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We at SororiTea Sisters love all things fall! So today we are fanatic about fall!! I chose this week to begin a diet and give up soda/booze. Tea is all I have left, guys. After limping through a day of surprise projects, lunch-salads, and ZERO COOKIES, I needed a cup of tea to survive a play. (I love plays. I just wasn’t sure I could stay awake.) While rooting through my un-tried samples, this one Read More
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Have you ever encountered a tea that literally shook you and changed your thoughts on what teas you should be drinking? I will admit it. I drink mostly flavored teas knowing full well that I should expand my horizons and enjoy more straight teas to grow my tea knowledge and palate. But I just have such a fondness for those fun crazy flavored teas that I don’t take the time to enjoy straight teas. Well Read More
Happy October to all of our readers! It’s time for all things pumpkin, fall like, and spooky! We at SororiTea Sisters have teamed up with three amazing Etsy stores to give you a chance to win a Halloween Tea Party gift pack! Included in this prize pack is a delicious flavored tea from Sunshine Cottage, a gorgeous stamped teaspoon from Blue Crabb and to top off the Halloween theme, a mug cozy from Nandy’s Nook. Read More
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Orange Cookies Tea from Kent & Sussex Tea & Coffee Co. you are one of my new favorite flavored black teas! My first impressions of Orange Cookies Tea from Kent & Sussex Tea & Coffee Co. was the potent spices! It wasn’t QUITE Chai spices but on the verge. I think it was missing a few traditional chai flavors to actually consider it to be a chai. More importantly I was completely blown away but Read More
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With having such a stressful work week, I grabbed this tea hoping it would be comforting and soothing. First thing I noticed was the amazing dry scent the leaves had. Tropical with a hint of strawberry. Brewed up and allowed to steep for about 4 minutes, this tea yielded a gorgeous brew that was a lovely golden color. I allowed the tea to cool for a few minutes and sat back, holding the cup, enjoying Read More
I know I SHOULD get CUTE with matcha more – you know – make recipes, post about natural body care using matcha, flavoring or making specialty drinks using matcha as the base but sometimes you just have to PAUSE and drink matcha straight-up and savor it for what it is and that is just what I did with this Organic Japanese Boutique Crafted Matcha Green Tea from The Flavor Project. I savored it for what Read More
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Imperial Gyokuro Genmaicha Green Tea from California Tea House is the tea of the moment here at SororiTea Sisters and what a tea moment it IS! Genmaicha Green Teas fascinate me. There are so many different looks, feels, sniffs, tastes to them eventho they only have 2 ingredients (unless you throw matcha in there then there are 3 ingredients but you know what I mean!) This particular Imperial Gyokuro Genmaicha Green Tea from California Tea Read More
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Country of Origin: Taiwan
Leaf Appearance: black, long and wiry
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 200 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: dark amber
This has been a year filled with lots of Taiwanese oolongs for me but I was really excited to give this black tea offering from +Totem Tea a try. They're a fairly new outfit based in Portland, OR and I'ved really been enjoying what they have to offer.
Ruby #18 is a hybrid variety that was created by crossing Assamica plants with wild Qing Xin. I always say that it is the ani-black tea, perfect for those who might be biased against black tea due to negative past experiences.
The taste was wonderfully complex. Notes of cocao and dark cherry morphed into a honey-like sweetness with an almost piney quality. The finish had just a hint of cooling mint. These are not flavors that you'll find in most black teas. Although there was some astringency, it never bordered on bitter or unpleasant. I truly lost track of how many infusions I did but I can tell you that these leaves had some real staying power.
Once they fully unfurled, the leaves were positively gigantic. Many of them were as wide as my gaiwan lid. While this doesn't necessarily indicate anything, big and beautiful leaves always make my inner tea nerd giddy. I still have one more session left and I think I'm going to experiment a bit. I'd love to try bowl brewing or grandpa styling this one.
Ruby 18 Taiwanese Black sample provided for review by Totem Tea.
