4366 Tasting Notes


I reviewed this previously, but that was last year’s harvest, and this is a whole new harvest! Yay!

I’m on my third and fourth infusions now, almost finished with this cup so I will be moving on to my fifth and sixth infusions. The first two infusions were very strongly floral – lovely honeysuckle with a hint of orchid in the background. Very nice. It is a smooth tasting tea, not so much what I’d call creamy, but more soft and silky smooth, especially in the first two infusions. This second cup has a little bit of a buttery tone emerging, along with more fruit tones.

A very enjoyable cup, I look forward to the next!

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Ah… that’s much better! I lowered the steeping temperature to 160 degrees F, and increased the brew time to 3.5 minutes. This tastes so much better than the last cup I had of this.

Sweet, a little grassy, hints of savory, hints of raw spice. It’s crisp and it has a hint of woodsy taste to it, and a fruity character that slowly builds.

The difference between my first cup and this one is like night and day.


as this one cools, the flavors become even smoother.

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drank Pear Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
4366 tasting notes

Oh my! OK, believe it or not, I think I’ve found a new favorite Matcha. This is SO GOOD. Definitely my favorite pear tea, if not my favorite flavored Matcha … and this one battles it out with the caramel, I think.

The pear flavor is so genuine. It tastes like PEAR. Sweet, juicy, succulent pear. I ordered the basic Matcha with the distinctive level of flavoring, and it came out stunningly good.

This is a must try, people. If you’re wondering which Matcha to try with to start out your free Matcha program from Red Leaf Tea, or if you’re just wondering which Matcha to order next from them – this should be it. Yum Yum Yum!


Ohh I was curious about this one! Thanks!


I’m waiting for my first order from Red Leaf to arrive, and you and Azzrian are already making it hard to decide what’s next!


Oh man I want this!


Hmm that does sound good, I am not crazy about eating pears, but have had juices and pop with pear juice or extract in it, and like it. I would love to try the apple, I love eating apples, but cannot drink cider or much apple juice. I really miss having hot apple cider in the winter, maybe this could be a substitute. lol ok sorry for chattering about a different product.


Now you must mix your favorites to create caramel pear matcha.


Yeah, I probably will try that. It should be pretty incredible.

Dylan Oxford

Hrmm… I do like pear….


oh man…caramel pear. yum


sampler packs would be great.

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drank Roasted Mate by Culinary Teas
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A really great way to get going on those days when I’m feeling like I’d rather sleep. This definitely has some invigorating qualities to it.

This tastes rich and toasty, reminiscent of a cup of coffee but better because yerba mate doesn’t leave me feeling sick a few hours after drinking it the way coffee does. A very satisfying cuppa. I added about a half a teaspoon of turbinado sugar and it enhances the warm, roast-y qualities of this tisane.

A really good mate!

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drank Silk Dragon by The Tea Merchant
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OH my!

This is really very good. The vanilla melds so beautifully with the Oolong to create a very creamy sensation for the palate. Sweet, creamy, rich vanilla flavor. I taste hints of orchid. A slight earthiness. And hints of citrus toward the tail. And even a hint of peach-like undertones. But mostly what I taste is vanilla. Smooth, creamy, decadent vanilla.

If you like vanilla – You’ve got to try this!


My second cup (3rd and 4th infusions) is even nicer. It isn’t quite as thick and creamy vanilla, but, it is a smoother vanilla tone that evens out with the Oolong – it becomes more of an Oolong with Vanilla rather than a Vanilla with Oolong if that makes sense.


Decadent. Good adjective. I really like this!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Very happy to have received this in the Steepster Select box … nice to have it back in my stash. The black teas – well all the teas, really – that Verdant Tea selects for their inventory are just stellar. This one is no exception.

Rich and flavorful. Bold. Chocolate-y. It tastes a little like chocolate malt-o-meal which is something I loved as a kid, and I can never seem to find at the grocery store any more. But I think this might be even better … well, it is better, because it’s tea! It has such a lovely note of caramel, a deep roasted flavor, as if the caramel was cooked in a copper pot until it was right at that golden brown color … and then held on the heat for just a few moments longer to deepen the flavor just a bit more.

So VERY good. It is teas like this that will make me miss the Steepster Select box. Some of the teas were kind of like “meh…” especially when I’ve tried them before. But I’ve tried this one before, and I was thrilled that it was in the box … because it is really so very good.

I love this tea.


Oh I can get chocolate malt o meal – and maple – want me to send you some? :)


No, they’d be heavy to ship. I’m thinking about recreating my own chocolate malt o meal using my multi grain hot cereal and adding some of the valrhona cocoa powder I have in my cupboard. That might be incredible. :)


Oh you should try this!
Awee shipping is not that much – are you sure I don’t mind at all!


I definitely do appreciate the offer. But I think I’ll try the hot cereal with cocoa powder first. If that doesn’t work out so well, I might just take you up on it. And then I’ll end up sending you all kinds of tea to thank you. :)

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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.

This is one of the most unusual silver needle teas that I’ve seen. When I think Silver Needles, I think of a bunch of silvery green needle-like buds, but, there are open leaves in there too, dark in color, reminding me of bai mu dan. It is almost like a blend of bai mu dan and silver needle, and maybe even some shou mei too.

The flavor is also quite different from other silver needle I’ve tasted. While most silver needle tends to be on the delicate side, this tea is definitely more forward in its flavor. It has notes of vegetation, as well as fruit and flower, and a nutty undertone. I even taste a hint of malt to this, kind of like infused hops. A very unique Silver Needle, indeed, but I’m enjoying it.

It’s good when it’s hot, but I think I like it even better when after it’s cooled.

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.

This has a strong grassy quality to it. I think I might try to lower the temperature while increasing the steep time slightly to see what I might discover … as it is, I am enjoying it for what it is. It has a strong earthy quality to it, but it is also a little on the thin side, and I was expecting more heartiness. So, maybe the adjustment might help.

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drank Hemp Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Today I am drinking my Matcha as a smoothie: yogurt, a tablespoon of Matcha, two bananas, a few frozen strawberries, some half & half (I should have used the hemp milk that I have in the cupboard, but, my half & half is getting near the expiration date), and a few ice cubes. Absolutely YUM. I can really taste the flavor from the hemp with these other ingredients… it really stands out.

Yummy and refreshing.


Sorry, I can’t refrain about Hemp, there is clothing as well. It is so versatile.

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me this tea. It’s a goodie!

Sweet with notes of cocoa and dried fruit (raisin and date), and while it has a heartiness to it, it is pleasantly mild flavored. It doesn’t taste bitter or too strong. One of those teas I’d happily drink every day.

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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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