4359 Tasting Notes

drank Vanilla Cloud matcha by Domo
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I made a smoothie using some of this, a little bit of half & half (I usually use coconut milk but I’m out of it today), some frozen strawberries, 1 1/2 bananas, an apricot and some Greek yogurt. Basically, I just throw whatever fruit in that I have on hand, add some yogurt and something to “wet it down” (aka coconut milk or half and half) and a generous scoop of matcha.

The result is yummy deliciousness. The vanilla in the matcha gives this more of a milkshake kind of taste rather than a smoothie (I’m sure that the bit of half and half play a part in that too). But it’s yummy, sweet, and while it probably isn’t as good for me as I’d like it to be, I somehow manage to convince myself that it’s a healthy meal option since it’s just too hot to go in the kitchen and cook. This is cool and delicious. Win Win!

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This is bagged in a muslin-like bag that is similar to the type of bagged teas you might get from Kusmi. My only complaint thus far with the bag is that I think it would be better if it were a little larger… although since it is a cotton fabric, it allowed for proper expansion because it stretched a bit. I guess there is just a part of me that always seems to want to have as much room as possible for the tea leaves to do their thing.

Anyway, it smelled lovely before brewing – pleasant and spicy. The brewed tea smells very much the same, although it is a mellower fragrance.

This is really nice. A bit on the mellow side for a chai – not overly spicy, which typically, I do tend to favor, but it is nice to taste a mild chai from time to time. This is remarkably well-balanced, I must say. It allows for the true flavors of the spices – not just the warm or the heat of the spices, but also the more subtle tones of the spices, to be explored.
It’s a little spiced, a little earthy, warm and inviting. I like it a lot.

I enjoyed this straight, (not a latte) but I think it would make a really nice latte too. And the cotton muslin bag would make it VERY easy to go stovetop with this chai. Just cut off the tags and pop one or two of the muslin bags into the simmering milk. Less mess! And YUM chai latte! Might have to try that sometime.

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I LOVE love LOVE this tea! OMG!

For a couple of years now, I’ve been on a quest of sorts: to find the best grapefruit flavored tea. It all started after visiting a tea house in Arizona, and loving the grapefruit tea that I had there. I even chatted with someone else from Steepster, and he managed to locate the tea supplier of the tea house, and learned that the grapefruit tea that they serve there is the one from Lupicia. I had tried the tea from Lupicia… and somehow, it just didn’t taste the same. I suspect it has something to do with the water composition in Arizona, or something because I am not able to get the grapefruit green tea from Lupicia to taste as good as I remember the green tea was that I enjoyed at that tea house.

But I think I may have found the grapefruit tea! And can you believe that it happens to be a wine-infused green tea with grapefruit peel? This is absolutely MARVELOUS! The grapefruit is prominent, but, it captures the sweet elements of the fruit while the bitter elements of the grapefruit are somehow softened or eliminated … I don’t know. But this is not bitter, this just tastes like sweet grapefruit. With a hint of fruity wine. And sweet, slightly vegetative green tea.

And it tastes wonderful. I love this.


Ooh this sounds interesting. Your posts on the vintage wines have had me intrigued already but this one might be something to really try :)


Someone on here was looking for the perfect grapefruit tea, but I can’t remember who…. maybe Alphakitty??


I don’t remember seeing anyone else looking for it… but it has been a quest of mine for the past few years… after visiting Arizona. It’s funny, but I actually found THE tea that the tea house used … the tea that I fell so much in love with, but I don’t know if it’s just the memory of the place or the water quality or any thing else… but, the tea tasted better in AZ than it did when I tried it at home.

But this … THIS tastes like the tea I remember… or at least, it evokes those same wonderful feelings that the tea in Arizona did. And really, that’s what it’s about, I think.


I was indeed looking for the perfect grapefruit tea! Definitely adding this to the list… probably far ahead of a few other orders I should make soon.

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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.

YUM! I’m with Angrboda here, Fujian black DOES = OM NOM NOM NOM!!!

So rich and satisfying. So yummy delicious. Lovely dark cocoa notes, and a strong undercurrent of caramel sweetness. When it comes to pure black tea, it really doesn’t get any better than this. This is the stuff!


OM NOM NOM NOM FUJIAN! Second cup of Peony Tea S’ unsmoked LS is imminent over here. :9


I will watch for your tasting note, I really enjoyed the unsmoked LS that I tried from Townshend’s.


I wrote about it a couple of days ago, so you may have already seen it. :)


yes … I just re-visited it though and re-read it. I was a little down and out a day or two ago, so I was reading… but not really paying attention, if that makes sense. I was more or less just sort of looking at the screen and feeling kind of miserable. But, fortunately, it didn’t last too long.


I know what you mean. And even so, it’s impossible to keep everything in your head all the time, anyway. :)


Yes, it is. I am glad that you were able to try some unsmoked Lapsang Souchong, as I do remember you being interested in the Unsmoked LS that I tried from Townshend’s. I might have to give the one from Peony a try too.

