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4219 Tasting Notes

drank Silver Needle by PekoeTea
4219 tasting notes

This Silver Needle is really quite lovely. One of the finest I think I’ve yet to encounter. Delicate, yes, but also intensely flavored … surprisingly so. Notes of cucumber and hay, as well as a very subtle young asparagus stalk that has been steamed and lightly buttered. As I continue to sip, a mineral-like taste seems to come into play. There are some delightful fruit notes to this tea as well, and I like the way they transition – starting out with a delicate apple-pear kind of flavor, and as I continue to sip, the flavor becomes more of a honeydew melon. It has a refreshing quality to it, and is one of the most complex silver needle teas I’ve yet to taste.


This one looks really delicious. There’s something about white teas-they just make my mouth water.


I agree!

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I ordered the newly rescued Gingerbread Chai from iHeartTeas and Rachel included this sample with my order.

This is really very nice. At first, all I really tasted was the slightly grassy taste of the green tea, but after allowing it to cool a few moments and taking a few sips, the raspberry really emerged. It is sweet and just a little tart, like a fresh berry would be. The apricot is there too, although it is a much softer flavor, asserting itself in the aftertaste more than at any other point.

Quite enjoyable. Sweet but not too sweet, and the combination of raspberry and apricot is very pleasing. My full-length review of this tea will publish next week on the SororiTea Sisters, but for now, this is a good one.


Sometime I am going to have to acquire a sample of this. It sounds so good.


I had a sample – I need to order it!


Yeah, I totally said the above, promptly went onto her site, and ordered it along with two other signature blends and some coconut pouchong. Self-restraint is not my best asset.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

It’s good to know I’m not the only one with self resistant issues. :)

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YUM! This is one of the three different teas/tisanes that I purchased when I visited Tea Chai Té a couple of weeks ago. I don’t usually order yerba maté, so I thought I’d step outside of my comfort zone a little and try something I wouldn’t normally purchase, and when I saw Vanilla Macadamia Nut … well, that’s all I needed, really!

There are really too few macadamia nut flavored teas/tisanes out there. Tasting this makes me wonder why. This is really incredible. The vanilla tones are smooth and creamy and sweet, and the taste of the macadamia nut sort of sneaks up on you, starting as a rather subtle flavor and developing with each sip. By mid-cup, it’s delicious macadamia nuttiness!


sounds yummy!


That sounds delicious! I have always been a fan of vanilla.

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drank Rainbow Rooibos by Culinary Teas
4219 tasting notes

Decided to brew this as my last cup of tea (tisane) for the evening.

This is really good. Sweet almond flavor that melds deliciously with the rooibos’ natural nutty tones creates a very pleasant depth. The fruit notes of this are sweet and become very clearly apricot by the aftertaste. At first it just starts out with a tasty, sweet fruit flavor, but what type of fruit was not really distinct. But this flavor lingered well into the aftertaste, and at this point it was easy to identify it as apricot. Definite amaretto notes going on here.

Really quite good.

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drank Red Bush Chai by Fusion Teas
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This is really a tasty rooibos chai. It has a very pleasing balance of spices – spicy, but not too spicy, with just the right peppery kick to it. I taste the nutty tones of the rooibos which usually I’d prefer not to taste, but here, it works. A nice depth of flavor. Sweet, spicy, and delicious. The citrus peel adds just a touch of brightness to the cup without overthrowing the balance.

Very nice.

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drank Pi Lo Chun by Empire Tea Services
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This is an OUTSTANDING Pi Lo Chun. Sweet and delicious, with a savory note that is a bit like creamed vegetables. Not so much a buttery taste, it is more like sweet cream. Sweet and very soft. I’m loving it!

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This isn’t the highest quality Bai Mu Dan I’ve encountered. The leaves are broken and crumbled, and are certainly not as green as the photos on the website would like to suggest. They are dull and brown, with no visible signs of fuzzy down like I’ve come to expect from a high quality Bai Mu Dan.

With that said, this is not a bad Bai Mu Dan. It’s just not the very best that I’ve encountered. It’s nothing exceptional. But it is pleasant. It has deliciously sweet, fruity overtones and a nice hint of hay and air in the background.

