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I’m finally home from my conference!! The only good parts about it were a) I was “at work” but not “working” and b) the catering had bags of Numi teas that I managed to sneak a handful of bags of to try later (I did drink several cups of the orange spice one whilst attempting to stay awake during the sessions).

So I go to check my mailbox, and the rest of my Black Friday tea orders are there, along with this mystery box. I opened it up, and it’s from LiberTEAS!!! She surprised me with a boxful of teas that she thought I’d like! I squealed when I saw this one was in it. I’ve been wanting to try it since LiberTEAS and TeaEqualsBliss logged it…I adore tart, and I’ve really been wanting to try some of the teas from this company.

I brewed for 10 minutes. It smells very interesting; the coconut and pineapple seem to be competing with the apple and rosehips. Actually, it smells very similar to Punch Green Rooibos from ESP Emporium!! I loved that blend; what will I think of this?

I’m tasting the pineapple over the hibiscus, as well as the apple and a smidge of the coconut. I’m also getting some vanilla-like notes…but maybe that’s just me. It’s absolutely delicious! It tastes similar to the Punch Green Rooibos. I’ve come to the conclusion, though, that my definition of “tart” is vastly different than others…for me, this is mildly, pleasantly sweet-tart, and is leaning much more toward the sweet end of the spectrum. If you like hibiscus and all things tart, this is definitely for you!

This would also be great iced (perhaps better, but it’s still good hot). I can definitely see myself icing it, mixing it with equal parts lemonade, and adding coconut rum for a summer treat!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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77

Juicy! I’d say the cherry in this is as strong as the rose. It reminds me of Enjoying Tea’s Rooibos Provence (both have rooibos, rose, and red fruit flavors), but that one is more floral where this is more fruity. I’m not a huge cherry fan, but if I were this is one I’d likely keep in stock – the cherry flavor is rich, sincere (G identified it without being told), and not overpowering. Very tasty!

Will update with resteep info.

Another from the SororiTEA Sisters’ prize package!

2g, 8oz

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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67

This is pretty good. I taste the nutty/woody taste of the rooibos here, but it doesn’t taste off putting because I don’t taste that sweet aftertaste (which is good).

The currant flavor is delicious – sweet with just the right amount of tartness. I like the little tingly taste of berry at the finish. There is another flavor here that tastes a bit like pineapple to me.

Not my favorite rooibos blend but it is certainly enjoyable.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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67

wow… this is TART!

But, as it cools down a little, the tartness seems to subside just a little. I love the coconut and pineapple here. It tastes smooth and creamy and a little sweet.

I did have to add a nice dollop of honey, though, to curb some of the tartness… tart is just not my thing. Other than that, though, I quite like this, and it probably would have been better if I hadn’t left it to steep quite so long.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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85

Yum! I love the way the rose and cherry flavor come together in this tea. The rooibos doesn’t have a strong woody taste which is a big bonus in my book.

The rose flavor is not incredibly strong, but it does offer a nice contrast to the sweetness of the cherry.

A very pleasant tisane.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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68

This is alright. Not my favorite from them…but still ok. It’s surely currant flavored enough…just with a semi-danish meets sweet cigar type aftertaste…

may tinker with it later…

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78

Having a small last cuppa before sending the rest to Courtney and Azzrian!

Azzrian

What a lovely story associated with this tea! Looking forward to trying it! Thank you.

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78

I was worried about the fennel and licorice, to be honest. BUT…after tasting it…I worried no more!

This was nice!

Sure I could taste those two ingredients but slight hints of each. The Peppermint, Rooibos, and Lemon are the primary flavors here – at least on my tongue- and I find this blend of flavors to work very nicely together!

It has a refreshing aftertaste and I love the story that goes along with this tea! (See product description).

I will certainly be doing longer reviews for these on SororiTEA Sisters! Stay Tuned!!!

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71

I haven’t sipped this yet but I really hope it’s not overly tart! It somewhat smells like it could be! Like if you were on a beach smelling the coconut/tropical sun screen with pineapples surrounding you and holding an appletini or something.

Here-goes…
oh yes…the apple is very tart. The hibiscus contributes to that fact. The Pineapple is nice, tho. And the coconut makes it a tad smoother. After I got past the first tarty sip the rest of the sips weren’t as shocking to the system. This is alright. I am going to try cold next. For now I will go with this rating but it may change.

Jaime

“Like if you were on a beach smelling the coconut/tropical sun screen with pineapples surrounding you and holding an appletini or something.”

Best description I think I’ve ever read. And it makes me want this blend!!!

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83

Replacement Box B – sending your way :)

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83

Right off the bat! Rose, Cherry, and Rooibos! That is what I smell!!!! It’s lovely!

I think the Rose mellows out the rooibos and the cherry is just a great sweet and juicy sidekick! It all falls into place and all has a purpose! The Rose mellows the rooibos the cherry mellows the rose but because of the rose the cherry isn’t really tart…this is very nicely done. I like this more than I thought I would!

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81

I have a nice batch of this still…I’ve going to divvy up some for a few swappin’ buddies. In the meantime…making some iced tea with it

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81

This is a juicy flavored rooibos. I can taste the elderberries and currants more than the floral ingredients but I certainly like that. The rosehips and floral notes are subtle and are a nice gentle touch. I’m drinking this hot now…but I’m thinking this would be good iced, too!

