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A strong orange aroma in the dry leaf, but the flavor isn’t as strong as the fragrance would suggest. That’s not to say that the orange is absent in the flavor, it isn’t, it just isn’t as strong as the scent led me to believe it would be.

And I’m glad it’s not as strong, because it would have overpowered the Shou Mei white tea. The white tea and the orange flavors meld well together. Sweet, juicy, flavorful, and refreshing! This makes a stunning iced tea!

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The aroma is reminiscent of a fruity bubblegum, this is especially apparent in the dry leaf. Once the leaves are brewed, the liquid is still fruity and bubblegum-y, but I can also pick up on notes of Darjeeling, or notes that I would expect from a Darjeeling.

I would recommend watching the temperature with this tea. When the water is too hot, the flavor is a little “off” to me and a little bitter too. A cooler temp, 195°F is what I’d recommend will result in a tastier cup.

It’s an interesting tea, I enjoyed it.

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A really good green tea. Fresh tasting and exhilarating, I find this to be an energizing type green. Sweet, vegetal, and clean. Brothy.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/10/just-pure-green-tea-from-just-organic-tea/

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A really good vanilla flavored black tea. The black tea is robust and full-flavored and it marries well with the sweet, creamy vanilla notes. Slightly dry astringency. The dry leaf has some coconut and almond slivers but I really don’t get a lot of coconut or almond flavor from this. If I slurp the sip, the aeration does encourage these flavors to come forward a little but they are still quite slight and nearly indistinguishable.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/10/french-vanilla-bean-black-tea-from-the-persimmon-tree/

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drank Cinnaberry by DAVIDsTEA
101 tasting notes

Based on the smell of this tea, I expected a more potent flavor. To my (pleasant) surprise it is not as overbearing as anticipated. I for sure get cinnamon and berry flavor out of it. It is blueberry but not. I will need another cup of this before I decide where it stands in my cupboard.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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A lovely white tea. I have tried many Oolong teas from Fong Mong, and I’ve been quite pleased with them and I’m very happy with this White as well. Sweet! Delicate with notes of melon. Hints of hay and earth. A very refreshing tea.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/09/taiwan-white-tea-from-fong-mong-tea/

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I have tried a few teas from this company thus far (I have a bunch of reviews waiting for me to post tasting notes about them … yeah, still behind) and I’ve loved everything I’ve tried from them.

This is a beautiful green tea. Very fresh, reminiscent of spring when the early leaves are appearing, the scents, the feel, the experience and the flavors of newness of spring. A lovely delicate flavor but still quite complex. Notes of cream, very smooth, sweet, hints of vanilla and a vegetal tone.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/08/twisted-green-tea-from-beautiful-taiwan-tea-company/

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drank Strawberry Oolong Tea by Teavivre
388 tasting notes

backlog, written August 25, 2014

Nothing quite like a rocket siren to wake you up first thing in the morning. Time for some caffeine to make up for the lack of sleep.

This one is interesting. The strawberry flavor is right up front in the sip, quickly and smoothly transitioning into the flavor of the solid quality base tea. It reminds me of a high mountain Taiwanese oolong: light and sweet with a smooth mouthfeel and lingering lightly menthol aftertaste. Looking at the product page, I see that this oolong was produced in Fuding City, Fujian Province, China. It is a mountainous area though, so at least I got that part kinda right!
I also see that this is a particularly low caffeine tea. Morning fail. On the up side, I can totally see this as a refreshing post-dinner brew. Or an iced tea.

Thanks to Angel at Teavivre for the samples!

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49

Not my favorite. Just an average black tea with very few bells and whistles. Still it hits the spot when you need a black tea hit.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Golden Bamboo by Gurmano Tea
146 tasting notes

I probably have at least an ounce of this left, but I’d hate to run out of this (the company I bought it from doesn’t appear to stock it anymore, but I think I found another seller.)

The dried leaf is really pretty – pale grey-green bamboo leaves cut diagonally into rhombus shape, sprinkled with bits of candied fruit.

The taste is really unique – it’s sweet and fruity, a touch tart, and there’s this slightly grassy, slightly earthy, almost peachy taste that I can only assume is from the bamboo leaves. But for all the bamboo I’ve eaten in savoury dishes, I’ve never actually had the leaves before.

There’s a bit of lemon, some lychee and pineapple, but for the most part the flavours blend together pretty seamlessly, which makes it delicious but hard to pick out distinct notes.

Flavors: Earth, Fruity, Grass, Lemon, Lychee, Peach, Pineapple, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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A mix of Carrot Cake and Chicory Dickory Dock (both DavidsTea) with some cream.

Yummers.