Overall, a pleasant tea experience.

Little Red Cup Tea

Hi LiberTEAS — very sorry you felt mislead by our photo. You were absolutely right, and we’ve updated all of our tea photos.

All the best,

Martin @ The Little Red Cup Tea Co.

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This is quite lovely! It has a lovely Orchid note to it, which reminds me of my oldest daughter who presented me with a gorgeous orchid plant for Mother’s Day. A purple orchid, of course, as purple is my favorite color (and her name is Amethyst!)

The first two infusions produced a cup that is sweet and floral. Overall, it’s quite delicate in flavor, but, in its softness it is smooth and quite indulgent. Luxurious. I notice that as it cools, the flavors mute a bit, so it’s best to drink this one while it’s hot.

Subsequent infusions produced a stronger flavor, not quite so delicate and soft. Very floral – very orchid-like in taste. It is sweet, with hints of vegetation, and even a soft buttery note in the background. Very pleasant.


high five purple is my favorite color too. :)

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I am revisiting this tea today, having one more pot of it, so that I can send the rest to my SororiTea Sister.

Today it tastes a little “stiffer” … a little more astringent, not quite as seamless between the tea and bergamot. It isn’t quite as smooth as I remember yesterday’s cup tasting, I can even taste some bitterness, and I used the exact same parameters as yesterday.

However, I did just brush my teeth, which has everything to do with it. In a mouth with less residual zesty peppermint I suspect that this would be every bit as stunning as it was yesterday. So, if you’ve just brushed your teeth and are about to sip on this tea, I suggest that you drink a glass of water first to cleanse the palate of the left-over toothpaste taste.


In my experience, toothpaste ruins everything.


Yes… it definitely did in this case. Toothpaste + Earl Grey = blech

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AMAZINGLY good. So incredibly good. OH my!

The dry leaf is incredibly aromatic, with strong “green” notes – green as in fresh grass clippings and dark, leafy green vegetables. Sweet and fresh and vibrantly green. The brewed tea maintains that strong green scent, although it is softer than that of the dry leaf.

The flavor is sweet. It has a thick (think velvety thick … and soft!) mouthfeel, with a delicious creamy note that melds beautifully with the sweetness. Easily one of the creamiest, sweetest “pure” (aka unflavored) green teas I’ve ever tasted. Smooth and rich and silky, with a mild vegetal tone. There is some astringency to this, but I find that most of it is softened by the creaminess, making the sip from start to finish remarkably smooth and well-rounded.

This may sound weird, but, this reminds me of fresh milk. Not fresh from the grocery store milk, but fresh from the farm milk … not a dairy farm, but, a small, family farm that allows its cows to graze on meadows of grass. Milk that hasn’t been processed or pasteurized or homogenized or any other such thing – just pure, fresh, unadulterated milk where you can still taste hints of the grass. I haven’t had milk like that in many more years than I care to admit to, but, the flavor of this tea brought those delicious memories of visiting my childhood friend’s farm back to me.


I can imagine the flavor of that grassy fresh milk in a bottle! What a beautiful memory! This is a fine tea!


Sensory memories are funny, aren’t they? After reading yours, I am smelling my uncle’s dairy farm :)


@gmathis – they are indeed funny. I mean, this tea isn’t nearly as rich or creamy as a glass of fresh milk, but, there is just something about how the sweet, creamy flavor brought my mind back to something I hadn’t thought about in years.


After reading all the reviews on this, I guess I’m just gonna HAVE to buy it. It’s gonna hurt me to spend that much money on tea, but I’m told it’s worth it so I gotta give it a shot. :)


I couldn’t quite put my finger on what this was reminding me of, but as soon as I saw you mention “milk” I shouted out “That’s it!”. It’s got that same finish as a good glass of milk.

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:

I also review teas for the Tea Review Blog:

In addition to my passion for tea, I am also a mixed media/altered arts artist. You can see some of my art here: http://eccentricpastiche.blogspot.com

I am also a self-proclaimed foodie. I review local restaurants and the food I buy online here: http://hungryinportland.wordpress.com


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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