4825 Tasting Notes

drank Simply Strawberry by Kally Tea
4825 tasting notes

It has been a very cold morning, and while the morning is about over (six more minutes to go), the cold doesn’t show any signs of letting up. That’s OK, of course, because it makes the hot tea all the more appealing to me. But, I also like that this strawberry tea from Kally is taking me on an adventure of sorts, even if it is all in my head. This tastes so much like mid-spring when the first strawberries start to appear (well, at least, the first strawberries that are worth eating, anyway!)

It has such a fresh, sweet flavor with a lovely strawberry taste and a hint of pineapple. I love the way these two flavors meld together. It’s sweet, a little bit tart with a tartness that lingers into the aftertaste … but not too much that I find myself puckering. The green tea is sweet and creamy.

A very nice strawberry green!


hmmmmm might need to pick this one up to try

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drank Organic Gyokuro by Aiya
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It tastes so sweet and beautiful … like the early days of spring! It has a strong vegetative tone, even though the overall cup is delicate, the vegetative tones stand out. It is somewhere between a lightly steamed spinach-y taste and that of kelp … but without the briny notes of the kelp. Sweet and green and lovely. One of the nicest Gyokuro teas I’ve yet to taste … it tastes so very clean and wonderful.

The leaves stand up well to multiple infusions as well … I’m on my second infusion now!

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I’m having a cup of this chai today … I LOVE Blue Lotus Chai! This is another great product from them. The Original Chai is amazing, and so is this. I love the crisp, zesty flavor that the mint adds to the cup. It’s a strong minty presence, but it doesn’t overwhelm the cup. There’s just enough mint to stand among the spices and be tasted without overthrowing the flavor of the spices – because chai should be all about the spice! And this chai is still all about the spice, but it also offers a very enjoyable extra dimension with the mint!

LOVING this! My full-length review for this tea will publish tomorrow on SororiTea Sisters! http://sororiteasisters.com

Kasumi no Chajin

I live so close to them, still need to get this one :)


I didn’t realize you live in Oregon! I love that they are local.


Is it a sweeter, candy-like mint, or is it more green, like the fresh herb?


It’s a more subtle mint here … I mean … it’s THERE … but … I wouldn’t describe it as either a sweet, candy-mint, nor an herbal mint taste … because of the way it interacts with the spices the taste is different from either of these, I think.

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drank French Vanilla Assam by 52teas
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While going through my stash the other day, I came upon a few teas that I was apparently hoarding and hiding from myself … including a full package of this that I bought from the first blending. Yay! I thought I had finished this off … So glad I get to enjoy more of it.

This is easily one of the best blends that Frank created … however, I must say that this first blend was superior to that which I received in the Christmas sampler box from 2011. That batch from the sampler box was good, but this … this was great. I notice that time has taken a bit of a toll, but, not so much that I’d lower the rating on this by much if this was my first sampling of it. I considered this to be a 99 with that first pouch, now, after two years, I’d consider this to be somewhere like 93 or 94. Time has taken a toll, but not much of one.

Still rich, creamy, vanilla-y and deliciously yum.


I know! I was one of the lucky few that had the original batch of French Vanilla and that’s what I desperately want a pound of! I’m so ready to get my hands on it again!

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.

I’m enjoying this. At first, I was a little worried that the rooibos would completely overpower the delicate white tea, and while the rooibos IS stronger in the sip than the white tea, I do taste the white tea too. And the lemongrass offers a pleasing citrus note. Overall, the cup is buttery and smooth, with a sweet lemony taste … the lemon notes taste as though they’ve been sweetened with honey. Quite pleasant. My full length review will publish tomorrow on the SororiTea Sisters blog: http://sororiteasisters.com

Whispering Pines Tea Company

There’s a new version of this now, 100% organic, better quality white tea, and less rooibos :)


If you’d like to send me a sample of this one so that I can write a second review of it on Sororitea Sisters, I’ll do that. Just let me know. :)

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drank Bai Lin Gong Fu by Canton Tea Co
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yum yum yum!

Here is my previously published review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2012/06/22/bai-lin-gong-fu-black-tea-from-canton-tea-co/

This one is still just as great as ever. Sweet, creamy, caramel-y, notes of cocoa. Rich and absolutely delicious.

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I had my doubts about this … as I tend to do with any herbal infusion, but, I’m very pleasantly surprised at how much I like this. It is very soothing, and I like that none of the ingredients are really overwhelming the cup… I taste each of the ingredients without any one of them tasting too strong, it’s all very nicely balanced.

The peppermint does’t have the peppermint ZING here, it’s very smooth and adds a nice, sweet element to the flavor, and the chamomile and lavender tastes floral without sharpness. It’s very pleasant.

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drank Pheonix Oolong by Boutique Teas
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This is absolutely lovely. I’ve spent the better part of the last couple of hours with this tea. The first cup (first two infusions following a rinse) possessed slightly sharp floral tones with a sweet honey-esque tone, and background notes of peach and apricot. By the time I reached mid-cup, I also detected a lovely, sweet citrus tone.

The second cup (my favorite!) was smoother, with a soft mouthfeel. The floral tones had mellowed a little bit, melding with the fruit tones. The peach notes have emerged. So delightfully complex!

I got six infusions (three cups) out of this tea, and I suspect I would have gotten more, but, I decided it was time to move on.

I really enjoyed this!

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This is one of three teas that I received in my holiday stocking … of course, I had to buy them myself to stuff them in my stocking. But my husband did take me to the Spice and Tea Exchange knowing full well that I intended to buy tea … so, I’ve got to give him credit there. Usually he won’t even entertain the idea of taking me to a tea shop, as he claims I have enough tea. I don’t even understand this concept, sounds kind of crazy to me. “Enough” tea? Ha! As if there were ever enough tea.

Anyway, I really like this. It’s better if you let it cool for a couple of minutes … still warm and comforting, but not piping hot. The flavors really have a chance to meld and they come through nicer than when it is piping hot. I like the way this tea is put together – the cranberry, orange and cinnamon is not a new holiday type blend, it seems that every tea company has one of these! But the chestnut flavors is what makes this one stand out, and it gives it the sort of crumb cake kind of taste. The raspberry leaves brighten the tartness of the cranberry. The ginger and cinnamon give it warmth but this isn’t an overly spiced blend … kind of like the spices would be in a crumb cake … accentuating the cake without overwhelming it.

Really yummy!


There is no such thing as enough tea!


Agreed! That’s like saying … oh, no thank you, I don’t need more oxygen. I’ve had enough air for today, thanks.


So true, LiberTEAS, so true.

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drank Longjing by Infussion
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Oh yeah! This is nice! This has such a lovely fresh taste … very leafy green-ish, like freshly steamed spinach with a touch of butter. Very bright and lovely.

My full-length review of this tea will publish tomorrow morning on SororiTea Sisters: http://sororiteasisters.com

Until then, let me just say that this is definitely one of the best Dragon Well teas I’ve come across. If you like Dragon Well, you’ve gotta try this!

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I’m currently trying to take over 52Teas – please help make my dream a reality: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/497705217/the-great-52teas-take-over

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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. 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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