Omija Berry Blush from Story of My Tea. . .

I will be 100% honest, I love Story of My Tea. I love their passion for tea, their customers, their business, just the whole concept and thought behind Story of My Tea.  I love the fact that you can subscribe to their monthly tea box and basically each month you have a tea journey delivered to your door. Tea journeys and experiences you may not have necessarily tried on your own or even thought about trying. I am typically a green or white tea kinda gal. I do love my black tea, herbals, and every once in a while, I’ll dab my toe into puerhs. But that is where the beauty of Story of My Tea really comes into play. Each month you are delivered a variety of teas, from all over the world, all different varieties that you can take your time, really experience and really enjoy. At least that is what I did.

Story of My Tea was gracious enough to send The SororiTea Sisters the September box.  As soon as I opened up the box, I instantly knew which tea I wanted to try- The Omija Berry Blush.   Omija means five flavor berry- which alludes to the unique complex flavor profile with sweet, sour, salty, bitter and pungent aspects that are found within the berry or so I’m told from the back of the tea package. This tea is a gorgeous blend of omija berries, lavender, strawberry pieces and rosehips.  There are pops of blue from what I believe are cornflower petals. I am not the biggest fan of lavender so I was hoping the tartness from the berries would overcome the lavender flavor.


Brewed up by the package parameters-1 tsp-212F-5 mins steeping time- this tea lays the ground work for one relaxing chill evening.  The berry notes are not overly tart nor overly sweet. They fall right in this medium ground where the lavender can bring in this needed floral pop that gives this tea a nice gentle kick.  I almost wish there was some mint thrown in to give this tea a refreshing finish but overall, this tea is quite lovely.  Soft, gentle, soothing, and caring.

This is one of those teas you can see being shared at a tea party or even with loved ones who possibly aren’t big into tea. The laid back flavors really make this a uniquely universal tea that I could see so many tea enthusiasts and non tea enthusiasts enjoying. I can’t say this is a tea for me, I like my tea to be a bit bolder in flavor, but I think with a tweak here or like I said, the addition of mint, this tea could really sing.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy:  Story of My Tea

A tea subscription for the explorer in your heart!

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Peach Black Blend from Zen Tea Bar. . . .

In my recent July tea box from Zen TeaBar, there were four main teas to enjoy.  One particular blend caught my eye instantly, Peach Black Blend, a blend from Zen TeaBar themselves.  So far from what I’ve experienced from Zen TeaBar, they cultivate a tea box for you, allowing you the chance to check out teas from companies you may have never heard of or just haven’t taken the plunge and made an order from.

Peach Black Blend is a brilliant Sri Lankan black tea, dried fruit like papaya and peach, blackberry leaves, and calendula petals.  When I first opened up the pouch of tea, rich peachy notes instantly filled the air.  Team that up with a malty black tea and papaya, you have yourself a wonderful treat.

Brewed with fresh boiled water and allowed to steep for a 3 minutes and allowed to cool for about 5, this tea is a peach lover’s dream.  First sip in and you are greeted with this sweet definite peach flavor with a wonderfully seductive malty black tea background.   Really nice and a great balance between the added in flavor components and the black tea itself.

As an iced tea, I greedily gobbled this tea down.  Still those same black tea malty notes but the peach notes are amped up and really are the driving force yielding such a sweet flavor that makes you want to enjoy the last few days of summer we have in style.

I’m super excited about this tea blend and am sad to say, this pouch didn’t last very long.  But I am quite excited to see if my September box will also feature a Zen TeaBar blend. . .I sure hope so!

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Zen TeaBar

Chill out with this beautiful blend of premium Sri Lankan black tea, dried papaya, dried peach, blackberry leaves, sunflower and calendula peals.  It’s wonderful when iced and elegant when hot.

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Vanilla Cupcake from the True Tea Club

It’s hard to resist a tea named Vanilla Cupcake, especially on a day when you just need something cute and sweet to brighten your day.  This tea smells surprisingly fruity alongside the vanilla cake flavors, reminding me of fruitcake or banana bread.  In a world of frosting-flavored, cake-themed tea blends, the amount of fruit flavors and fruity ingredients makes this blend stand apart.

The orange and papaya coupled with the vanilla, make this feel more like an orange-glazed sponge cake. Yum!  The banana chips add their own full-flavored sweetness, but there is distinctly less of the traditional “frosting” taste, so if you want the extra creaminess, you should add a splash of milk to give the blend that dessert-like twist.

Because this is a decaf rooibos blend, it would be a perfect choice to brew up for a girl’s tea party.  Who wouldn’t want a sip of a tea called vanilla cupcake?  You could even serve it with real cupcakes and make a day of it!

In addition to all the fruit pieces in the tea, the leaves have at least two types of flower petals which makes the blend especially pretty to the eye.  The bright and varied colors seem especially festive if you imagine this tea blend not just as a vanilla cupcake, but maybe as a “birthday cake” cupcake.  This is a great blend for any day that needs a celebration.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Roobios
Where to Buy: True Tea Club

This Vanilla Cupcake Rooibos provides an exotic and smooth rooibos which provides a velvet-mouth feel.  A dash of Banana chips amplifies this infusion into a heavenly status.

