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Tasting note No.100 for me~wheee!
Thank you for sharing this Suzi~right up my alley
I wish they made this dry leaf as a candle…
I smell the ginger root the heaviest…
next a little cinnamon and cardamom,but steeped they come across so subtly…
I added honey and cream to round out the heaviness of the spices
and it came across more like pumpkin cheesecake with all its creamy goodness
Next cup I will try just with honey.
Not as complex as some chais,but still delightful.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 47 OZ / 1400 ML
Sil

Grats on 100!

CelebriTEA

Thanks Sil :-)

Suziqzer

Congrats on the 100 tasting notes!

Good to hear you enjoyed this one. I liked it, but not too much to share it with someone who might like it more.

CelebriTEA

Thank you Suzi ~ you can almost never go wrong offering me pumpkin ;-)
Thanks again for sharing ;-)

Suziqzer

Good to know… that and Earl Grey, right ? :)

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Looking for something black this morning, nothing unusual about that for me, and thought it might be nice to hunt out something new. I kept setting this one aside because it was an upopened sample and figure I needed to sip down a few more samples before I open a sealed one.. but this morning I caved. I wanted something new and with some spice, so this fit the bill.

Upon opening the package I get a sweet strange scent to the dry leaf, much like the smell from another pumpkin tea I have tried… thinking it must be how they add the pumpkin to tea.

Steeped I get the same sweet fragrance with a hint of spice. Not as spicy as I might have liked this morning, but an ok cup. I’m not sure yet about the pumpkin flavor in tea as so far it comes across a bit artificial to me… smells overly sweet and not a lot of true to pumpkin flavor. I think I may have underleafed this one a bit & would enjoy it more as a latte with a bit more kick… I will have to try it that way soon… and will rate it accordingly then.

I haven’t had many flavored chai’s yet, but have enjoyed a couple of interesting flavor combinations. Thanks MissB for sending this one my way.

CelebriTEA

Would love to try this…I LOVE pumpkin ;-)

Suziqzer

It was a sample pack but I think I have some left. I’ll bring it for you today if I still have some. :)

MissB

Oh this is so cool. You two live near one another? Amazing!

Suziqzer

Yes, we are pretty close together.. surprisingly. I think there are a couple of us in Indiana, but CelebriTEA is maybe 15 minutes from me. Just met for the first time today.

CelebriTEA

Yeah it was cool!
Wish you could have been here Miss B!
How are Nelson and your daughter?
Someday we will have to have some
Great Tea Meet up for all the Fab Folks
here on Steepster

CelebriTEA

Enjoying the samples, by the way :-)

Suziqzer

I’m enjoying what you gave me too.. So fun to try new things.

MissB

Kidlets are great, both are doing their own thing right now. If I ever get down that way, I’m definitely coming to say hi and meet you both – give you a tea squeeze! :)

CelebriTEA

LOL…would sure love to meet ya and glad to hear the kids are doing great :-)

Suziqzer

I’m not sure what you would come to our neck of the woods for MissB, but we would love to meet you if you ever would. I will do the same if my family ever venture your way. Until then.. Cyber hugs.

CelebriTEA

Mmm…Suzi…this is yummyful…
as my Mom would say

Suziqzer

Glad this one brought memories of your Mom for you :)

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this wasn’t my favourite black tea. I found this to be quite peppery. Medium – strong in strength. I was hoping for a crisp tea, but didn’t find what I was looking for here.

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Sweet, fruity and just a tad bit tart. The passion fruit and the Oolong are a good pairing, the sweetness of the fruit complements the flavors of the green Oolong tea leaves, since with the greener Oolongs I tend to notice more of a floral note than a fruity note, and the passion fruit brings out more of the fruity flavors of the tea.