It’s quite warm today, but this just feels right. :)

I also had Numi’s Chocolate Puerh this morning, and it was all right. Not fabulous, but it performs well as a work tea.

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100

I stretched this sample out as long as I could, but this is the last of it (tears). This is such an under-sung tea. So good, so natural, so green-oolongish- with-a-kiss-of-mountain-strawberry. I’ll just have to buy some more, but I need to drink some of these other teas first.

AllanK

I should be getting a sample of this from Angel at Teavivre. If you rate it at 100% I am excited to try it. It’ll be a couple of weeks though.

Tamarindel

Oooo, I hope you like it! I really love it, but I don’t want to give you the wrong expectations, because it’s not like one of those really strong-flavored teas that knock you out of the park. That’s sort of what I like about it, actually. It’s oolong first and foremost and the strawberry is a nice accent — it seems like so many flavored teas are all about the flavoring and you can barely pick out the actual tea underneath it all.

Tamarindel

p.s. If I remember correctly, Teavivre wrote their oolong steeping instructions at WAY too high a temperature, and of course that makes the tea astringent and weird. I just did 180-185 F, which is pretty normal for oolongs, and it was great.

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drank Totem by Capital Teas
292 tasting notes

This was good, but I thought it could use a bit more flavor. It wasn’t bland by any stretch, but the fruit flavor was really just a sourish tart flavor. I think others might really love it, but to me it is just ok, because I like more bold flavors in my flavored tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Jolly Green Kiwi by Tiesta Tea
2389 tasting notes

I’m not sure why the eff it’s so hot here today, but this is a good tea when it’s made strong and then poured over ice, refreshing!

Tabby

I still don’t trust this company after the way they made all those fake accounts to review their stuff…

TeaBrat

Oh wow, I must have missed that! eeek

TeaBrat

Sheesh. I am sorry, I just ordered a bunch of their other teas, oh well

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drank Blueberry Merlot by Tea Forte
262 tasting notes

Blueberry is tricky. Easy in pie tough in tea. I feel like most of the time it’s not strong enough compared with the other ingredients. The first flavor to hit my tongue is blueberry but it immediately gets sucker punched by sage and then kicked in the groin by the hibiscus to make it be just a henchmen. Never had sage in a tea before. It’s interesting but to me it just doesn’t quite fit. This also doesn’t remind me of merlot but of some type of fruity side dish.

Preparation
1 tsp

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Teeny Tiny Tea Box

Tried a bit of this from the box and it definitely smells like chocolate! It was… a weird mix of flavours though. Nice and creamy, but the flavour was a bit off. Back in the box it went!

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
70 tasting notes

I brewed this to do a little taste test next to 52teas rootbeer float. The butterbeer smells more of rootbeer but I find myself missing the marshmallow and vanilla that are in the rootbeer float. It definitely tastes like rootbeer. Although it leaves a strange sweet after taste in my throat that I’m not fond of.

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85

Got this at the local Dobra, really yummy! I could get used to this!

Flavors: Cocoa, Honey

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML

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This was alright, I received a sample of it. I wish it had been a cup of cinnamon, but mine was more a whisper of cinnamon. It was warming, and delicious to anyone who prefers lighter spice…but I like to be punched in the face with cinnamon.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Rootbeer Float Black Tea by 52teas
70 tasting notes

I think that this tea is as close to a rootbeer float as a tea can get. The marshmallow is a really nice touch that adds a bit of depth to the flavor. It really gives it that vanilla ice cream flavor. I only had a few sips of it because my husband really enjoyed. Usually when he tries any tea he doesn’t say anything about it but this one he really liked.

On another note: I’m so glad the discussions page is working! I was having withdrawals over the weekend..

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Tasting note 400! Woo! Last week, I made my first Butiki order, and Stacy send this as a sample. I had a couple cups while waiting for the peach pie to bake (it turned into a cobbler hybrid somehow). The scent was mostly stonefruits, especially peach, and some notes of pecans. There is a lot of peachy in the flavour as well, a bit malty, and nuts. If I ever made a peach pecan pie, it might taste like this. It is also my first Nilgiri tea.

Flavors: Peach, Pecan, Stonefruits

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Kaylee

I just realized that I have no idea what the difference is between pie and cobbler. Google is not being helpful. :-/ Is the difference in the kind of dough used?

Lariel of Lórien

Usually cobbler is a filling covered with biscuit or batter, where as pie is a filling in a pastry dough which makes a crust.

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Can’t smell very well, but in store the lime/citrus really shone through, while drinking there is a stronger mint presence. Overall a nice relaxing tea. I love that it has echinacea for when I feel a cold coming on.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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