4366 Tasting Notes


What a lovely Oolong!

Sweet, delicious, roasty-toasty nut flavors with hints of browned butter that has been drizzled over mild steamed vegetables, and a lovely peach-like taste in the background. Honey tones too!

YUM! I love this tea … I’m on my second cup (third and fourth infusions, combined), and I am noticing now a hint of vanilla starting to peek through, as well as the peach tones emerging more. The vegetative tones have softened some what, as has the charred roasted taste that I experienced with the first cup.

A really enjoyable tea… I need to spend more time with this one!

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea. It’s really delightful.

The leaves look so incredibly fresh! The taste is light and crisp, with notes of vegetation and flower, and a creaminess that is rather comforting. This is the kind of tea that I like to curl up to in the evening … making this the perfect tea choice for RIGHT NOW!

A really wonderful tea. But I’ve come to expect that from Steenbergs.

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I am revisiting this tea this evening. (I also revisited it last night, but, did not have a chance to log that because my daughter stopped by for a visit!)

The first time I brewed this, I thought it was a black tea because I didn’t read the box very carefully … I had noticed “Yunnan” but not “dark tea” on the website, and thought it was a black Yunnan that had been scented with the cinnamon wood. The first tasting, I thought I had tasted pu-erh, but, had I realized that this WAS a pu-erh I would have brewed it differently.

Now that I was able to brew this the way I would normally brew a pu-erh, I am able to really appreciate this tea. The cinnamon flavor is pleasantly subtle as the tea has been scented by the wood caddy that it is stored in, rather than flavored with cinnamon oil or blended with cinnamon chips. This makes for a pleasantly light cinnamon taste that allows me to explore the sweeter side of the spice, as well as the warm side. It is really nice, and I like how well the earthy notes of the Pu-erh meld with the earthiness of the cinnamon. It’s really quite nice.

Plus… the caddy is SUPER cool!


That caddy certainly looks very earthy, and stylish.

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I love this flavor. Seriously, this tastes like cotton candy. Sweet and yummy. Plus the delicious taste of Matcha.

This one is definitely one of my faves.


I must try this! I would honestly never have thought of such a combination.

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Well, this isn’t the best tea from Rwanda that I’ve tasted, but, it is decent. I do appreciate that it’s fair trade and organic, and that gives it bonus points in my book. I would rather it not be a bagged tea though, and I don’t know if it’s my mind set or if I can actually taste the paper that the bag is made from in my cup, but I do get a slight “wet paper” kind of taste.

But, aside from that, it is a rich, pleasantly malty black tea. I do recommend brewing it strong though – I found that my first time brewing this one tea bag for 10 ounces of water wasn’t quite enough, but this time I brewed it with two bags in my mug and found it to be really pleasing.

Not bad. I’d rather it were loose leaf, but, that being said, it’s better than some bagged teas out there.


from the mountains of the moon? love the imagery!

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tisane.

This is almost “underflavored” – the tropical fruit notes are there, but they are so faint. But, I do like the way the floral notes mingle with the tropical flavors. Usually I’m not a big fan of the flavor of rooibos, but somehow here it works. The rooibos tastes sweet and nutty, but it isn’t that funky sweetness with which I often associate rooibos.

An interesting blend. Not my favorite, but not bad either, and one I’d happily accept if it were offered. Enjoyable.

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Well, after a less than stellar experience with the Apricot Matcha, I decided to “clear my palate” with something that’s been tried and been GOOD. This was the first tin I came across so this is what I prepared.

And it is so yummy. So yummy and boysenberry-ish, with lovely vegetative notes. This is one that I think everyone should try! OH, and by pure coincidence, my full-length review for this tea will publish in a couple of hours on the SororiTea Sisters blog: http://sororiteasisters.com

Donna A

After Caramel matcha (my 1st flavored matcha), I’ve been wondering which one next. You’ve sold me!

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drank Apricot Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
4366 tasting notes

I tried this again, hoping for a different result than the first time I tried it. Unfortunately, the result is very much the same. I tried mixing it this time with 1 part Royal grade Matcha with 1 part Apricot Matcha and while this did soften the chemical/perfume/soap taste slightly, it did not soften it to the point of making it drinkable. It only softened it enough so that beyond this very strong chemical/perfume/soap taste I can taste the Matcha and the Apricot… but this is not enough to be able to look beyond that terrible flavor.

I’m sorry, I just don’t like this. :(


you can’t like everything :D


yeah, I know. But, I just love Red Leaf Teas (and have so much respect for them as a company) that it makes me sad to come across one of theirs that didn’t do it for me.


well it’s one less matcha to add to your order so it’s more money for the other matchas you do like :D

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I am so glad that sTEAp Shoppe added this tea to the database already … because it’s not yet on their website, so I didn’t want to add the tea without their information included. It not only helps me to write this tasting note but also my full-length review which will publish this Friday evening.

I had signed up for the Virtual Tea Tasting, but, unfortunately, something had gone awry with my entry and so I didn’t get my teas in time for the tea tasting this past Sunday. However, sTEAp Shoppe was kind enough to still send me some teas, allowing me to choose which teas I wanted! I didn’t choose this tea, but they included it, and I was thrilled because … wow, the name of it alone is drool worthy. Milk Chocolate & Caramel? um… YES PLEASE!

And it is indeed delicious. The chocolate and caramel really come forward nicely in this. The black tea is a bit on the lighter side, not what I’d call a strong black tea but it holds its own and I think that a stronger or bolder black tea would have overwhelmed the chocolate and caramel flavors. And trust me, you do not want to miss out on those notes! Absolutely yummy!


Mm.. this sounds so good!

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The aroma is amazing for this tea. It smells so strong – so much like fresh peaches and apricots, my mouth started watering as the fragrance wafted through the kitchen.

It tastes as good as it smells, too. The green tea is well balanced with the peach and apricot flavors – providing a flavor that is sweet and fresh, with a light brothy mouthfeel and hint of vegetative flavor. A really amazing peach and apricot flavored tea.

PS: Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this one!

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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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