4405 Tasting Notes


This is really quite lovely. So smooth and delightful. Not overly done with any flavor, it allows the natural flavors of the pouchong to really sing and the pouchong seems to be perfectly matched with the flavors of lemon-y citrus and vanilla. Sweet, silky and really wonderful. Nice to sip after a long day.


Mmm…this sure sounds nice.

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drank Toffee Dream by Zen Tea
4405 tasting notes

Finally getting around to trying this sample from Zen Tea. I am sorry it took me so long to try it! But I’m really thrilled to be trying it now.

This is really tasty. The white tea is soft and vegetative, reminding me a bit of the taste of the air around the hay and alfalfa fields after they’ve been cut. Sweet and green with notes of hay. The warmth of the hay really complements the flavor of the sweet toffee flavor in a very pleasant way.

A really lovely cup. My full-length review will be published on SororiTea Sisters on the 12th of November: http://sororiteasisters.com

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This has to be one of the most unique chocolate teas I’ve tasted in quite a while. The kukicha adds a slightly smoky dimension to the cup, as well as lightens the body a little bit. The chocolate is not as strong as I would like it to be, but then, I’m a chocoholic that adheres to a simple philosophy: some chocolate = good. More chocolate = better. There is some chocolate in this blend … therefore it is good. But more chocolate would make it better.

As it is though, I find it very unique and interesting. I like the compelling differences between this and just about every other chocolate tea that’s out there. I like the Kukicha in there… I like how it pairs with the Nilgiri black. It tastes rich, but it also has a lovely lightness to it. And the smoky/toasty taste is really a nice touch.

A very interesting cup, indeed. I like it.


should be nice knowing how “chocolatea” lover you are :)

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drank Mango Tango by The Tea Spot
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This is so yummy! When I was flavoring teas way back when, I had a Mango flavored tea … and it was even called “Mango Tango.” But, that’s where the comparison really ends, because this is different!

It isn’t just mango, but also passion fruit. And the addition of the passion fruit essence makes a big difference. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my Mango Tango, it was very mango-y, and absolutely delicious (if I do say so myself), and while this doesn’t taste the same, it too is quite delicious!

This is sweet, luscious and absolutely delightful to sip. The flavors taste true to the fruits, and the black tea is brisk without being too intrusive on the flavors. A really nice balance of tastes.

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I’m pleasantly surprised by this blend. I didn’t expect to like it … that’s my normal expectations when it comes to herbal blends. But, this blend takes the classic flavors of cinnamon and orange and teams them up with an organic rooibos base rather than the typical black tea base … and I’m liking how these flavors play together.

The nutty flavor of the rooibos melds quite nicely with the earthy tones of the cinnamon and the bright, sunny flavor of the orange. It’s a nice combination of flavors, especially later in the evening. I am really enjoying this … way more than I thought I would!


Nice, this sounds a bit like Mayan Mist, the Della Terra blend I recently tried and loved, without the chili pepper and peppercorns. Since I don’t like cinnamon in tea, I was also really surprised by how much I like it. I’m going to have to try this one, too.

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When I opened the canister, I could note the Riesling notes right away. It smelled very much like fruity, vibrant wine. It has that taste too. It’s very light and crisp, but I can taste the Riesling inspiration behind the tea too. Very nice.

I taste the honeysuckle notes and I’m loving that, and I taste the notes of apricot as well as a hint of citrus. I taste the floral tones of jasmine.

A really lovely, wine-inspired tea.

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What a lovely Oriental Beauty! So sweet and smooth.

The aroma is alive with floral and wood tones, and while those floral notes do not translate into the flavor quite as much as I expected them too, that’s quite alright, because the way this cup comes together is very beautiful, indeed.

It is sweet, woody, and strongly fruity with notes of peach and apricot, as well as a fermented muscat grape taste that surprised me. I taste notes of wood and musk, as well as a hint of spice in the background. It’s a very lovely taste, one that I am really enjoying.

A lovely, surprising Oriental Beauty. Very nice!

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This is nice! The jasmine is just right: soft enough so that it doesn’t come off as soapy, but, strong enough to offer a distinct jasmine note.

Sweet, exotic and lovely. The jasmine is so soft and sweet, and the green tea has a light, fresh taste to it that melds very nicely with the jasmine. A very pleasant cup.

My full-length review of this tea will publish tomorrow evening on SororiTea Sisters: http://sororiteasisters.com

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I was excited to try this blend because I love apricots, and the idea of a brandied apricot upside down cake sounds positively drool worthy. But after reviewing the tasting notes on here, I was a little worried that my expectations might go unmet because while the ratings are not really LOW on this one, they aren’t exceptionally high either. That suggests to me that this might be average tasting, but, not super-duper (I have no idea why I felt the need to say super-duper there).

But you know, this isn’t bad at all. In fact, it’s actually quite yummy. For those of you who have tried this already, I suggest trying it again… while I realize I’m not you and don’t have your taste buds, I think that often people try the teas from 52Teas in an excited hurry as soon as they get them and don’t allow the blends to cure for a while. I think that this might have benefited from the curing time.

Because I’m liking what I taste. It’s not exceptional, but, it’s really really good. The apricot is sweet, and taste as though fresh apricots have been simmered in brandy and then caramelized in butter and brown sugar before being put into a baking pan and topped with cake batter. I taste all of the notes as suggested in the name: I taste the brandy, I taste the apricot, I taste the cake. I taste the caramelized brown sugar. I taste notes of butter. I even taste the faintest nutty note from the honeybush. And all of these flavors come together in a way that does not taste fake or overdone, it’s all very smooth and deliciously desserty.

I like this one quite a bit.


I think you’re right about the excitement of getting to try them. I do my best to leave the teas sit for a while before opening them, or I try them and then revisit them again at a later date.


Does sound good though…


I’m really good at ordering stuff, but not so good at following through. Mail and packages often sit by the door unopened for ages. This has gotten me into trouble more than once in the past, but for 52teas blends, it’s actually a good thing. =)

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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I didn’t drink a lot of Matcha while I was sick … and I realize that it was probably the best thing I could have consumed while I was sick, but when I’m down and out like that, I was just too lazy to actually do the preparation. Sounds silly because there’s not a whole lot to it, but, there you have it. I wanted something as easy as possible, so thank goodness for my breville which is basically one step tea making. Measure the tea, push some buttons and walk away… a few minutes later, there is tea.

But, I’ve missed Matcha. I had some Matcha every now and then, mostly in smoothies … but, not as often as I probably should have while I was under the weather there, so this is almost like a welcome back Matcha for me.

I combined, in equal ratios, the Bavarian Cream Matcha and the Strawberry Matcha, and I also combined it with equal ratios of hot water and warmed milk to make a yummy, luscious, strawberry Bavarian Cream treat in my chawan. Love it!

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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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