4458 Tasting Notes



Another lovely, lovely tea from Nepali Tea Traders. You can read my full-length review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/28/dhulagiri-white-tea-from-nepali-tea-traders/

A sweet and refreshing cuppa, notes of melon and a fresh, lively taste. Delicate. Not overly vegetative, but there is a sort of “green” type of taste. Not really “haylike” the way some white teas can be. It tastes greener. It’s very clean and fresh.

A lovely, rejuvenating tea. I’m still quite sad that Amoda is no more.

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I was a little confused by this tea at first (before tasting it) because I’m used to seeing Oriental Beauty Oolong, but Oriental Beauty Black Tea? Different.

But amazing!

A very impressive tea. You can read my full-length review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/28/taiwan-beipu-oriental-beauty-black-tea-premium-grade-from-cameron-tea/

It has similarities to an Oriental Beauty Oolong: it’s buttery, smooth, with a soft mouthfeel. But the flavor is well-rounded and fuller, like a black tea. Sweet, honey-esque, notes of molasses, stone fruit, and mere hints (whispers!) of floral notes.

A really lovely tea!

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In my full-length review of this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/27/2014-high-mountain-ali-shan-oolong-from-tearroir/ – I pose the question, what’s better than an Alishan Oolong? A freshly harvested Alishan Oolong … which this is!

I loved this tea. Oolong are my favorite tea (second only to Yellow Tea) and Alishan is my favorite Oolong, so I guess to say that I loved this tea is sort of unnecessary, right? It was lovely with it’s velvet-y buttery notes, floral tones and hints of vegetation.

Absolutely lovely!

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I can’t say that this is my favorite tisane because it isn’t. I’m not all that wild about Hibiscus. But I did enjoy the citrus-y aspect of the blend as well as the flavor that the spices add. As long as I don’t steep it too long (I steeped it for 6 minutes) the hibiscus doesn’t get all out of whack and become syrupy.

My daughter, on the other hand, really enjoyed this.

Not bad but not my favorite. I didn’t expect it to be my favorite because Hibiscus is right there in the name of it. But I’m happy I tried it and it gave my daughter and I a moment or two together to drink tea – these are few and far between because she just turned teenager.

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drank Rumchata Genmaicha by 52teas
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I was very sad to hear that 52Teas got in trouble for the name of this tea. sigh Especially since I suggested the flavor to him. I enjoyed the Rumchata honeybush a lot, so I thought that these flavors would work amazingly well with the genmaicha base, since horchata is a rice drink.

And I absolutely loved it. In my opinion, a brilliant tea. (Even if I do say so myself. Ha!) Sweet, creamy, nutty, warm with gentle spices, and I like the touch of almond along with the creamy rice notes. So yummy. Even better than the alcoholic beverage because I’m not one to actually drink much alcohol. Tea is my drink of choice.

I still think that Frank should offer this blend and instead rename it something like Politically Correct Drunken Latin Rice Drink.

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As I mentioned in my full-length review of this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/26/campfire-blend-from-whispering-pines-tea-company/ – I don’t think I’ve ever had a tea with cedar leaves in it before, or if I have, I don’t recall it, and it’s such an unusual ingredient that I would like to think that I would have remembered it!

I like this blend. The cedar lends a very rustic sort of flavor to the cup. The chicory and cloves add to that rustic quality. Pleasant, autumnal, this tea makes me want autumn to get here quickly (as does the heat that we’ve been enduring over the past weeks).

Very flavorful, I like the rich, robust black tea base, and the rooibos lightens the cup a little bit and adds just a touch of sweet, nutty flavor.

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This Oolong reminds me of the very first Oolong I ever tasted. Sweet, peach-like, earthy, nutty with a nice roasted note, and buttery. Later infusions allowed for the peach notes to emerge stronger and the flavor was smoother. Less earthy as I continued to steep. Some citrus notes also began to emerge in the later infusions.

Overall, a really pleasant Oolong.

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I got some of this year’s harvest of this tea (it’s now sold out.) What an incredible tea it is. Definitely one of the very best green teas I’ve yet to taste.

The dry leaf resembles slender, long, green needles. Beautiful. These have been hand-rolled. Amazing, the craftsmanship that goes into this tea. This tea requires a very low temperature (just 100°F) and I steeped the leaves for 3 minutes. The tea is very pale but very, very flavorful. Sweet and a thick texture.

This tea is really, really awesome!

Rich, buttery, grassy, creamy. I infused the leaves three times and the third infusion was my favorite. After that, I even ate the leaves after dressing them lightly with sesame seed oil and a squeeze of fresh orange.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/25/temomi-shin-cha-green-tea-from-sugimoto-america/

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A really lovely first flush Darjeeling. Very low astringency, like what you might experience from a dry wine, only perhaps less harsh.

Nice fruity tones: apricot and peach and muscat grape. Nice to find muscatel in a first flush!

With most Darjeeling teas, I tend to discover woodsy or earthy type notes along with the fruit notes, but this one seems to be all about the fruit. Sweet and fruity – very nice.

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drank Gemini by Nina's Paris
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So, I’m gemini so I wanted to try this. I’m not sure exactly what grapefruit, strawberries and vanilla have to do with the sign of the twins, but … I still liked this.

Nutty, woody, notes of fruit, the grapefruit is uplifting and bright, the strawberries are sweet and tart and the vanilla softens it with a beautiful creamy note. Very enjoyable.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/24/gemini-rooibos-blend-from-ninas-paris/

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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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