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drank Unicorn Dream by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Ceylon Gold by teakruthi
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Thank you teakruthi for this sample. The plan was to write a Sororitea Sisters review for this but then my sister asked me to do something with her so that didn’t really happen. However, I sipped on this while talking with her and it was really good. I wasn’t paying it much attention but it made for easy drinking and went down real smooth. I hope to revisit it soon as clearly I enjoyed it.

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drank Lavender Cream by Tea Sparrow
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Earl greys are not my favorite, though sometimes I am in the mood for them. However, adding lavender is adding insult to injury since that is another flavor I don’t really enjoy. So I am not the target for this tea and ultimately I found it soapy and astringent. Perhaps if this is your thing, you’d enjoy it though.

Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2019/04/19/lavender-cream-tea-sparrow/

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drank Dark Coconut by Love Some Tea
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Coconut can be a scary ingredient, especially if you never tried a tea from a company before. While sometimes it can be awesome, other times it can taste like lotion. Happy to report that this tea falls into the former category. It ended up being a lovely coconut macaroon tea that peaked my interest in the Love Some Tea company.

Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2019/04/16/dark-coconut-love-some-tea/

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For the first time in almost a year, I decided to write a Sororitea Sisters review. I mean, with exams done, what else am I doing with my time? Writing the review had me opening my Sororitea Sisters spreadsheet which led me to realize there was a bunch of reviews I have not shared on steepster from the Sororitea website. That got me organizing the spreadsheet which led to me realizing I had multiple copies of it on my computer. Then that led me to realize my folders were a mess which led me to organizing my computer folders and one drive.

After a couple hours of organizing, I have circled back to the Sororitea website. This was the oldest tea review of the ones I haven’t shared on steepster. It is from April 2019 which isn’t terrible but it’s also on the 4th page of reviews under my name so I have a bunch posted since then.

This review is about the first time I tried this tea. I won an instagram giveaway for some NecessiTeas blends and I sent them to my Dad in California. He brought the teas with him when he came for my brother’s graduation back in 2018 (that’s how long it takes for reviews to be posted to the Sororitea site and then how long it takes for me to post them here). I pulled this out and made it as a teapop, which fascinated my Dad. He believes that tea is for the sick so when he tried this, he was like “I thought you were making tea?” because he thought I handed him soda. He was so fascinated in fact that he drank two cups of this.

So obviously this tea makes for a nice tea pop.

Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2019/04/14/strawberry-rose-champagne-the-necessiteas/

Shae

How do you make a teapop?

VariaTEA

For a 16 ounce tea pop, I steep 4 perfect teaspoons (each perfect teaspoon = about 1.5 tsps) in 6 ounces of water per recommended steeping parameters. I then fill my 16 ounce container 2/3 of the way with ice. Pout the tea concentrate over the ice and top it with sparkling water. It’s the DAVIDsTEA recipe for a teapop.

Shae

Thank you! That sounds delicious.

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drank Hojicha Dark Roast by Hōjicha Co.
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I have to say I was afraid of this one in comparison to the gold roast since I thought it would be more roasty and more akin to coffee. However, trying them side by side, I think this is actually smoother than the gold roast somehow. I think because the overall sip is that roasty, smokey, vegetal quality vs. the gold roast where the roastiness comes in more to the end of the sip and lingers in the aftertaste.

This, to me, is less umami and more nutty and the consistency of the flavor makes it seem like I am drinking a liquid version of roasted nuts. Of the two Roswell Strange so kindly shared with me, this is surprisingly the one I like a lot more. In fact, this mug is done and I am still working on the gold roast. Thank you Roswell Strange for the chance to carry out this fun experiment!

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drank Hojicha Gold Roast by Hōjicha Co.
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Roswell Strange is awesome and shares all the teas with me so when she exploded my cupboard in December, this was among the tea explosion. In addition, she also gave me the Hojicha Dark Roast from the same company to try so today I am trying them side by side.

I steeped them according to Hojicha Co’s instructions: 8 g/250 mL in 80C water for this one and 90C water for the Dark Roast for 30 seconds.

Hojicha is not my favorite but as far as they go, this one is quite nice. It’s got the classic hojicha roastiness of course but it is very smooth. It is sort of two note in the sense that the front of the sip is a sweeter/umami flavor and the back end of the sip is when the roast pops up and lingers in the aftertaste. I think that makes the roastiness stand out a bit more so if that’s the quality that you want in a hojicha, this has it in spades.

The website boasts caramel sweetness for this one but I am not really getting that. Unless it is umami caramel, that is a little burnt.

Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing both teas. Of the two, I thought for sure this would be my preference but while I can tell it is a good quality hojicha, I much prefer the dark roast.

Roswell Strange

I like both of them a lot, but the dark is definitely my preferred as well.

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drank Carrot Cake by Tickled Tea
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It could be age but this tastes like card board. I dumped the cup and tossed the rest of the sample.

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Made this as a latte and honestly, it’s basically the same as the plain hot tea. It’s not richer or thicker or anything more as a latte than it is as a plain tea. Either way, it tastes like a Terry’s chocolate orange.

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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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