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83
drank Raspberry Yogurt by KTeas
64 tasting notes

I don’t even know when I drank this tea… This is how disorganised I am.

I do remember that I love it. A great breakfast tea. Interesting, fun, fruity. Never had a cup quite like it, and I’d happily get it again.

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I needed a photo of this tea for my review of it that will publish this Thursday (on http://sororiteasisters.com ) so, I decided to brew the leaves rather than stash them away, since I had them out anyway.

I brewed it in my gaiwan this time, and interestingly enough I’m getting more chocolate-y notes today… I don’t know if this difference is related to the gaiwan brewing or not… I’m just telling you what I’m tasting. The cocoa notes are very pleasing with the caramel-y notes.

I fall even more in love with this tea every time I brew it.

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The aroma of the dry leaf is very lovely and somewhat difficult for me to find the words to describe it. I can smell hints of flower and fruit, as well as a caramel-y note and a very subtle earthy character.

The more I drink this tea the more I love it.

I just got finished writing up my review for this tea – it will be published on the SororiTEA Sisters blog on the 19th of August!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I am going to be reviewing this one more in depth tomorrow… today, I just got home from a very long shopping and lunch excursion with my husband – we had a wonderful time, but, I had NO caffeine today until now and so I have a headache like you wouldn’t believe.

I need caffeine.

This is a really delightful tea. Chewy, sweet, delicious. I look forward to exploring it further.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Lori

Looking forward to the review. The company description sounds promising- strength of assam w/o the bite…

LiberTEAS

Now that I’ve finished the cup and my headache is subsiding, I can say that it’s incredibly smooth. Much smoother than an Assam. Very nice. Reminds me a bit of Dawn, except that where Dawn has that chocolate-y note, I think that this one has more of a deep fruity note… like raisins. I really like it.

Jillian

Cool, Bolivia isn’t a place you think of when you hear about good-quality teas!

LiberTEAS

No, I think of fine quality chocolates and watches but not tea. But this one is very good.

Tea-Guy

This would be wonderful to try!

TeaEqualsBliss

Oooooooooooooo

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drank Raspberry Yogurt by KTeas
419 tasting notes

I got some of this from a buddy. I can see all the ingredients. Dry this smells mostly like raspberries and black tea. I steeped this up. I can taste the raspberries but I can also mabe wistful thinking taste a creamy tang to and the black tea. I always put sugar in my teas. This I’s a really great natural tasting raspberry black tea.

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49
drank South Indian Chai by KTeas
69 tasting notes

This one is really not suited for my chai tastes. It does have a nice strong black tea (though very broken leaves), but it is somewhat bitter. I could actually overlook that if the spice mix/load suited my tastes. I like a nice powerful spice mix that gives off a nice amount of heat from the ginger and pepper. This one is largely dominated by cinnamon and cardamom. Not my cup of chai.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Rooibush Orange Peppermint by KTeas
1683 tasting notes

I love improvising, especially when improvising allows me to accomplish exactly what I would be otherwise, if I had not been improvising. In this case, I wanted to review this delicious smelling tea, but was in a location where I had the means for heating water, yet no implements for making tea, save a solitary mesh strainer. So, I proceeded to use an oversized wine glass (preheated, of course) as a teapot, and strained off the tea into small coffee mugs (my improvised tea cups), following the completion of the five minute steeping time I used (generalized for most rooibos).

Result?

Success, at least so far as brewing the tea was concerned. Now onto the tasting…
The dry leaf had very much carried the peppermint oil smell, nearly overpowering. The hint of orange, at least, was present (better than past teas of this type that I’ve tried, where one of the two main ingredients ends up completely overwhelming the other. In the aroma of the steeped tea, the orange and peppermint blended nicely and equally, providing a mellow and sweet smelling brew.

Ah, and time for the first taste! Will my improvised tea session turn out well?

Yes! My first sip was deliciously orange that slid smoothly over the tongue, leaving an aftertaste of juicy rooibos and cool peppermint behind. Mmm, tasty. Surprisingly, this tea held its flavour even when I decided to steep it again, though that may have been the result of using a bit more dry leaf than is usual for this type of tea.

