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Tea of Life

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A simple tisane, but it is still tasty. It’s nicely balanced. The Tulsi is has a light basil flavor with notes of mint and pepper, and this complements the zesty ginger notes, and the lemongrass gives it a light, sweet, citrus-y lift.

Tasty, one I wouldn’t mind drinking now and then.

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I love the teas that I’ve tried from Tea of Life. Yeah, sure, they’re bagged/sacheted teas and for the most part, I usually look down my nose at bagged varieties, but, Tea of Life has proven themselves to be good teas … even for bagged teas.

A really good balance of green tea and blueberry flavor with this tea. The green tea tastes light and buttery, and the blueberry is sweet with the tart berry note at the finish.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/05/green-tea-blueberry-tea-life/

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drank Green Tea Soursop by Tea of Life
709 tasting notes

My dad gave me a pyramid tea bag of this a while ago.

I am already irritated by this tea and by this company. For starters there are several websites that are called Tea of Life, or something similar. When I finally got to what I assume to be the correct site, there is really no correct site and it all leads to facebook, amazon, ebay, etc. There is also no info on soursop tea from this company. So very irritating.

I figured out what soursop was from other teas with the same same. It is a custard apple. So this tea is supposed to be an excellent tasting green tea with a fruity flavour and a bitter aftertaste.

The dry tea smells funny, reminds me of soup broth.

The brewed tea is…different. The green tea is brisk. Not smooth or buttery. There is quite an artificial chemical taste which I am assuming is supposed to be the soursop. There is a slight sweet/sour taste. A bit like a granny smith apple but not quite strong and certainly not natural tasting. There is a bitter aftertaste but it is not bitter as in overbrewed green tea. More bitter, like how a fruit can be bitter.

I think it is safe to say I do not like this tea. But I also need to admit that this review was tainted by bad experience before I even tried the tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Courtney

I had soursop fruit in Jamaica for the first time! It was actually pretty tasty.

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84
drank White Tea Chai by Tea of Life
4224 tasting notes

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I was surprised by the aroma of the dry leaf, I could barely smell the spice. But once brewed, the spices came forward … in both the fragrance and the flavor. The brewed tea smells yummy.

The white tea is a delicate tasting tea – no big surprise there! – and the spices are in keeping with that … they aren’t overpowering the flavor of the tea. It’s a really pleasant chai – much better than I expected it to be after smelling the dry leaf.

If you like a peppery chai … you should try this.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/21/white-tea-chai-blend-tea-life/

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68
drank Jasmine Orange by Tea of Life
381 tasting notes

Sipdown! Mom had this the other day and liked it so I decided to try it today. I seem to be trying to get rid of all my spare teabags, which is easy because most of them are one or two servings.

This smells intensely of jasmine with just a little bit of orange. I wasn’t sure about the combination but it’s a very nice smell. The taste is more orange than jasmine, but there is a little bit of a floral aftertaste. I would prefer more jasmine, actually, because orange teas are hit or miss for me. This one’s a miss, but only because there’s so much orange I don’t taste much else.

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drank Jasmine Orange by Tea of Life
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Having tried the Lipton jasmine orange tea (and this one from Lipton still being the only tea from Lipton I like), I wondered how this might compare to it.

I was satisfied with this tea. It has a light grassy taste, with notes of jasmine and a bright citrus splash of orange. It’s light, invigorating and sweet. Enjoyable.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/13/green-tea-jasmine-orange-tea-life/

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I have to say that even though these teas from Tea of Life are bagged teas, I’ve been pretty impressed with what I’ve tried from them thus far. This blend has struck a really good balance between green tea flavors with the right touches of honey and lemon.

Sweet, slightly grassy, and a bright citrus-y note.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/04/green-tea-honey-lemon-tea-life/

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100
drank Blue Jade by Tea of Life
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I love light green teas with fruits and with this tea just the scent of the tea leaves is already splendid, let alone once the tea is ready. One of my favourites.
I steeped it for only 3-4 min instead the recommended 4-5 mins as I prefer it lighter

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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A really tasty rooibos blend. I like the way the orange and spices meld with the earthy/nutty flavors of the rooibos. A nice contrast between sweet and spicy, although this isn’t overly spicy. It’s more like a gently warm spice.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/29/spicy-orange-rooibos-blend-tea-life/

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I took a risk, since the canister (a nifty oval shape with a toggle-style closure) had no date on it. Neither did the two foil packs of tea bags contained within. The tea brewed up with lovely dark color — I needed a lot of milk to get the tea to my preferred milkyness, which is somewhere between “builders tea” and regular “milky tea.” However the taste was much lighter than the color; I suspect this batch was not so fresh, especially since it seems to only be available now through somebody on Amazon calling himself “Square Deal Guy.” It did have some interesting Darjeeling notes among the Assam heartiness, though; and the caffeine was just right for the afternoon, adding a bit of brightness and focus to my outlook with no jitters at all. Now that Harney & Sons has a Scottish Afternoon blend, I’m going to try that next.

