4449 Tasting Notes


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
4449 tasting notes

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
4449 tasting notes

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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This tea is no longer available from iHeartTeas, but that’s where I bought the sampler…

This, I think, is the tea that actually inspired me to order the sampler, as I love floral teas, and rose and lavender tend to be favorites of mine, especially lavender, and it’s one that I don’t often find “done well” – so I like to try them to find new possibilities of favorites.

This is pretty good… a favorite, though? I don’t know. There is something artificial about it in the background… something not quite perfect about it. It’s still quite drinkable, and I’m enjoying it alright, but, it’s not one I’m going to miss. I think I much preferred the other offering from Jacqueline’s Tea Room that I’ve tried… Jacqueline’s tea – that features the honey pollen and lavender.

It’s alright, but only just alright.

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I was a little nervous about this tea, but excited too. Especially after smelling it – it smells like coffee and almonds. As I’ve mentioned before, I have had a bad history when it comes to coffee, which is why I switched to tea. I’m really glad that I did switch, because I now love tea more than I ever loved coffee (I would have never gone to a “Brewster” site that embraces coffee the way we embrace tea here at Steepster!)

So, when I smelled the coffee, the first thought that went through my mind was ‘Yum’ – because even though I love tea, there are times when I miss that warm, delicious smell (and taste) of coffee – and then I worried that this might make me sick the way that coffee did. Let’s hope not.

The flavor is wonderful! I do taste the coffee, it is bold and rich, and I taste the almond. But I also taste the black tea in there too. It’s really quite a delicious blend. Very robust, hints of bitterness, and a delicious sweetness too. Nice contrasts throughout.

It’s still too early to determine whether or not I’ll feel ill from this… but for the moment, I’m actually really enjoying it. I’ll rate it later once I’ve been able to ascertain whether or not it affects me adversely.


Oh just wow this sounds AMAZING! I do still enjoy a deep rich coffee and toasted nut is a favorite of mine! I will have to put this on THE LIST lol


As it cools, this tastes more and more like coffee. But even smoother, a little less bitter… and sweeter… like coffee-ish tea, which is what it is.


Love it! Can’t wait to grab some! Thanks LiberTEAS for reviewing this one!

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I am obsessed with tea!

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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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