Tea of Life

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A very flavorful, snickerdoodle-like blend. The sweet, nutty flavor of the rooibos when combined with the flavors of cinnamon and vanilla ends up tasting a lot like a snickerdoodle liquefied.

The cinnamon is warm, not spicy-sweet like a cinnamon candy, but more like the stuff you’d sprinkle on your toast. Or roll cookie dough around in and put on a baking sheet and bake to make snickerdoodle cookies. The vanilla is sweet and creamy.

A little bit of caffeine-free yum.

TeaBrat

This sounds better than the snickerdoodle from David’s tea…

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A tasty tisane. Light apple-y notes from the chamomile and hints of floral. The lemongrass is smooth and buttery with bright citrus notes. Honey-like flavors. The lemongrass is a lot softer in flavor than I expected. It is noticeable primarily toward the finish.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/08/chamomile-lemongrass-tisane-from-tea-of-life/

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drank Mint Julep by Tea of Life
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I was a little surprised by this tea. The black tea is strong and there is very little mint flavor and there is no “Julep” (or … bourbon) flavor to speak of.

Overall, this is alright. But it’s not a strong minty flavor, and if that’s something you’re looking for in a mint tea, then this one isn’t the tea you want. If you want strong black flavor with a hint of mint … this is the tea for you. If you’re looking for a Julep … keep looking.

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this was an enjoyable cup of tea. I tasted more rose than I did pomegranate. The green tea was buttery with a soft vegetal note. The rose has a beautiful floral taste and the pomegranate flavor is delicate through the sip but comes through strong in the aftertaste.

Good hot (let it cool for a few minutes though) and even better iced.

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drank White Lavender by Tea of Life
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This was not my favorite tea from Tea of Life. (I’ve tried quite a few of them and still have quite a few more to write about).

The lavender tastes artificial, as if it were put there by flavoring or essential oil rather than by lavender buds. Because of that … it ends up tasting like someone added lavender perfume to my tea. Not an enjoyable taste for me.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/04/white-lavender-tea-from-tea-of-life/

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I think I prefer Tulsi when it’s part of a blend rather than when it’s going solo like this Organic Tulsi, because it tastes a tad too medicinal for my liking. It doesn’t taste bad, but it just tastes very … herbaceous.

Basil-like flavor with notes of pepper and hints of mint. A soothing cuppa. Not my favorite but I didn’t hate it either.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/25/organic-original-tulsi-from-tea-of-life/

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drank Berry Patch by Tea of Life
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The aroma was inviting with notes of cherry and berry.

The aroma translates to the flavor and I get delicious, delicate notes of fruit with mellow notes of black tea. The fruit notes do not overpower the mild black tea flavor, I think a nice balance has been achieved with this blend.

Overall, a pretty decent blend. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/19/berry-patch-black-tea-blend-from-tea-of-life/

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The chocolate rooibos tisanes from Tea of Life have been very satisfying for this chocoholic. They are very chocolate-y! And it’s a rich, dark chocolate. I’m a happy camper when it comes to these teas.

The chocolate is rich and a dark, bittersweet type of chocolate. The coconut is a bit softer than the chocolate (and not the other way around, yay!) and I like the smooth, creamy sweetness it adds to the cup. Not a strong, overpowering flavor of rooibos to this and I’m quite alright with that.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/12/rooibos-chocolate-coconut-from-tea-of-life/

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drank Forest Fruit by Tea of Life
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With so many flavors going on, I worried that this would taste more like fruit flavors than it would taste of tea, but I was happy that I could taste more tea than fruit.

Yeah, these teas from Tea of Life are bagged, but I’ve been really happy with most of what I’ve tried from them. I’ve come across one or two that I didn’t care for, but for the most part, they’re not bad, and sometimes that convenience of the bag is really important.

A good black tea base with fruit notes of strawberry, cherry, blackberry and black currant. I enjoyed this. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/31/forest-fruit-black-tea-from-tea-of-life/

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This tea is best iced. I liked it fine hot, but I really liked it when I cold-brewed a few teabags overnight – it made a delicious iced tea.

Sweet, crisp white tea notes. Bright raspberry flavor. The finish reminds me very much of the taste when eating a fresh, ripe raspberry – sweet with tart berry notes.

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I wasn’t all that crazy about this tea at first, but as I continued to sip it, I found myself liking it more and more. The first few sips had a very delicate flavor to them, but by mid-cup the flavors really popped.

The green tea is the star of this show. It’s a refreshing green tea with soft vegetal notes and a velvety butter taste. Sweet and quite nice. The passion fruit is a subtle flavor that seemed to intensify as I continued to sip.

This is really nice iced.

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This has a really pleasant fruit flavor. I like that even though this is a bagged tea, the flavors are vibrant. It’s nutty and sweet from the rooibos, but without tasting funky the way rooibos can taste sometimes.

Nice, tropical, fruity, sweet … tasty.

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I’m not usually a fan of rooibos and I’ve never really made any big secret of that. However, I have enjoyed these dark chocolate rooibos blends from Tea of Life. The chocolate notes are very well-defined. And … I’m a bit of a chocoholic.

So this blend was right up my alley, lots of dark chocolate flavor together with creamy vanilla. I tasted some honey-like sweetness from the rooibos and maybe a hint of nutty tones from the rooibos, but that’s really all I taste from the rooibos and that’s OK with me.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/14/rooibos-chocolate-vanilla-tea-life/

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drank Darjeeling by Tea of Life
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This bagged offering came to me from CelebriTEA. I took her advice and only steeped this for 3 minutes at 180 F. Without additions this was pretty lifeless. I added Splenda and now I taste woodsy with cinnamon notes and light floral muscatel. Of course there is a lot of side tongue tingle. I don’t like milk in my black tea but I think that is what this is demanding. It isn’t the most horrible tea I’ve had by far but my thought is you can do better. I have no problem with bagged and I am a big fan of cheap bargain finds. My favorite cheap bagged Darjeeling is Mother Parker’s. This Tea of Life offering behaves more like a cheap aggressive Assam. This is the first time I have clicked the not recommended button. CelebriTEA called this a regret purchase. I’ve had more than a few of those myself.

Suziqzer

Two thumbs down .. Yikes.

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I am not sure what chocolate flavorings that Tea of Life is using for their chocolate series but, I think that other companies should find out and start using the same chocolate … Tea of Life has a really good chocolate flavoring.

A really awesome combination of two of my favorite tea flavors: banana and chocolate. YUM!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/21/rooibos-chocolate-banana-tisane-tea-life/

Veronica

I think you have the wrong link to your review.

LiberTEAS

LOL! Oh wow, thank you!

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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
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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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drank White Tea Chai by Tea of Life
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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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drank Jasmine Orange by Tea of Life
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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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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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