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drank Cotton Candy Genmaicha by 52teas
4483 tasting notes

I set this up to steep. Then I got distracted and forgot about it. So my 2 minute steep ended up being more like 5 minutes. Then I talked on the phone for a while so my 5 minute cool down was more like an hour.

Thankfully there is no bitterness or anything. Instead there is a whole lot of popped rice goodness with the sweetness of cotton candy. Actually this may be one of the better cups of this tea I have had recently. Yum! I got one serving left so I need to remember to oversteep next time.

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Cold Brew Sipdown (210)

This cup has much more spice than the last. I blame the cold brew bottle. The perk of having the filter in the neck of the bottle means I don’t need to strain out the tea. That also means the tea isn’t strained and this just continues to steep. Hence the extra spice which has this bordering towards savory sorta like this vegan/organic pasta sauce my brother brought home once which was too thin on flavor and on the sweeter side because it had something like squash or sweet potatoes in it.

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drank Wild Black/Dian Hong by Teabook
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Brisk but smooth, with no astringency. It is a breakfast tea without bitterness.

Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2019/03/28/wild-black-tea-dian-hong-teabook-2/

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drank Løvely Break by Løv Organic
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Thank you Cameron B for sharing this tea. Alas, this was not the lovely break I hoped for. It was meant to be wild berries and cookies but instead I mostly got hibiscus and generic berry flavor. Still fun to try though.

Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2019/03/27/lovely-break-lov-organic/

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drank Beards Hollow by Beach House Teas
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I am probably not the best judge of this woody/herby tea because at the end of the day I would never pick this for myself. It was alright from what I recall but not to my tastes.

Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2019/03/25/beards-hollow-from-beach-house-teas/

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I cold brewed this and while I was setting up the cold brew, i caught a whiff of the tea and thought I made a bad choice because these flavors are better hot. However, they are surprisingly pretty good cold brewed too. There is more sweet fruitiness than the hot cup since the hibiscus isn’t as tart and yet the spices still comes out really well and pronounced.

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
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Earlier I was talking with Kitenna about Fall latte weather and decided to go ahead and make one. I reached for this tea and was so excited for my Cookie latte and yet something is off. It’s thin in flavor. It’s a whole lot of nothing and then some almond.


Oh boo! That’s really disappointing. I didn’t end up having any tea until after lunch, because baby started demanding my attention :( Tomorrow!

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drank Tropical Flip by 52teas
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Sipdown (210)

This tea is from November 2017 and only now have I noticed the coconut going a bit off. I am impressed with the longevity but this was not a great way to say goodbye. I am okay with saying goodbye now though. Perhaps I would revisit in the future but for now I am fine with parting ways.

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Sipdown (211)

Cold brewed the last of this one and didn’t love it. It just came off so waxy to me as pineapple fruit teas often can.

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drank Wake Me Up, Scotty! by 52teas
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Sipdown (213)

I took inventory of my teas and grabbed this out with plans of gong fu brewing it tbh. However, I had less than 2g of the tea so I went with Western brewing in a small mug instead.

It cooled because my smaller mugs are shallow and wide so I am sipping it now and remembering it is not my favorite. The CTC makes for a more dry tea with the caramel being less sweet and more dark. I want more sweet and less astringent but that’s not what I got.

Thank you Sil for the sample. This tea did catch my attention so it is nice to know I wasn’t missing out on my next favorite by not buying it.

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

Tea Ratings Guide (as of December 10, 2017)
90-100 Teas I NEED on hand at all times
80-89 Teas I want to keep around for a cup every now and then
70-79 Teas I am glad I have around and can experiment with but probably don’t need more than what’s in my cupboard
60-69 Teas I would not turn down a cup of from a friend but that would probably be enough
50-59 Teas I can see why someone would enjoy but are not for me
Under 50 Teas I really did not like and most likely got dumped


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