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69
drank China Oolong Kwai Flower by KTeas
1683 tasting notes

Looking at the dry leaf, I loved how the tiny flowers were mixed in with the tea leaves. What was a bit disappointing was how crushed the leaves were. This might have been partly due to shipping, though few of the other teas I received at the same time were like this. Regardless, the dry leaf has a wonderful dark oolong smell with great flowery notes.

Steeping some of this tea as per the website directions (3 minutes, 1 heaping teaspoon per cup of water), the finish liquor has a pleasant aroma of a light oolong with great floral tones. The smell of the flowers diminishes yet improves, at the same time. My first sip, however, did not impress me. It tasted very flat, for an oolong, and the flowers did not come through at all. Not to be put off, I continued on with my tasting. The flavour grew bolder as I continued to drink the tea, and I gradually became aware of the subtle flavours imparted by the flowers.

Over a couple steepings, this tea grew to be quite pleasant. The moderately light flavour would make this tea a good accompaniment to some light appetizer dishes, such as a cheese and cracker plate. I enjoyed this tea, but one must have patience with it to get the most from its leaves.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Rooibos Chocolate Mint by KTeas
1693 tasting notes

This one was from Doulton (and continued thank yous for all the little surprises in your care package!).

I do like rooibos, but I am still trying to classify the flavors and additives that belong with it. Chocolate, definitely. Mint…not sure.

I think this would be better with some doctoring…maybe a bit of milk or a spritz of sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
jessica

I drank a yaffa rooibos today and i enjoyed it chilled! it was really nice actually since the blend included oranges and chocolate pieces… i think you would like it

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68
drank Irish Sunrise by KTeas
356 tasting notes

Doulton’s Shakespeare: A Tasting Note in 5 Acts
Act III scene 4

“So-so is good, very good, very excellent good; and yet it is not; it is but so-so.”
As You Like It, Act V scene 1

This was my first experience with a CTC (Cut-Tear-Curl) blend. Even knowing what it was I was still shocked at how much it looked like very coarsly ground espresso. My concern grew about bitterness. The dry leaves smelled like (all-together now): black tea! I couldn’t even tell you what tea it was. I looked at the packaging and it’s from a Kenyan tea garden. I don’t know if I’ve had another Kenyan black tea.

The brew itself was surprisingly good: no bitterness or bite! This is a pretty good breakfast blend. And then the cup began to cool and it got a bit crazy. There was this great Ceylonish sweetness happening and then it morphed into a light Puerh. Wah?!?! I soooo didn’t see that one coming. But it was still good — it was more of a “stroll through a small barnyard” earthy Puerh. I did a second steep and this time it stayed a generic black tea with nice moments of sweetness. I wouldn’t call this tea “hefty,” but it’s got a bit-o-oomph on the original steep. I’m not clamoring to get more of this tea, but if I ever get around to placing an order from KTeas, then I’d get a small portion of this to have on hand.

This tea I name Touchstone the fool from As You Like It. This tea certainly fooled me and kept my tastebuds on their toes…er, or something like that. It was these moments of “what the hey?!?!” that I found most delightful. Plus, I adore Touchstone’s line that I used for the intro to this note since it so wonderfully encapsulates my feelings toward this tea. NE

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Doulton

Great use of quotation here. I can apply that comment to quite a few teas. In fact, I think I could write a book on “teas gone wild”.

Rabs

Thank you so much! I stumbled upon that quote and just absolutely fell in love with it. And please do write that book! ;)

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52
drank Peaceful Accord by KTeas
356 tasting notes

Doulton’s Shakespeare: A Tasting Note in 5 Acts
Act III scene 1

My salad days,
When I was green in judgment, cold in blood,
To say as I said then!
Antony & Cleopatra, Act I scene 5

If someone made this tea for me, then I would have drank it graciously. If this imaginary person didn’t tell me what this tea was, then in the back of my mind I’d be thinking “Can Darjeeling go bad?” For me the Darjeeling overpowered the oolong, but the oolong was there lending an odd veggie quasi-oolong note to the tea. The leaves themselves seemed pretty shredded, and I wonder if this is what caused the astringency I experienced. It wasn’t bad, but it had quite a bite.

