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I received this sample from the Tea and Card TTB. Thanks! I didn’t really know what to expect from the description but I guess I expected something with a bit of chai. Didn’t really taste any chai at all. I taste the black tea but it’s not overwhelming. It has an astringent but not bitter aftertaste. I can’t really taste much of anything distinctly. I used the brewing directions on the packet: 1.5 tsp/cup, 170 for 4 min. I’m sorry to say that I’m not enjoying it.

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From the LiberTEAS sampler I bought a while back

This is a delightfully odd tea…there’s a berry high note that swoops down into a warm chai base; between the two there’s an interplay of sweetness and spice that I find rather wonderful on first taste.

The front berry notes don’t taste like any berry in particular…more like generic “berry,” if that makes any sense. There’s a bit of an astringent dryness that sits at the end, but the well-settled, mellow spicyness really makes up for it.

Although I like this tea I must admit that the longer I drink it the more convinced I am that it’s not a favourite. It seems a little undecided in terms of flavours and I’d almost rather it put some effort into being an awesome berry tea or an awesome chai instead of just being good at both.

It’s a good tea to drink while you’re doing something else, but not one I’d want to drink on my own. Steadfastly mediocre, it seems.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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From the LiberTEAS sampler I bought a while back

After sniffing a whole bunch of the samples I settled on this one for my nightly brew – it smelled warm and spicy (which went quite nicely with the 0F temps here in Indianapolis) and I couldn’t wait to try it.

As it steeped it opened up into a deep, rich colour and a scent that reminds me a little of baked goods. I did sweeten it a little bit, but the black tea definitely manages to push it’s way to the front, palate-wise; I pick up a little bit of bitterness, some malty hints and that’s about it…I know there are supposed to be some caramel and sweet notes, but I’m just getting a definite dryness (that I think comes from the black chai).

In all honesty it reminds me most of my Irish Breakfast tea – hearty, rich and a little bit punchy (but in a good way)…I would’ve loved it more if it hadn’t gotten my hopes up for something sweetly caramel and spicy. Maybe I just need to stop reading the descriptions before I drink?

Oh, and as it cooled the spicy chai notes really came up a bit brighter. I decided to hit it with a generous splash of (whole, organic) milk and it helped the flavour quite a bit. If I resteep I’ll definitely sweeten it a bit more and add the milk right off the bat.

So I guess I like it, but with a little bit of a caveat. It’s not what I expected, but it is a hearty black tea that I would be willing to drink in the mornings if I was out of my usual suspects.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Earl Grey by Uniq Teas
4224 tasting notes

Backlog:

Before making a unique blend using the Earl Grey tea, I wanted to taste the Earl Grey offering from Uniq Teas. Because there are so many different Earl Grey teas out there … some are exceptional, others are good, some are just OK, and then sometimes, I come across some that should be ashamed to call themselves Earl Grey, if you know what I mean.

This one is somewhere between exceptional and really good. The bergamot is a bit sweeter here than in a typical Earl Grey. This is still tangy, but, it tastes a bit smoother and sweeter than the typical tart and tangy bergamot.

A really refreshing Earl Grey. I like it a lot.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/11/10/earl-grey-black-tea-from-uniq-teas/

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74

This had one teaspoon left I removed from the HH teabox! I was intrigued when I saw from the description it’s a CARAMEL chai. Wow does caramel chai sound like a nice blend! There weren’t many spices, just a lot of black tea leaves. After steeping for a few minutes, the flavor isn’t caramel or spicy, which I kind of expected. But the black tea has a nice toughness (without astringency) and very raisin-like! I know this blend would have been better if it wasn’t the last of the sample… and probably not stored in a very thin baggy.

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Downright aromatic in the bag. Saccharine even, as if vanilla soy milk was already added, with a snicker of lemon from the cardamom. In the cup, the liquor* is so dark that it looks like coffee, and the scent mellows out to a rich, baked goodness. Many chais have a substantial kick at the end from the ginger, but this one was smooth all the way through.

The first taste is a real treat. Although cocooned in silky black tea and clove, the rest of the spices go, “Wait, I’m still here!” There’s a significant clove base, a sort of softness on the tongue, which rides on the ginger. The only hint of cinnamon’s presence is the way it keeps everything smooth and neatly folded together. You get lemon lingering on your lips in the aftertaste–this tea really goes heavy on the cardamom. So much so, in fact, that you’d be better off calling it Black Lemon Chai instead.

