4421 Tasting Notes

drank Strawberry Banana Black by 52teas
4421 tasting notes


OK, I just was not excited about this tea to tell you the truth. I’m not big on the flavor combination of strawberry and banana. It seems like it’s “the” flavor combination, because you can find strawberry/banana yogurts and other things, but I just never have gotten into this combination. I prefer the two fruits separate … together … they both seem to lose a bit of the wow factor for me.

And what made it worse for me is that this was released on my birthday week. I wanted a tomato tea. Yes, another tomato tea. Frank has since explained to me why this won’t happen but that doesn’t keep me from wanting another tomato tea.

If nothing else, he could have put a couple of heavy doses of chocolate into this and made Chocolate Strawberry Banana black tea.

But no. Strawberry banana. OK.

Be like that.

I was happily surprised by this tea though. I actually quite enjoyed it. The strawberry is sweet with a little bit of that berry tart, and the banana isn’t quite as strong as the strawberry but it offers a sweet understated flavor and a pleasant creaminess. The black tea seems different from what I remembered the black tea base tasting like, it seems to have lost some of the richness to it, but it’s still an enjoyable base. Smooth and round, not too astringent.

I liked this more than I thought I would. But I would have been happier if it were a tomato tea.


I agree! I don’t understand all the hullabaloo about this flavor combination.. it often ends up so lack luster. Glad this tea exceeded expectations, though!:]


Maybe not what your looking for but Betjeman and Barton have a tomato tea http://www.betjemanandbarton.com/en/les-parfumes/299-jardinier.html. If interested you can phone order it from Montreal for a reasonable shipping rate.


Interesting … I might have to look into this company. Thanks!

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Amazing tea. So sweet. On the SororiTea Sisters review for this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/29/rara-willow-white-tea-from-nepali-tea-traders/ I compare the sweetness of this tea to be reminiscent of the rock candy on a stick that I used to buy at the Disneyland candy shop on Main Street. I realize I’m probably aging myself by saying this but we could get those things for like a nickle or a dime each and I would get a dollar’s worth … I loved those things.

And the sweetness of this tea brings me back to that experience.

No, it’s not exactly as sweet as rock sugar. But, it reminds me of the sweetness that sort of dances on the palate after I’ve finished one of those rock sugar lollipops. The aftertaste of sweetness.

And there’s more to this tea, of course: sweet, fruity, slightly vegetal with hay-like notes, hints of melon and a dew-like taste.

I highly recommend this one.

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LOVE! I love a good Tai Ping Hou Kui and this is an excellent one. As it had been a while since my last cup of Tai Ping, I had to think a bit on how I was going to steep the tea. I would normally steep a green tea in my Breville One-Touch but I do like to watch the dance of the Tai Ping leaves so I instead decided to brew this in my glass teacup.

A sweet and gentle aroma accompanies a flavor that is sublime. Sweet, hints of orchid, light grassy tones and a touch of butter. Creamy and sweet and delightful.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/28/premium-tai-ping-hou-kui-green-tea-from-teavivre/

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This is just alright. Kind of ‘meh’ … you know? Boring. And chai blends shouldn’t be boring. I’ve tasted better rooibos chai blends. The body seems thin as does the flavor. I think that might have something to do with the fact that the only spices listed in the ingredients is clove and cinnamon. Kind of a boring chai blend, really. If I’m going to have a rooibos chai blend, I want some zesty spices to make up for the fact that I’m drinking rooibos.

Ah well, I guess they can’t all float my boat. It’s tasty, I guess, but it’s just … kind of ‘meh.’

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A rich, delicious black tea with characteristics that remind me of an Oolong. It’s a very interesting and intriguing tea. Notes of fruit, flower, earth and molasses. This isn’t like the “Assam” that you might be used to (the Indian Assam) it’s much smoother and less astringent. It’s like the best characteristics from the robust, rich Assam tea together with the best characteristics of a Formosa Oolong.

Please read more about it here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/27/formosa-assam-black-tea-from-beautiful-taiwan-tea-company/

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A really lovely LiShan. Silky, sweet, creamy, and luxurious to sip. I feel as though I’m indulging when I’m drinking a tea like this. It’s so good.

Please read my full-length review for details on each cup (I managed 10 infusions from one measurement of leaves!): http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/26/lishan-high-mountain-oolong-tea-from-fong-mong-tea/

A really remarkable tea.

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When I reviewed this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/26/jungpana-imperial-autumn-flush-2013-from-darjeeling-tea-lovers/ – I tried their 2013 autumnal flush, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s about time for their 2014 flush.

I seriously love Darjeeling Tea Lovers. Their Darjeeling teas are exceptionally good.

This tea was absolutely lovely: notes of fruit, earth, spice, wood, and flower come through. A really delightfully complex cuppa.

A pleasing texture that is a little thicker than I’m used to from a Darjeeling. I usually experience a very crisp lightness from Darjeeling teas, but this has a little more richness to it.

A really wonderful tea, I highly recommend this to all Darjeeling lovers.

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This is yummy. I just brewed some of this the other day for a pitcher of iced tea and it was so good iced.

It’s also a great hot tea too. A good balance of sweet-tart berry and sweet creamy goodness. The Shou Mei seemed to really enhance the flavors and be enhanced by them – it was a very harmonious marriage of flavors. I like that the berry doesn’t taste too candy-ish to me.

When Frank starts the white teas with the SBT line, I think he should revisit this flavor as a SBT tea.

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I think I prefer Tulsi when it’s part of a blend rather than when it’s going solo like this Organic Tulsi, because it tastes a tad too medicinal for my liking. It doesn’t taste bad, but it just tastes very … herbaceous.

Basil-like flavor with notes of pepper and hints of mint. A soothing cuppa. Not my favorite but I didn’t hate it either.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/25/organic-original-tulsi-from-tea-of-life/

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I am obsessed with tea!

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My favorite teas are Yellow Teas with most Oolong teas at a close second. As far as “flavored” teas go, I love Earl Grey, Chocolate and Jasmine teas.

I also am intrigued by flavored teas with an unusual or unique flavor combination.


I don’t do a whole lot of swaps anymore, however, I do occasionally sell sampler boxes here: http://liberteas.teatra.de/ I don’t always have sampler boxes available as it depends upon how much time I have as well as packaging supplies. I usually post at least one or two sampler boxes per month, though, so if you’re interested, keep an eye out or PM me and I’ll let you know when I have some posted.


Most of the teas that I record in my notes here are going to have a fairly high rating from me. This is not because I am not discerning, but because I do not usually waste my time on drinking tea I do not care for, nor will I waste my time on writing about it.


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