4550 Tasting Notes


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

This is really quite nice. Warm and zesty without being overbearing on the spice notes. The strawberry is sweet and has just a touch of berry tartness. A really interesting blend of flavors, I like the way this one plays out. Nice!

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drank Hazelnut Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
4550 tasting notes

OH my! This is yummy!

I was amazed at how fragrant it is. From the moment I opened the pouch, I could smell the aroma of the Matcha, it literally filled the kitchen. My mouth began to water. I love hazelnuts – I live in the Pacific Northwest, after all! – but I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect to love this as much as I do. I figured I’d like it, but, this is really exceeding any expectations I may have had. Blowing them away with how delicious it is.

I ordered the starter Matcha with the distinctive level of flavoring which is my go-to specs on most Matcha. And it works very well for my personal tastes … however, I will say that usually I find that the distinctive level usually delivers a well-balanced Matcha that tastes pretty equally of Matcha and flavor … but here, the Hazelnut does win out over the Matcha.

That does not mean that the matcha is not tasted … it definitely is there, but the hazelnut does outshine the flavor of the matcha a bit, so if you want a more balanced bowl of Matcha, with this particular flavor I might recommend to try the delicate level of flavoring.

As it is though, I am very happy with the distinctive flavoring. This is deliciously hazelnut, with tasty notes of sweet, vegetative Matcha … and they meld together very nicely.

Very yummy … I’m wondering how it might taste with a pinch of salt, so this is hopefully something I’ll remember the next time I whisk up a bowl of this Matcha!

Terri HarpLady

Wow, that sounds amazing! And I bet it would be awesome to mix with the Carmel Matcha I ordered! Note to self….


Thanks for mentioning about how balanced or not the different flavors there are between distinctive and delicate. would the type of matcha (white, black,etc.) effect the flavoring?


@Lynxiegrl: I am sure it would. My go to is always the green Matcha and I think that has more to do with the fact that I am just “used” to Matcha being green. The other teas being used as Matcha … the ones I’ve tried … have been tasty, but they’re so different from what I know as Matcha.

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OK… so I hadn’t planned on reviewing a new Matcha today, but times they are a changin’ … so I decided to get busy and review at least one Matcha today.

Mmm! I really wasn’t too sure about this Matcha. I’m not a big cookies n cream person. I LOVE oreo cookies, but I don’t so much like them ground up in vanilla ice cream or processed into white chocolate candy bars. I’d rather eat the ice cream and oreos separately. But, because this was a new flavor, and because it was on sale, I thought, I’ll try it. It might be good.

And it is. Sweet and yummy… it’s a bit like dunking oreo cookies in a bowl of Matcha, except that I’m drinking the cookie. I love that I can taste the “cookie” – not just chocolate, but I can taste the bake-y, cake-y cookie … all that’s missing is the crunch of the oreo.

YUM! Even if you missed out on the sale for this one, you should still try it – it’s totally worth it!


It is on my wish list, right there with Cheesecake, French Vanilla, Bavarian Cream, Amaretto….


LOL! That sound more like a dessert plate than a list of Matcha! haha!


I guess that shows what I am into, right? ;)


Try the candy corn Oreos yet? Tasty, but they don’t hold a candle to the birthday cake (buttercream) ones that were around this summer.


I haven’t tried the candy corn Oreos. I tried the rainbow sherbet ones… not the birthday cake ones. The rainbow sherbet were unbelievably good… After I opened the package and tried a couple, I hid the rest so that nobody else in the household would get their paws on it! LOL


Um, we actually already finished our pack of Candy Corn Oreos, though I thought they tasted like bakery birthday cupcakes. And we are almost through the orange seasonal Oreos. The seasonals seem to have a tiny bit more filling, or it is a little sweeter. We have to mail special Oreos to N. Ireland when they come out because apparently they have only one kind and that is Doible Stuff, and daughter’s boyfriend and his brother in law are MAD for Oreos.

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drank Mango Ice Cream by 52teas
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This is seriously… my first cup of tea today. Yes, my first cup at about 6:45 pm. I got up early, got my little one to school then I headed back to bed. My oldest called me while I was sleeping to invite me shopping (and since my daughter is also my best friend, I wasn’t going to pass up spending a day with her), so I didn’t really have time to grab a cup of tea… then when we got home, we needed to head back out to get my youngest off to ballet. We just got home, I needed to fix dinner, so now I am finally able to relax and wrap my hands around a cup of tea. ahhhh…

Normally, I wouldn’t have a cup of black tea this late in the day, but since I NEED caffeine by now, I risked it.

Oh my goodness this is really good. I taste the creamy ice cream… the mango is delicious and juicy and absolutely incredible. So good. I am so glad that I am a subscriber to the tea of the week (I am actually in the monthly program, I get my packages once a month, with all the teas of the previous month) because I know this one sold out pretty quickly, and I would have been so sad to have missed out on this one.