A big and beautiful Ruby #18 from @totemtea. These leaves are huge! #ilovetea #oolongaddict #latenightsips #whyamiawakerightnowA photo posted by Nicole - Tea for Me Please (@teaformeplease) on Jul 26, 2016 at 9:28pm PDT
Whenever I’m looking around for a new tea to add to my collection, if I see sprinkles-its like I can’t click fast enough to get that tea blend into my cart! This is exactly what happened when I came across Spritz of Glitz, a tea from a company that I’m really starting to enjoy. This tea is chalk full of pear and peach pieces and silver and gold balls all on a bed of green Read More
Maharajah Collection Organic English Breakfast from Hope & Glory may be one of the sturdiest black teas that isn’t technically loose that I have ever tasted! The sample of Maharajah Collection Organic English Breakfast from Hope & Glory that I tried was their loose blend IN a silken sachet. Right away I could smell that there was glorious Assam in there somewhere! I was right! Maharajah Collection Organic English Breakfast from Hope & Glory is Read More
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I was looking for something strong today so I settled on this wonderful chocolatey blend from 52 Teas! I steeped 1 heaping teaspoon in about 12 ounces of hot water for 2.5 minutes, as recommended (although I admit I totally failed to do the recommended “wait 10 minutes after steeping for best flavor” thing. I get a little impatient for my tea, lol). Once it’s steeped, the tea is a medium darkness, not really red Read More
Apparently I have been on a green tea kick as of late but sometimes you have to listen to your body and HEAR what your body wants you to drink and this time around it was Japanese Orchid Green (AKA Iccha Kariban) from The Tea Spot. The magnificent aroma of greens and sweet peas filled my nose! The lemon-lime color of tea liquor filled the cup! The flavor of one of the most lovely straight-up Read More
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Blendbee has some of the most amazing smelling teas! Focus from BlendBee is one of those teas! Upon opening the package I could smell lemon-orange-chocolate! The second sniff is when I noticed the gently roasted, savory, and floral notes. Usually I would think all of these conflicting aromas would be weird together but they seemed to fit here. I could get over the amazing aroma! The original reason I reached for this tea today was Read More
I’m in the mood for a tangy, fruity tea and I think that this one will satisfy my craving! I’m having this tea hot even though I’m sure it would be tasty iced. The scent of this tea reminds me of juice.. more specifically, cranberry juice mixed with a little apple. Sipping… I was thinking that there would be a little bit more flavor here, but it’s rather weak and watery. I taste a mix Read More
September was an extremely busy month, both on the blog and personally. I was on my way to a wedding on October 1st when it dawned on me that I never actually made a podcast episode for the previous month. Oops! I've been trying to be more on track with that but one slips through the cracks every once in a while.
I've gotten a few requests lately for a video on how to brew loose leaf tea. Since most of my YouTube channel viewers are very new to tea, I decided to focus on some of the easiest ways to get started. All of these options can be found for less than $20 so they make tea super accessible for everyone, regardless of your resources or level of expertise.
I just recently got a tripod mount for my phone so I tried shooting the entire episode that way. I'm not really happy with the quality so I'll have to try tweaking some things for next time. Until then, I'd really appreciate it if you could subscribe to my channel directly on YouTube (even if you regularly view the videos here). Thank you!
This review is all about the Slimming Tea from Cha Tale which will be from the FLAVOR stand point only and NOT any actual slimming results, claims, etc. The reason I decided to review Slimming Tea from Cha Tale is because of the ingredients they used, the look of the dry contents prior to steeping, and the flavor after I infused them. Slimming Tea from Cha Tale contains Chrysanthemum, Corn Silk, Dried Orange Peel, smoked Read More
Behold, a wall of tea! An impenetrable fortress of tea. Twenty-one teas, in smart new boxes, aiming to stop reprobates such as coffee taking up space in the world’s drinking vessels. This is the culmination of many months’ work, when we decided that, after seven years, our trusty Mylar packets were no longer what we wanted […]
You may not know this, but a group of the world’s best tea bloggers have a secret form of communication. It’s quite like the secret Masonic handshake, except it involves Facebook messenger. Via this method, the hard-bitten core of tea bloggers have conversations that have the potential to shake the tea world to the very core. […]
It seems these days, you can’t go anywhere without smart people pairing tea and food. Well, when I say “anywhere” and “smart people”, I am specifically excluding the somewheres where dumb people think serving a teab*g to your guests is acceptable. Anyway today’s blog is inspired by some commentary around a spectacular event we are […]