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Take A Walk On The Dude Side- King Dragon Oolong fro Wendigo Tea. . . .

4 hours 40 min ago
When Nichole (Cuppageek) described this tea as “something to behold” in her round-up review of favorites , I knew I had to get on board. Therefore, when I found this in my packet of samples, I got right on it! This tea has a rich mineral leather/earth taste. It’s a far cry from my usual sweet teas; this is more of a dudely beef jerky/UFC fighter type of vibe. I daresay it’s MEATY. In fact, the very first thing I thought upon sipping this was “the manly side of the gym.” (Sure, you can feel free to say “everyone uses all Read More

Zesty Ginger Lime from Storehouse Teas. . .

10 hours 39 min ago
Summer is pretty much exclusively iced tea season for me– and frankly, if it can’t be cold-brewed, it probably isn’t going to get much love in my tea cabinet during the warmer months. So when this little unassuming gem showed up in my most recent sample stash, it wasn’t even a question that I’d be brewing it cold. The ginger and the lime immediately pop in the cold brew, with hints of lemongrass lingering behind. This one lived up to its name (“zesty” indeed!) and was fantastic with a splash of lemonade stirred in right before sipping. It’s the perfect Read More

Raw Puerh from Teaspec. . .

14 hours 36 min ago
This is my second voyage with Teaspec’s Puerh.  I tried their Ripe Puerh earlier this week and was quite surprised how much I enjoyed the dark robust earthy tones. I was excited to check out the Raw Puerh that Teaspec had so graciously allowed The SororiTea Sisters to check out. Allowed to brew and cool for a moment, this tea was just as exciting as the Ripe Puerh.  Unlike the Ripe version, this puerh gave me a lovely smooth rich tangy flavor.  Incredibly well balanced.  The earthy dark notes were still present but not as strong as the Ripe.  There Read More

Watermelon Oolong from Gypsy Soul Tea Co. . . .

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 23:00
I’m not really a watermelon fan, you guys. I know. Have I even earned the right to review this tea?! Stick with me, and I’ll clarify– I like the FLAVOR of watermelon. Fresh, juicy, summery– it’s delightful. But something about the texture of watermelon gets me– it’s kinda mealy, super watery (duh), and while I love its natural flavor, it’s often super light and diluted, and I just wish it wasn’t quite so… subdued. This tea from Gypsy Soul takes all the things I dislike about watermelon, eradicates them in one fell swoop, highlights my fave (that tangy, fruity flavor!) Read More

Ginger and Citrus Green Tea from Palais des Thés. . . .

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:00
My thoughts when I checked my next sample to review…”Argh! Ginger is the first word!” The anguished scream is because ginger and I have a strange relationship. I like a hint of ginger adding sparkle to tea or cookies or food. But when there is a lot of ginger, it makes me cry a little. It can be so hot! And when you add to that the fact that I have to carry spicy ginger candy to help with my lifelong stomach issues, you can see where I don’t excited to see it in my tea. My fears were unfounded Read More

Tropical Sunrise from A Quarter To Tea. . . .

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:00
Of course since it is summertime anything that sounds summery I am willing to try! Tropical Sunrise is about as summery as it gets. It’s a green tea with goji berries, coconut, and mango! The dry leaf smells very citrusy and I think this would taste best iced, but instead of truly icing it I just let it cool at room temperature for a little while. Once it cooled I gave it a try and it is very refreshing! Whenever I see mango or goji berries or citrus in a tea’s description I wonder if it is going to be Read More

Tropical Nut Paradise from Teavana. . . . .

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 23:00
Why is it that I always try a tea, end up loving it, and then it’s nowhere to be found? Always discontinued. That is the worst thing ever. It makes me so sad. However, maybe this Tropical Nut Paradise rooibos blend by Teavana will make an appearance at some point in the future so that all you readers out there can try it. And I do suggest you try it…because it is dang good! I always like a tea that involves nuts- whether coconut or almond or pistachio nut, i’m down for it. This one happens to involve coconut and Read More

Blackberry Maple Waffle from The NecessiTeas. . . .

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 17:00
About ten years ago, I bought a package of loose-leaf black maple tea from a lovely tea house in California. The first time I tried it, with the usual milk and sugar, I had it with French Toast for breakfast. I felt like I was drinking a cup of maple syrup. Yikes! This may have caused me to shy away from maple flavored tea for a time – or at least to consider serving it with something more savory. Flash forward to May 2017 when I received my first order from The NecessiTEAS. I ordered a variety of their creative Read More

Ripe Puerh from Teaspec. . . . . .

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 11:00
Puerh is one of those varieties of tea that intimidates me.  In the past, I’ve had these teas go horribly wrong me and those situation just stick in my head when I go to think abut trying to drink puerh again.  I will admit it.  I recently purchased a good variety of puerh from a well renowned and adored company yet a good chunk of that order is still untouched.  I just find myself grabbing my beloved green or white teas. Well today I broke out of my tea safety zone and tried a ripe puerh from Teaspec.  I also Read More

Peach Crostata Yunnan Tea from A Quarter to Tea. . . .

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 23:00
I have never had a peach crostata. After having this tea, I sure would like to have some. I have never had a peach crostata. After having this tea, I sure would like to have some. I have had several peach teas and some are candy-like and some have a high, thin alcohol note from peach flavoring as it tries to mimic fresh peaches. This tea was all baked peaches and warmth, oven roasted deliciousness and heavenly scents. The tea had really nice body to go with the baked vibe, so you really know you are drinking TEA and good Read More

Lola from Sicilian Tea Company. . . .

