4840 Tasting Notes


The good news: I didn’t get the sickly feeling that I get when I have coffee when I drank this tea. The bad news: while I liked it OK, I don’t know that I’d call it a tea. A tisane? OK, maybe. But I think it belongs in the category of a coffee product more than it belongs in the category of a tea product.

That said, it is tasty. It reminds me a little of Guayusa only a little more herbaceous. This is more bitter than Guayusa, so if I had to choose between the two, I’d choose Guayusa. I did find that the bitterness subsided a bit as I continued to drink so after the first few sips, this became a much more enjoyable drink.

I am excited to see what kind of flavors they start developing now that they’ve been funded through kickstarter. I think that this product would taste really good as a Chai, or with peppermint and cacao shells.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/26/armandos-original-blend-coffee-leaf-tea-from-wize-monkey/


Thanks for the review! I should send you our Minty Marvel blend, it’s so refreshing. Please reply and I’ll get some out to you :)


Hi Max – I’d love to try it. Let me know if you need my addy or if you still have it

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I like that I can really taste the charcoal baked aspect of this tea. It’s very apparent, and it’s a nice complement to the natural nutty notes of Dong Ding. A really nice Dong Ding.

Early infusions delivered flavors of honey and nutty tones with that distinct charcoal note. I could taste charred wood and hints of smoke and I enjoyed this dimension of flavor. There was a creaminess to the cup but it was more like a browned butter than a heavy cream or sweet butter flavor. It was smooth and silky.

Later infusions were a bit more unified. I could start to pick out flavors of peach along with the nutty flavors, honey notes, and hints of smoke.

It’s a really pleasant Oolong. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/25/taiwan-dongding-tungting-charcoal-baked-oolong-tea-from-fong-mong-tea/

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In my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/25/keiths-delicious-tea-from-because-ur-priceless/ – I mention that this is a “nice, mild-tasting tisane.” That’s the best way I can describe it. It’s very mellow, which is kind of surprising given that one of the ingredients is peppermint which isn’t the most mellow of herbs. Here, the lemon balm tempers it so that the flavor is softer.

It starts out herby, with notes of peppermint coming through and by mid-sip, I pick up on citrus flavors. The finish is cool from the mint. The aftertaste is both minty and lemon-y.

It’s a refreshing tisane. Not something I’d drink daily but I enjoyed it.

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A delightful purple Oolong.

A lighter texture than typical Oolong teas, this doesn’t have that buttery mouthfeel that you might experience from a greener type of Oolong. It doesn’t feel or taste creamy.

It tastes strongly of fruit! A slight sugary type of taste to it. There is a moderate astringency. Later infusions focused on plum notes and sugar cane. Keep on steeping this tea, because you’ll be rewarded with later infusions that are very smooth, less astringent, and even slightly creamy.

A really nice Oolong. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/24/kenya-hand-rolled-purple-varietal-oolong-tea-from-what-cha-tea/

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drank Mother Nature's Medley by Tealee
4840 tasting notes


OK, first things first, I have to point out that this tisane HAS NO HIBISCUS IN IT! How amazing is that?

This is called a ‘detox’ tea on their website, and if it is indeed a detox, it’s one of the tastier detox blends I’ve tried.

Ginger is the first note I recognize and it’s warm and zesty. Then I taste hints of sweetness from the apple. I even taste apple flavor which surprised me because usually when apple is used in blends like this, it isn’t for apple flavor but for a little bit of sweetness. I tasted both the sweetness and flavor from apple. Then I picked up on notes of citrus from lemongrass.

The spearmint is vibrant but not overwhelming. A hint of rose seems to weave its way in and out of the sip.

A really nice blend. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/23/mother-natures-medley-herbal-tisane-from-tealee/


A tisane with no hibiscus? Can they even do that? That’s just crazy talk woman ;) My wife loves hibiscus and rosehips. She just can’t understand why I don’t like her ‘teas’.


Ugh … I hate hibiscus. Hate it. I “tolerate” it in blends occasionally, but I would still rather it not be there.

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This tasting note is for Starglory’s FOP Assam black. When they sent me their very generous sized samplings to try, they sent me several different blacks from different gardens. This was the only FOP with the other two being TGFOP1.

As I say in my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/23/assam-orthodox-black-tea-fop-from-starglory/ this is a perfect Assam.

It’s rich, malty and delicious. Sweet Caramel-y notes. No bitterness. Notes of fruit and flower in the background. It has that rich, chewy sort of flavor to it, like the caramelized, crispy, chewy crust of freshly baked bread. It’s very satisfying.

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drank Maple Leaf by Lemon Lily
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This is one of the most visually stunning teas I’ve encountered. However, there are a lot of flowers – let me retype that and say: there are a LOT of flowers in this. It almost looks like there are more flowers than there is tea.

This is the first tea that I tried from Lemon Lily, a tea company that was featured in edition 8 from Postal Teas.

Fortunately, even though there are a lot of flowers in the tea, I can taste the delicate white tea. It is a very floral tea, but the flowers seem to actually accentuate the white tea base.

This tea pleases all the senses – I love the way it looks, I love the aroma, I love the taste and it even makes me feel good when I sip it. As far as the sense of hearing, I like to hear the sigh of contentment when I sip it.

Notes of lavender and chrysanthemum. A hint of spice from the anise (I really like the way the licorice plays with the floral notes). The maple comes through nicely. And then I taste that light, airy, silky quality of the white tea.

A really enjoyable tea.

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yeah, this is the kind of tea that you want to drink first thing in the morning. It’s the kind of tea that kicks you in the backside and gets you going. The kind of tea that shakes you vigorously to get you to wake up.

The sip starts out sweet yet bold, with notes of caramel and molasses with malty notes, earthy tones, hints of stone fruit and whispers of flower. Toward the tail, I pick up on citrus flavors.

A really lovely breakfast tea.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/22/morningtime-black-tea-from-mks-tea-company/


I ordered some of this last week. Can’t wait to try it.

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A really tasty iced tea. I also enjoyed the 52teas version. I like the way the honeybush works with the flavors because that soft honey note really adds a pleasant dimension to the flavors of pineapple, coconut and that hint of rum. There’s just the slightest note of nutty flavor and the delightful honey note that really works with the flavors.

Very refreshing.

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drank Apple Spice by Culinary Teas
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A really nice autumnal tea (and yeah, that’s when I drank it – I’m still really behind but I must get caught up by March 31, I just have to.)

The sip starts sweet. Notes of cinnamon. As I mention in my full-length review – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/21/apple-spice-tea-from-culinary-teas/ – this is the cinnamon like you’d find in your spice cabinet, not the cinnamon that you’d taste from a cinnamon candy. It’s gently warm and sweet and it accents the apple flavor nicely.

The Ceylon base is a brisk tasting tea with a smooth, crisp character and moderate astringency.

A really pleasant cuppa.

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:

I no longer write for the SororiTea Sisters but I am still the admin for the blog.


The reason I’m no longer writing for SororiTea Sisters is because I am now the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas:


I’ll still be posting occasional reviews on teas here on Steepster, mostly backlogged reviews because I’m way behind on getting reviews posted. That’s why I’m keeping two accounts active at the current time – so that I can get those backlogged reviews posted.


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, which is why I was very excited to be the Mad Tea Artist of 52Teas!


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