It’s a keeper.

Terri HarpLady

That sounds awesome!


Way to rub it in to those of us who missed this one haha. Really glad it’s a good one..hoping for a reblend from frank someday….


This sounds great! I missed out too. Lol, I check the site often for reblends!

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I hot brewed this one tonight, just to get an idea of what it tastes like hot. I tried it cold-brewed previously (in the Steep & Go) and I think that this one is much better cold-brewed. It’s good hot, but better cold. So refreshing and thirst-quenching.

As a hot beverage, I find it to be very calming and relaxing. The lemony notes are refreshing, and there is just a hint of mint in the background… the chamomile is not a strong flavor … the rose and the lavender are the strongest floral tones here. But, I like how it all comes together… it tastes light and bright with just a hint of sweetness.

Its good hot brewed, but even better cold brewed.

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This is splendid. I haven’t tried a lot of purple teas, only fewer than a handful, really, but, I’ve really liked what I’ve tried.

This tea has a lovely consistency to it: brothy and smooth. It has so many layers of flavor too. At the start, I noticed the wood tones and the earthy notes right up front… and as I continued to sip, the wood tones began to emerge stronger than the earthy notes. There were also hints of vegetative notes and fruit notes, and toward mid-to-end of the cup I found that the fruit notes sort of wandered off into the distance, while some of the vegetative notes began to creep forward only slightly. The vegetative notes are very mild, reminding me of white beans… and the creaminess to the tea evoked thoughts of a white bean soup (no, it doesn’t taste quite like white bean soup, but there are notes that sort of remind me of the flavors of a white bean soup) … it is very comforting and calming.

A really lovely purple tea! I am excited for this new company!


I love learning about new companies! And tea… I’ve never heard of purple tea, but it sounds really good.

Wanja Tea of Kenya

Thank you for the review. Please visit our website www.wanjateaofkenya.com for more information.

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drank Cherry Almond Gunpowder by 52teas
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I love the combination of cherry and almond, I even had a stellar cherry almond black tea blend that I offered back when I was a tea artist, but, I don’t find cherry almond flavored green tea quite as often as I find the black. And I don’t understand why not – these flavors work wonderfully with the gunpowder green!

Sweet, nutty, and I love the delicate touch of cherry. It isn’t so strong that it tastes of cough syrup. It’s just really yummy! Love it!


Mmmmm this one sounds tasty. Need to find me a really good cherry tea that isn’t cough syrupy or artifical


2nd Infusion: The cherry flavor has emerged here, not overly syrupy or anything, but a stronger tart flavor has come forth to contrast with the sweet nutty notes. I am enjoying this second infusion as much as I enjoyed the first infusion! It’s really good.

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Lovely! Absolutely lovely!

The aroma of the dry leaf is very vegetative and earthy – reminiscent of where I live – the Pacific Northwest. Specifically, the forest areas … it smells deep and green with notes of earth and even hints of wood. After it’s brewed, it has a stronger vegetative tone, not so much of the woody or earthy notes to it now that its brewed… it almost smells grassy, but it doesn’t taste “grassy” … this tastes more like a light, gentle and soothing vegetable soup!

I love this Goomtee Silver Green. It tastes so fresh and vibrant … and it’s oh-so-smooth. Sweet and pleasantly vegetative. Light fruit notes along with gentle (very gentle) spiced tones… tasting a little bit like what I’d expect from an oxidized Darjeeling but, this one is much softer and smoother in its approach. It is still very clean and crisp … and very enjoyable.


This makes me want to have a cup while preparing for the move!

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Yum! This is my matcha for the day. Since I started the day with Guayusa, I think I’m going to limit it to one bowl of Matcha today, otherwise, I might be a little TOO caffeinated.

This is such an amazing flavor. I at first thought maybe I’d combine a couple of other flavors, maybe go with caramel cheesecake again or boysenberry bavarian cream… but, my eye kept coming back to the cotton candy. So I finally gave in. So yummy. I can’t get over how much it tastes like cotton candy and Matcha.

The more I drink this one, the more it stands out as a distinct favorite.

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

Not intending to continue on with citrus-y teas, but not disappointed to be doing so, I randomly selected this tea from my huge stash of yet-to-be-tried teas. It smells intriguing. I can smell the bergamot but it isn’t as distinct as the grapefruit. It smells bright and citrus-y.

Wow! Very interesting, indeed. This would be a great bergamot flavored tea for those who don’t think they like bergamot, because it is not an overwhelming taste in this tea. I taste it, but, the grapefruit is equally as strong, if not stronger. Some sips I taste a bit more grapefruit, and every once in a while, the bergamot emerges.

It’s really quite refreshing, and a nice change from the typical Earl Grey.

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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.


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