4842 Tasting Notes

drank French Vanilla Assam by 52teas
4842 tasting notes

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
4842 tasting notes

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 am a bit behind in trying teas due to my head cold … this tisane came in my Amoda box for December. And it is YUM. Yep, it’s rooibos, but, it’s more mint than anything else. And then I taste the creamy white chocolate. After that I taste maybe a tad … just a hint? … of the nutty taste of rooibos. But mostly I get zesty mint. I think that even someone who thinks they don’t like rooibos might enjoy this. It’s quite tasty.

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drank Weeping Angel Tea by 52teas
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Seriously … YUM!

I took the first few sips without any additions, and I found it so yummy, but, I thought something was missing … and that something was the popcorn. To remedy this, I recommend adding a tiny bit of salt. I added about half a pinch of salt to my 12 ounce mug, and it turned out perfect! The popcorn flavors emerged, and it gave a very enjoyable salty-sweet contrast without tasting too much like salt.

It is really good – rich, buttery, toffee/caramel-y deliciousness. Sweet and savory. Just GOOD!


I’m saving mine for a Doctor Who party, but I’ll remember the pinch of salt!

CrowKettle I can’t wait to try this while watching the Christmas special tomorrow night.. (Yeah, I’m behind). Pinch of salt is a neat tip.

My kids and godson are in the den right now watching old old Doctor Who!


Oh that sounds so good. I wish I had ordered some when I had the chance.


Oooh, excited for this one!

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I created this blend just before Christmas for a swap I was participating in … my recipient likes chai, vanilla flavored black teas, and almond flavored black teas … so I decided to have Ovation Teas put them all together in one fantastic blend for her. I decided that I had to try it too, so they were nice enough to include some for me to try.

And it is, indeed, fantastic! The chai comes through good and strong, and the vanilla and almond accent each other really nicely to provide a sweet, nutty, creamy taste that melds deliciously with the warmly spiced chai. It isn’t a strong, spicy chai, but it isn’t what I’d call mild either … it has a nice balance of spices. Warm and comforting … perfect for a chilly, grey Pacific Northwest day.

I was greatly saddened to learn that Ovation Teas is closing its doors … they are a “local” company (they’re in Washington, anyway), and that saddens me, as well as the fact that they had some pretty amazing blends and I hadn’t even scratched the surface … there were so many others I wanted to try! And really, they are such awesomely nice people, the kind of people I felt good about doing business with … I am sad to see them close their doors.

I guess I’m not going to rate this one since it is a custom blend that I created.


Oh ummm I rated mine lol maybe I should not have but I mean I didn’t blend it myself. I guess I figured that since it is their ingredients, and they chose the blend of each ingredient that it was okay to rate. Maybe not haha.


I think as long as you don’t blend it yourself it’s fair to rate? Especially if you’re not the one selling it.


Hope so :)


You can rate yours if you want. I just … didn’t. :)

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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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