4421 Tasting Notes


I am revisiting this tea this evening, mostly because last time when I drank it the tea had cooled to the point of being cold, and I wanted to try it hot. It is much better hot, I think, although it’s nice cold too (I think it would have been even better with maybe a thin slice of lemon or lime!)

Served hot, I notice more buttery tones to the tea, and I like that. It is also less astringent when hot.

I’ve enjoyed this one both ways – hot and cold – but I like it best hot.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Sounds lovely. I’ve been meaning to try a Korean green.

Autumn Hearth

Interesting, I have two boxes from Choice, if this one is available at the grocery store I’ll be picking it up.

Dylan Oxford

I actually first saw this brand because it was what the car dealership I was at was offering. I stole a few bags of their Northwest Blackberry to bring home and try out. I consider it included as part of the paperwork fee ;)

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea. I hope all is well with you, and my thoughts are with you during this difficult time for you and your family.

This is good. The black tea is strong and offers a sturdy background for the flavors of fruit and a touch of cinnamon. Overall, the flavor is fruity, but, I like that the black tea is the strongest note with every sip. The cinnamon and black tea offer a nice contrast to the fruit flavors, which might taste a bit cloying without the contrasting elements.

A very pleasant afternoon cuppa.


INdeed hope all is as good as can be for her and her family.


As this one cools the fruit notes pop a little more, as does the touch of cinnamon. The cinnamon never really becomes strong or spicy, but it offers just enough contrast to keep things interesting.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Is there any hibiscus?


No, but there is rosehips. Barely noticeable though, seems to add more interest to the appearance of the dry leaf than any noticeable flavor.

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I do love black pearls … OMG. It’s been a while since I’ve had some, and it’s kind of like meeting up with an old friend that I’ve not seen in a while. Lovely!

I brewed this in my gaiwan just so that I could watch the pearls unfurl … and I don’t know if it’s the brewing method or that these pearls are just awesome but, these taste even better than I remember (I’ve tasted the black pearls from thepuriTea and these are just as good if not better, red blossom tea company – these are just as good if not better and also the black pearls from teavana, and these are better than I remember those tasting)

Rich, malty, and very deliciously chocolatey! So very yum! I do love these pearls. Love LOVE love them!!!


:) Tell us how you REALLY feel about them! LOL yes they are great!

Charles Thomas Draper

Truly one of my favorite teas…

Michelle Butler Hallett

WOW. Gotta try some of these.

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drank Mayan Mist by Della Terra Teas
4421 tasting notes

This is really much better than I expected it to be. I don’t know really what I expected … I think it’s more of a case of my automatic response when it comes to oxidized rooibos. I always think I’m not going to like a rooibos blend … but more often than not, I end up enjoying the cup.

The woody and nutty flavors of the rooibos come through strong in this blend, but they meld quite nicely with the flavor of juicy orange and cinnamon. I taste a hint of the chili pepper at first, and the flavor seems to develop as I continue to sip. The aftertaste has a slight “burn” sensation on my palate – not really an uncomfortable feeling, but more like that enjoyable sensation you might experience after eating something spicy. (Well, it’s enjoyable for me anyway)

I don’t taste much from the coconut, but there is a slight (very slight) creaminess toward the tail end of the sip that I attribute to the coconut. As I continue to sip, the creaminess builds, but it never becomes a very strong flavor.

Overall, this is really quite an enjoyable tisane: it isn’t overly spicy, but has an interesting balance between spice and sweet. Nice.

Della Terra Teas

Thanks for the review:)


My full-length review published recently on the SororiTea Sisters blog too: http://sororiteasisters.com/2012/08/18/mayan-mist-from-della-terra-teas/

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This is fabulous! A little Alishan … a little milk Oolong … all in one cup! Yum!

I do love Alishan, it’s my favorite of the Oolongs for its delicious subtle complexity. That this is also a Jin Xuan really was enticing to me. This is probably not my first Alishan that is also a Jin Xuan but it’s the first time I’ve noticed it and put it together.

A delicious, delightful Oolong. So very nice.


subsequent infusions offer a deeper flavor, not quite so delicate … this next cup (the third and fourth infusions combined) is a stronger flavor, with distinct floral notes that taste of orchid and honeysuckle. Delicious honey-esque undertones. Sweet, flavorful, and smooth.


I am interested in trying an Ali Shan ( I like floral oolongs and ti guan yins) ;) What companies would you recommend me buying it from??


Well, this one was really good, but my most memorable Alishan tea moments came from Canton Tea, T-Oolong Tea, and Norbu Tea (Fall harvest!) I’d start with these three companies.


Cool… thank you very much Liber TEAS ;)

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drank Lime Blossom by Jade Monk
4421 tasting notes

I was feeling a little adventurous as well as feeling very much in need of liquid refreshment when I prepared this, so I added some ice cubes and a little bit of freshly drawn, filtered water to my blender as well as the contents of this packet to my blender, and kept blending until I could hear no more rattling of ice cube particles. I have a slush like beverage now, and I’m really enjoying it.

Super cold and quite tasty, I think that this might be my favorite of the Jade Monk offerings that I’ve tried thus far. The lime has a nice tart yet sweet taste, and it offsets the flavor of the stevia enough so that I didn’t even notice it in the first few sips. I notice it now that I’m about halfway through, but even now, it’s not bad at all. Sweet with a slight stevia taste. Mostly though, I taste lime.