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 17:00
This blend will makes you feel like singing, or humming along to your favorite pop song, comforting, pleasing, and drinkable. It’s a rooibos blend, so it’s decaf and full of feel-good antioxidants. There also warming cinnamon and a hint of relaxing lavender. Licorice root brings smooth, natural sweetness, almost fruity, like apples, which compliments the caramel tones of the red rooibos. The rooibos is the dominant flavor, and if brewed strong, it will overwhelm the other flavors with the almost-medicine floral taste. This blend strong enough that it’s best brewed twice, for two full cups of flavor. This is a Read More

Gathering Berries from 52Teas. . . .

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 11:00
52 Teas has done a few houjicha/white tea blends, all of which I have enjoyed. I was particularly interested in this one because of the mulberries. If you have never seen mulberries, google them. They are cool looking. I have never eaten them or elderberries before. So I was definitely interested in trying this. I always enjoy houjicha. It adds a warmth and toasty-ness to the cup. The white tea that Anne (mad tea artist at 52 Teas) adds usually rounds out the toasty-ness and gives it a fuzzy sweetness and maybe even a tad bit of floral flavor. Once Read More

Gingerbread Man from BRUU Tea. . . .

Sun, 06/18/2017 - 17:00
  Continuing with my apparent disregard for the non-holiday season (remember when I sipped on a Chanukah-themed tea in March?), I grabbed this sample out of my stash for our nightly tea lattes the other day. Skeptical as I was, as I usually am with red rooibos, both my fiancé (fellow nighttime tea lover) and I couldn’t get enough of this one. All the goodness of red rooibos with none of the medicinal ick, this one is like a woodsy-orange, with hints of custard and pink peppercorn spice. Rather than a creamsicle-esque orange, this one is a bit more reminiscent Read More

The Blues from 52Teas. . .

Sun, 06/18/2017 - 11:00
I received this blend complimentary from 52 Teas with my last order. It’s funny because I have had my eye on it for some time. The description of blueberry and vanilla made me think of blueberry crisp or blueberry pie, and as soon as I took a sip I knew that my intuition was correct. If you’ve ever seen the movie Willy Wonka, do you remember when Violet turns violet from the blueberry pie gum? That flavor is in my cup right now. That scene is exactly what came to mind when I tasted this blend! The flavor of blueberry Read More

Lemon Blue Green from Mad Hat . . . . . .

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 23:00
This alone got me through all my presentations for finals week. The mix of rooibos and MeiLu green tea means a naturally sweeter cup with lower caffeine. I make it both hot and iced depending on the weather. I do have a lot more fun smashing the dehydrated berries after they’re heated though, and watching the indigo lines swirl into my peach colored brew. This tea also has a great resteep value, hot and iced, although I seemed to get more hot brews. It looks like there is a lot of lemongrass in the dry mix, but my first impression Read More

Sencha Green Tea by The Tea Can Company. . . . .

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 17:00
I steeped this tea in one cup of 175° water. It comes in a sweet little tea sachet that I somehow managed to rip a hole in. (Good job, me.) So I’m steeping this for about three minutes and the color of the water is not changing all that much, although it is taking on a greenish yellow tint. The tea liquid is ever so slightly viscous, with teeny tiny specks dancing in it that I can barely even see. It’s not fragrant from across the room, but I can catch a whiff if I’m bending over the tea itself. I steeped for Read More

White Pina Colada from Tea and Tins. . . .

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 11:00
I have kind of been on a roll here, trying all sorts of pina colada and coconut flavored teas. I have said it before and ill say it again, they both really are my favorite flavors in the summertime. I can honestly say, with 100% certainty, that thus far this White Pina Colada tea is hands down the best i’ve tried. I am SO GLAD I bought two ounces of it. irst off it smells like pina colada mix, so right off the bat it is realistic and giving me visions of me laying on an island beach in a Read More

Organic Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla from The Tea Guy. . . . .

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 23:00
Been on a little bit of a hiatus the past month. Only drinking a few cups a week. Normally I don’t share much about my personal life but last Saturday (5/13/17 we may have time travelers reading this {har har} )at 3 am our son came into the world.  Now almost a week later I feel like my taste buds are back and little man is currently being fed by dad so I figured now would be a good time to get a post in. This is a very unique rooibos. The flavors are subtle, almost to the point that Read More

Himalayan Musky Thunder from Terrior Tea. . . . .

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 17:00
Not long ago I conducted an Oolong-a-Thon and did back-to-back tastings of all the oolong teas in my collection.  Somehow I missed this Himalayan Musky Thunder from Terrior Tea.  That’s because it didn’t look like an oolong at first glance.  Apparently, Himalayan Musky Thunder is a “dark oolong,” meaning it is more heavily oxidized than its greener oolong cousins.  Like other oolongs, I brewed this tea with cooler water (190 F) and steeped it a few times.   Upon brewing, the scent and taste of dark chocolate were very forward.  When you taste a chocolate bar with a high cocoa Read More

Green Style Dong Ding (oolong) by Fong Mong Tea

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 11:00
Steeping specs: 3 grams per half cup at 175° for five minutes While steeping this tea, I didn’t observe much color change. The leaves unfurled quite a bit, having started out as small pills or pearls, but the tea liquid didn’t seem to change color all that much. However, after I removed the tea leaves, I could see that there was a gentle peach color to the liquid. It’s very light and transparent, not dark or strong-looking at all. What is remarkable, though, is the lovely roasted smell (disproportionately strong given how light the color is) and the high-quality leaves; after the Read More