There are still some floral notes to this but they’re well balanced with the fruit. A nice, smooth texture to this cup.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/10/09/passion-fruit-oolong-tea-tea-licious/

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drank Berry Oolong by Tea Licious
4449 tasting notes

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A really nice Oolong … but it didn’t really start out that way. My first infusion was just kind of ho-hum, but, the second infusion proved itself to be really nice. I think that with the first cup, the acai flavor was just too bitter tasting for my liking, but, with the second infusion, the flavors were less sharp and quite tasty.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/31/berry-flavored-oolong-tea-from-tea-licious/

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This is a sample I got from Liberteas a while back and it got buried in my sample stash! I decided to brew up the whole thing tonight in a big pot.

The bad news is that I was painting at the time and got held up pulling the leaves. The good news is that it didn’t make this tea get bitter. The raspberry and acai are more of a fruity tartness so I wonder if the oversleeping strengthened the Sencha enough to mask the flavors, but it isn’t bad, just probably not as fruity as it would have been had I paid attention to the steeping a little better.

The liquor is bright gold and the Sencha has a nice strong presence.

Thank you, Liberteas, for letting me try this one!

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drank Pineapple Oolong by Tea Licious
12 tasting notes

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drank Peach Apricot by Tea Licious
1735 tasting notes

This is really good, chiefly because the blenders didn’t think it was necessary to mess up the blend with a lot of spices. Just good, sweet fruit.

The source is a bit of a mystery…I had intended to write a longer review for this one for www.itsallabouttheleaf.com, but I can’t seem to land on the correct Tealicious website to pull up more complete product info. It was a sample that chased us around Southwest Missouri while we were refugeeing, and I think it came from Singapore. Any leads?

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drank Huckleberry by Tea Licious
1735 tasting notes

As the heat wave continues, so does my experimentation with Ozark-y fruit teas. Steeped a pot this morning and chucked it straight in the fridge to cool.

Huckleberries, so says Wikipedia, are eccentric cousins of the blueberry—scent and taste remind me of a cross between blueberries and black berries. So the flavor is strong, especially when I got a trifle generous with the amount of leaf I used. Tossed in a couple of sugar cubes and that helped immensely.

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drank Peach Apricot by Tea Licious
223 tasting notes

This was a free sample I received from Tealicious a while back. The samples I received, particularly this one, were very generous! I found this to be extremely pleasant. The base, a mix of kenya and what I suspect to be ceylon, supports the flavours well. The peach is more prominent then the apricot here but both flavours are clearly evident. This tea gives an almost juicy aftertaste, as if I were actually eating the fruit. Very natural and not at all artificial-tasting!

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drank Immunity Booster by Tea Licious
697 tasting notes

I was looking through my basket of samples this morning for something to inspire me when I happened across this. The beau and I developed head colds over the weekend, so an immunity tea seemed ideal, though a bit late. Unfortunately, that means this tea won’t get a proper review because I can’t smell things and accordingly can’t really taste them. I only had enough to make a pot for the beau and I so there is none left over for another try later on. I remember being really enticed by the ingredient list (probably because of the apple…I’m a nut for apple in tea, if it’s done well). I tried smelling the dry leaves but couldn’t get anything at all. Sorry, sports fans!

As for taste, keeping in mind that I have a cold, I can pick up vague hints of fruitiness. Maybe apple? Nothing I could define. There is a slight taste of licorice, but I don’t mind it for once. I also get a bit of the green rooibos flavour that I’ve never been able to describe but can finally identify…Not going to give it a rating as I can’t taste it, but hoping it does something good for my head. If nothing else, it soothed my throat!

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drank Young Hyson by Tea Licious
10 tasting notes

A little on the bitter side. A very earthy Chinese green, I prefer the Dragon Well. I get this when I feel adventurous

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Nilgiri Oolong by Tea Licious
411 tasting notes

Very interesting. It’s like a black tea with a twist. I need another few cups to really get my head around this – but it’s really not like a lot of other oolongs I’ve had. I think I like it. :)

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drank Green Pina Colada by Tea Licious
4449 tasting notes

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A really enjoyable flavored green tea from Tea Licious. It’s primarily Pineapple and Coconut, and not so much the rum notes that you would experience from a cocktail … then again, I’m not much of a alcohol drinker (as in, it is a VERY rare occasion when I imbibe alcohol. Maybe once a year, and then maybe a sip or two. Very, very rarely do I drink more than that.) So, I’m not really missing the rum notes so much, and I like the way the coconut and the pineapple come through here.

