4835 Tasting Notes


I was apprehensive about this tea. It was clearly a situation where the chamomile has been crushed to a powder and this is typically the type of chamomile I do not usually enjoy. It looked a lot like something you’d find from a grocery store.

I steeped it for 8 minutes, even though I usually steep my chamomile teas for 10 minutes. I’m glad I only went with 8 minutes because it’s really strong. The crushed blossoms produce a stronger (but not better) flavor.

It’s alright. A light apple-y tone with heavy nectar/honey notes. It’s a soothing tea and it’s pleasant enough, but not my favorite cuppa. I doubt that chamomile will ever be a favorite. But it was alright.

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Beautifully fragrant! As I mention in my full-length review of this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/03/feng-huang-dan-cong-special-oolong-tea-from-palais-des-thes/ – this aromatic tea impressed me right away.

Sweet, delicious and fruity. Floral notes with hints of spice. It’s a warm and beautiful tea, very autumnal. The sip starts out honey-like. Then I pick up on notes of stone fruit and flower. There is a delicate undertone of spice throughout.

The second cup was smoother than the first, and I found with each subsequent infusion that the flavors mellowed but it was still very flavorful. A very enjoyable tea.

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drank Genmacashew by 52teas
4835 tasting notes


I enjoyed this both hot and cold. The green tea is lightly grassy and sweet, and I like the way the nutty flavors meld with the toasty rice flavor. I don’t necessarily get ‘cashew’ or ‘macadamia nut’ but I get a medley of nut flavors, as if I grabbed a handful of mixed nuts and ate them all mixed together. It is a harmonious, nutty flavor.

It’s good. Not my favorite from 52Teas but not bad either, and one that I’m glad I tried.

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drank Oolong by Teatulia Teas
4835 tasting notes


The aroma is interesting: notes of smoke and a sweet note that is like butterscotch. Hints of earth and wood.

A delightful flavor: I taste the butterscotch. The description suggests notes of pie crust, lemon and sake. As one who hasn’t had sake for well over 20 years, I can’t tell you that I’m tasting sake, but I do taste the notes of lemon as well as a hint of pastry.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/02/oolong-tea-from-teatulia/

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This is similar to the Unsweetened MatchaBooster that I reviewed a week or so ago, except that this is sweetened. You require more powder for the same amount of water of this product because of the sugar that’s in this. And really, I’d rather it not be sweetened, I prefer the unsweetened.

The sweetness is a little jarring, as I said in my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/01/product-review-sweetened-matchabooster-from-maeda-en/

I think it’s a little too sweet. What I did with subsequent uses is that I’d use one tablespoon of this powder and 1/2 teaspoon of the unsweetened powder in my 16.9 ounce water bottle and this made for a much more pleasant experience – it was still sweet but certainly not as sweet, and actually quite enjoyable.

And even with the sugar in this, it doesn’t completely mask the flavor of the Matcha, I am able to taste the buttery notes of the Matcha, light vegetal tones and hints of cacao.

This particular product would be perfect for a Frappe type of recipe – where you want a sweetened product but for on the go, I think you might be better off with the unsweetened.

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My 4700 tasting note is of another exceptional tea from Cameron Tea.

An absolutely delightful tea. Sweet, smooth, no astringency, no bitterness. Sweet, molasses-y goodness. Gentle spice notes. Hints of caramel. Earthy notes. Chocolate and leather.

Oh so pleasant. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/31/taiwan-sun-moon-lake-formosa-black-tea-premium-grade-from-cameron-tea/


Congrats on 4700!

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drank Earl Grey by Tea of Life
4835 tasting notes


The fragrance of Bergamot is lacking – I didn’t get a strong bergamot aroma when I opened the pouch and I also didn’t get a really strong bergamot scent in the brewed tea. It was a little disappointing to me because I love me some bergamot and I enjoy smelling it almost as much as I enjoy drinking a properly flavored Earl Grey tea.

Flavor-wise, the bergamot is there. It’s a good earl grey. It doesn’t taste soapy or like cologne. The black tea is brisk and smooth and not astringent.

Overall, I enjoyed this. I wish it had a stronger bergamot scent but because the flavors were there, I can’t really knock it too severely. A decent Earl Grey.

Here’s my full-length article: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/31/earl-grey-tea-from-tea-of-life/

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Really? I’m the first to review this tea?


It’s a tasty iced tea. I tasted a little more honeybush than I did caramel or apple flavors, but I didn’t mind that. I liked the way the nutty, honey-sweet flavors melded with the notes of caramel and apple. It made a pleasant iced tea. It isn’t my favorite from SBT but I liked it.

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I really loved the various teas that I tried from What-cha. This is a top-notch company, and if you’re looking for good pure teas (and who isn’t?) you should really check them out.

To get my full thoughts on this tea, please check out my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/29/assam-2nd-flush-2014-silver-needle-white-tea-from-what-cha-tea/

Sweet, delicate (but not as delicate as a Chinese silver needle), with distinct hay-like notes. Notes of malt! Calming to sip. No astringency. Gentle notes of fruit and flower. I would add this to the “must try” list from What-cha.


Oi, that’s becoming a pretty long list. They have so many amazing teas.

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This is a tea that I reviewed previously, but because they sent me another sample of it, I reviewed it again. What the heck.


It’s a yummy chai. And I think that this one is a little different from the previous Sleepy Hollow Pumpkin Chai I reviewed, if for no other reason than this sampling didn’t have the candy sprinkles in it. I’m just fine with that, as I think that candy sprinkles in tea are over-rated. I might understand some candy sprinkles in a blend like ‘birthday cake’ or something like that – but, it seems like the candy sprinkles thing is getting way overdone.

Anyway, that’s my rant about that for now.

A yummy chai. A good strong kick of ginger and cinnamon. The black tea has a smooth, rich flavor but it’s not quite as robust as I might have wanted it to be. I mean, with a chai it should be a strong black tea base to support those strong spices.

At first, the pumpkin flavors were somewhat reserved, but after about a fourth of the cup was consumed I started to pick up on the savory-sweet notes of pumpkin.

Overall, a pleasant cuppa. I previously rated this a 95 and since I’m now “discontinuing” the practice of numerical ratings, I cancelled the numeric rating for this. With this particular tasting, I probably would have given it a 90 even though I think I may have enjoyed it more this time than previously – it’s just that my tastes are a-changing.

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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!


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