

OK, could not stop laughing when I read this … even the “honkin’ huge rose” part made me laugh.

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88
drank Crazy Earl by Indie Tea
6770 tasting notes

Started by day with this again :)

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86
drank The Labyrinth by Indie Tea
6770 tasting notes

I had this one Friday and REALLY liked it. I wasn’t thinking I would like it all that much because of the herbal combo but paired with the white tea base and how it all jived this is a dandy flavored white herbal tea! The Goji Berries are perfect with everything else, too!

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