I present Antony & Cleopatra in tea form. Another pair of “star-crossed lovers” but told in a more muddled and unremarkable way than Romeo & Juliet. Yes, there’s some great poetry throughout, but this play as a whole just isn’t that good. Just like this tea: the individual types of tea separate might be good, but together it just doesn’t come together for me. I’m rather “cold in blood” (i.e. passionless) about this tea. M

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

Snork! “Can Darjeeling go bad” you’re giving me all sorts of nasty smell of grams over the internet with that ones :)

Rabs

What can I say? I calls ’em like I tastes ’em. ;)

I think that the theory of this tea is interesting, but the reality isn’t that good. I took a look at KTeas’ website and specifically looked at the picture of this tea. The site’s version of this tea looked like full leaf and mine did not. My little sample packet looks fanningtacular :(

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70
drank Chai by KTeas
411 tasting notes

Brewed this up last night, in the traditional stovetop method. It was a nice solid cup of chai. No notes stood out, nothing detracted. Nice cup.

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78
drank Shui Xian Oolong by KTeas
6770 tasting notes

This is still a very yummy oolong in my book but I continue to stand by my previous review…woodys, yes…fruity, yes…chocolate…not so much…

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YUM YUM YUM to my TUM TUM TUM…This is my favorite Currant Flavored Tea…YAY!

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I seem to be in a tea funk today…don’t know what I want to drink, but this is GOOD.

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92

I think I may have steeped all the honkin’ huge currants in this blend already…but…here-goes…

It’s still good but less Currant…still yummers tho!

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I’m seriously shocked at how well this blends…still true to the black tea but juicy and not bitter like some currant teas are…or most!? Anyhow…liking this tea a lot that is for sure!I have 5Currants in my stainless Steel Strainer…might have to nibble on them…har har…eveil grin…

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Dry leaf/blend looks awesome! HUGE Honkin’ Currants in there!!!! Smells like Currants and black tea with a little floral tone. After steep – It’s medium brown in color. The smell is lovely. The taste is a great even black tea with currant pairing! This truly amazes me because MOST teas that pair a black with Currants are bitter or sour or tarty or too sweet or don’t taste like tea! This one is GREAT! I’m very happy with this! I can truly say this is the best Black Tea with Black Currants I have ever had! YUM! Thumbs up!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Chai by KTeas
6770 tasting notes

Chai. From Kteas. It looks, smells, and tastes like the average Chai. Nothing special…nothing terrible.

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71
drank Peaceful Accord by KTeas
6770 tasting notes

Dry leaves smell light and pleasant. Wet leaves smell like hay or straw. Post-Infused Liquid has little to no scent. Color is of an oolong. Taste starts woodsy but ends somewhat smooth. It’s ok.

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74
drank Irish Sunrise by KTeas
6770 tasting notes

Eventho it says excellent with milk – I drink mine plain. It’s fine by me. :)

It’s not bitter and it’s not overly bold but it’s still good. If you are looking for something with a little less boldness of a English – try this in the morning!

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78
drank Shui Xian Oolong by KTeas
6770 tasting notes

Very Woodsy smelling…

Woodsy and a tad fruity tasting…yes…Chocolate notes…not so much…still a tasty oolong tho!

Jillian

Sometimes I think they tack on random descriptions and comparisons just to make the tea sound more attractive. eye roll

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72
drank Tummy Tamer by KTeas
6770 tasting notes

Tummy Tamers usually scare me…they usually taste medicine-E. This smells like Lemon, Mint, and Catnip…still kind of scared…

It’s a medium brown/green color…still sort of scared…

Well…
Not so scary after sipping…

It’s minty, somewhat herbal-esque, a little fruity, lemony, green-tea-like. It’s not bad…I don’t think I would purchase it, but it’s not scary :)

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
S

Ha, I just glanced at my cat and she gave me a *look*—as in don’t even think about steeping my catnip. :)

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78
drank Chocolate Mate by KTeas
6770 tasting notes

Smells like a chocolate no-bake cookie. :)

The scent is stronger than the flavoring of the liquid BUT I wouldn’t change it! It’s just-right!

Pretty good cup!

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