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Nobody has wrote a note for this one yet, which is too bad. I’m late to writing a note for it too. But it’s a pu-erh so it can only taste better with age, right? I used about 2/3 of a sample pouch, so probably around 6-7 grams. (Teavivre suggests 5 grams for 12 ounces.) The leaves have a lot of gold to them and a fantastic rich scent. The flavor has depth to it as well, while still having a sweet smooth quality (and NONE of those unlovely pu-erh flavors or fragrances either). On first sip, it reminds me a little of a sticky rice pu-erh, but that disappears further down the mug. Interestingly enough, looking up the tea’s description, Teavivre also mentions a sticky rice aroma. Awesome, I’m glad we agree. The second steep is also deep and delicious. The third steep is a little weaker in flavor, even though I steeped it at boiling for seven minutes. Definitely not like the dark and murky cups of the other steeps. I think I’m finding I really like pu-erh that is around ten years old (this is 2009). This is certainly a lovely enough pu-erh for a decent price! The sample is certainly worth a try.
Steep #1 // 6-7 grams for a full mug// 10 minutes after boiling // rinse // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 7 minute steep

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This tea has strong chocolate notes in the smell, supplemented by malt and pumpkin spice. As for the taste, there I notice more of a cocoa bean flavour than chocolate. It is also quite floral for a black tea and somehow evokes the feeling of cold and dry winter days. Overall, it is a sweet affair with very little bitterness or astringency, I think this is a pretty inoffensive tea. All things considered, the closest comparison I could make with regards to taste would be lychee I think. Finally, another strong point of the tea is its full body and silky mouthfeel.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Floral, Lychee, Malt, Natural Pumpkin Spice Flavor, Oats, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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This blend emerged in the midst of my—stop the insanity with the teas, lady—reshuffling of my tea cupboard.

Most delicious honeyed chamomile with floral glints of sunshine. Beautiful. Somehow, the amount of rooibos in my pouch has multiplied. No matter.

Perfect timing too as I challenge myself with cutting caffeine earlier in the day, aiming for three o’clock. Today, I began drinking this at about 5. Could be worse.

Even though the chamomile clogs the strainer screen in my steeper and makes cleaning it more of a challenge, I am delighted to have rediscovered this. First world problems, I know.

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drank Sunny Citrus by DAVIDsTEA
198 tasting notes

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Today, I devoted time to shuffling and sorting teas from place to place. Since I am mostly drinking green and oolongs and herbals and tisanes these days, I decided to arrange those teas to make them more easily accessible while giving the black teas a bit of a rest backstage.

Of course, this created a surge of newly excavated and heretofore forgotten teas. Sorting teas can be a traumatic experience. Some of you might know exactly what I mean.

I think I may be finding my way around this blend. I hadn’t been taken with it before, but now I seem to be appreciating the subtleties present here more. The strawberry veers towards pineapple. The base is vegetal in a smooth hearty way. Grandpa steeping the leaves after the first two steeps produces a bit of earthiness once the flavoured layers have dissipated.

Leafhopper

Sorting teas can indeed be traumatic, especially when you find things you should have finished years ago. I have a couple green teas from a store that closed in 2016!

Evol Ving Ness

I hope that they are still delicious. :)

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Yesterday, I discovered this for the very first time though I’ve had it for a while. What an enchanting blend! Very much white chocolate meringue mint with a hint of something else, possibly the citrus freshness of the grapefruit peeking through—though I did not pick up on straight grapefruit flavour here. Maybe in the next cup. The rooibos doesn’t assert itself much.

Really yum. I am a fan.

Perhaps this is now day 14 of cutting off caffeine at 3, or at least, aiming for that cutoff even if the reality is more like 5 on most days. Still, the awareness is positive, as is the discovery or rediscovery of herbal blends and tisanes. All good.

Flavors: Meringue, Mint, White Chocolate

Starfevre

My cutoff is 2pm which means I have to stop making caffeinated tea around noon. What generally happens is now I drink caffeinated tea at work and tisanes at home. Weekends are still a mess though.

Evol Ving Ness

Two! That’s impressive.

Because my schedule is irregular and often I am out in the world lugging around a bag of steeped tea, this cutoff off time means that either I will continue drink whatever caffeinated teas are in my bag or I will have to cart around two types of tea and keep straight which travel mugs are caffeinated and which not. Somewhat easier at home.

Evol Ving Ness

Still figuring it out.

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drank Briar Patch by 52teas
1755 tasting notes

It’s weird because I like juniper berries, the various berries in here, and pepper, yet I am very underwhelmed by this blend. I’m truly thinking that I just don’t care for tulsi. There are flavour variations yet it seems like every time I encounter a tulsi blend, it’s just so flat or off to me. I think for that reason I won’t even rate this one. What’s strange is I wouldn’t call this a warm blend, as it isn’t spicy enough for me to call it that, yet it’s not cool or cooling either. It just sits in the middle, in a puddle of lukewarm herbaceousness.