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drank Melange Rooibos by 52teas
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I love this!

Not surprisingly, I was skeptical of this before I tried it, because I have myself convinced that I don’t like rooibos. But the spices and the rooibos work so well together, that it elevates the rooibos to a whole other level. I taste the rooibos – I taste that nutty flavor of the rooibos, but it works because the spices also have an earthiness to them that seems to meld perfectly with the rooibos, enhancing the rooibos where it needs it, softening some of the flavor.

Such a perfect melody of flavors. I really like this so much more than I thought I would. Bravo, Frank!

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drank White Pear by Revolution Tea
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I’m always excited to try pear teas – I love pear! Unfortunately, it doesn’t always translate well in tea … let’s hope that is not the case with this tea.

Well, I can SMELL the pear, as well as the sweet hay notes of the white tea. Yes, the pear flavor is there. It is soft, but, then, the white tea typically a soft flavor too, so they seem pretty nicely paired. (peared?)

I love this. It is sweet, light, and the flavors are really nicely balanced. The light flavor of the bai mu dan is gentle and hay-like, but I agree with TeaEqualsBliss – I can taste the “baked goods” kind of taste in there too… YUM Pear Tart!

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drank Acai Berry Blend by Fusion Teas
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This smells AMAZING! The dry leaf smells very fruity and flowery and it is absolutely making my mouth water. The brewed tea maintains much of the fragrance that I noted in the dry leaf, but smells maybe even a teensy bit better because now I can drink it instead of just smell it. haha! Seriously, though, there is a bit more of an Oolong floral note to the brewed tea, however, it still smells fruity and delicious.

This tastes as good as it smells. To be honest, I didn’t expect to like it as much as I do. I don’t typically go crazy over Acai berry flavored things – I mean, I like them OK, but, I’d prefer just about any other berry over the acai. But it all works together well here.

It doesn’t taste strongly of BERRY … at least, not in this first infusion. It has a smooth Oolong flavor that is lightly floral, and this melds wonderfully with the berry notes, providing a taste that is sweet and a little tart, and quite tasty. It is really quite different from any other berry flavored Oolong that I can recall tasting… but I mean that in a good way. This is so unique. It is not your run-of-the-mill berry flavored Oolong. It’s really nice.

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drank Apple Sencha by Den's Tea
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I received my order from Den’s Tea yesterday afternoon, and they were nice and included this tea as a sample (I requested it, but, they still didn’t have to! It was very nice of them to do so!) This is one that I’ve been wanting to try, but, I really wanted to focus on the iced teas with my order since it’s summer … so I’m grateful that they sent me a sample of it.

This is really good! The flavor is sweet and light, like it’s been flavored with apple juice or cider without the spices. It has a very crisp, fresh kind of taste to it.

Very good. I might have to get more of this when the weather gets cooler – it has a very autumnal feel to it.


As it cools, this one becomes even better. The apple really pops!

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2nd infusion: This is more peppery this time – but again, it’s a savory peppery taste, not a spicy or even a tongue-tingly kind of peppery. The mint comes in underneath. The green tea tastes smooth but less creamy.

It would be difficult to choose which one I prefer. Both infusions are really amazing.

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When I first opened the pouch, I inhaled deeply to take a big sniff of it, and I could really smell the cardamom and the coriander – especially the coriander. Another quick sniff offered hints of mint … but a peppery mint. Tulsi? And yes, the crispness of peppermint. This is one that I didn’t even need to read the description of to know what was in it – the nose knows!

It smells amazing – slightly peppery and citrus-y and warm, together with hints of green vegetables. The brewed tea has a very savory element to the aroma. Yes, I must agree with Bonnie, this is very Thai-food-like … it makes me want to have a big plate of pad thai in front of me (of course, it’s not unusual that I want pad thai!)

The flavor is really amazing. Sweet and creamy, the spices are not as strong as the aroma had led me to believe they would be. Yes, I taste them, but they are in balance with the tea – not overpowering it … and it smelled like that might be the case. It smelled very lovely and strong, however, it tastes very lovely and well-balanced.

The spices are warm but not spicy … they have hints of sweetness as well as a peppery tone that is more of a savory pepper than a spicy pepper. Hints of citrus. Green beans. Tasting a bit like a stir fry with green beans that have been cooked to a crisp-tender stage and then carefully cooked with a delicious, savory sauce.

As I continue to sip, I taste the hints of tulsi, as well as the peppermint. I am glad that the peppermint is not a strong flavor, instead, it seems to enhance the flavor of the tulsi that is slightly minty and peppery. These two components lend to the fresh taste of this tea, to the crispness, and the lightness, keeping it from tasting too heavy or too laden with spice.

Very yummy! I will definitely be re-steeping this to see what happens.


Yes it does make you want to eat! I bought some pudding to make a flavored version with this tea this weekend. Infusions are so much fun. Infusion into coconut milk would be nice. Even slushing it…gooooood! This makes my imagination go crazy!

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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.


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