4391 Tasting Notes


Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea. I am enjoying it!

This tea tastes best after it’s had a few moments to cool. It gets even better after its completely cooled (as in iced tea!) The berry flavor intensifies as the temperature of the cup drops. When very hot, the berry flavor is really only strongly noticeable in the aftertaste. After cooling a few moments, the berry flavor comes through loud and clear and is indeed a berry BOMB!

But as an iced tea, it really shines. Sweet, berry flavor. I taste each of the flavors – the strawberry, blueberry and raspberry! – and it all tastes amazing. The black tea tastes to me like it is probably a Ceylon, as it is brisk and mellow, not overwhelmingly strong, but strong enough to stand on its own amid the bomb of berries.

Very good. Thanks again, my SororiTea Sister!

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drank Earl Grey by The Tea Merchant
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I like! This Earl Grey does not have as strong a bergamot flavor as some Earl Grey teas that I’ve tried, but, I think I like it for how smooth the flavors taste here. It is very nicely round, not at all sharp, not soapy or perfume-y either. Very pleasantly flavored, with just enough tangy citrus notes to keep it lively.

This would be the Earl Grey I’d serve to someone who thinks they do not like Earl Grey because the bergamot tastes too soapy to them … the bergamot here is mellow enough to not come off like that, but, not so mild that it is not noticed. A nicely balanced Earl Grey.

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Strangely enough when coming up with this blend i had that in mind. I don’t normally like Earl Greys so i wanted to try and balance it, make it milder so all can enjoy.


I’m an Earl Grey NUT so I love bergamot, and while I do love Earl Grey teas with LOTS of bergamot flavor, I also appreciate those – like this one – that take a softer route with the bergamot.


Noted. I’m in the less-is-more camp, and based on the quality of TM I’ve tried so far, it’s bound to be good!


I like EG Cream, regular EG can taste a bit too rough I guess? the cream balances that out. I’m looking to check a EG Lavender soon. I love lavender!


@Lynxiegrl … I think you’d like this EG because the bergamot is more balanced. I love lavender as well.. and it’s a nice complement to the bergamot.

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drank Cucumber Kiwi Honeybush by 52teas
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Tasty! I’ve tried a few of Frank’s cucumber tea selections over the past couple of years, and have enjoyed them all, so I knew that I’d probably like this one too. The flavor is sweet, but, there is a hint of tart in there too, just enough to keep it balanced. I’m drinking this hot right now, but, this would be AMAZING iced too. Very refreshing.

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Yummy! OK.. so interestingly enough, somehow, by making this Matcha latte with both the caramel and cheesecake flavored matchas from Red Leaf Tea, the cheesecake flavor really has emerged. The first flavor I tasted was the buttery crumb of the crust! I tasted the crust flavor previously while preparing the cheesecake flavored Matcha by itself, but it’s much stronger now. And the creamy, tangy flavor of cream cheese… the sweet, decadent caramel. YUM… so good!!!

I’m glad I was feeling like trying something a little different today… this is heavenly!!!


i want my order!!!!!


me too, me too! I ordered on Monday I think so there’s a holiday delay (sigh) but I ordered caramel, cheesecake and I ordered Coke as well for something different :)

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drank Love by TeaFrog
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This is really very good. Sweet with notes of flower and juicy orange. What I’m really liking is that even though I’m tasting the rooibos – it really works within the blend. The nutty flavor from the rooibos melds nicely with the flavors here. Pleasant and nicely balanced.

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This is a fabulous white tea from the Darjeeling estate of Margarets Hope. It has notes that are very Darjeeling-esque: I can taste the sweet, crisp, clean fruit notes of a Darjeeling, but this is even lighter than a black Darjeeling as it is a white tea… then again, it is not quite as light as a typical Bai Mu Dan or Silver Needle might be.

I find this tea to be fascinating and so good that my mouth seems to water in anticipation of a sip! Delightful … absolutely delightful. I’ve tasted a few “White Darjeeling” teas but this one might just be the best I’ve tasted yet.


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

I knew I’d be running some errands early today, and probably wouldn’t have a lot of time for tea, so I brewed this early in the morning in my breville and allowed it to cool so that I could try it as an iced tea (since this is the iced tea version of this blend).

I did happen to take a few sips of it hot though, and I got to say, it was alright hot, but this one is definitely better iced. The primary flavor is that of the black tea, and that’s the way it should be. After that flavor settles on the palate, I begin to pick up notes of the mango, the passion fruit and mere hints of the kiwi. I find myself wanting a bit more kiwi, but, as I continue to sip, this flavor (as well as the other fruit notes) develops a bit more.

A very refreshing iced tea!

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drank Lemon Karkade by Shanti Tea
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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tisane.

I was a bit freaked out when I measured this out into the basket of my breville. THERE IS A LOT OF HIBISCUS! Ugh! But I tried to keep an open mind, and it’s not really too bad. The lemongrass does soften it up a bit, gives it a slight buttery creaminess, and a nice citrus-y hint of flavor that compliments the berry-ish tones of the hibiscus.

However, I do disagree with TeaEqualsBliss – I think this is better hot than cold. When it cooled, I noticed that the hibiscus seemed to pop and the lemongrass sort of retreated. When it was hot, it was actually quite soothing … sort of like a mulled wine or something, but without the spice. This would be nice with a cinnamon stick in there, though!

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drank Rooibos Noir by Vintage TeaWorks
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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.

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drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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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

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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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