4424 Tasting Notes


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!

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As far as Jing Xuan Oolong goes, this one is a bit on the tame side. It’s enjoyable, but, it is just a little lackluster. The first two infusions were creamy but on the light side. The next two infusions were brothy but, lacked the creaminess I had hoped for. The final two infusions were a combination of the first two cups, somewhere in between the two… a little lighter than the first, and the flavors had melded to a smoothness that provided an almost creamy effect. Of the three cups, the third was the best, but, sadly, I think that they just sort of … fell short of what I expected from them.

This isn’t a bad tea … just a little lackluster and boring as far as Jing Xuan goes.

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drank Chai Spice by Jade Monk
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While I do agree with my SororiTea Sister that these offerings from Jade Monk are different than I was initially expecting … I have come to actually enjoy these drink mixes. I just needed to get beyond the point that they really aren’t tea for someone who loves tea like those of us here on steepster – these are Matcha powder drinks for someone who wants the health benefits and energizing power of Matcha without actually tasting much of the matcha.

So, once I got past that, I was able to find these drinks to be very enjoyable. They aren’t like any Matcha that I typically keep stocked in my tea cupboard, but they aren’t supposed to be. They are energizing though, and I like that.

This particular offering from Jade Monk, this Chai Spice, it is a sweeter chai. The spices are cinnamon, clove and cardamom, and I think that this blend could have benefited with a contrast note of peppery ginger. These three spices together (cinnamon, clove, cardamom), along with the stevia and cane juice powder offer a sweet taste that is enjoyable and exotic.

I like it alright. It isn’t my favorite as far as chai goes, and it isn’t my favorite as far as matcha goes. But, as far as energy drinks go, I’d say it’s good.


I have some Chai tea that I have yet to open and may never get to. Oh well thank you for the reminder. Happy teas!

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Well, I am not as enthusiastic about this tea as the person who sent it to me was (thanks TeaEqualsBliss!) but, it is good. If given the choice between the Chocolate O from The Tea Spot and this Chocolate Cherry Bomb, I’d choose the Chocolate O. But, that is not to say that this one is not good also.

The black tea base is good and strong. Very hefty, even! Invigorating and a solid black tea flavor that doesn’t just sit off in the background, it is the strongest flavor. The chocolate comes through next and it is a deep, dark chocolate flavor and with the dry astringency toward the tail, it almost comes across as a powdery cocoa finish – like the dusty coating on a chocolate truffle that’s been dusted with cocoa powder. The cherry is soft and subtle, not a cherry cough syrup taste, it comes in softly and accentuates rather than attempts to overpower. It has a hint of tartness toward the tail which lingers into the aftertaste.

A really lovely tea from The Tea Spot. Thanks again for sending it my way, TeaEqualsBliss!

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This is an exceptional Dragon Well. I enjoy Dragon Well anyway, but, this one kicks it up a notch. The flavor is so crisp and clean. Vibrant. You can really taste the quality it this.

Sweet and tasting very much like fresh, roasted chestnuts, this tastes like autumn to me. It makes me wish I had a fire going in the fireplace and was roasting chestnuts. YUM! It is a very comforting tea, but at the same time, it offers a sense of invigoration. A truly lovely tea.

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I really like this one. Of course, I enjoyed the previous two cold-brew iced teas from Dens (so far I’ve tried the pear and the peach, and I still have one left – Mango!) but I really am enjoying how refreshing this mint green tea tastes. There is an exceptionally good balance between the flavor of the green tea and the flavor of the mint blend (peppermint and spearmint). It is sweet and cool and delicious.

Dylan Oxford

Hrmmmm. I really like mint green teas… I may have to try this one.


My cousin used ALL of the bags in this for one pitcher of tea. I think the menthol nearly burned a hole in my tongue! XD It tasted good, though.

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drank Fig Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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When I saw this Matcha on the homepage of Red Leaf Tea, I had to put it in my shopping cart. I love fig. It brings back happy memories from my childhood (much the same way that the mention of boysenberry matcha did) – at one point when I was very small, I lived on a farm, and there was a fig orchard there. I don’t remember a whole lot about who it was that I lived there with, but I do remember spending lazy summer afternoons strolling through the fig orchard, picking the ripe figs and eating them right away, when they were still warm from the sun.

When I opened the pouch of tea, I could smell the figs. It almost smelled like a package of fig newtons. It smelled of figs but something a little more. Something sweet, something almost cake-y about it.

The flavor is amazing and quite unlike any matcha I’ve tried yet. There is a spiciness to this that I don’t think I’ve ever noticed in a matcha before. It is like the sweet flavor of the fig has brought this interesting note to the surface. It is a vegetative spicy tone … which is why I attribute it to the matcha. The matcha is, of course, smooth and creamy, but what I’m really finding most intriguing is this wonderful vegetal spice. The overall flavor is warm, autumnal, and really very good. Love this!


Another one for my list! I almost got this one. I am working on my french vanilla review and waiting on credit for two others. Been sick sleeping all day so behind on my endless matcha thon.


And the matcha list keeps growing. I will have to consult my finances and just see if I have enough to get a tin of some matcha. My birthday is going to be coming up in a few months.


This one is good. It’s weird because… I wouldn’t classify this as a favorite, however, this is one that I could see myself keeping on hand over the two that are my favorites (thus far): pear and caramel. I think it’s because I tend to go through phases when I want FIG and I think that this would satisfy that better than a fig newton would. :)


I liked your fig story.. love fig newtons too. This just may be a matcha flavor I would try.


This sounds so good right now! I am so tempted to get in on this matcha thing. I just had two bowls of matcha tonight and I am back on the train!

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This is awesome!

So rich and full-flavored. Overtures of cocoa with an undercurrent of burnt-sugar caramel, as I continue to sip, I notice hints of honeysuckle and fruit notes (sweet, juicy plum!) emerging. A really delicious, rich, warm tea … I love this!

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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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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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