4550 Tasting Notes


It’s been a day of running around. One of our last stops was the grocery store, and I picked this up while I was there because I was thirsty. It’s alright. A bit too sweet for my liking. I was encouraged when I saw that it was made with cane sugar and honey but, that didn’t mean that it wouldn’t still be too sweet… and it is.

I taste more peach than green tea. It’s more soda-ish than green tea-ish. Alright, fine for on the go refreshment, but, not something I’d keep stocked in the fridge for everyday enjoyment.

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I don’t know why I thought the virtual tea tasting was today. As I was in the kitchen prepping dinner, I thought, Uh oh! I missed the virtual tea tasting! Now I see that I didn’t miss it at all. That’s cool though, I’ve got a couple of other teas to try that I can taste for the tea tasting next week.

I’m really glad that I requested this Oolong as my “other” tea. It’s quite good. Cranberry isn’t a flavor I’d normally match with Oolong but they balance each other out really nicely. The cranberry tastes less tart than usual, but there is still a very distinct cranberry flavor to this. The same is true of the apple – it isn’t a strong flavor, but it’s still there. I can still taste it, and everything sort of melds together in a delicious, seamless way.

The Oolong is a more fruity than a floral Oolong, but there are faint floral notes too. The fruity tones work well with the cranberry and apple flavors. They work together very harmoniously – it’s a very satisfying taste. This is a tea I’d want to drink on Thanksgiving, it has an autumnal taste and it also tastes special enough to serve to guests for the holiday.


I don’t comprehend virtual tea tasting…so not doing it. Good luck!

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I found a package of this as I was sorting through my stash last night.

This is really good, not too spicy, pleasantly spiced. I found it difficult to incorporate today, maybe my milk wasn’t hot enough. But once I got it all incorporated it was delicious!

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

Oh my this is good. I think that this might be the first chocolate mint tisane that I’ve seen that is just cacao nibs and peppermint… most of them are rooibos and/or honeybush blends in addition to the chocolate and peppermint. I like that this is just cacao and mint … the flavors taste stronger, purer and just plain better.

Sweet, creamy chocolate + crisp, cool peppermint. Need I say more?

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When I opened the package of this sample, the aroma was very earthy. I rinsed it once for 10 seconds, and it was still very earthy, so I rinsed it again for another 10 seconds. The earthiness mellowed somewhat by this time so I proceeded to brew it for 30 seconds for this first infusion. I’m glad that I did take the time for the rinsing, because this tastes just perfect for my palate: It is earthy, but not too much. There are sweet, caramel-y tones and a really lovely, mellow flavor. In the background, there is like a “hiding green tea” flavor … hints of fresh, vibrant green tea in the background,almost wild, that are often masked by the earthy overtures and caramel-y undertones, but every once in a while the green notes peek out just to let me know that they’re there and to remind me that this is no ordinary Pu-erh.

This is the first of many infusions.

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Another lovely Oolong from Fong Mong Tea … I’m sorry it took me so long to get around to trying it … I didn’t forget about you, I promise!

The first few sips, I noticed a slight charcoal-y kind of taste, but after those initial sips, this charred wood taste seemed to make way for a mineral-y kind of taste and texture that would start just after mid-sip, and last through the end of the sip … the sip would end with this sort of mineral-y mouthfeel that was a very interesting sensation. Interesting, but enjoyable!

There are hints of floral tones as well as a nutty flavor to this tea, but everything is softened by the creaminess of this tea. It’s not really ‘creamy’ or ‘milky’ or even ‘buttery’ to the taste, but at the beginning of the sip, it feels very soft and silky and even creamy, and this texture seems to soften those flavors.

A really excellent Oolong experience – courtesy of Fong Mong Tea!


I haven’t heard much from this company since they first showed up on Steepster offering samples. Are they still around?


They still have a shop on eBay… although I haven’t heard anything from them lately.

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drank Orange Danish by Trail Lodge Tea
4550 tasting notes

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

I’m loving this. It tastes so bright and deliciously orange-y, but I see where it’s getting that danish-y connection too. It has a pastry-like taste to it, sort of nutty and sweet and buttery. It has a very cozy and comforting kind of taste to it, like dessert … only without all the fat and calories!

I like this one.


Sounds really interesting

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My matcha for the day. A couple of days there I went without Matcha and I really felt my energy level droop as a result. I love the energy boost I get from Matcha.

I made a latte with this Matcha and I really do think that this is one of those that_needs_ to be a latte … that pumpkin pie flavor really pops with the addition of milk. It becomes very much like a smooth, rich, creamy piece of pumpkin pie, liquified in a bowl of Matcha. YUM!


I ordered some of this and I want it! Wah!


Dang it now I want my pumpkin pie matcha but it’s at home and I still have a few hours of work to go… grr…


I’m ordering this tonight. Sounds delish!


This sounds really good! And very appropriate for this time of the year. :)


They just have so many amazing flavors – I can never decide which to try next! But I think this one might be it!

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drank Georgia Peaches by Just Add Honey
4550 tasting notes

This is really quite good. The peach flavor comes through nicely without tasting too sweet. I don’t taste a heavy cinnamon and ginger taste which is what I expected after reading the ingredient list. These spices just seem to add an agreeable background flavor, enhancing the peach notes without overwhelming them.

The black tea is a satisfying blend of Ceylon and Darjeeling and this provides a light … even crisp sort of taste to the cup. It doesn’t taste heavy, and this is probably not the best choice for a breakfast tea, but would make a great afternoon tea or a delightful iced tea. The peach tastes light … and when I really focus in on the flavor I detect just a slight artificial quality to the peach … it doesn’t really seem apparent to me though unless I’m really trying to zoom in on the flavors to pick out all the various notes. Overall, a pleasant cup.

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drank Earl of Anxi by Verdant Tea
4550 tasting notes

Thank you to Azzrian for sending me a bit of this tea … it’s awesome!

This is a totally interesting and unique take on Earl Grey – so much so that you’ll question whether or not you’re actually drinking a bergamot flavored tea! It is so amazingly balanced to create an amazingly smooth beverage unlike anything I’ve ever tasted.

The goji berry accents the tangy notes of the citrus, while the sweetness of the Oolong offers a balance to the acidic nature of these ingredients. The frankincense offers balance to the fragrant notes, while the jasmine accentuates the floral tones but not in a way that comes off too flowery. The saffron offers an undertone of savory bitterness to the overall cup and together the ingredients create a delicious new way to taste bergamot.

If you’re a fan of bergamot, you really should try this. It really changes the profile of bergamot, while keeping some of the basic qualities of it … and the end result is a really wonderful and new way to experience the exotic fruit.

I really, really like this. David outdid himself with this blend! It’s amazing!


Wish I could have sent ya more, I only had a little left. xo


I hope you steeped this several times, the incense comes out fully at about the third steeping. I didn’t figure that out on the first time around.


Wow, this tea never appealed to me before reading this review but now it does. Very good job of describing the “alchemy” of this tea. I feel like I didn’t understand it before but now I do. Haha


I’m actually on my third infusion now … I had a dinner date with my oldest daughter this evening so I’m just now settling in and enjoying this tea a third time. It’s really amazing… it becomes smoother and yes, I know what you mean about the incense sensation, it smells just like an incense shop … when you walk past it in the mall, I can smell the frankincense very distinctly. It’s really a remarkable tea … I can’t get over how well everything works together.

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:


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. I don’t always have sampler boxes available as it depends upon how much time I have as well as packaging supplies. 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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