4303 Tasting Notes

drank Rooibos Noir by Vintage TeaWorks
4303 tasting notes

I like this a lot. It’s really quite good. The fermented grape flavor comes through but tastes a bit more like currants than strong wine, and there is a sweet/tart flavor from the blueberries and raspberries, and a delicious, smooth sweetness from the mango. And might I add … next to NOTHING from the hibiscus. I steeped this for 10 full minutes, and I do not feel the syrupy texture from the hibiscus. I barely taste the tartness from the hibiscus, and what little there is, it is there to accentuate the flavor of the berry and currant, rather than detract from the flavors.

I don’t taste much rooibos either… only hints of rustic woody notes and nutty tones, none of that funky, sour wood or weird sweetness or aftertaste.

I’m very pleased with how this one turned out. Very nice.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
4303 tasting notes

I needed a pick-me-up after attending my youngest daughter’s orientation for the new school year. There were too many screaming kids and just too many people for this agoraphobic. And I forgot to take my Ativan before attending so I ended up walking away with my body seizing up and in pain. Ugh… the joys of a panic attack.

So I needed this. I made a latte again, and I really like it like this. Usually, I’ll go for the traditional style preparation for the flavored Matcha but, the cheesecake is just so much better with that little added creaminess. It’s good in the traditional preparation, but as a latte, it’s awesome.

And even with the extra flavor that the milk adds, it doesn’t mask the flavors. In fact, I think I can taste the flavors better with the milk than without with this one. I can taste the cheesecake: the sweet, creamy, tangy flavor of cream cheese and even the crust. I don’t know that it’s really “graham cracker” crust that I’m tasting, but, I do taste a buttery, pastry like taste. It’s really yummy.


panic attacks are really annoying! I have had a few myself so I can sympathize. Oh well it’s time to drink tea and relax :D


Not just annoying for me, but, really very painful. I feel like my body is going to explode. I’ve been hospitalized a couple of times for them because those around me thought I was having a heart attack because my heart rate would be through the roof.

Yes, thank goodness for tea. It does help me calm down.


Mmmm and what a way to relax :)


oh no sorry to hear that! I’ve had a few anxiety attacks myself (not the same I know!)
feel better soon xx

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
4303 tasting notes

Oh… YUM! I’ve had this twice today, actually. The first I served traditional style, in a bowl, whisked with water until frothy. It was good like that. But for the serious YUM factor, you’ve got to do this one as a latte. It gives an added boost to the creaminess of the cheesecake flavor, that if I didn’t know better, I’d swear I was drinking a cup of warm liquified cheesecake. So very good.

Just warm some milk, sift the matcha, add the warmed milk, and whisk (I wouldn’t use your bamboo whisk with the milk, as it might encourage bacteria growth. I’d get a wire whisk or a hand frother) until completely incorporated, and drink. …that last part happens very quickly, as my cup is already empty.

Yummy… and certainly glad I got it. Is it my favorite Matcha flavor from Red Leaf? No. Pear is still the best. :)


Have you tried making pear cheesecake matcha yet? :3


No… I try to limit myself to 1 matcha per day… I’m already breaking that limit with this latte. I can’t drink that much matcha otherwise I’ll never sleep.


This sounds like the perfect use for my milk frother fancy gadget thingamabobby. I’ve never had matcha, will investigate.


I just broke down and ordered the Mocha Matcha to make some lattes from eldest daughter and myself. Sigh. I wasn’t going to give in, but Azzrian and the rest of you guys led me down the path…




I can’t wait to get a set of Matcha bowls and matching kettle, even if I don’t like Matcha, still be great to have, when I am feeling especially ritualistic about tea time. I am hoping I can find a better set in person, other then going to Teavana.


@Lynxiegrl – unless you’re really set on having a set like this, might I suggest visiting Etsy? That’s where I’ve bought all three of my Matcha bowls. They don’t match or anything, however, I am sure that if you find an artisan that you like, I am sure that they’ll make you a matching set. Maybe not the kettle … but, the bowls will match. I prefer to buy handmade stuff direct from the artisan, that way I’m supporting an artist rather than Teavana … and as an artist myself, I like doing that. :) http://www.etsy.com

Login or sign up to leave a comment.


Oh yum. I wanted to wait to try this one until I had a day when I needed something to wake me… today is that day. My daughter’s wedding was Friday, yesterday I was practically a zombie but I didn’t want much motivation yesterday, I was just kind of enjoying the fact that I didn’t have anything that I had to do. I didn’t have to make cupcakes, bouquets, programs, or anything else. I just pretty much vegged out yesterday, wrote a few reviews but that’s basically it. But today, I need to wake up and get back to the normal routine. So I’m looking for a little Guayusa turbo charge.

Mmm… I love the way that this tastes fresh and citrus-y, but there is enough of a creamy note so I’m not getting that acidic taste of the citrus. Just the sweet, bright flavor of it. This is really quite good, and I can already feel it start to energize me.