Nice, and when made into a slush like this, very very refreshing too.

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Amazing! This is really wonderful. One of the very best Dragon Well teas I’ve tried. My full-length review of this will publish in a few hours on SororiTea Sisters ( that’s http://sororiteasisters.com for those of you who haven’t been there!) but let me say this about this tea: the leaves are beautiful, the tea brewed from them remarkably good, and I highly recommend this to anyone who has not yet tried it. YUM!

Elyse Petersen

Thanks for sharing, I also think the tea is fantastic!

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
4421 tasting notes

I found my butterbeer! My daughter had it (and drank most of it) but she did save me enough to make one more pot. If I didn’t have so much tea to keep me busy, I might have been upset, but, I’m just glad that she too is enjoying tea after so many years of trying to rebel against her mother by disliking everything that I liked.

Mmm… this is really good. A little bit rootbeer-ish, but with a touch of buttery goodness. Rich and flavorful. A hint of licorice-y taste.

I love this tea… and not just because I was the one who offered the idea for it. :)


It IS nice when our teen daughter’s stop rebelling and realize we are not only right about something but pretty cool moms too :)


Yes, it is. She used to say that she wished I was more like her best friend’s mom (well, her best friend at the time, they are no longer friends) … because her mom was so cool. But, this former friend of hers did not graduate from high school and has had numerous problems. My daughter not only graduated but is now in a career (not a job) because she’s been working hard to get the right education. She sees the difference now, and she actually thanks me for not being the way her friend’s mom was … for actually caring and being strict! All the hard work paid off.


Woot! Woot! You’re a great mom!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Oh ladies I am just starting out. My daughter just started Kindergarten and so the journey begins. She has 2 years of preschool but that just isn’t the same. I am already getting used to being unpopular and I have told by her on numerous occasions that I am wrong and she is right. Only 15 or so years to go right?

Anny Oxidant & the Tea Bullie

Right. My daughter is a senior this year. Sigh. She says I am the best and coolest mom out of all her friend’s moms, but usually I am still a little “stupid” I think. Lol
Since starting this tea phase however, I have gained a few more cool points!! Lol

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I have tried a couple of different carrot cake teas/tisanes, and I think that this one might be my favorite. This one definitely has a carrot cake kind of thing going on. I don’t know that I’m tasting a distinct “carrot cake” flavor here, but, then again, I don’t know that I’m not, either. If that makes sense. The cinnamon, the fruit notes, the carrot-y taste … it all works very well together to create a taste that seems to evoke thoughts of carrot cake.


Why not Frank’s 52teas, does he not have a carrot cake tea? Oh, well!


Oddly enough, I don’t think Frank has ever made a carrot cake tea.


If he has made a carrot cake tea, it was before I became a customer of his… he hasn’t made one since I have become a frequent (and now constant) customer.

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drank Matcha Sendo by Camellia Sinensis
4421 tasting notes

I made a smoothie, and I just grabbed this Matcha to add to it because it was nearby. Normally, I prefer to drink this matcha straight (no smoothie) because it is SO good on it’s own that it doesn’t need all the fruit flavor … but, I wanted a smoothie, and I like to add Matcha to my smoothies, and this is what I grabbed… fortunately I still have enough of this for at least a couple of bowls of Matcha.

This smoothie is so good and refreshing. I used some greek yogurt, frozen strawberries, bananas, juice from an orange, and a couple of ice cubes along with the Matcha … it is so yummy. I taste the banana first, then the sweetness of the strawberry comes through along with a hint of vegetation from the Matcha. The ice cubes gave it a cool sensation which is absolutely necessary as it is another scorching hot day. I notice that this tastes less creamy than the smoothies I made last week with the vanilla cloud matcha … the vanilla really made a difference. Not saying that I like one better than the other though, because they are both really awesome.

This is perfect.


One of the best matchas out there.


Hi again,
I visited a Boba Tea shop the other day and I had one of their Boba smoothie and I think it had vanilla ice cream, almond and soy milk since I don’t like dairy. Anyhow it was very good. I sat there and drink the whole thing. Oink, oink.

I have soy milk green tea but no ice cream for a smoothie. I am not sure that I want to play with it. Best to leave it as is. It had an after taste when last I had it, so I must try to view the labeling, but it says nothing artificial in coloring or flavoring etc. I will lay off it, for now once finish. Enjoy smoothie.


Reminding me I need some matcha as well. I have not had any for a year now. That Stash one finished, gone and it was good matcha…I remember whisking it figure eight style until frothie and it taste lovely, not at all vegetal, it was sweetly in fact.

I am kind of confused? When I made my matcha’s I used cold water and never thought to having hot (boiling water) for a hot cup of matcha, can one do that? I think the water temperature must not be boiling.

In viewing my Republic of tea book, who ministers to my craziness says: Matcha is whisked with boiling water in a bowl to create a frothy, bright-green, nourishing beverage and like all Japanese beverage it is high in Vitamin C.

Well, I think for me since it was powdered drink I thought to have it cold. How dumb of me, also I did not have this book last year, either. Take care,

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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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