Flavors: Caramel, Malt, Stonefruits

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 g

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I’ll be reviewing a lot of teas from Tea of Life in the coming months, and so far, of the ones that I’ve tried, this one is my favorite. The black berry notes are very well defined! My oldest daughter had a cup of this tea too, and she really enjoyed it.

The blackberry tastes authentic, sweet, and juicy! Just like the real thing. The white tea is delicate and the two – fruit and tea – work very well together. One of the best sacheted teas I’ve had.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/21/organic-white-tea-blackberry-tea-life/

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drank English Breakfast by Tea of Life
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I love the pop-art tins of this particular collection from Tea of Life. The picture here doesn’t show the pop-art tins, you can see this tin in my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/17/english-breakfast-tea-tea-life/ (yeah, the photo isn’t the greatest.)

A really nice breakfast blend. Rich, hearty … robust. It’s edgy without addition, so if you like a tea that’s got a bit of an edge, serve it straight up. It does take the addition of milk and honey (or turbinado sugar!) well if you like a morning latte.

Full-flavored, notes of malt, sweet, earthy, and with hints of leather.

I’m not always crazy about bagged tea but this one’s pretty darned good.

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Not sure if I like the taste of Jasmine…thought I would, I certainly like the smell and I usually like flowery teas in general. It isn’t a bad cup though. Maybe I’m just not in the mood to appreciate it? My Dad is currently working on the kitchen and bathroom sink pipes as we have had some minor backups, so between the god awful smell and having had to move my kettle and tea samples box that could be whats affecting my appreciation sense.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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74
drank Rooibos Ginger Peach by Tea of Life
937 tasting notes

Thank you to CelebriTEA for sharing some of this with me. :)

I needed to start drinking rooibos earlier than I did tonight, and this was an excellent choice to start with. I get mostly peach out of this bagged rooibos blend, and while I do miss the ginger (because I LOVE ginger), I’m quite content with a peach rooibos as well.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Darjeeling by Tea of Life
90 tasting notes

Please be patient with me…new to writing tasting notes.
This is a regret of purchase.
All that comes to mind is harsh, bitter, astringent.
The label says to steep 176-194degrees for 4-5 minutes,
But it was getting rather darked so I stopped at 3 minutes.
Honey did not help, but I think if I had let it steep longer
It would have been undrinkable.
Another day I will try this as an Iced Tea and add another note.

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I snagged this at my TJMaxx, which surprisingly has a wide tea selection – some teas better than others, but pretty cheap so they’re worth a gamble.

Chamomile tea is my favorite, and this has a really nice flavor – not too strong, and not too subtle. And sweet enough for me, that I didn’t add any agave. Big fan!

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67

I cold-brewed this tea again. This is now in my top 5 cold brew teas! So delicious, refreshing, and light. I love the slightly sweet berry taste to it. It isn’t tart either. mMmm.

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This is delicious cold! I cold brewed 3 tea bags. This is so refreshing and fruity! Yummy!

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Backlog: This is a surprisingly good tea! I had this in my travel mug on my way to work. I was expecting hibiscus, but it was just a pure white tea with pomegranate flavoring. It tastes like berries and cream. Delicious!

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Bagged
Aroma when Dry: heavy floral lavender, hints of sweet melon
After water is first poured: delicate floral, hints of sweetness
At end of steep: Lavender melon scented water
Tea liquor:
At beginning of steep:
At end of steep: clear
Staple? Type yes, prefer loose leaf, will look further for restock
Preferred time of day: evening, as needed medicinally
Taste:
At first?: very light lavender, closing on a fresh melon note
As it cools?: floral notes open, but do not really change in intensity
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? Yes, very light buttery melon notes

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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I am so surprised! For some reason, I thought it would have hibiscus and bleed red. There was no hint of that at all. It was a purely white tea with some flavorings! Delicious! Nice and light with the hint of fruitiness from the pomegranate.

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drank White Lavender by Tea of Life
94 tasting notes

A couple years ago I got this tea as a gift, I had a few cups then lost the tin and recently rediscovered it. The tea is still good, wrapped in its foil. The lavender does not taste as strongly as it might have fresh but it is still a good tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Additional notes: I’ve tried this tea bag before.. it was terrible but I kind of assumed it was ancient (it was from a long ago tea box — nothing to do with Steepster.) This tea bag is from a different tea box actually (also nothing to do with Steepster), and it is MUCH better. There is a ton of flavor here and it is interesting that the last time I thought it tasted like plain water. I guess it shows it definitely matters how old tea is! And it keeps my worry alive that I might not be giving some teas a fair chance just because I’m not sure how old any of the teas that didn’t start with me actually are. I’m upping the rating for this poor tea bag that no one else has even rated yet!

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Perfect mint flavour. I actually love steeping a bag of this tea into hot chocolate for a great mix!

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