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Holeee cats – the chili pepper & ginger in this just about knock you out to smell the dry leaf. Without sugar, the pepper is the foremost taste. Definitely a bite. Unfortunately, it kind of consumes the tea which is one of the main reasons I was anxious to get this blend. With sugar and cream it becomes an excellently scented, but moderately spiced chai and the pepper is moderated by the cream. Need to try again with some different parameters before rating.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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This is indeed rich and full bodied. It stands up well to steeping when traveling under less than optimal conditions. There is a faint maltiness I think but I want to have this under better conditions than unknown water temp in a styro cup. Even at that this tea is definitely distinguishable as a cut above standard. It may be a suitable replacement for my beloved Crimson Horizon, which, until I run out, is my vacation tea of choice. I want to test these two side by side when I get home. Until then, no rating but suffice to say that any tea that manages to shine in these circumstances and a CTC that didn’t turn bitter left in the cup, is a quality tea in my mind and one that is like to keep on hand.

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I overleafed this a bit to finish off the leaf and it resulted in a nice, grapey flavour. I also used a slightly lower temperature (85C instead of 90). Nice and soothing, fruity, and haylike.

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Backlog from this morning. A nice, unobtrusive tea. I probably have enough left for 1 or 2 cups, but I’m glad I got a chance to try this.

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As it brewed, I smelled that grapelike smell that I assume must be what Darjeeling afficionadoes call “muscatel.” However, I’m fairly new to Darjeelings and I rarely drink wine, so this is something I need to research a bit more.

The brewed tea is a golden brown colour slightly darker than amber, and very clear. Although this tea was picked in the summer, it reminds me of an autumn flush Darjeeling that I used to have. My understanding is that authentic Darjeelings have a second flush that’s characterized by strong fruit flavour and a bit of sparkle. This tea, in contrast, is more muted.

Full review here: http://booksandtea.ca/2015/07/tea-review-jun-chiyabari-second-flush-nepal-by-single-origin-teas/

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Any of my tea peeps out there fans of Futurama? Remember that one episode where Zoidberg goes all mating frenzy and tries to woo fellow Decapodian, Edna using some serious Cyrano de Bergerac skills. Well, there is one scene where he asks her how her day was and she goes into detail ‘well first I got up and had a piece of toast, and then I brushed my teeth…’ and it just goes on!! Well, that is kinda how my day was, pretty run of the mill, though with pizza instead of toast.

As you all probably know, I was at the Midwest Tea Fest last week (more on that tomorrow) and I picked up a tea I had a great desire to try, Single Origin Tea’s Orange Blossom Oolong. This tea is a blend of highly oxidized Taiwanese Oolong, Orange Blossoms, and a pinch of Orange Essential Oil, this tea was sourced from a tea shop in Edinburgh, Scotland, specifically Anteaques Tea Shop, which is pretty cool. I wanted to try this tea because I have a weakness for oranges and orange blossoms mixed with my teas, I just love it, especially since I cannot actually eat oranges, I get my cravings satisfied with these teas. The aroma is a Florida explosion! A blend of fresh oranges and orange blossoms evokes the groves of citrus country along with sunlight and warmth, it is very comforting. There is a tiny hint of loam and cocoa underneath the well balanced blend of oranges and blossoms, adding a bit of depth to the aroma.

Into the gaiwan the leaves and petals go for a nice happy steeping, and of course my whole tea area now smells like orange blossoms and oranges, it is rather heady and very enjoyable. Sniffing the now wet leaves reveals there is more to this tea than just citrus and flowers though, there are also notes of toasted sesame, chestnut, cocoa, and a woody finish. The liquid is so citrusy! So much orange, even a bit of tangerine, it is like a citrus party in my nose, and now with woody undertones, and of course delicate heady orange blossoms.

Yum! Yum! Yum!! This tea is really quite yummy, with a start of sweet oranges and a finish of sweet orange. The midtaste is a blend of sesame seeds and walnut shells, with a delicate heady blend of orange blossoms and a touch of hyacinth. The mouthfeel is pleasantly smooth, no dryness at all, and the aftertaste starts with gentle oranges and just lingers for an eternity. The sweetness does not ever reach levels of cloying, which is a huge plus.

The second steeping has a pleasant orange aroma, though it is a bit diminished this time around. This allows the aroma of walnut shells and cocoa to shine more though, along with the delicate orange blossoms. Tasting the tea, it starts off smooth and sweet, with notes of cocoa and woodiness, and just a hint of orange blossoms. The midtaste has a rich maltiness and sweet orange that starts off delicate and builds into a juicy intensity at the finish. If you let this tea cool it becomes very sweet and rich, me thinks I might have to cold steep this at some point.

For the third steep, the aroma is a mellow blend of oranges and orange blossoms, with an accompaniment of cocoa and a tiny hint of nuttiness. The taste has mellowed out a good bit this time around, it seems that the shining light of this steeping is the orange blossom, heady and sweet with a joining note of cocoa. The finish is that of honey and it lingers. I loved this tea, but I love oranges and orange blossoms, so no surprise there!