The green tea has a lovely sweet, buttery note with hints of vegetation. A really pleasant green tea. Here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/02/28/green-pina-colada-tea-from-tea-licious/

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drank African Summer by Tea Licious
1349 tasting notes

Found this in my stash this evening. I came via Tea Equals Bliss a while back. My first honeybush and a very pleasant cup. Lightly lemon with orange coming in at mid sip. Smooth. Not rough like a rooibos. I like this.

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This is really a delightful Assam – rich and full-bodied! It has a slight maltiness to it but what I notice more is a fruity, almost wine-like tone to this tea. Very enjoyable, there is some astringency to this, but I find that it plays well to the fruit notes that the tea possesses. It has a very pleasing character, overall, and no sign of bitterness (although as with every Assam I wouldn’t recommend oversteeping it)

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.

It smells marvelous – very bright and berry-licious! I agree with TeaEqualsBliss, this does smell more raspberry than acai.

This is sweeter than I expected it to be – with Acai and Raspberry – but this has the sweeter side of raspberry and it is really quite enjoyable. Sweet and deliciously berry. It is good hot, but, this is another one that would be grand iced.

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Hmmm… the flavor is pretty artificial tasting. I cold brewed a glass of this for about 24 hours and the flavor is quite intense, but it tastes unreal. It’s like cheap bubblegum berries. The oolong base is woodsy and refreshing. It balances the syrupy sweetness of the fruit flavor. I’m not sure I know what yuzu tastes like so I can’t comment on that. I think kids might like this. I think the only kid I see regularly is my husband. Let’s see what he thinks of this… :)

Thanks again to TeaEqualsBliss for a sample of this! I just got a box of goodies from her so you’ll be seeing lots of teas from her for a while. Of course, I need to catch up with the gajillion other samples I have. ack!

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drank Huckleberry by Tea Licious
4449 tasting notes

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Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea.

It’s really good. Huckleberries are indigenous to this area, so I see a lot of different huckleberry products at the “made in Oregon” or “made in Washington” type shops, but this is my first time trying a huckleberry tea. It’s quite refreshing – the berry flavor is a little sweet and a little tart.

A ripe huckleberry tastes a little sweeter than a blueberry, but with that distinct tartness that you get from a blueberry that is especially noticeable in the aftertaste. It’s tasty, very berry-ish, and tastes good hot or iced, but I think I prefer it iced.

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Thanks to LiberTeas I was able to try this one!

Continuing on with my TASTE IT NO MATTER WHAT Game from yesterday…

I will be drinking all new-to-me teas today!

It has a hard jasmine aroma. The flavor on the tongue is a slight florally-bitter type jasmine. It doesn’t leave a funky aftertaste and I am grateful for that!

With a name like this – all I can think of is King Kong roaming an island plucking tea leaves!

This is alright…not too shabby!

CHAroma

“Taste it no matter what.” I LOVE IT!!! And the King Kong reference. ;)

TeaEqualsBliss

teehee – thanks!

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drank African Summer by Tea Licious
4449 tasting notes

This one turned out to be really good. The hibiscus is only barely there, providing just enough texture to the cup without becoming too syrupy, and just a little color to the cup without adding any of that hibiscus-y tartness. Tea Licious did hibiscus RIGHT with this blend.

I’m enjoying this. Citrus-y without being tart or pucker-y, with a lovely honey-like sweetness from the honeybush. Very pleasant.

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drank Gyokuro by Tea Licious
4449 tasting notes

An absolutely wonderful Gyokuro! Very sweet with lovely fruit notes, a nice vegetal quality that I’d describe as sweet and lusciously broth-y. Truly a delight to sip.

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