4415 Tasting Notes



I’m back and I need to get busy on getting caught up! I had a very stressful couple of weeks and wasn’t able to do much except deal with the issues at hand. Now that things have settled down somewhat, I can focus on getting my tea notes caught up on Steepster!

This tea smells delightful. Warm and cinnamon-y, with notes of pumpkin. It is also a very visually appealing tea with it’s cute little pumpkin shaped candies sprinkled throughout the blend. Normally, I’m not a big advocate on the candy sprinkles because they don’t really add anything to the blend, the sweetness they add is barely noticeable (if at all). Their only real purpose in a blend is to make the blend visually appealing and here, these candy sprinkles are doing their job. It is whimsical and cute but really unnecessary. Even so, they did bring a smile to my face because they’re so darned cute.

The cinnamon is not overpowering in this blend, and it shouldn’t be. And I can actually taste pumpkin! The black tea is a mellow tasting black – I suspect a Ceylon – but it isn’t so mellow that it hides behind the flavors of cinnamon and spice and pumpkin.

Definitely an autumnal tea, but it was nice to indulge in a cup of pumpkin pie in May too. It’s a good blend and I’d be happy to drink it again.

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I don’t see this tea on the Tea Grotto website so I don’t know if that’s because it’s been discontinued.

It has a really nice strawberry flavor. I don’t taste as much “cream” notes as I would expect from a tea called Strawberry Cream but the strawberry is definitely there and it’s a really good strawberry flavor. It tastes like real strawberries, not chemical-ish or fake.

The cream notes I’m picking up on are more of like the natural creamy taste I’d get from a green tea. It’s still quite a nice tea though.

Since this doesn’t appear to be a tea that is available any longer, I’m not going to rate it.


I’m always on the lookout for a good strawberry tea and this one is GREEN! Even better! But not available anymore! :-( Guess I’ll never get to taste it.

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I came across this tea as I was sorting through my stash. It’s nice. Top notes of smoke, these are the flavors that cross my palate first but they aren’t overwhelming, and soon they make way for notes of chocolate and caramel.

I find this tea to be much more to my liking than a stronger smoky tea like a lapsang. The amount of smoke here is nice – not too strong, but not too wimpy either. It gives this tea character.

I like this.

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I love Tea People. I love that they’re giving back to the community from where the tea is grown. I like it when I find tea companies like this one that do something a little extra.

And I love this Darjoolong. I love Oolong Tea (my favorite tea type second only to Yellow), and I’ve tried a few Oolong teas from the Darjeeling regions – as I say in my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/02/makaibari-darjoolong-tea-tea-people/ that while I have tried a few Darjeeling Oolong teas, I’ve not tried enough! Ha!

Then again, there is no such thing as “enough” when it comes to tea. Am I right?

Flavorful, grape-y, wine-like. It tastes very “Darjeeling-esque” only it’s smoother with the texture of an Oolong. The top notes are fruity and wine-like, with earthier mid-notes. It’s sweet with a hint of savory that greets the palate at mid-sip.

Later infusions were smoother and tasting a bit more Oolong than Darjeeling, but the Darjeeling presence was still definitely there. I found that as the infusions progressed, the more I liked this tea. My third cup (infusions 5 and 6) was my favorite, because I got some intriguing peach-y notes, notes of honey and butter with just a hint of muscatel. Lovely!

This one might be one of my favorites from Tea People and I’d put this on the must try list from this company!


I want to try a Darjoolong! Sounds lovely :)


I just realized that I have a Darjoolong in my first Golden Tips subscription pack. ;-)

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Those of you who have been with Steepster quite a while may remember that there was a time when I was quite repulsed by the idea of a peanut butter tea. I’m not sure exactly why I found the idea so off-putting. I actually quite like peanut butter (especially with marshmallow, not so much as a marshmallow treat, but I like peanut butter and marshmallow cream sandwiches. I hate peanut butter and jelly. Love peanut butter and banana. And really love peanut butter, banana and marshmallow cream sandwiches. Is that sort of like an Elvis?)

