4835 Tasting Notes

drank Lemon Chai by Shanti Tea
4835 tasting notes

Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this chai. I visited the Shanti Tea website and I can’t find it … it must be discontinued already.

This blend has a lot of lemon grass in the blend … something I mention only because I don’t think that my SororiTea Sister, Azzrian, would be happy about that. :)

The aroma of the brewed tea is ANISE-y! Yay! I love anise. I also smell hints of clove and citrus, but the primary scent is anise.

The taste … it’s surprisingly smooth. I guess I expected more tartness or something from this tea called Lemon Chai, but, it is a smoother, sweeter lemony note, with only a slight twinge of tartness arriving on the palate in the finish.

And the anise is strong here! Yippee! I love this blend. Boo hoo! It’s not on the website any longer.

I am glad that I got to try it though. The black tea is smooth yet strong, pleasing notes of anise, clove, and citrus. I don’t get a lot of the elderberry here, perhaps though, it is the elderberry that provides that twinge of tartness, because as I explore that a little more, it does seem to be more of a berry tartness than a lemony one.

Very nice.

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A huge thanks to Geoffrey for sending some of this tea my way. I tried some from the previous harvest, but am glad to try this harvest as well. This is really a delightful white tea. I love that it is grown here in Washington State, I love how refreshing it tastes – sweet, light, and a wee bit creamy. So nice.

I think I’m going to up my rating on this, just because I remember really enjoying it last night.

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Mondays tend to be my craziest day of the week, my husband is usually off on Mondays (sometimes he gets called in), and we seem to always be running, running, running. I don’t have the kind of time I’d like to have to enjoy a pot (several pots!) of tea, so, I usually grab a bagged tea and gulp it down before we start our running. Instead, today, I brewed some of this and poured it in a travel mug and drank it while running around. It was certainly a welcome part of the errands run. Rich and bergamot-y. I like this Earl Grey quite a bit.

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drank Schizandrae Rooibos by TeaSpree
4835 tasting notes

This is an unusual blend. The first couple of sips, I assumed that it had pretty much lost its flavor (it is an old tisane) because I tasted nothing but rooibos, but, now I taste pepper. It’s like pepper and rooibos, with a lovely hint of magnolia. I actually quite like this… the flavor of the rooibos goes nicely with the peppery note. Different, but, enjoyable.


I had a rough time with this one LOL


(I can’t resist the urge to say gesundheit when I read “schizandra.”)

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Having this tea again today. It’s kind of a busy day for me, it’s our thanksgiving in my household (Hubby works every Thanksgiving, so, we postpone ours until a more convenient time), so I’ve been busy preparing the bird and trimmings.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2012/12/09/no-25-morning-light-from-steven-smith-teamaker/


Happy Thanksgiving to you!


Thank you very much. The meal was nice … although, I just realized … that it took less than a half an hour for this group to devour the meal that took me all day to cook. Ugh… was it worth all that work?

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Hmm… this is really quite tasty. I was skeptical because it is a white tea base, and I usually prefer chocolate-y teas to be with black tea bases, but, this all works together pretty well.

The white tea base has a slight vegetative taste to it, with a creaminess that accents the chocolate and vanilla notes quite well. As a result, the chocolate and vanilla comes through nicely, but I do think that the orange is a little weaker than I would like it to be. The cinnamon is a nice touch.

Overall, a very nice chocolate orange blend. Yummy!

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drank Caramel Apple Oolong by 52teas
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After eight infusions with my gaiwan … curiosity got the better of me, and I just had to brew this in my Breville. Now, I don’t usually brew any Oolong in my Breville because I don’t feel that the Oolong leaves get enough of a chance to really do their thing in the breville. But, after trying this in the gaiwan (infusion four and on are awesome in the gaiwan … the first three are not as great, but, once you get past them, the flavor is really good), I was very curious about how the tea would fair in the Breville, and to be honest, I wanted apple flavor, and I didn’t get a lot of it from the gaiwan (I got some by the fourth infusion, but still not as much as I wanted from a tea called Caramel Apple) so, I thought I’d see how the Breville would do with the tea.

And I have to say – with an huge amount of shock on my part – that the flavor is BETTER with the breville than it is with the gaiwan. Now, this does NOT happen with pure Oolong teas, but with this flavored Oolong, it did happen … and no body is more surprised by it than me.

I taste apple and caramel and slightly smoky, roasty-toasty Oolong. This is fantastic! Seriously! The flavor of the apple is a bit lighter still but, it all works together well. Sweet and tart, it tastes like jonagold apples (rather than the green apple that is in the photo) that have been dipped in a sweet, creamy caramel. If anything, that is the note that I’d like enhanced a bit, maybe, the creaminess. I taste more of the burnt sugar caramel note, but not so much of a buttery, creamy caramel. It’s still incredibly good though.

And the Oolong is PERFECT for this… it is toasty and warm and this is the perfect taste for this cold, wet day. (And I increased the rating because I like it so much better in the Breville)

Drinking this tea while listening to this: http://youtu.be/My0HQ0QkGLQ


Now I wish I’d bought me a pouch! if it’s ever reblended I’ll be sure to pick some up :)


this sounds yummy!


That’s how I feel indigo! So many great reviews on it


Sil, I know right?! It’s awesome that Frank has a new one every week, but the trouble is limited stock! Fingers crossed for a reblend


The answer to limited stock = subscription. Never miss a tea you want to try (except for possibly the VIT blends) I have been subscribing for well over a year now, and I have not regretted it. Sure, there are the occasional teas that I could have done without, but for the most part, I’ve enjoyed each and every one.


Liberteas – I’ve thought about it…but part of what I dislike is not being able to get another pouch of a tea I grow to love lol


I’ve thought about it to. Trouble is, I’m 50/50 on 52teas. and with my allergies, I can’t even have about 25% of them so I prefer ordering selectively even though I end up missing out on some really good ones!

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drank Caramel Apple Oolong by 52teas
4835 tasting notes

I’m trying this two different ways today – this first way is using my gaiwan as the brewing vessel and using short steeps. The first two infusions were a little disappointing, because they tasted vaguely chemical and artificial. These were not terrible infusions, but, they weren’t as good as the ones to follow … so after getting past those first two infusions, I am now getting a pleasing caramel taste, a slightly toasty-smoky note in the background that melds magnificently with the caramel notes, but I don’t get a lot of apple-y taste until toward the tail of the sip. The apple sort of lingers in the aftertaste with that roasty-toasty taste and a faint hint of caramel.

Overall, it’s quite yummy brewed in the gaiwan … it’s funny, but I decided to brew it in my Breville after those first two infusions … but now I’m really liking it gongfu style… but, I am still going to try it in my Breville too … if for no other reason than curiosities sake.


This sounds wonderful!

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Thank you so much Azzrian for sending me a sampling of this Matcha.

I’m enjoying this as a latte … I used mostly water to prepare it, withheld a couple of tablespoons of hot water, and added a splash of warmed milk in place of the withheld water. This produces a very satisfying latte.

This is a tasty flavored Matcha, but I can’t say that it’s my favorite that I’ve tried thus far. I’m really glad that I got to try it though! (Thanks again Azzrian!)

This has a strong Macadamia Nut flavor, but not as much of a caramel-y praline flavor that I had hoped for. I can taste hints of it, but, it’s just not exactly what I envisioned when I thought “Macadamia Praline”. I also taste the Matcha which adds a lovely creamy element that melds so well with the sweet, tasty, macadamia nut flavor. Definitely good, and like I said, really happy I tried it, but, I’m glad that I tried it as a sampling rather than buying the pouch, because there are others that I think I’d rather have in stock.

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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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