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June ZenTeaBar.Love’s Box of Tea Lovin’ Goodness. . . . .

Adulting has been ever consuming in my life recently, in a good way, but that hasn’t left a whole lot of time to sit back and enjoy gorgeous cups of teas.

Enter June’s ZenTeaBar.Love box of goodies.  If you aren’t familiar with ZenTeaBar.Love, I highly encourage you to check them out.  For $10 a month (that includes shipping), the lovely folks at ZenTeaBar.Love curate a box of tea lovelies that will help reset your soul and get you back on your track.  Hawaii natives, the creators of the ZenTeaBar.Love box want to provide a box of tea that really helps create the perfect zen vibes to create that perfect “zenful” moment.

This month’s box was based on the four seasons.
Summer was represented by Adagio’s Citrus Green.  A lovely simple green tea with a sturdy helping of citrus flavors to keep summer in check.  Brewed up hot, this tea just didn’t resonate well with me but cold brewed- this tea was exactly what I was looking for.   (Included in the box were three conveniently packed tea bags.)
Pumpkin Spice Chai was the perfect choice for a fall tea.  Art of Tea is one of those companies that I absolutely adore. Their teas are always great quality and I can’t help but gobble them up.  This particular take on a pumpkin flavored chai was right up my alley.   Brewed hot and made into a latte, this tea screams all things fall and all things pumpkin.  The pumpkin flavor is spot on with a creaminess that really helps elevates the cuppa.  What I love the most about this tea is that the spices don’t overwhelm the tea like other versions of this tea that I’ve had.    A perfectly blended pumpkin loving tea with a hint of spice.     (Included in the box  was an abundant sample of loose leaf tea in a tin.)
Winter’s tea may have been my favorite. I have tried this tea before but that didn’t disappoint me at all when I saw Chocolate PuErh by Numi Organic Tea.  Chocolate lovers, pay attention.   This tea is one of those teas that just can’t help loving and I’m not even a big chocolate fan.  Brewed hot, this tea has a chocolate creaminess that mixes and mingles so well with the puerh tea.  The earthy tones are subdued by the chocolate but it works so well.  I’ve always been a big fan of this tea.   (Included were three tea bags.)

I’ve always wanted to enjoy a tea from Tea Source so when I noticed Machu Peach-U was in the box to represent Spring, I was excited.  Cold brewed, this white tea is divine.  Gorgeous subtle floral notes with a peach flavoring that definitely has more of a natural peach flavor than other peach flavored teas that I’ve had in the past. A wonderful white peach tea to keep your spirits bright.  (Included in the box was a great sample of loose leaf)

All in all, there was more than 17 cups of tea included in the box.  I should also mention that included in this box was tea bag filters and a bamboo teaspoon.  For the price, this box can’t be beat and the variety is wonderful.  What I love the most is the fact that this may be a way for me to enjoy tea companies that I may not necessarily come across on my own.  Plus they include a lovely tea menu that gives you the low down on where you can purchase more of each of the varieties of teas included in the box.

I can’ wait to see what teas are hand packed with love for July.

Here’s the scoop!

Where to Buy:  ZenTeaBar.Love

The ZenTeaBar family is completely in love with our connection to nature! Kelly, creator of realized there is more to just a cup of tea. The “ZEN” vibes you feel…that flowing mindfulness, the connection! We should  Zenfully sample teas we love!  During this process, a few questions came about:

-How can we select the perfect tea with all the tea options available today?
-How do we experience the true benefit of a tea leaf?

-How can we share the “ZEN” vibe?

Through this realization is how blossomed.

Our goal is to expand a new way for you to Zen-fully experience teas you love in the most comfortable, elegant way possible.  All of our boxes are individually stamped, folded, and packed by hand; and are infused with our team’s Aloha and good vibes. We’d love to have you along on this ZenTeaBar venture with us!   Mahalo!

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Malibu by Bruu Tea

Hello tea friends!

This comes straight from the Bruu Tea Club box from February. It isn’t available to buy on the website but it may in the near future.

The information card from the box mentioned this blend has a Pina Colada charm to it.

Ingredients: Apple, Rosehip, Pineapple, Coconut and Hibiscus.

Opening the packet I am met with a sweet fruit melody that screamed tropical punch as it filled my nostrils. It also had a creamy scent among the sweet and juicy fruit. In terms of blend the pieces are mostly medium sized.

Steeping Instructions: 1tsp – 100C – 6 minutes

Once steeped the tea is red in colour and bares a super tropical fruity scent with a touch of sourness.

The first few sips reveal an insanely sweet and fruity drink with a sour aftertaste. Pineapple and coconut were the dominant fruit flavours and the hibiscus lingered in the after taste with a touch of dryness.

It’s only a fruit blend but it’s very tasty, much stronger than I expected. Though sour, the hibiscus is acceptable and it dies down quickly. I think this would be nice mixed with a mild green tea.

It may not be Pina Colada but it’s tropical and tasty!

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal Tisane
Where to Buy: Bruu Tea
(This is not currently for sale)
Description: A dreamy fruit tea with lashings of coconut. Works great on its own, blended or as an ice tea.

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