4847 Tasting Notes


Backlog: This is a tasty chai … to me it’s more like a cinnamon orange type of tea similar to the MarketSpice (although not nearly as overwhelming) or the cinnamon tea from Harney (again, not quite as powerful) … it’s got a delicious, sweet, cinnamon-y orange taste.

Here’s my full-length review of this one: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/10/sweet-chai-black-tea-blend-from-spire-tea/

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Backlog: Well, it would seem that my experience with this tea is different from the one other poster that logged this tea. I actually quite enjoyed it.

The black tea was smooth and robust, and there was a really lovely buttery note to this. I could taste the toffee and the chocolate and the sweet, nutty flavor of the hazelnut.

I didn’t really like the carob in this though. I found myself wishing it wasn’t there. It doesn’t really give it so much of a chocolate-y flavor as it does a “fake” chocolate-y flavor, and I like my chocolate. My advice would be to eliminate the carob and add some more cacao nibs or perhaps some cacao shells. I think that this would do much to eliminate that odd “artificial” taste to this.

Despite that carob note, this was enjoyable.

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I was rather impressed with this tisane given the fact that it’s chamomile (not my favorite). I appreciated the large chamomile blossoms (instead of the crushed, powdery bits), and I liked the softer approach of the orange notes. It’s not an overpowering taste.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/09/organic-orange-chamomile-herbal-tisane-from-fashionista-tea/

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Backlog: This afternoon, my daughter and I went to Fred Meyer and as I was passing the Peet’s Coffee & Tea shop that they have in the store, I noticed a sign that advertised their Raspberry and their Vanilla Matcha Lattes. I couldn’t resist … it just sounded way too good.

I ordered the Raspberry, but then I asked if they could make it a Raspberry Vanilla latte, and they did that for me. It was a yummy, creamy, smooth experience – a little light on the Matcha flavor as it sort of hid behind the raspberry and vanilla syrups added. It was a bit sweeter than I typically like my Matcha, but, it was still a very refreshing drink, and I could taste the Matcha … even though it wasn’t as strong as I think I would like it to be. In the future, I would probably want them to use a little less syrup, although i don’t usually indulge in Matcha lattes from the coffee shops because I’d rather save the five bucks and go home and make my own Matcha so that I can eliminate the sugar added.

Not bad … but not something I’d drink daily.

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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea to try.

I see that this blend is no longer available (or … the link provided has changed?) Anyway …

I have had problems in the past with the black tea base from Adagio, I find that I need to compensate by brewing at a slightly lower temperature (205°F instead of boiling) and brew for only 2 minutes. This usually helps to buffer some of the harshness that I would get from the black tea base.

This is pretty good. I taste the cherry, I taste the blueberry and I taste the cream. It’s a sweet, fruity, tasty blend. Not bad.

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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.

It’s not bad at all. I just visited the Tea Grotto website and didn’t see this one on there … sold out? Discontinued? I don’t know.

This has a very bold, aggressive flavor – nice hazelnut notes with a strong black tea base. And … I’m hoping this one won’t be keeping me up because it IS a little late to be drinking a black tea. But, I’m feeling a little bit of caffeine withdrawal this evening (I don’t know why because I’ve been drinking tea all day … but, still, there is that withdrawal headache coming on)

Anyway … this is a good tea. Enjoying it … thanks to my SororiTea Sis!


For some reason they don’t have all of their teas at the online store. I think their still putting it together because the online store didn’t exist a while ago.

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drank Green Jasmine by Hampstead Tea
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Of the many teas that I’ve tried from Hampstead … this one was the one big disappointment. I love Jasmine tea … but the ingredient list not only suggested that this tea was flavored with jasmine oil (rather than naturally scented with jasmine blossoms) but it TASTED like it was flavored with jasmine oil rather than naturally scented with jasmine blossoms too. And when it tastes like that … I’d rather not taste it at all, if you know what I mean.

Just horrible. Tasted like perfume.


Gross :(


Bag teas like this are why I thought I hated jasmine. Thank you Teavivre for showing me the light.



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drank Caribe by Harney & Sons
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A forgiving tea! I had brewed it as I would a black, not realizing it was a blend of green and black teas. The green did not end up bitter being subjected to the boiling water and extended brew time. No bitterness, no scorched leaf taste, nothing foul. Just tasty.

I noticed the green tea and the guava right away, and then the black tea came through in the background. I found this to be unusual given that this is a black and green tea blend – and it has been my experience that the two teas together tend to produce a more “black tea” tasting cup than a “green tea” tasting cup … but the green comes through very nicely here.

A really lovely cuppa.

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Yummy! I like that the base here is a combination of rooibos AND honeybush, because I like the way the two interact with one another. The honeybush seems to soften the sometimes harsher notes of the rooibos, and the result is a sweet, nutty tasting tisane that melds quite deliciously with the notes of chocolate and chili.

It’s got some fire to it, but, the heat builds gradually, and I never felt myself running for the faucet to extinguish the flames, you know? It’s warm, but not overpoweringly HOT. It’s yum!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/08/mexican-cocoa-rooibos-blend-from-trail-lodge-tea/

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drank Peach Cardamom by 52teas
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I really, really like this one! I love the way the peach and the cardamom work together. The peach tastes like a sweet, juicy peach, the cardamom adds just enough warmth to the cup, and the green tea is sweet and creamy.

Really, really good.

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:

I no longer write for the SororiTea Sisters but I am still the admin for the blog.


The reason I’m no longer writing for SororiTea Sisters is because I am now the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas:


I’ll still be posting occasional reviews on teas here on Steepster, mostly backlogged reviews because I’m way behind on getting reviews posted. That’s why I’m keeping two accounts active at the current time – so that I can get those backlogged reviews posted.


My favorite teas are Yellow Teas with most Oolong teas at a close second. As far as “flavored” teas go, I love Earl Grey, Chocolate and Jasmine teas.

I also am intrigued by flavored teas with an unusual or unique flavor combination, which is why I was very excited to be the Mad Tea Artist of 52Teas!


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