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77
drank Lover's Lane by Indie Tea
296 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
423 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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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
4421 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
4421 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
4421 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
787 tasting notes

Another one gone! It’s a nice nutty oolong with sweet date notes. I enjoyed this tea while I had it but I don’t think I’d reorder it

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96
drank Ball & Chain by Indie Tea
787 tasting notes

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

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96
drank Ball & Chain by Indie Tea
787 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 Masquerade by Indie Tea
2955 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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I fantasize about a real Moroccan sunset, but this tea will suffice for now. I really like the crisp taste of this mix.

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drank The Labyrinth by Indie Tea
8 tasting notes

The labor of love went into this tea. So far Indie Tea has not had a bad or under-the-bar tea that I have tried, and I’ve stayed close to this brand.

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drank Sock It To Me by Indie Tea
8 tasting notes

The old Laugh In theme definitely did that. I love this tea. I’llbe adding to this note as I get better at evaluating tea.

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drank Lover's Lane by Indie Tea
8 tasting notes

I thought this romanticly-named tea might be loaded with natural aprodisiacs (sp?) but rediscovery helped me realize that I am just good naturally. The teas is good by itself as well. Yum!

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Interesting blend. Actually very enjoyable. I drink it regularly, maybe it’ll make me the wiser.

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drank Lucky Duck by Indie Tea
8 tasting notes

What a blend for living in LAs Vegas. I tried it and actually wo $65.00 on my way out of Red Rock Station after leaivng the theater. Haaa. Was it the tea? I don’t gamble regularly.

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drank Crazy Earl by Indie Tea
8 tasting notes

This crazy blend will pick you up. it did it for me.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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drank The Road To Hana by Indie Tea
2246 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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drank Poppy Fields by Indie Tea
2246 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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36
drank Lover's Lane by Indie Tea
2246 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
4421 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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71
drank Masquerade by Indie Tea
1963 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
4421 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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