Full review here: http://snooteablog.com/2013/04/06/snooty-tea-review-uniq-teas/

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Alright, a weird bag-smell. Very off-putting. There was almost an alcoholicness to the fruit, possibly the effect of the dried kiwi. While steeping, however, it smells scrumptious, and all weirdness goes away in the cup as that nutty coconut carries the brighter fruit notes.

As a drink, though? Not much to say for itself. The cherry flavor is dead silent, maybe a tone of kiwi in there, but you really have to dig to seek it out on your tongue. The coconut wins by default, but it isn’t much of a win since the overall drink is just weak, even infused at full-plus strength and steeped for far longer than recommended. The bag-smell returns in the aftertaste, too. Sadly, I wouldn’t even recommend this as a trail mix, which is a true shame because I had high hopes for this tea–two lovely fruits and sweet coconut, what could go wrong?

Full review here: http://snooteablog.com/2013/04/06/snooty-tea-review-uniq-teas/

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Definitely didn’t get “mean” from the bag. More like “whiny.”

If you’re looking for another fruity tea, or even a pronounced green, it isn’t this one. It could work if iced, so that the cool flavors of (once again) papaya, and the titular tangerine could develop more. It’s not a tropical punch to the face. Rather, it’s that quiet cousin who’s safe to sit next to at Thanksgiving because they won’t ask about your plans for grad school or the Peace Corps. A comforting tea for those who’ve had bad experiences with greens before–but it’s not going to make you want to go back and start pursuing them.

Full review here: http://snooteablog.com/2013/04/06/snooty-tea-review-uniq-teas/

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Caribbean Punch’s base of green rooibus makes this a very light tea, a fun one! “Punch” is apt indeed because that papaya really socks you in the mouth with bright tropical flavor. A tea of sun and beaches where the sand doesn’t get into your buttcrack and is never too hot to walk on. It seems to rely heavily on the papaya, which overpowers all the other flavors, but if you’re looking for a fruit-dominated concoction, then you’ll be satisfied.

Full review here: http://snooteablog.com/2013/04/06/snooty-tea-review-uniq-teas/

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I’d call this Pom-uhhhhhhh-granate White.
There was a pronounced candy smell right off the bat, predominantly cherry, which was likely the pomegranate doing that “I’m a dried fruit and smell weird” thing that we’ve gotten with mango before. This scent disintegrates with steeping.

In the cup, the dominant presence here is the white tea itself. Pomegranate comes in as a tang as the edge of the tongue but not a strong player on its own. This show isn’t “Pomegranate: The Musical” but rather “White Tea: The Musical” and you’ll have to open up the playbook to find out which middling part Pomegranate managed to score.

Full review here: http://snooteablog.com/2013/04/06/snooty-tea-review-uniq-teas/

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drank SororiTEA's Tri Pi Chai by Uniq Teas
1195 tasting notes

The spice to the white chai remind me of Christmas! As soon as I take a sip it’s just like I’m hit with a taste that reminds me of Christmas when I was a kid…I’m not sure what it is…but man those were the best Christmases, I’m straight into remembering Polly Pocket.

As it cools it becomes stronger and I just kind of feel like I am drinking cologne, like something in there got incredibly woodsy so that’s what I’m getting with the blend of spices and what seems to be the caramel.

So this is a pretty aromatic tea, as you can see. Haha before that point I quite enjoyed it, definitely something that needs to be hot, but I imagine if you just went straight to it being cold it might not be so bad…lukewarm, just nope.

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Yummers! See other notes…backlogging a few cups of this from last week!
http://blissfulyogajourney.blogspot.com/2013/02/aaloo-bhaji-fried-potatoes-dressings.html
Check out these fun foods while you are surfing today! The Potatoes were nice with this tea :)

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Thanks so much TeaEqualsBliss for allowing me to be the first outside the Sororitea Sisters to try this blend, via the traveling tea box. It certainly sounds like an amazing combination of things. I was guessing on the steep temp and time though, since it’s a white tea but also a chai and black tea. So I probably didn’t steep this one correctly. It all seems to meld together well. It definitely tasted more white tea than black. The steep color looks more like a white tea too. A bit spicy, but not too much caramel or raspberry. I like it though.

