4423 Tasting Notes

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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drank Red Elephant by Joy's Teaspoon
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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.

This is really rich and strong and delicious. A good way to start the day! A lovely sweetness to this … when someone says “burnt sugar caramel taste” this tea is the best tea to exemplify that flavor. That is exactly what I’m tasting. That yummy, homemade caramel taste with hints of burnt sugar. So good. So rich. So flavorful!

This tea has helped me shake off that groggy feeling I had before I started sipping on this tea. I’m awake and ready to go. This is the tea I want on hand for those days when I need to shake the sleepies.


So, you’ve been drinkin..a red elephant have you now. I must say, I do luv the name! I’d enjoy asking someone if they’d like to have a cup of Red Elephant. Hum.

The Purrfect Cup

This is another favorite of mine. I think I actually have two yes TWO tins of it! So if anyone wants to try some…let me know.


Haha I’d so get this just for the name. I love elephants.

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drank Caramelized Pear by Art of Tea
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Yum! I do love this tisane. I was a little worried when I read some of the recent tasting notes from those who also subscribed to the Steepster Select box, because I have tried this tisane before, and loved it, but from reading some of the tasting notes, not everyone was very enthusiastic about it, so I worried that maybe it was a bad batch. But mine is very tasty – sweet, delectable pear … caramel flavor. Honey notes.

So yummy!


this sounds lovely


Glad you like it! I would send mine to you but I already passed it on.


@Azzrian, no problem, I have more than enough teas to keep me occupied! :) But this was one that I have missed. I am sorry you didn’t really care for it.

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This is really good. The peppermint aroma is strong and exhilarating – FRESH! And while the flavor is equally as strong, there is a smoothness to the flavor too, almost a buttery-like quality to the background. It tastes crisp and refreshing and clean, and it’s very soothing especially after those BBQ ribs that I had for dinner. This is relaxing to my tummy … just what I needed.

An excellent pure peppermint. I’m sending the rest to my SororiTea Sister, because I know how much she loves peppermint!

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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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