4550 Tasting Notes


Well, after a less than stellar experience with the Apricot Matcha, I decided to “clear my palate” with something that’s been tried and been GOOD. This was the first tin I came across so this is what I prepared.

And it is so yummy. So yummy and boysenberry-ish, with lovely vegetative notes. This is one that I think everyone should try! OH, and by pure coincidence, my full-length review for this tea will publish in a couple of hours on the SororiTea Sisters blog: http://sororiteasisters.com

Donna A

After Caramel matcha (my 1st flavored matcha), I’ve been wondering which one next. You’ve sold me!

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drank Apricot Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I tried this again, hoping for a different result than the first time I tried it. Unfortunately, the result is very much the same. I tried mixing it this time with 1 part Royal grade Matcha with 1 part Apricot Matcha and while this did soften the chemical/perfume/soap taste slightly, it did not soften it to the point of making it drinkable. It only softened it enough so that beyond this very strong chemical/perfume/soap taste I can taste the Matcha and the Apricot… but this is not enough to be able to look beyond that terrible flavor.

I’m sorry, I just don’t like this. :(


you can’t like everything :D


yeah, I know. But, I just love Red Leaf Teas (and have so much respect for them as a company) that it makes me sad to come across one of theirs that didn’t do it for me.


well it’s one less matcha to add to your order so it’s more money for the other matchas you do like :D

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I am so glad that sTEAp Shoppe added this tea to the database already … because it’s not yet on their website, so I didn’t want to add the tea without their information included. It not only helps me to write this tasting note but also my full-length review which will publish this Friday evening.

I had signed up for the Virtual Tea Tasting, but, unfortunately, something had gone awry with my entry and so I didn’t get my teas in time for the tea tasting this past Sunday. However, sTEAp Shoppe was kind enough to still send me some teas, allowing me to choose which teas I wanted! I didn’t choose this tea, but they included it, and I was thrilled because … wow, the name of it alone is drool worthy. Milk Chocolate & Caramel? um… YES PLEASE!

And it is indeed delicious. The chocolate and caramel really come forward nicely in this. The black tea is a bit on the lighter side, not what I’d call a strong black tea but it holds its own and I think that a stronger or bolder black tea would have overwhelmed the chocolate and caramel flavors. And trust me, you do not want to miss out on those notes! Absolutely yummy!


Mm.. this sounds so good!

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The aroma is amazing for this tea. It smells so strong – so much like fresh peaches and apricots, my mouth started watering as the fragrance wafted through the kitchen.

It tastes as good as it smells, too. The green tea is well balanced with the peach and apricot flavors – providing a flavor that is sweet and fresh, with a light brothy mouthfeel and hint of vegetative flavor. A really amazing peach and apricot flavored tea.

PS: Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this one!

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drank Butter Pecan Black Tea by 52teas
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A week or two ago as I was sorting through my stash I found a tiny bit of this tea stashed away from where I would normally sort through… and I don’t know if I was saving or hoarding this for some reason, I really don’t remember, but, oh well, it’s a chance for me to revisit this tea which I really LOVED back when it was released. I am hoping that the flavors did not fade too much over time, it was stored rather well, so here’s hoping!

It is still really flavorful. Maybe not quite as strong as it once was, but I can still taste the creamy, vanilla-y, nutty flavor of the classic ice cream flavor, as well as the black tea. A nice way to start my day.


I love butter pecan! Here’s hoping it makes a comeback one day. =)


Me too. :D


sounds yummy!

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drank Earl Grey by Stash Tea Company
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Backlog: Yesterday morning, my hubby took me and my daughter and her best friend out for breakfast and the place we visited had a selection of Stash Teas. I didn’t really have high hopes for them at first when I asked them what kind of tea they had, and they could only name one of them (Earl Grey) and I asked them what brand it was and she answered “I have no idea, I’ve never really noticed the brand.” Then my hubby groaned and said “Tea snob” in a not so hushed tone. But at least it wasn’t Lipton Earl Grey, so that was a step in the right direction.

This isn’t a bad Earl Grey (for a bad Earl Grey, try the aforementioned Lipton’s) but it isn’t great either. It kind of makes me sad in a way, because this was one of Steven Smith’s first tea companies, but, of course, they could have changed much since he left. I just had higher hopes for the tea than what it was able to deliver, but it wasn’t terrible. The black tea flavor was pleasant enough although it wasn’t particularly a strong or bold black base, and the bergamot was at a moderate level – I could taste the bergamot, but, it wasn’t the best bergamot I ever tasted, either. I’d rate this as average.


That is classic, I didn’t notice the label on mine either. In fact there is a characteristic acolate taste with any of their flavorings or perhaps it’s the leaf they use, either way the scorchy toast flavor lingers in the mouth allowing one to hug oneself and remember back to the time when teas taste good and the teapot isn’t still in the cupboard.

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drank Apricot Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Oh dear. This is … bad. I don’t know if my taste buds are off or something. Or if I just got a really bad batch. Or what. But … this tastes of perfume-y soap. I know it’s not the chawan or the chasen because I only rinse my chasen using the left over hot water from my teapot that I heated up for the Matcha, and I know it’s not the chawan because I rinsed it not only after cleaning but I rinse it in hot water before I use it to warm it up a bit before I make the Matcha.