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Backlog:

I really REALLY like this one. The combination of the strawberry green tea and the genmaicha is a delightful one. The tea is soft and smooth, the strawberry sort of creeps up on you, with the first few sips tasting very little strawberry, but by mid-cup there is a delightful amount of strawberry taste. So sweet and just a little tart. The genmaicha is toasty and deliciously nutty.

Really brilliant blend from my SororiTea Sister, Azzrian! Here is my full-length review of it: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/01/29/nutty-sweet-sororitea-green-tea-from-uniqteas/

Sil

mmm may have to steal this from one of you ladies someday :)

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Apparently I’ve been drinking a ton of genmaicha blends recently, three in as many days! I am trying out this one thanks to TeaEqualsBliss from our swap, I was looking forward to this especially after the lack of toasty goodness in Love Life.

The strawberry flavor in this is sweet and natural, in fact at first it’s not that apparent at all—the first half of the sip is pure genmaicha, a nice blend though very heavy on the rice. Then at the end, bam, a strong hit of strawberry!

The name of this blend is definitely fitting, a little nutty and a little sweet! Scrumptious and refreshing.

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Backlogging a cuppa! Lovely!

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TTB A sample #2
A black chai blend, this seems promising….brewing….brewing…..sipping….nice, very drinkable. Caramel notes come through nicely with an almond note at the end. I am drinking this with no additions.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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drank Dionne Cher-ry Tai by Uniq Teas
74 tasting notes

Thanks to the SororiTEA Sisters/Uniq Teas contest for bringing this one to me!

The dry tea is gorgeous in this one… The varieties of tea and the chunky herbal pieces make a beautiful blend! And the tin it came in was very strong and well sealed!

The brewed tea smells really sweet and floral, almost syrupy… I would love to have a fragrance oil like it! The chai spices are there, but somewhat of a background flavor, since there are two other teas blended with it. The chai itself seems heavier in cinnamon/ginger, and I think a bit more cardamom would really tie this blend together, and in the future I may add a pod or two.

Overall, I really like this blend! Its definitely a sipper, and one of the only teas I take a giant sniff of with every sip.

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Full Review on http://sororiteasisters.com/on the 23rd but here are the snippits:

Sororitea’s Tri Pi Chai from UniqTeas is really something different when it comes to a chai tea.

The raspberry and caramel seem to give more of a sweet, yet fresh backdrop and do not drown out the tea leaf itself.

The raspberry and caramel seem to give more of a sweet, yet fresh backdrop and do not drown out the tea leaf itself. I seem to taste the raspberry’s fresh tartness and liveliness more than the caramel which to me just seems to make the cup creamy more than flavored, yet adds to the sweetness which is nice.

Sil

mmmmm caramel and raspberry…

Azzrian

It is a very interesting chai blend!

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This is really tasty!

I like that the white tea is prominent, and it tastes sweet and creamy but has a delicateness to it. The black tea is there, but not overwhelming. I would liken it to a resteeped black … what you might taste if you resteep black tea leaves twice … the flavor is still there but a bit paler than what you’d experience with that first infusion.

I really like how all the components of this blend come together in the cup. It’s a little bit spicy, a little bit sweet, a little bit tart, and a whole lot of tasty! Watch for my full-length review of this on SororiTea Sisters, it will be published on the 14th.

TeaEqualsBliss

I’m so glad you enjoyed this one :)

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Check out my full review on http://sororiteasisters.com/ on the 8th but for now here are my snippits:

Nutty & Sweet SororiTEA from Uniq Teas is a blend of two of my favorite things, Genmaicha and Strawberries!

If you are looking for a strawberry flavor that is intensely sweet to the point of almost cloying, or an artificial soda pop flavor of strawberry then this tea is not for you. This is something very natural tasting, very refreshing, and of course add to that the genmaicha, which is savory, nutty, green, etc … its just delicious!

I love my blend and now you have a chance to win a custom blend of your own! Check it out here:
http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/01/04/were-back-with-another-giveaway/

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This is Azzrian’s Blend over at Uniq and I think it’s just great! I’m having a cup now but will review more down the road. My favorite part of this is the flavor combo of the strawberry AND genmaicha! Excellent idea and perfect ratios!

KeenTeaThyme

This sounds delish! :)

Azzrian

YAY! I am so happy you enjoyed this!! :)

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