4366 Tasting Notes

drank Sweet Merlot Black Tea by 52teas
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This is pretty good. I wasn’t expecting much … I typically don’t with wine flavored teas as I’m not a big wine drinker anyway. But, this exceeded my expectations, and it tastes very much like a wine I’d favor. (I used to drink wine more often than I do now, I used to think I needed it when I got into “creative mode” like some sort of wine-o artist or something. Now, I find my creativity is much more likely to emerge with tea than it ever did with wine.)

This has a light sweetness to it and is definitely grape-y, but, there is a fermented grape sort of taste that is very wine-like. It isn’t a super dry or astringent experience, and that is typically what I do not like about wine, so I’m glad that this tends to be on the sweeter side without tasting too sweet. I find that the black tea base works well here, although I don’t think that this is the new black tea base. It’s remarkably smooth and round, and I really like this. I think it would also be excellent iced, I think I’ll brew more in a bit for the fridge since my iced tea pitcher is empty.

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I am having a cup of this today, and de-Cupboarding as I only have enough for another pots worth.

A really lovely jasmine. Not my favorite, but, definitely a good one. The jasmine is soft and sweet and the green tea tastes lush and vibrant. This tea has managed to maintain its sweet, fresh taste even though it’s not the youngest tea I’ve got in my cupboard.

Still quite nice, and happy to be sipping on it.

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drank Secret Garden by SerendipiTea
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I made a cup of this for my youngest daughter too, her ballet recital this year was an interpretation of the Secret Garden, so she was excited to try a tea called “Secret Garden.”

This is actually much better than I anticipated it being. The rose is strong, but I like the combination of rose and peppermint, it is quite agreeable.

This actually reminds me quite a bit of one of my own tisanes called Meadow Nocturne. Mine had a few different ingredients: honeybush instead of rooibos, and I also added a little bit of hibiscus and rosehips to enhance the body of the cup a bit. I also added a light amount of vanilla flavoring to the tisane. So this is lighter, a little earthier, and a little less sweet than mine, but, they are very similar otherwise.

And I am finding that I really like this. This is one that I could see keeping on hand for when I needed some help to relax and fall asleep, because I enjoy the flavor. It doesn’t taste overly medicinal, it just tastes delightfully floral and sweet and quite lovely.


how many kids? there was mentioning of one last year but cannot recall if this is same one. Ballet recital…good good for posture.


I have two daughters. One is 20 and we are currently planning her wedding, and the second is 10, turning 11 in August. She is the ballet dancer.


Oooh!!! It’s wedding planning season it seems. How fun!

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drank Fruity Cherry Banana by Kally Tea
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I was a little worried about the hibiscus here after I steeped it. I didn’t steep it long (just five minutes) because of the hibiscus, but, the liquid still looks very hibiscus-y.

And yes, I taste the hibiscus too, but, it works in this blend. The banana is sweet, so is the cherry, and the hibiscus gives the cup a little bit of contrast. It’s not overly tart or sour. I like that I taste the fruit, I even taste hints of strawberry and apple and orange. It’s bit like fruit punch without tasting so sweet. A warm fruit punch.

This would probably be pretty good iced too.

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drank Milk Oolong by Spire Tea
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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this Oolong.

This is remarkably sweet. It has a nice balance between sweet and creamy notes, without tasting overly creamy or fake. It has a nice floral note, Very enjoyable. Subsequent infusions become smoother and softer without really losing flavor.

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drank Rwanda Rukeri by Butiki Teas
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Ahh! This is so refreshing!

The flavor is unmistakably vegetative, I taste notes of artichoke and kelp, and there is a fair amount of tangy astringency to the cup. It has a citrus-y finish. The mouthfeel is lighter than most green teas I’ve tasted lately, and it’s rather refreshing. It doesn’t feel “soupy” or brothy (and I’m not saying that thicker mouthfeel is bad), and because it doesn’t feel quite as heavy or thick, it seems to really quench the thirst. Very nice. Very nice indeed!

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drank Coconut Cream Chai by Tealish
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Thank you to DaisyChubb for sending me some of this tea. I am really glad to be able to try it.

I find myself wanting just a little bit more from this chai… The cinnamon and ginger seem to need an accomplice… cardamom or cloves or both. It just is … lacking in the spice department, and while I acknowledge that chai means tea … in Northern America I think we’ve come to accept chai as meaning a spiced tea or tisane… and this tastes seasoned but not spiced … if that makes sense.

The coconut and the cream part of this is really delicious though. And this makes a really yummy latte. I just feel like the spices were overlooked. It is good, but it could be so much better.

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This is a lovely way to start the day … and yes, that means I am starting the day at 1:35pm. I like it better that way, because it means I totally missed morning, and my opinions of mornings are not real positive. I’m not a morning person.

This is very hearty, good and strong. Astringent, but not bitter. I do notice a slight sourness to the undertone, as mentioned by my SororiTea Sister, TeaEqualsBliss. It’s not off-putting, instead, I think it seems to enhance the overall experience by giving the palate something different to explore.

A lovely cuppa. My full-length review: http://www.teareviewblog.com/?p=19045

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This is decent. It takes me back to the days when I was flavoring/blending teas as I had a vanilla honeybush blend back then… although, I think I liked mine better than this. The flavor of the honeybush – naturally sweet, honey-like, with pronounced nutty tones – seems to marry very well with the creamy sweetness of vanilla. This is nice.

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drank Lemon Cardamom Chun Mee by 52teas
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I’m really LOVING this. Everything comes together in a very lovely way. The Chun Mee has a bit more astringency than the Chinese Sencha that Frank usually uses for his green tea blends, and I think that it works to this particular blend’s benefit. The lemon is tangy-sweet, with just the right amount of tart. I’m not puckering, it reminds me very much of the kind of tartness I might experience after biting into a lemon bar. You know, those sweet, shortcake-crusted, lemon-custard filled confections that have been sprinkled with powdered sugar? It’s sweet yet tart like that.

The cardamom is nice here too, it has a natural sort of citrus-y tone to it, and offers just a gentle warmth to the cup. It doesn’t taste spicy, but the combination of the astringency and the crisp, lemon zesty taste and the spice of the cardamom seems to impart a sort of peppery tickle on the tongue in the aftertaste. Not strong, but very enjoyable.

This is awesome, I can’t wait to try it iced!


I would love a decaf version of this too…

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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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