It is incredibly smooth and delicious!


Congrats to your daughter!
I hope it was a magical day to remember :)


Yay! Happy for you all!


It was a wonderful day. I am really proud of the young woman she’s become. And she’ll even drink tea now. LOL (There was a time when she rebelled against anything “mom” … including tea)

Butiki Teas

Congratulations on your daughter getting married! :)


Congrats on the wedding and yay for enjoying having nothing you have to do!


She sounds like a wonderful young lady. Joy to your whole family.


Congratulations on surviving the wedding! Glad that you got to recover with a yummy tea :)


Thank you everyone. My daughter was breathtakingly beautiful on her special day (and I’m not just saying that because I’m her mother!) and I don’t think I’ve ever seen her happier. I know that her husband is a good man and will treat her right, he adores her and really, what more can we want for our kids but to find that kind of happiness and joy with the right person? She’s got herself on track with her career (she is a cosmetologist, and she’s loving every minute of it) and she’s on track with her personal life too. And while she’ll always be my baby girl, I am so proud of the young woman she’s become.


You sound like a very proud mother!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Sweet Lily by Teavana
4303 tasting notes

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this… I’m not a big fan of it. It’s a strong floral taste, and normally, I do enjoy floral teas, but, I’d like the white tea to be more apparent.

It’s OK, but not outstanding in any way. Nothing that makes me want to get up and do the happy dance. Yeah… and good tea generally does make me want to get up and do the happy dance. Usually, I just mentally get up and do the happy dance, but, on a rare occasion, I’ll physically get up and do that dance.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.


Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this blend.

But, I do have to disagree with you… I’m not finding this to be equal parts tulsi and green tea. I’m finding this to be mostly tulsi with a hint of green tea – not just in appearance but also in flavor. I taste the tulsi, but the green tea is just barely there.

It’s still enjoyable, but, not quite what I was expecting.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.


This is an interesting Sheng Puerh because it has a very strong earthiness to it – stronger than I’m used to with a sheng. This is much more like a shu to me. But it has a lot of interesting flavors to it – sweet, bitter (which also surprised me, this savory bitterness), even sour notes that morphed into a gently sweet aftertaste.

A rather unusual but enjoyable Puerh. I look forward to trying more from this company!

Tina S.

OMG that set is absolutely amazing!


Wow. That price is not bad for all those pieces.


OMG I love trees!! I have stumps from tress others have sadly cut down all over my yard. I want this!


oooooh SO beautiful! Also want!


I like the idea and look of the set, my only question/concern is about steep times… It seems to be missing a gaiwan/teapot, so would you not be able to brew something for say 20/30 seconds? Or would you just pour what is in the pitcher back over the strainer for the additional steep time?

Login or sign up to leave a comment.


This is a fabulous Ti Kuan Yin! The leaves are darker in color than a “green” Ti Kuan Yin which suggested to me that these leaves were subjected to a roasting, and that is evident in the fragrance and flavor. A delicious, toasted nutty aroma fills the air while that delicious, toasted nutty taste washes over my palate.

Sweet, nutty, flavorful. Hints of fruit. This first cup (my first two infusions) is light and crisp, and yet hints at a stronger tasting broth when I resteep. So this is something I definitely WILL do!


My second cup (infusions 3 & 4) was stronger in flavor, more toasted/roasted taste, with the caramel/honey tones emerging beautifully. I’m loving this more and more… A really lovely Oolong!

Nuvola Tea - Taiwan Tea Specialties

Thank you for your appreciation. This Taiwan Muzha Tin Kuan Yin is made by most traditional fermenting method , not like “Green Ti Kuan Yin” is a new popular taste in China. I haven’t figured out why people’s taste have changed. Personally, I love the traditional or original taste of Tin Kuan Yin.

To made such high quality of Tin Kuan Yin, it is required to take over 20 steps to turn freshly plucked tea leaf into finished tea within 24-30 hours.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Bananas Foster by 52teas
4303 tasting notes

Oh nom nom nom.

My first couple of sips were strongly of cinnamon, with mere hints of the other flavors in the background… but as the tea cools somewhat, there is a fantastic balance that happens … the cinnamon remains the strongest flavor, but, every flavor comes through very nicely. It tastes very much like bananas foster… not a dessert that I’ve had a lot (I think I’ve only had it twice in my lifetime! But even so it’s still one of my top three favorite desserts)… but the tea is so very good. Notes of buttery, sugary caramel, banana, cinnamon, even a touch of rum and vanilla. So delicious.

I love this tea. Love it.


ooh that does sound wonderful


Oh man. Want.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.


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

This is a really nice breakfast blend. Very nicely round and full-flavored. Smoky tones, malty notes, very rich and delicious. Lots of gusto to it – a great tea to get you going. Love this!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.



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.


Vancouver, WA



Following These People