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68

Not a whole lot of Orangebut this was a comforting warming drink that was raosty and toasty, definately nutty and it goes well with cream and sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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75

Doulton’s Shakespeare: A Tasting Note in 5 Acts
Act III scene 8

Look like the innocent flower,
But be the serpent under it.
MacBeth, Act I scene 5

This tea is my Lady MacBeth. Part of my decision is due to some tea drama going on in my life. But we shall get to that.

The dry leaves made me think of a really old potpourri that’s almost done with being fragrant. It’s light and not unpleasant. Steeped, the fragrance is more pronounced with more of the pomegranate coming through. The first few sips were surprisingly good — a pleasantly light pomegranate green tea. Unfortunately, right after my first few sips I checked my email and saw that my Samovar order had been delivered, but not to me. I forgot all about my cup as I tried to figure out what the hell happened. I sent an email to Samovar and hope to hear back tomorrow.

When I remembered my tea I was in a foul mood and the cup was completely cold. There was a bitterness there in the cooled cup that hadn’t been there initially. I finished it still in a sour mood and steeped again. The second cup I drank hot. It was much better. I even steeped a third time, but now it seems a bit like soap (not bad enough for me to stop drinking it, mind you).

So I feel like this tea is getting the Lady MacBeth comparison because of my angry somewhat vengeful feelings at the moment. But also that it’s feminine and has many sides. There’s a bite beneath the flowery facade. Also, I can’t resist thinking of “Out, damned spot!” while drinking this somewhat soapy final steep. I shall try the second half of my sample when I’m in a better mood. But for now it’s NE.

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

oh no :(

Rabs

I’m really trying to remain calm about this situation, but it’s my first Samovar order, it’s the most I’ve ever spent on a tea order, and part of it is for the Geek contest so I’m a little extra torqued. ::takes a deep breath:: I’m really hoping that Samovar has some amazing customer service and that it was a simple mistake and that miraculously my order will arrive tomorrow morning. ::takes another deep breath in a paper bag:: :(

AmazonV

quick pick a calming tea! not a fussy one and sip, breath, sip!

Rabs

LOL! I shall :) Lemme just say that I’m grateful that I didn’t try the Ginger instant tea that you sent me tonight. I think I would’ve exploded ;)

__Morgana__

Oh, how frustrating! I hope you get in touch with Tiffany at Samovar. She was very helpful when I was trying to find out when they were expecting some of the things they were out of that I wanted.

malomorgen

sighs with you a little bit ;) hang on there…

Stephanie

I hope the Samovar issue is resolved soon!! How annoying that is. :/

Rabs

Well, I called FedEx this morning and my package was returned to Samovar. I have yet to hear back from them. :(

AmazonV

oh sadness :( well at least the wrong recipient didn’t keep it?

Rabs

Just heard back from Tiffany at Samovar — she really is nice! They aren’t sure what happened exactly, but the package was returned to their warehouse in Nevada. She reconfirmed my address and they’ll send it UPS instead. ::finally exhales:: :D

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71

Slightly Spearminty. If you are not that into minty stuff try this. However, I’m looking for a little more cowbell. It’s not bad but it’s not wonderful.

Meg

More cowbell!

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92

This smells fruity and pleasant.

The liquid is cloudy/murky

Tastes like Green tea with pomegranate juice. Not tarty-bitterness, thank the tea gods! I really like this!

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93

I’ve been having a heck of a time with steepster lately…it’s been really slow for me…esp the dashboard…anyhow…

backlogging this one from yesterday…see my other notes

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93

Smells like fresh squeeze O.J. LOVE it! :)
Check out my other notes on this one!

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93

Okay…so…I remember this one from 10 months ago and only had enough for 2 or 3 cups in the sample I got from someone BUT this time around I now have a 3-ounce bag! YAY! Right away I am upping my rating! Every flavor is much more intense this time around – more fresh! I can taste the citrus and it’s cheery and bright, of course, but this time around I am picking up on the yogurt MUCH MORE and it’s a delight!

A nice Creamy Treat but also orangey and yummy and very flavorful!

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93

Okay…after sipping this again and paying more attention to it…I still like the Rooibos, it’s tasty! It’s not really what I would called orange or yogurt tho. There are hints of orange and a creamy finish…so maybe more like a slight creamiscle taste…but not very strong. Regardless – I like it – and it’s not as sweet as some rooibos’s (or is it Rooibos-EYE, lol) are…but thumbs up for the creamy attempt…cuts back on the natural sweetness of the rooibos for a more smooth blend!

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93

I had this last night and I remember it being a good tasting rooibos…not too rooibosy-sweet – it was even and yummy. I don’t recall the orange or yogurt tho…will revisit and REreview today.

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77

After steeping/infusion this sort of smells like an herbal/green/ginger type tea. I have to say that threw me off.

After sipping I seriously said “Ooooo” out loud! Eventho it says sweet in the name of the tea after smelling it I wasn’t expecting the sweetness! It was nice!

Very surprising and very refreshing! A nice sip! I think I’ll have another!

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