4842 Tasting Notes


I love jasmine! And this is absolutely lovely.

Life in Teacup has some of the very finest teas, and this one is no exception. The jasmine is strong, but, it is not artificial tasting. It tastes sweet, exotic and oh-so-wonderful. The green tea is light, vegetal and buttery. A lovely tea.

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

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I like this because the green tea dominates over the flavor of the peppermint, and it seems that with almost all peppermint green teas, the opposite is true. I like that the peppermint is delicate here. I do agree with TeaEqualsBliss, though, this does have a grassy taste, but I’m not hating it. It falls somewhere between grass and vegetable for me, and I notice the light buttery tones. It’s very enjoyable and relaxing this evening.

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drank Peach Melba by Trail Lodge Tea
4842 tasting notes

This is seriously yummy! The peach is so sweet and juicy tasting, and the raspberry adds just the right tart touch to the cup. There is a creaminess that weaves its way throughout the sip, and the nutty flavor of the honeybush and rooibos … really just works so well with this… and gives it a very dessert-y kind of taste.

Really good.

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I’m enjoying this. I love the floral tones. The peach and mango, the fruit notes … taste slightly artificial, but, I like the way the floral notes work here that I am not going to hate on the fruit notes. The floral tones are delightful and delicate, not heavy and perfume-y.

It’s a very soft and calming tea.

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drank Genmaicha by Capital Teas
4842 tasting notes

This is a really lovely Genmaicha – thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending it my way.

Sweet, toasty, and delicious. I love the roasted rice flavor of Genmaicha, it reminds me of my favorite part of rice when I cook it, the part that gets slightly caramelized at the bottom of the pan in my rice steamer… sweet, a little crispy … just YUM! Combine that with the flavor of the sweet, vegetative taste of green tea. Just lovely.

Thanks for this tea, my sister!

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I got this in my Christmas Stocking (yep, I bought this one too, and stuffed it in my own stocking. Sad … but true) This is the second time I’ve tried it, the first time was less successful. I wasn’t getting a whole lot of pumpkin or caramel in the sip, just spices and bitterness. It wasn’t bad … exactly, but, it wasn’t as pleasant a cup as I hoped for. This time, it’s better. I found that a splash of milk really improves the taste here. the caramel is accented, the pumpkin comes out a little more, and the spices are not as prominent, but instead provide pleasing background notes to the caramel and pumpkin flavors. It’s not as good as 52Teas Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake … of course, but, it is certainly enjoyable, and this one has a bit more of a spiced taste to it than the cheesecake version.


Don’t feel bad – I told my hubby a tea to stuff in my stocking – he almost forgot about it too LOL


The only way I am given teas by anyone in my family … is if I buy it for them to give to me. LOL Like I’ve said before, they all have this crazy notion that I have enough tea. AS IF!

Jackie T

wait that concept exists? …enough tea?


@Jackie: Well, the concept has been proposed by my family, but I have rejected the notion, because it simply makes no sense. It’s an oxymoron.


I’m so lucky my family hasn’t decided on this ‘enough tea’ concept yet. My sister even gave me a subscription to Amoda this Xmas without my even suggesting tea at all (I told her I wanted the Avengers DVD).

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Oh goodness, this is lovely … I think that Da Yu Ling is quickly becoming another favorite Oolong of mine, perhaps right on the same level as Ali Shan which is (or was) #1. I am so swooning over this tea.

It is amazing to me how a tea can taste so delicate and yet so rich. At once, I taste notes of flower, air, fruit, honey, and vegetation. I taste each of these notes individually. In subsequent infusions, the flavors become less individual … they seem to come together in a very harmonious way to create a very luxurious, enchanting flavor.

I am so in love with this.

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

When I read a tasting note about this tea just yesterday, I had read that it was a smoky tasting tea, and that stuck with me when I brewed this, so, I did a quick rinse of the leaves before I brewed to maybe remove some of the heavy smoke flavor. I’m not a big fan of smoke, I prefer a gently smoky tea over a heavily smoked one … so I hoped that a quick rinse might keep it from tasting too overwhelmingly smoky.

And … it doesn’t. It is smoky, yes, but there is so much more going on here. The berry notes are outstanding. I taste notes of lemon as well, and the pine’s resinous notes. The mint is subtle but I love that crisp note it provides.

A really lovely tea. I’m so glad I was able to try it!


I keep reading this as “Manatee Moonrise”…


Me, too! (And wondering how a manatee could manage a teacup with nothing but flippers.)


they must have changed the recipe for this tea because I don’t remember it having mint and berry.

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I want it to say Manatee…so what does Manistee mean? Maybe it’s a place…(quick zip over to search engine)…yup, Manistee, Michigan. Dunno if that’s what they named the tea for, but now we know.


:) Glad you enjoyed it!


@Terri: It is what the tea is named for. Whispering Pines is in Michigan. :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

LiberTEAS, glad you enjoyed this!
Terri, check out the description here: http://whisperingpinestea.com/manisteemoonrise.html
And also the product video here :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jy0xKilUWZY

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drank Honeybush Spice by Bird's Eye Tea
4842 tasting notes

This is lovely. One of the nicest honeybush and spice blends I’ve tasted … I think I like this one especially because of the combination of licorice root and star anise in this. I love the strength of the sweet, zesty licorice-y taste in this … it’s strong, but it doesn’t overpower everything else. I taste the cinnamon, the cardamom, the orange, and the ginger. And the honeybush. This is warm and cozy to sip.

My full-length review is coming soon on SororiTea Sisters. Http://sororiteasisters.com

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Today while running around, I got to the point where a stop for tea was required. I could feel the beginnings of that lack-of-caffeine headache. Here in the Pacific Northwest, there is a starbucks at nearly every corner (seriously, if you miss the starbucks at this corner, you don’t need to turn around, just keep driving and there will be another one within a mile). But, I don’t like starbucks, and I like Teavana even less. So, hubby was nice and took a detour and took me to Brewed Awakenings where they serve Steven Smith teas. I don’t like that they serve the tea in paper cups because I can taste the paper, but, at least I got some good tea on the go. It would be better if they found a better way to serve it, but, at least I don’t have the caffeine headache now.

I do love this tea, definitely one of my favorite Earl Grey teas out there.

Kasumi no Chajin

Steven Smith Teamaker has been a great discovery for me as well! (sadly my area no longer carries any- will need to place an order soon!)

Terri HarpLady

hmmm…sounds worthy of trying…


@Terri: Steven Smith is a rock star in the world of tea. :) Definitely worthy.

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:

I no longer write for the SororiTea Sisters but I am still the admin for the blog.


The reason I’m no longer writing for SororiTea Sisters is because I am now the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas:


I’ll still be posting occasional reviews on teas here on Steepster, mostly backlogged reviews because I’m way behind on getting reviews posted. That’s why I’m keeping two accounts active at the current time – so that I can get those backlogged reviews posted.


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, which is why I was very excited to be the Mad Tea Artist of 52Teas!


Vancouver, WA



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