4449 Tasting Notes

drank Sweet Lily by Teavana
4449 tasting notes

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this… I’m not a big fan of it. It’s a strong floral taste, and normally, I do enjoy floral teas, but, I’d like the white tea to be more apparent.

It’s OK, but not outstanding in any way. Nothing that makes me want to get up and do the happy dance. Yeah… and good tea generally does make me want to get up and do the happy dance. Usually, I just mentally get up and do the happy dance, but, on a rare occasion, I’ll physically get up and do that dance.

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

But, I do have to disagree with you… I’m not finding this to be equal parts tulsi and green tea. I’m finding this to be mostly tulsi with a hint of green tea – not just in appearance but also in flavor. I taste the tulsi, but the green tea is just barely there.

It’s still enjoyable, but, not quite what I was expecting.

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This is an interesting Sheng Puerh because it has a very strong earthiness to it – stronger than I’m used to with a sheng. This is much more like a shu to me. But it has a lot of interesting flavors to it – sweet, bitter (which also surprised me, this savory bitterness), even sour notes that morphed into a gently sweet aftertaste.

A rather unusual but enjoyable Puerh. I look forward to trying more from this company!

Tina S.

OMG that set is absolutely amazing!


Wow. That price is not bad for all those pieces.


OMG I love trees!! I have stumps from tress others have sadly cut down all over my yard. I want this!


oooooh SO beautiful! Also want!


I like the idea and look of the set, my only question/concern is about steep times… It seems to be missing a gaiwan/teapot, so would you not be able to brew something for say 20/30 seconds? Or would you just pour what is in the pitcher back over the strainer for the additional steep time?

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This is a fabulous Ti Kuan Yin! The leaves are darker in color than a “green” Ti Kuan Yin which suggested to me that these leaves were subjected to a roasting, and that is evident in the fragrance and flavor. A delicious, toasted nutty aroma fills the air while that delicious, toasted nutty taste washes over my palate.

Sweet, nutty, flavorful. Hints of fruit. This first cup (my first two infusions) is light and crisp, and yet hints at a stronger tasting broth when I resteep. So this is something I definitely WILL do!


My second cup (infusions 3 & 4) was stronger in flavor, more toasted/roasted taste, with the caramel/honey tones emerging beautifully. I’m loving this more and more… A really lovely Oolong!

Nuvola Tea - Taiwan Tea Specialties

Thank you for your appreciation. This Taiwan Muzha Tin Kuan Yin is made by most traditional fermenting method , not like “Green Ti Kuan Yin” is a new popular taste in China. I haven’t figured out why people’s taste have changed. Personally, I love the traditional or original taste of Tin Kuan Yin.

To made such high quality of Tin Kuan Yin, it is required to take over 20 steps to turn freshly plucked tea leaf into finished tea within 24-30 hours.

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drank Bananas Foster by 52teas
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Oh nom nom nom.

My first couple of sips were strongly of cinnamon, with mere hints of the other flavors in the background… but as the tea cools somewhat, there is a fantastic balance that happens … the cinnamon remains the strongest flavor, but, every flavor comes through very nicely. It tastes very much like bananas foster… not a dessert that I’ve had a lot (I think I’ve only had it twice in my lifetime! But even so it’s still one of my top three favorite desserts)… but the tea is so very good. Notes of buttery, sugary caramel, banana, cinnamon, even a touch of rum and vanilla. So delicious.

I love this tea. Love it.


ooh that does sound wonderful


Oh man. Want.

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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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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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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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