Anyway … I got over that strange repulsion of peanut butter flavored tea eventually. And I’m glad I got over it in time for this peanut butter marshmallow treat genmaicha because I liked it. I didn’t like it quite as much as I liked the strawberry marshmallow treat genmaicha (or the original!) I liked this tea, but it wasn’t my favorite from 52Teas (they can’t all be my faves.)

Sweet toasty rice flavor that melds nicely with the notes of marshmallow. Not an overly aggressive peanut butter taste. It comes through nicely. A nice balance has been achieved with this tea.

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I love this company. I’ve tried a few different teas from them thus far (and yeah, still behind on posting about them here … Hi Sil!) and I’ve loved everything I’ve tried from them. I really recommend them highly.

A lighter, crisper type of black tea, more like the body that you’d expect from a Darjeeling. It’s smoother and less astringent than a typical Darjeeling though. A really nice afternoon tea.

Read my full-length review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/02/sandakphu-hand-rolled-black-tea-nepali-tea-traders/

The cup is sweet, fruity, flowery with woodsy tones. A very refreshing and crisp, uplifting type of tea. Notes of apricot! I really liked this one from Nepali Tea Traders.

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This has a really pleasant fruit flavor. I like that even though this is a bagged tea, the flavors are vibrant. It’s nutty and sweet from the rooibos, but without tasting funky the way rooibos can taste sometimes.

Nice, tropical, fruity, sweet … tasty.

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In my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/01/just-outstanding-orange-spice-black-tea-just-organic-tea/ I mentioned that I never tire of smelling orange spice teas. It’s true … there is something so alluring about an orange spice tea. I won’t go so far as to say it’s my favorite type of blend – it isn’t – but there is something so tempting and autumnal (my favorite time of year) about orange spice blends.

And this one is quite good, and it’s a bit different from others that I’ve tried. The spices didn’t overwhelm me as so often is the case with orange spice blends. Everything is thoughtfully balanced. I taste orange and I taste spices and I taste TEA!

I love that this is an organic tea and I love the ideas behind this company. Just an all-around great Orange Spice!

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4415 tasting notes


Revisiting this tea makes me miss Amoda! I really did enjoy getting their boxes each month.

This was a lovely Earl Grey creme with an interesting twist – the addition of rooibos to the base and a hazelnut cream caramel flavor. A very memorable Earl Grey creme!

The dry leaf smells scrumptious – strong with notes of vanilla. The flavors work very well together in this blend. The bergamot has a pleasant tangy quality that is softened by the vanilla, and the caramel and hazelnut enhance each other very nicely to create a really decadent, dessert-like tea. It’s one of the more unusual twists to the classic Earl Grey that I’ve tasted, but it’s also one of the most indulgent! I really liked this.

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I had a rather unusual day thus far. We are typically (my husband and I) night owls, so my day starts out a bit later than those who are less night owlish. However, I was unexpectedly awakened today and a favor was needed of me by a family member, so I got up earlier than usual and so, when I had completed the task, I went back to bed for a nap because my sleep time had been interrupted.

As a result, I ended up starting my day later than usual today and as a result, I’m feeling a caffeine withdrawal headache. I think I found a reason why I need to keep these teadrops around! They would be ideal for travel (and way better than anything that most hotels have waiting for you in their tea and coffee hospitality basket), but since I’m not big on traveling and since I’m an at-home mom, convenience is not something that I look for when it comes to tea.

But, these are GREAT for a next-to-instant caffeine fix. All you need is the time it takes to heat the water, and then you have TEA. And it tastes infinitely better than anything from those Kcups (which I hate … ugh.) This tea is actually good.

This product does have it’s “cons” but, overall, I really like this product, and I like that I it allows me to get a quick fix for my caffeine addiction. Which … that’s why we’re all here, right? We’re all addicted to caffeine and of course, Camellia Sinensis!


I do travel and was just contemplating what in my stash will overcome the microwaved water and other issues of travel water. Not for this trip but the next one, I’ll have to try this, thanks for the review!

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:

I also review teas for the Tea Review Blog:

In addition to my passion for tea, I am also a mixed media/altered arts artist. You can see some of my art here: http://eccentricpastiche.blogspot.com

I am also a self-proclaimed foodie. I review local restaurants and the food I buy online here: http://hungryinportland.wordpress.com


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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