4401 Tasting Notes

drank SBT: Cotton Candy by 52teas
4401 tasting notes

I’ve had a couple of glasses of this iced tea today (cold-brewed), and it is very yum. I must admit that I do prefer the original cotton candy, but this Southern Boy version is good too. Interestingly, I notice a chocolate-y tone to this toward the finish. Sweet, cotton candy-ish, and then caramel and chocolate. Quite a treat.

Frank, if you’re reading this … now would be a good time for one of those blow-out type of specials that you occasionally offer. How about like 40% off orders over $80. (see, I’m going to have to resubscribe within the next couple of weeks or so) If you do, I’ll add more of the Southern Boy teas to my subscription. :)

Anyway, this is very refreshing and delicious. Better than any soda!


I truly don’t miss soda any more. Double fudge milkshakes…uh,that’s another story…


Lucky for me I was brought up having soda allowed in my house only on special occasions, so I learned to like water. :)


@Kwinter … I wasn’t even allowed soda on special occasions. For us, it was either water or Kool Aid that had been sweetened with saccharine. YUCK! The tea that was in the house was Liptons… and I swear, the same box that was in the house when I moved out at eighteen was the one that my stepmother brought in to the house when they got married when I was eight…


I’m lucky with the tea, you could say I’m growing up in the golden age of tea in the west!


Yes, that is fortunate. I didn’t think I really cared much for tea until I was older and discovered the joy of loose leaf.

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drank Oh Christmas Tea by Tealish
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Thank you to DaisyChubb for sending me a bit of this tea.

A really lovely holiday tea – a nice way to have a little bit of Christmas in July! Sweet and spiced but not what I’d call spicy… the spices really pop after the tea has cooled slightly (where it’s still hot but not piping hot), but I don’t find this hot. It’s more like warm, gentle spices that complement the orange notes.

A nice orange spiced tea that doesn’t go overboard with the spices. Very pleasant and enjoyable.

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

This is very much the way I expected it to be, basically what I expected from a cherry rose tea. Sweet cherry flavor, almost candy cherry-ish. The smell was a bit like a cough drop, but I don’t get that in the flavor. The cherry is sweet but there is a tartness to it too. The green tea flavor comes through nicely, smooth and buttery. The rose is not a strong flavor, but it gives a pleasing floral accent to the overall cup.

Very nice.

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I need to go clean the kitchen floor, so I need some energy. I can already feel a little more energized as I just finished a glass of this (just stir it in a glass of water and stir or add it to a bottle of water and give it a good shake).

It doesn’t taste as much like green tea as it does one of those powdered drink mixes, but it is still tasty… it has a pleasant berry taste. I would rather it taste a bit more like green tea, I think, but, it’s doing what I wanted it to do, which is give me the energy to clean the floor… so I guess I better get moving!

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I’m on my sixth infusion now … this tea started out with a very strong sweetness that was very fruit like, tasting like something between a plum and a peach. Very sweet and juicy, with hints of sour. Hints of vegetative notes and toasted grain were in the background, and the floral tones were barely there.

By the fourth infusion, things began to change… the fruity tones had subsided, falling back into the background and becoming more of a memory than a present taste. The floral tones emerged, and there was a savory bitter tone that arrived about mid sip. More like a sharpness that lent a contrast to the sweeter notes. The vegetative notes have become stronger.

Now, the vegetative notes are much stronger than in the first four infusions, and the floral notes are pungent. The roasted notes are a bit like charcoal, and I don’t taste as much of the creamy grain notes that I noticed in the first couple of infusions…

It’s still very pleasant now, and it’s very interesting how much this tea changes over the infusions. I preferred the first couple of infusions, but I also enjoyed the transitions.

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This is really tasty. I think I may have oversteeped it slightly because I forgot to set the timer… but, surprisingly, it doesn’t taste bitter (I say surprisingly because this is an Assam blend, and I usually expect Assam to become bitter when it’s oversteeped). It is a good, strong tea with a lovely peach and ginger flavor. The tea is the strongest flavor (as it should be) with lovely sweet peach notes and a hint of ginger’s fire.

I like the way this one comes together. Very enjoyable.

Hesper June

I was obsessed with this tea last year.
I still like it a lot:)

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What a lovely Earl Grey! Quite unlike others that I’ve tried. The base is a blend of teas, and this blend is very bold and distinguished, and the bergamot seems rather mellow as a result. But it has mellowed in a very enjoyable way, offering a sweet hint of juicy citrus notes throughout the sip, but, by the time I’ve reached mid-cup, the flavor begins to reveal some hints of floral tones. It’s a very unique bergamot, a very lovely Earl Grey.

Yay for Earl Grey!

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drank Sanctify by Hari Tea
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This is pretty darned tasty… I was a little hesitant – as I am with all herbal teas, but, this has a really satisfying taste … chocolate-y notes from the cacao shells and a nice licorice-y taste that is sweet and a little zesty too. The ingredients make this very much like a chai, but, it doesn’t taste like a spicy chai, instead it seems like it’s been blended in such a way as to enhance calm… and I am feeling calmer by the moment as I sip this.

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drank Bao Zhong by Rishi Tea
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A really lovely Oolong – sweet and floral, but with enough of a vegetative tone to it to keep it from tasting too flowery. Fantastic aroma to this tea… I can’t seem to stop holding the cup up to my nose just to sniff it… it’s intoxicating.

Lovely, soft, delicious … it is familiar, and yet quite different. I like it.

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drank Blueberry Matcha by Shanti Tea
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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this Matcha.


I like the way the blueberry and Matcha work together here, they seem to emphasize the sweetness of each other, and cancel out any bitterness that might otherwise be noted with the Matcha … as well as cancelling out any of the tartness that I might have noticed from the blueberry! It’s like all of the good here, and none of the bad! I like!

Sweet, very fragrant, and very enjoyable. Not chalky or gritty, and it stays well incorporated until I’ve reached the bottom of the bowl.

A very delicious Matcha treat, indeed.




Oh wow sounds nice!

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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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