Evol Ving Ness

Now you have me curious.

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drank Apéro Spritz by DAVIDsTEA
6263 tasting notes

Last of the new cocktail teas, and probably my favourite.

So, I’ve never actually had Aperol before but I know that it’s supposed to be a bitter orange flavoured liquor so I definitely had some expectations for this one to have a bitter edge to it. The dry leaf smells kind of weird, I’ll be honest – like a mix of red and orange gummy bears, candied pineapple, grenadine, and that rubbery smell that new beach balls have before they’ve been inflated. It’s a weird mix… but I’m into it.

Taste wise, there’s some bitterness but it’s not that strong; mostly it just tastes like a mix of candied orange and pineapple with a pithy orange peel undertone. There’s a little bit of that grenadine sort of taste, from the pomegranate in the blend I’m sure, but it’s not super strong and not nearly as sweet as actual grenadine. I don’t know; it’s a weird and somewhat hard to explain flavour profile but I’m enjoying it a lot!

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
6263 tasting notes

Cold Brew!

Very crisp, clean flavour dominated by the cranberry. I think much of the pear has been lost with age, sadly. There’s almost a floral quality to the black tea base – sort of like a Ceylon black. To be fair, this might be a Ceylon black tea as the base. I’m not really sure.

It was nice dipping into my little stash of this one and revisiting it. I think I get closer to letting it go each time I have it – and that’s good, because I think I need to admit to myself that this is probably never going to return…

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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My morning cuppa.

I don’t know what makes this ‘blood orange’ over regular orange. It’s delightfully smooth and flavourful with a brilliant degree of roastiness from the oolong base and a juicy, sweet orange note that radiates from the top of the sip into the body and then lingering into the aftertaste long after swallowing. I’m really enjoying the flavour and how there’s a simplicity to it while still having this nice contrast between the fruit and the charred, nutty oolong. Thing is, it just tastes like regular orange – not ‘blood orange’.

Flavors: Grapefruit, Orange, Roast nuts, Roasted

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Hot, with milk.

I almost didn’t grab this one because I’m not huge on Earl Grey but I do enjoy an unconventional/flavoured version every now and then and raspberry sounded like a nice twist on that classic flavour. It was actually very good; definitely had that strong bergamot quality/taste to it but also had this softness and a buttery quality that, when paired with the sweet raspberry, really made me think of buttery raspberry croissants or danishes. Delectable!

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Looks like I’m the odd one out. I almost didn’t order this due to the less-than-stellar reviews, but I’m so glad I did! It is very fragrant and heavy on the clove and plum especially. A little floral but not overwhelming. That plum note is so syrupy, like candy, and the clove is very present but not to the point that it feels like your tongue is falling asleep. Plus the orange peel contributes to that candy vibe. The description mentions that EG lovers would love this, and while I’m an EG fan, I don’t see much of a similarly between the two flavour profiles.

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drank Sweet Tart by DAVIDsTEA
6263 tasting notes

Iced.

I don’t know why, but this particular cup didn’t taste tart/hibiscus-y at all. In fact, the entire drink really just tasted like cherry candy. In particular, it tasted like the little heart sprinkles in the blend. It was very good, and very different from what I’ve come to expect from this one. I finished it so damn quickly, because I was really thirsty, and in hindsight I definitely regret not savoring it a little more.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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Needed something quick and lazy for late at night, so I went with a hot mug of coconut milk with a lot of this mixed into it. I still don’t know if this technically counts as tea or not, but I did really enjoy having it late at night. It was the best of soothing peppermint tea and hot milk at night; so, you know, basically it had me passed out pretty darn quickly.

Also, biggest complaint with this last time was that it didn’t really have much flavour. This time around it was great and very flavourful; but of course I was SUPER heavy handed with the amount of ‘tea’ I used. So, what I’m learning here is that following the directions is not smart/wont produce a good cup.

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drank Cherry Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
6263 tasting notes

Tea Lemonade!

Adding lemonade to this one was really transformative; this is a fruity tea all on its own but in a really specific sort of way. It’s cherry, pure and simple. Sweet, bright and ripe tasting cherry to be sure but at times it can feel like a bit of a flat, fruity note. It’s also a really floral blend with a whole lot of borderline perfume-y rose in both the body of the sip and the undertones, leading into a very lingering finish.

Adding the lemonade to this one just made it ‘punchier’ – with a tangyness to it. The contrast between the cherry and the lemonade was really beautiful because it seemed to make both even more vibrant. Lemonade top notes; cherry body notes. The rose was quite interesting too; it didn’t feel like too much anymore – instant it was this smooth, and romantic feeling undertone to an otherwise sweet, refreshing summer drink. Like, it almost felt like it was a secret!? If that makes any sense at all. Something that you wouldn’t associate with lemonade that seems like it could never work but that instead adds a layer of elegance/class and a WHOLE lot of dynamic layering of flavour. It felt like the kind of lemonade that would be served at a really upscale restaurant or something very hip/trendy.

