4423 Tasting Notes


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
4423 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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Even though it’s 2:41 pm here, it’s still very morning-ish to me, because we were up late and I still feel sluggish. I need black tea!

I don’t know if this will do the trick, but, it’s black tea, and it’s what I had sitting on my tea counter waiting for me to try. So, I grabbed it and am hopeful that it will help bring me to a better state of wakefulness.

The aroma is amazing from the moment I first open the canister. It smells very much like wine. Very grape-y, but with a distinct note of fermentation. Brewed, the tea smells very nice also, like black tea with a hint of fermented grape. Hints of floral seem to dance across the surface as well.

Wow! This is nice. It is certainly “velvety and robust” … it has a lovely black tea base that is strong and deliciously smooth. The merlot flavoring is sweet and has a very intriguing depth of “dark fruits”: grape, currant, and plum. It also has a hint of licorice in this, not a strong flavor (for those of you who do not like licorice, I don’t think that the flavor here would disturb your enjoyment of this tea), instead, it is more like a distant flavor that seems to enhance the overall wine-like experience.

Very enjoyable, indeed, and I do feel a bit more alert than I did when I started this tasting note!

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Yummmm! I cold-brewed a few of these bags in my half-gallon pitcher last night, and it is so yummy and refreshing today. Sweet, the pear flavor is really quite good. Sweet, juicy pear. The Sencha is more forward than the pear, and I like that. Very enjoyable … very nice on such a hot day (and evening).


This sounds really interesting


I’ve been seeing the crazy temps up there lately. Good to know I can still have my fav iced tea once moving there from florida where iced tea is pretty much mandatory lol

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I’m enjoying this in my steep & go, and I agree with TeaEqualsBliss the flavor is very subtle served this way, a bit like those flavored waters… gentle lemon flavor, hints of flower. Naturally sweet and it has a soothing, calming effect. Very nice. I’ll be trying this hot within the next couple of days, just to see how it differs. But, I like it cold-brewed with the steep & go.

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drank Dong Ding Oolong by Peony Tea S.
4423 tasting notes

This is easily one of the best Dong Ding Oolong teas I’ve tasted. Sweet – caramel-y sweet! The fruity tones are almost like dried fruit, like sugary sweet dried plums and raisins that have been reconstituted and then cooked down into a caramelized syrup. YUM.

The floral tones are not quite as pronounced throughout the sip, but, I notice them in the aftertaste, which is gently floral and sweet.

Very, very good. I think this may be my favorite from Peony Tea S thus far!


subsequent infusions produce a stronger floral note. Still sweet. A charcoal-y/roasty/toasty kind of flavor emerging also.


I seem to recall you reviewing Dong Ding Oolong and liking it as well for its fruity tones, I think?


Not all Dong Ding Oolongs are created equal, and I find different things each time I taste different ones, and judge them for their individual merits.

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With this flavor from Jade Monk, I decided rather preparing it like a Matcha (with hot water, whisking it in my chawan), I chose to mix it with cold water and stir vigorously. This Matcha drink is MUCH BETTER using this cold water method rather than attempting to prepare it like traditional Matcha. Even with the stevia, the stevia tastes less bitter and leaves less of a funky aftertaste. I still taste the stevia, but, it doesn’t taste as “off” as it did when I prepared the peach matcha from Jade Monk with the hot water.

Still, I’d rather there be no stevia in this at all. But, stevia is a better alternative sweetener over aspartame which I cannot drink… So, I guess … for what this is, it’s pretty good.

The more I drink of this, the more I enjoy it. It is sweet and the cranberry and blood orange are a nice combination of sweet with just enough tart to keep it from tasting too sweet. Overall, it’s pleasant, I don’t taste a lot of the Matcha … but I can feel it’s energizing effects.

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When I first opened the package of this tea, I was surprised to smell just how spicy the aroma was. It is almost as pungent as the MarketSpice tea! It isn’t quite as oily in presentation, though, so I didn’t think it would be quite as spicy tasting as the MarketSpice.

And it isn’t. This is actually what I’d call a warmly spiced blend, but not spicy or hot. The black tea is about as strong a flavor as the cinnamon, and the cinnamon is the strongest of the spices, with the cloves appearing about mid-sip. The orange sort of peeks its way through, appearing throughout the sip, but not becoming a really strong flavor. More like a pleasant accent to brighten up the cup. At first, I found myself wishing that there was more vanilla flavor, but as the tea cools slightly, the vanilla flavors begin to come forward.

This is a pleasant enough tea, but the black tea base is a bit on the mellow side, and I found myself wishing for just a bit more roundness. I suspect that this is a Ceylon, and I think this blend would have been even better if there was a little bit of Assam or Nilgiri added to it, to add some roundness and maybe a touch of malt to the cup.

It is good as it is, but, it could be even better, I think!

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drank Vanilla Cloud matcha by Domo
4423 tasting notes

So… this will exceed my Matcha limit for the day, but I had a couple of bananas that either had to be used today or I needed to freeze them, and so I decided to whip up a smoothie. Greek Yogurt, bananas, frozen strawberries, half & half (still haven’t gotten any more coconut milk or kefir for my smoothies), and this Matcha… it is a creamy, delicious, heavenly treat. And even though it is incredibly creamy and rich, I can still taste all the flavors. I taste the honey from the yogurt as well as that tangy taste from it, I taste the bananas and strawberries as well as the creamy vanilla tones and the hint of vegetative taste from the matcha. This matcha tends to be less vegetative than others though, as it really is strongly vanilla. Yum yum Yum!!!


Auggg I was going to grab some but shipping is more than the tea itself lol still a fair price but I will have to wait on this one.


Azz – I have a lil bit left – I will send it to ya! I haven’t shipped your box yet :)


Oh wow well I don’t want to take the last of yours! If you are not IN LOVE with it or anything lol I would be more than happy to try! Thanks either way but seriously keep for yourself if you don’t have much left!


teehee – no worries – I do like it but I’m doing some major wheelin’ & dealin’ lately! I think I have logged it 6 times or so :)


Well thank you!!! :)

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drank Coconut Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
4423 tasting notes

My matcha from Red Leaf has arrived! Yay! Their service is speedy! I love that I can order something from them and it arrives within a week. That’s totally awesome!

With the huge assortment of flavors from Red Leaf to choose from, it’s difficult to narrow it down to 4 flavors. There were so many that I wanted to try … but something about this coconut kept calling out to me. I guess I’ve been on a bit of a coconut frenzy lately.

I ordered the basic matcha with the distinctive level of flavoring. This has become my own default ordering … and so far, it hasn’t disappointed me. Only one of the four matcha teas that I ordered from Red Leaf this time is not at distinctive level … and that one I shall talk about at some point in the future.

My first couple of sips were enjoyable, but, they weren’t quite all that, you know? But now that I’m about halfway through my bowlful, I am finding it difficult to stop sipping, it has one of those “contagious” kind of flavors, that just sort of creeps up on you … starting out just OK and then slowly becoming absolutely scrumptious.



oooh, this sounds yummy!


Coconut Matcha? AWESOME :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I really want to try this one :) CocoAmor <3

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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 here: http://liberteas.teatra.de/ I don’t always have sampler boxes available as it depends upon how much time I have as well as packaging supplies. I usually post at least one or two sampler boxes per month, though, so 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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