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2015/06/single-origin-tea-orange-blossom-oolong.html

Ubacat

Mmmm Sounds delicious. I love orange too but I hate it when it has a bite, is too strong, or is sour in teas.

Single Origin Teas

:) It was great meeting you at the Midwest Tea Fest!

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

So awesome to be able to put a face to the people I have talked to online. :D

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95

Super tasty! Though I am biased as I love chestnut teas!

The flavor is pretty natural roasted chestnuts without being too sweet. The black base, though light and pretty close to a high oxidized oolong (which this is actually a chinese oolong fully oxidized) with roasty caramel flavor. The base goes well with the chestnut flavor. I got a really good second infusion too!

Full review at Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/single-origin-teas-flavored-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Sounds amazing. I love Lupicia’s Chaud les Marrons (or whatever it’s called).

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75

This was a fun black tea – a perfect afternoon tea with a tropical twist. The dry leaf has a dainty accent of blue, yellow and red teeny flowers and flavored with passionfruit. I tasted a malty black with a tropical vibe and dry finish.

Full review at Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/single-origin-teas-flavored-tea-review/

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75

This flavored oolong is all about the orange flavor! It has a navel orange kind of taste, with a bit of a woodsy toasty oolong background. The blend is fresh, sweet and clean without any tart dryness. I’m thinking Orange Blossom Oolong would be best iced or cold brew.

Full review at Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/single-origin-teas-flavored-tea-review/

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This was my breakfast tea for the morning, and it was pretty delicious. This has a similar resemblance to an autumn flush darjeeling. The dry leaves are large twisted knots ranging from dark brown gold to a mudded green. The flavor is very similar to darjeeling as well. It carries a crisp and light tone, but it has less muscatel. There is also a strong rose flavor throughout the brew. This was a wonderful tea to wake up with :)

Flavors: Floral, Rose, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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95

It took me a few cups to find the perfect way to steep this tea. Single Origin Teas does not provide instructions on their website (other than to say not to use boiling water,) but once found my preferred time and temperature— all I can say is wow. The flavor is mellow, slightly sweet, and almost nutty; but what really stands out is the texture. This tea is exceptionally smooth and almost buttery when you hold it on your tongue. It feels almost as luxurious as the silk sheets I’ve been lusting over the past few years. Since tea is much more affordable than silk sheets, I think I’ll pick up some more of this while I’m in Kansas City. It will be perfect to enjoy during the hot days of summer.

You can read the full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2015/5/5/tuesday-tea-white-monkey-single-origin-teas

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Comparing this tea to silk sheets is perfect! Man, I have not had White Monkey in forever, it keeps popping up, so clearly I need to get some too at the festival.

Short Sorceress

It’s a great comparison, isn’t it? And yes, you should definitely pick some of this up while you’re there. This really blows the other White Monkey teas I’ve tried out of the water.

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kimquat sent this one my way and i was excited to receive it, as it’s been on my wishlist to try for a bit now. this reminds me of darjeelings, but without that muscatel flavour. Instead this is sweet, with a flavour that is reminescent of hay or something. I’m not getting floral notes like others have mentioned, and that’s A-OK with me :) This is a really nice cup – enjoying it while surveying the destruction that we’ve managed to do to the house lol

thanks for sharing this one kimquat!

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Sample from kimquat I have to confess that i’ve been meaning to order from single origin teas since Nicole introduced them to me, but haven’t yet found the time in my tea ordering line up. I’ve had some amazing teas from them since, and a few less wonderful. This particular one for me, falls somewhere in the middle. There’s nothing here to really knock my socks off taste wise, but it is a smooth sort of cup that i’d welcome as an every day sort of tea. There’s a little drying to this one, but it’s not overwhelming so i don’t mind it. A good solid cup of tea to start the day earlier today.

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Dry leaves smell of plum and grass. Brewed tea smells of roasted grain and tastes citrusy with slight astringency

Flavors: Grass, Plums

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Oh my, this is a lovely tea. It taste has a light cantaloupe flavor and is also creamy. I drank the first steep far too quickly because I was enjoying it so much. The second steep wasn’t quite as sweet and had more of a hay flavor. Both steeps were delicious, but I have to say the first was my favorite.

Another really nice tea from Single Origins Tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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93

This sample came from Veronica and I’m definitely enjoying it this morning. It has a lovely aroma wafting up from the cup straight to my nose!

This is a fairly hefty tea that has a fair amount of malt. I’m also getting the dried fruit note others picked up on, it has a raisin element. And some cinnamon too. Interesting, unique flavor profile. It seems a bit peppery in the finish. When I first tried it I was reminded of red wine. This is not a wimpy tea like the yunnan fancy that I had earlier today. It packs a wallop! It’s good plain but I also liked it with soymilk.

I think the only other Vietnam tea I’ve had is from Tea Geschwender and I liked that too. Thanks again, Veronica. I would add this to my next SOT order.

Now off to go be productive, wish me luck :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Noelia Aanulds

Thank you I will try it as well

gmathis

I don’t think I’ve ever tried an unflavored black that was as spicy as this one—SOT impresses me.

