4453 Tasting Notes

drank Bao Zhong by Rishi Tea
4453 tasting notes

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
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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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drank SBT: Lime Jello by 52teas
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I cold-brewed this and drank it all day yesterday and having my very last glass today after mowing the lawn.

This is really good, although I prefer the green tea Lime Jello Salad version from 52Teas better. The green tea seemed to go perfectly with the flavors. But this is very good, very refreshing, and very smooth. Sweet and pleasingly tart. Nice.

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I received this sample from TeaEqualsBliss (thanks!!!) but I am having some trouble finding the tea company… I just sent off an email and hopefully they’ll get back to me soon.

I have to admit, I was a little scared of this tea … I tend to shy away from decaffeinated teas as it is, and when I opened the package, there was no bergamot aroma. None! I worried that my olfactory nerves might be off or something, but, I tested them on another tea and I could smell it just fine. But, this… there’s no bergamot. :( I can smell the tea. Just not any bergamot. DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT I’M TRYING TO SAY? I mean, what is an Earl Grey without that bergamot? It’s enough to make a person depressed… an Earl Grey without that bergamot aroma… It’s like a summer without the sun. Or Christmas without presents. It’s just wrong. Bad. Sad. Depressing.

So, already, I’m sad about this tea. The brewed tea has a little more bergamot smell than the dry leaf (which wouldn’t be hard since there was NO bergamot fragrance in the dry leaf), but it does NOT smell like any Earl Grey I’ve ever encountered. Even the bad Earl Grey teas that I’ve had (and I’ve had some) smelled more bergamot-y than this.

Taste: this tastes like black tea. It does not taste like Earl Grey. On the plus side, it does not taste like its decaffeinated either. It has a pleasant black tea taste… but it does not taste like Earl Grey. No bergamot = one very sad LiberTEAS. I think I shall go crawl in a hole now and cry. Sadly, I must rate this low, I don’t like to do this to little tea companies like this because I like to support tea whenever I can, but, I can’t get behind an Earl Grey with no bergamot. It’d be like Guns N’ Roses with no Axl. I mean, it’s bad enough that there’s no caffeine in this (aka no Slash) but, there’s no bergamot. THERE’S NO BERGAMOT!!!


I think that this company is no more because my email was returned as undeliverable. Which is a good thing, because their Earl Grey has no bergamot.


gasp No Axl?!!!



Dylan Oxford

There is a GnR with no Axl… it’s called Velvet Revolver ;)


Maybe it got mislabled!


actually, THAT GnR is gone… only lasted one (maybe 2?) albums… it seems that the past GnR members also had difficulties working with Scott.


And THAT GnR (Velvet Revolver) was about as depressing as this Earl Grey was.


That’s my experience with Tazo EG. I’ve tried 3 times, no more. Longest funniest score of 1 review I have read.

Dylan Oxford

Haha, that was awesome :)


So let me make sure I understand — There.is.no.BERGAMOT?

Get a rope.


I believe this company is no longer…

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Oh this is lovely. So very lovely!

I’ve had this tin of tea for a little while now (I got this and the RAF tea at the same time), but I wanted to save it for a little while. I knew I was going to love it, and that certainty was based only on the fact that I really loved the RAF tea and I then set my expectations very high for any other tea that I might try from them. I tend to do that… if I notice something exceptional about a tea from a company that I’ve not tried before, I then expect the exceptional from them… it sometimes leaves me vulnerable to disappointment … fortunately, it did not this time.

Something about the name of this tea suggested to me to steep it at a lower temperature … it sounded like a Darjeeling (even though it didn’t quite look like one) and since I typically steep my Darjeeling teas at a lower temperature, I did so with this as well. After tasting this, I am confident I did the right thing by this tea… because I can’t imagine it tasting any better… It’s really so good. Sweet! Light, crisp, uplifting. It has a delicious fruity quality that reminds me of Darjeeling, even a hint of muscatel is noted. But it doesn’t have the sharp astringency of some Darjeeling teas, this is smooth from start to finish, with only a slight tangy note toward the end … almost like it’s trying to mimic astringency but not quite getting there (if that makes sense)… I guess I’m trying to say that it is a very slight astringency. The aftertaste is sweet and citrus-y.


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This is REALLY good. The watermelon and blackberry are well balanced, lots of sweet, juicy fruit goodness in this, with just a hint of the nutty tones from the honeybush. Yummy!


Perhaps I’ll be lucky and acquire this one from the grab bag sale!! Sounds good.


I have a cup of this cold brewing right now, it smells sooo good!

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.

It smells marvelous – very bright and berry-licious! I agree with TeaEqualsBliss, this does smell more raspberry than acai.

This is sweeter than I expected it to be – with Acai and Raspberry – but this has the sweeter side of raspberry and it is really quite enjoyable. Sweet and deliciously berry. It is good hot, but, this is another one that would be grand iced.

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drank SBT: RadioactiviTEA by 52teas
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I resteeped the bag last night (hot brewed) for iced tea today, and it is still quite delicious. The first infusion (cold brewed) was better, though, but this was still very good, and quite refreshing. Been sipping on it all day until just a bit ago when I decided to switch back to hot tea.


“I resteeped the bag”, words I never thought I would see in a LiberTEAS post. This must be miracle tea!


LOL! I’ve been resteeping these iced tea bags (hot brewed) for no other reason than to get two pitchers-full of tea from them. And I’ve not been disappointed. But, I don’t think you’ll ever end up catching me resteeping a commercial teabag… It takes a good deal out of me just to steep it the first time, and even if I do enjoy it, I don’t think I enjoyed it enough to resteep it.


I just re-read what I wrote and I DO sound like a tea snob, don’t I? Sheesh! Oh well, I don’t think that my acknowledgement of my snobbery will change my behavior when it comes to bagged tea.


lol My wife mentioned Starbucks today and I gave her the look. She said, “what? They have tea.” To which I replied, “Not real tea.” I still like my cheapster teas but I see no reason to over pay for bad tea. So tea snob? Eye of the beholder. One man’s trash, and other assorted cliches. We like what we like.

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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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