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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.” (Yikes.) 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. I got my canister at Park Slope Coffee Tea N Spices.

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
4544 tasting notes

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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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drank Rooibos Ginger Peach by Tea of Life
1146 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
129 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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This one wasn’t too bad. It’s black and it’s got a rather nice fruity flavoring to it. It was not perfect though.

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This was neither under- nor overwhelming. It’s a very generic fruit flavored black tea that I’ve seen done far better and far worse.

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drank Jasmine Orange by Tea of Life
14 tasting notes

Good pick-me-up in the morning.

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drank Mint Julep by Tea of Life
14 tasting notes

I made this tea quite strong since that was what I was in the mood for today and surprisingly, the mint flavor stood up well and wasn’t overpowered by the black tea.

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drank English Breakfast by Tea of Life
112 tasting notes

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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 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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