TeaBrat

me too. they have lots of good selections!

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This is such a unique tea. It’s broth-y but sweet. There are vegetal notes followed by citrus notes which is a lovely combination. The vegetal notes leaned more toward green bean for me, but at times there was an artichoke flavor. There’s an over all clean feeling to the tea with no aftertaste, and no bitterness.

Another one to add to my shopping list!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is the other tea that Veronica sent in our swap. I’ve only tasted a couple of Vietnamese black teas, so it’s not a category I have much experience with. The leaves themselves are very dark and quite small. They look somewhat broken, but I have a feeling they were small leaves to begin with. Dry scent is very mildly sweet.

The steeped tea smells very Assam-like to me – there’s strong malt along with mild molasses and dried fruit notes. It definitely tastes Assam-like to me as well, though there’s no astringency here. There’s a strong malt flavor along with some soft hay. I can also taste a little bit of dark molasses richness, which adds a nice base note and some dimension. There’s perhaps a touch of dried fruit and a very light honey-like aftertaste. Overall, it’s a very smooth and somewhat mellow tea with a classic malty character.

Flavors: Dried Fruit, Hay, Honey, Malt, Molasses, Smooth

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This one is from Veronica, who was kind enough to send me a couple of samples from*Single Origin Teas*. I don’t know much about Nepalese teas, I think I’ve had one before this, but it seems like they’re usually described as being similar to Darjeeling. The leaves certainly have that sort of look – there’s a variety of colors including some silvery tips. Dry scent is sweet and soft with hay notes.

The steeped tea has a very mild and soft aroma, similar to the dry leaf. Wow, I’m quite surprised by how mild this tea is (I guess I shouldn’t be given the aroma). Perhaps I underleafed? There’s a definite grape note (not winey, just fresh grape), perhaps that’s what people mean when they say muscatel? Otherwise, I’m finding this more similar to a white tea than black. It has mild hay notes along with honey. There’s a touch of deeper, almost malty flavor that makes the whole black tea thing believable for me. Happily, the astringency here is very light and only present at the end of the sip. This one is really interesting and tasty!

Flavors: Floral, Grapes, Hay, Honey, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Veronica

I’m glad you enjoyed it. It’s one of my favorites!

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95

This is such a lovely tea from Nepal. I definitely enjoy it hot, but thought I’d try cold brewing it last night and am drinking the results this morning. It’s really, really tasty! Tastes oakey, with sweet honey flavor and notes of tropical fruit. I still prefer it hot but it’s nice to know I can cold brew it too. :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
MzPriss

I like this tea a lot.

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Tea of the morning here. I’ve actually had this a couple of times but haven’t reviewed it until now. I think Nepal teas are great and so is the Jun Chiyabari estate…

Anyway I steeped this for 3 minutes in my tetsubin. Yes I do brew tea in this thing, I don’t just use it for hot water. This is just such a wonderful tea. It has a lot of the qualities of a darjeeling but no astringency in sight. The thing I am getting the most strongly in the aroma and the flavor is a deep honey flavor that is almost bordering on maple. It’s difficult to believe there is no sugar in here! It leaves a nice sweet and thick aftertaste in your mouth. I am also getting roses and a bit of a grainy flavor, like dark pumpernickel bread. This is a seriously delicious tea, one that is made for sipping on plain. Any sugar or milk/cream would ruin it, I think.

Very happy with this one…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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83

I have just now gotten around to trying this sample that James sent with my most recent order, several months ago now! The scent in the cup as it sat on my desk kept reminding me of black licorice. It was a tasty cup that I had no idea what to except from. I added some half and half for the last part of the cup and that turned it into a creamy delight. I don’t especially care for the scent but the taste is good!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Yummy. :D

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93

This tea made me stop, sip, and just enjoy all of the flavors it has to offer. There is a fruity – almost candy like – cherry note as well as a bright, clean eucalyptus flavor. It might seem like these two flavors shouldn’t work together, but trust me, they do. The eucalyptus note is light enough that it doesn’t overpower the tea. Instead, it heightens the tea’s fruity cherry note and natural sweetness, and it leaves a clean feeling on the tongue. There is also an orange note that is most apparent at the end of the sip and as the tea cools. I find the citrus note both surprising and pleasant, and I think it brings a fullness and bit of sparkle to the cup. I thoroughly enjoy the mix of flavors and am so impressed by this truly lovely Ceylon.

You can see the rest of my review here:
http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/05/03/amba-tea-flower-tea-single-origin-teas/

Also, this is my first tea review as a SororiTea Sister. I’m super excited!

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I received this from Nicole as part of the Christmas Card Swap. I’ve been wanting to try this tea for a while now, so I was excited she sent it my way. Thank you!

This is good. Really good. It’s a sweet, bright Ceylon that’s incredibly smooth. There’s no doubt in my mind that this would make a knockout iced tea, and at some point I’ll have to try that. I’ll pick up more of this for sure. It’s one of the better Ceylons I’ve tried.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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