This is bad. I can’t even try to ascertain what else I taste because my taste buds can’t get past the powerful chemical taste here. It tastes really bad. I’m really disappointed, and I’m not going to rate it, because I don’t know if the fault is mine, or if it’s with the Matcha… I will try it again another time … just not again tonight. I hope it is a case of taste buds being off and not the Matcha.


sometimes you can never tell until you do it again. Of course it takes awhile to try again if your anything like me and get scared of putting it in your mouth :D


I have loved every other Matcha that I’ve tried from RLT and I love apricots … but, this just … I can’t taste the apricot because all I do taste is that icky taste. :( I’m very sad. I had high hopes for it.


I had the same problem with one flavour as well :B I’m not sure what it is..

Red Leaf Tea

When you try it again, do me a favor and try using 1/2of flavored matcha and add 1/2 of regular, non-flavored matcha. Let me know if this improves the taste. In some rare cases too much flavor can be bad. I’m not sure here. Not all flavors can be hit, some are just not that great. I’m sorry if you had a bad experience with this one.


I will try your suggestion and see how it affects the flavor. After I dumped this and tried another tea with which I was more familiar, though, I realized that my palate seems up to par… so I don’t know. But I will give it another chance, and hopefully the next time will be better.


I had high hopes for this one as I am an Apricot NUT

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This is my first cup today. Earlier, I just wasn’t feeling very good so I went back to bed and slept a couple of hours and I feel much better now. I am one of those people that if they don’t get the required amount of sleep, I start feeling really sick with Flu-like symptoms. Achy, cold-sweats, and feeling nauseous… and that’s just exactly how I felt this morning. I hope my body gets accustomed soon to the change of sleep patterns due to school starting up again.

Anyway, on to tea! It’s been a while (at least a week!) since I’ve had a really good Assam, so when this sample arrived today from Zen Tea I jumped all over it, deciding this would be the tea to start my day.

And it’s AWESOME! Deliciously rich. Sweet with caramel-like undertones. Delicious malt notes and an amazing creaminess to it. One of the nicest Assam teas I have ever had. It isn’t bitter, but then, I did take precautions to avoid it by steeping it in 200°F water instead of a full boil and steeping for just 2 minutes in my Breville One-Touch. This rendered the perfect cup of tea. LOVE this!


Sorry about the no-sleep wearies. (I crawl around with a wicked headache when I don’t get my usual ration.) Creamy and malt sounds beautiful.


@gmathis: that happens to me too, if it accumulates. Like if I go for a few days with not getting enough sleep each day … I get a horrible migraine. UGH! Fortunately though, I’ve come to recognize my symptoms, even if I don’t realize it right away. When I crawled back in bed, I mumbled to my husband who was getting ready for work that I didn’t feel well, and told him I thought I was getting the flu. Because that’s exactly what it feels like to me. And I think that somewhere in my head, I knew that it was actually that I needed some sleep, but, my brain wasn’t working so out came “flu”. Now after just a couple of hours of rest I feel like 100% better.


Yeah same here LiberTEAS I wonked myself out by not taking proper care of myself so have been lethargic and just feeling stupid for a few days now.
Hope you get better soon!


Thanks Azzrian… I really feel a lot better than I did this morning. I just could not sleep last night, I don’t know why. It wasn’t like I was “alert” or anything (like maybe I had too much caffeine), it was more like I just couldn’t get comfortable no matter how much I tried to.


I very much enjoyed Assam Mangalam Second Flush FTGFOP1 by Zen Tea: http://steepster.com/looseTman/posts/164482#comments

What are the differences between Zen Tea’s Assam Mangalam Second Flush FTGFOP1 and No 49 Assam FTGFOP1 by SST?

Which tea is your current King of Assam teas?


At this point, I would have to say that the Tiger Assam from A&D Damn Fine Teas is right up there with the finest Assam: http://steepster.com/LiberTEAS/posts/142885

It is difficult for me to compare the Zen Tea’s Assam and the SST Assam because it’s been a while since I’ve had the SST. I don’t usually keep the teas on hand for very long … I’m more of a taster than one who lingers over one tea for very long. I wish I could be of more help to you!

Terri HarpLady

I haven’t tried the Mangalam, but I LOVE Tiger AND #49 both!!


Thank you both! Sounds like I’ll have to try both Tiger AND #49.

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this Oolong. It’s really nice.

Yesterday’s Oolong was also a Shui Xian and that was purely by coincidence. I did not even realize that this was a Shui Xian until I started to put it in my gaiwan. Sure, the label said Shui Xian but what I was really focusing on was the “Oolong” part.

And as I’m tasting this, I do note similarities between this and the tea that I had last evening. They possess similar honey-esque tones and fruit notes, as well as roasty, charcoal-ish, nutty flavors. I notice a little less creaminess with this cup than I remember from last night, but that would be the only real notable difference. Then again, I’m not drinking them side-by-side so I can’t do a very accurate comparison … this is all based on my memory of the tea that I had last night (although I will say that it WAS a memorable tea) versus what I’m sipping right now.

Overall, I’ve enjoyed both teas.

Arbor Tea is one of my favorite companies if for no other reason than the fact that they are very dedicated to preserving the environment and that is important to me. But on top of that, they also provide excellent quality, fair-trade, organic teas.

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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea.

I love Matcha infused/blended Genmaicha, so sweet and toasty. Mmm… this is so yummy and comforting. Nutty and yet very fresh tasting with the sweet green tea notes. A very refreshing cuppa.

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:


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. I don’t always have sampler boxes available as it depends upon how much time I have as well as packaging supplies. 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.


Vancouver, WA



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