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I had this while on vacation. I am deeply against bagged tea, but I needed some sort of “tea fix”. After this, I wish I would’ve just done without. This was very dry, dusty, and bitter. The packaging says to steep for five minutes, and that would be a very large mistake. I steeped at three minutes, and it had already gone south. This not something I’d be into.

Flavors: Bitter, Dry Grass, Dust, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Roughage

A familiar mistake. I have made that one in several supermarkets when tempted by tea labelled as ‘fine’ or ‘high quality’. Invariably I am disappointed. At least when travelling we know what to expect, even if we never actually learn the lesson. There’s always that tiny sliver of hope that this time will be different!

Haveteawilltravel

hahahah some would call that insanity ;)

Roughage

That is a very good point. I’ll stick to being insane, thank you. :D

Haveteawilltravel

I will continue to have hope that it will be different every time xP

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I am trying to soothe my conscience from a tea-buying spree with a sip down project. Budget, schmudget— I can feel OK as long as it all fits into the tea cabinet, right? The one with three huge drawers that I thought would not only hold my tea and but have plenty of extra room for storage. The one that now is now covered with must-sip-downs and has nary any room for three impending international tea orders… blush

This is surprisingly good for not only a bagged but really ancient tea from the cupboard. Not tasting much from the green, mostly passion fruit with a hint of ginger, but it is very pleasant and not overly artificial-tasting as I thought it might be. It’s a little light on flavor, but that could be due to age. This would be great iced, and cold-brewing would use it up…that’s happening.

Flavors: Ginger, Passion Fruits

Fjellrev

Haha I’m going to have to try to polish some off to make room for those DF teas too. So excited!

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drank Earl Grey by Tea of Life
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The fragrance of Bergamot is lacking – I didn’t get a strong bergamot aroma when I opened the pouch and I also didn’t get a really strong bergamot scent in the brewed tea. It was a little disappointing to me because I love me some bergamot and I enjoy smelling it almost as much as I enjoy drinking a properly flavored Earl Grey tea.

Flavor-wise, the bergamot is there. It’s a good earl grey. It doesn’t taste soapy or like cologne. The black tea is brisk and smooth and not astringent.

Overall, I enjoyed this. I wish it had a stronger bergamot scent but because the flavors were there, I can’t really knock it too severely. A decent Earl Grey.

Here’s my full-length article: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/31/earl-grey-tea-from-tea-of-life/

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drank Orange Spice by Tea of Life
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This was alright. It was actually better than alright, I found it quite nice.

The green tea was lightly sweet, buttery and a little grassy but not overly so. It had a smooth, soft texture. The orange is bright and flavorful. The spices are gently warm with notes of clove and cinnamon. The spices aren’t overdone. This isn’t one of those ‘red hot cinnamon orange’ type of teas.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/23/orange-spice-flavored-green-tea-from-tea-of-life/

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drank White Tea Citrus by Tea of Life
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After trying the guava-flavoured tea from the same sampler I was more than a bit wary about the other teas, but this one has helped to allay my fears. It’s a nice, refreshing citrus flavour that pairs well with the white tea base. It’s not exactly remarkable, but it’s certainly good for a bagged tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Guava Green Tea by Tea of Life
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This Christmas one of my gifts was an assorted box of Tea of Life black, green, and white teabags, mostly in fruit flavours.

This one certainly smelled promising – the scent was very much like actual guava and not just Generic Tropical Fruit Flavour™. And at first the flavour seems nice too, the green tea base wasn’t too harsh (always a challenge with bagged green teas because of the broken tea leaves usually used) and the flavour was distinctly guava. The problem is that after the initial fruity notes came an unpleasant aftertaste that I really dislike. It tasted almost rotten to me. I’m not sure where it’s coming from or if maybe that batch of tea was somehow spoiled. But the end result is that it completely ruined the tea for me. :(

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 45 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Oh no, I hope the others won’t be this bad, or rotten-flavoured.

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drank Tropical Sorbet by Tea of Life
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This is one of the better teas that I tried from Tea of Life.

Each of the fruit flavors promised is represented in the sip: banana, mango, pineapple and passion fruit, but they do not overpower the black tea base. A smooth black tea, and the combination of the fruit and black tea is a very harmonious taste.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/26/tropical-sorbet-black-tea-from-tea-of-life/

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drank Lemon (Green Tea) by Tea of Life
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Dry, I got next to no lemon scent. The brewed liquid is lemon-y, though, almost like lemon pledge. Fortunately, it doesn’t taste like that. (Not that I’ve ever tasted Lemon Pledge. I guess I should say it doesn’t taste like I think lemon pledge would taste.)

A pleasant flavor. The lemon flavor is strong but doesn’t overpower the sweet, buttery, soft grassy notes of the green tea. It doesn’t have an artificial lemon flavor which is something I worried about. It’s a bright, energetic lemon flavor.

Nice.

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drank Guava Green Tea by Tea of Life
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It’s alright. Not my favorite from Tea of Life that I’ve tried and I’ve tried quite a few. The guava flavoring is strong and focused. The green tea is light and buttery and slightly grassy.

It’s sweet, it’s fruity and would make a good iced tea. Overall, it’s alright.

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This is my go-to English Breakfast teabag when I don’t feel like futzing around with loose tea. (The lazy, it is strong sometimes.) I enjoy the flavor, and can often drink it straight, but most often add a dollop of honey and shot of fresh lemon. I’ve never found it to be bitter unless I’ve goofed and forgotten to pull the bag out after my usual 4 minutes.

Flavors: Earth, Tannic, Tea

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Tasty. The ginger isn’t overpowering but does add a warm, zesty flavor to the cup. It starts out really soft, so much so that at the start I barely noticed the ginger but as I continued to sip, the flavor developed. The sweetness of the peach curbs the kick of the ginger and these two flavors work really well with the nutty flavors of the rooibos.

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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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