My favourite tea and lemonade combo so far; almost purely because it made this feel like a 100% different tea, but still just as tasty. I’d definitely recommend it.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

VariaTEA

So tea lemonades are taking over my home. Yesterday we bought 8 cartons of lemonade, in addition to the carton we already had at home. So now we have: 3 cartons of plain lemonade, 1 carton of tangerine lemonade, 1 carton of strawberry lemonade, 1 carton of peach lemonade, 1 carton of mango lemonade, 1 carton of honey ginger lemonade, and 1 carton of raspberry lemonade. I also have a carton of Watermelon juice. Now the question is what teas to mix with what lemonades?

Roswell Strange

That sounds like a really fun problem to have though!

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Awww man. I expected so much more from this. I like mint teas a lot, but only when they’re not so basic and a little more unexpected. I was hoping the ginger and pepper and cardamom would combine to make something really spicy and fresh – but it’s just a mint tea. The mint does linger on the palette a little longer than most, and it’s not bad per se. I just wanted more from it.

Flavors: Ginger, Peppermint

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drank Damask Rose by Lupicia
2577 tasting notes

So I last had this years ago, and on a whim I threw it in my cart in my last Lupicia order.
I generally like rose teas, though I can see why they are not for everyone. And this one is a rather strong, and a bit one dimensional rose tea.
But Lupicia keeps making the prettiest tins, and I am a highly susceptible person.

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This is another one from the tea archives. I used to dismiss Assams as a combination of malt and paint thinner, but the ones from Lochan Tea made my opinion a bit more nuanced. I steeped about 4.5 g of leaf in a 355 ml mug at 195F for 2:30, 4:00, and 6:00 minutes.

While the dominant note is malt, the first steep also has notes of honey, raisin, wood, hay, pencil shavings, pleasant sourness, and pine sap. Although some astringency is present, it isn’t overwhelming, and the liquor is pretty smooth. The flavours decrease in complexity over subsequent steepings and if I allow the tea to cool.

While I don’t think Assam teas will ever be my first choice, this one is surprisingly smooth and complex while also waking me up. Not bad for a tea from 2015!

Flavors: Hay, Honey, Malt, Pleasantly Sour, Raisins, Resin, Smooth, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 355 ML

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Since I wasn’t able to find an untried plain black tea this morning with anything approaching ease, I decided to switch gears and do a plain white tea instead.

I’ve never really understood white tea. I love the concept of it, and I think I’d like the tea itself if I could ever get it to steep in a way that brought out its flavor. But I’ve tried a gazillion different ways, and no matter what I do the best I can get out of it is a sort of dew drop flavor for the silver needle variety and a planty, almost weak black tea flavor out of the white peony variety. Neither of which makes it worth my valuable tea tasting time.

This one falls into the former category. It’s a visually pretty tea with a pungent earthy smell in the newly opened packet. I steeped according to package a directions, and it came out so colorless that the only way I could tell I’d steeped it was the heat.

It smells like nothing so much as hot water, too. After draining the cup, I can smell something very subtley sweet, but wow is it barely there.

My impression of the flavor is pretty much the same. I can’t really taste anything — anything!

I’m concluding that I should drink up all my white tea and then give up on it. I’m sure it will be a mutually beneficial parting as this poor tea is probably everything a person with the gene that can taste white tea could want — but it does absolutely nothing for me. I might as well drink plain hot water.

I’ll probably try it cold brewed and see if that does anything interesting. I might also try it steeping hotter and longer just for laughs. But absent a miracle, I think this is one that’ s lovely fluffy leaves are taking up way too much room in my house for what it provides to me in return.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

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The words “bright” and “dessert” were tossed around a few times when talking about this tea. Plus the flavors are fairly consistent even when disaster strikes and this tea is left to cool right down. So in my books, this tea is a winner.

Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/12/02/lemon-lime-meringue-kukicha-green-tea-from-52teas/

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drank Movie Night by Pluck Tea
3946 tasting notes

Pluck was kind enough to let me pick some teas to try for the blog. Of course I grabbed myself their genmaicha and it wasn’t until I received the package and sat down to write a review that I realized I had this before at a brunch restaurant. I remembered liking it well enough so I got to steeping, both per Pluck’s recommendations, which I felt was rather harsh for a green tea and by my own steeping parameters which I felt was better suited to the genmaicha.

Though both cups were quite different. Both ended up being quite enjoyable, to my surprise.

Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/11/30/movie-night-from-pluck-teas/

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drank Murmur by Handmade Tea
3946 tasting notes

I tried this both as a plain hot tea and as a chocolate milk latte. Of the two, the plain tea was far superior as it allowed for flavors other than cocoa to come through. However, despite the copious amount of strawberry in the dry leaf, this fell flat. What should have been a chocolate covered strawberry was ultimately more just a chocolatey/fruity white tea. Still it was fun to try and experiment with so thank you Roswell Strange for sending this my way.

Check out the full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/11/28/murmur-from-handmade-tea/

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