4315 Tasting Notes



This is a tea that really benefits from a few minutes to cool slightly. When it’s piping hot, it comes off tasting weird. But, after a few minutes (give it at least 2 minutes, and a little more if you have the patience), the flavors develop nicely. Put it for a chill in the refrigerator, and you have a mighty fine iced tea! YUM!

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I am very pleasantly surprised by this tea. I ordered it hoping that I would – of course – taste both the caramel and the apple, but, I didn’t have my hopes up, as I’ve had some disappointing caramel apple blends.

But, this tea delivered. I taste the apple and I taste the caramel… and I taste the green tea. The apple is a bit more subtle than I would like it to be, however, I find that the caramel and the apple are pretty well-balanced. A very tasty tea.

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This is really nice. I love the way the slightly peppery, slightly minty tones of the tulsi marry with the lemony notes of the lemon myrtle. And I don’t usually notice much flavor from marigold petals but, I can taste a slight floral tone here. It is herbaceous without tasting too medicinal (maybe a tad medicinal, but not in an off-putting way) Everything is very pleasant and gentle. It’s very soothing. The more I sip it, the more I like it.

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Backlog from this morning: My first tea tasting from this month’s Steepster Select box. This is really good. Full-bodied and robust, with notes of fermented fruit and a lovely sweetness. Earthy and a slight smoky note. Even a hint of leather. Very pleasant, a very nice, well-rounded cup of tea.

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Backlog: I really enjoyed this tea. I had a cup of it hot, and then brewed some for iced tea. Both preparations are delicious. Sweet strawberry, notes of cream and a slight pastry note which is more noticeable when it is cold.

Really, really good. Here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2012/06/02/strawberry-shortcake-tea-from-culinary-teas/

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drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
4315 tasting notes

Backlog: I had a cup of this last night, thanks to DaisyChubb!

This is REALLY GOOD. This just may be my favorite rooibos blend yet. It tastes like a cupcake. So yum… This is definitely one I have to order and keep on hand. Love it.


Yaay! I ended up giving you the rest of mine and had to run out the next day and buy a bunch more. Can’t live without it I tells ya ;)


This one is so good! Only sad part is that it actually does have calories in it. 5 or 10 per cup?


well, still, at 10 calories per cup, it ends up being a whole lot less than a cupcake. Of course, if given a choice between a cupcake and this tea, I’d choose the cupcake I’m afraid… but I’d still want to have this one on hand for those times when I don’t have a cupcake available (which ends up being about 98% of the time).

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As it is now after midnight, I decided to have something without caffeine. I don’t know that the caffeine in tea really affects me all that much with sleeping when I’m tired … but, I don’t like to push it too much. And besides, I have enough caffeine-free tisanes in my stash to keep me busy.

I’ve been eager to try this. YUM! When it’s piping hot, I find that the flavors are a little disjointed, like a deconstructed custard-filled maple long john rather than a very obvious taste. It’s not like “Oh, this is a maple donut” – it’s more like “I taste maple and cream and pastry and honeybush.” But after it cools for about five minutes, the flavors really come together and it becomes the custard-filled maple long john I’ve been craving since Frank announced this blend. Once it’s cold (In other words, the stuff that had cooled in my breville teapot as I was sipping on the hot cup), it tastes quite good too … the flavors actually seem to taste better once its cold BUT I prefer it hot because there’s just something very comforting about a hot cup of Custard-filled Maple Long John.

As I have been typing this as well as my full-length review for the SororiTea Sisters blog, I find myself wondering if Frank called it Custard-Filled Maple Long John because it’s a lot of characters to type.

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My second cup (infusions # 3 & 4) was even better than the first. So sweet. The fruit notes and the floral notes seem to have melded into one unique flavor that is unlike anything that I’ve ever tasted … it is just so good. This cup almost hints at being creamy, but nothing like the milky/creamy/buttery green Oolong that you might be used to. This doesn’t have that overwhelmingly creamy note like other green Oolongs typically have (Not saying that the creaminess is a bad thing or a good thing … just indicating that this is different)

I really like this tea a lot for the fact that it IS different.


You are really making me want to stay up late for this one! But, I’m too old for that! Perhaps tomorrow! Sounds too good to wait for!

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I am loving this Oolong. I don’t think I’ve tried a “sun-link-sea” Oolong before, so I really didn’t know what to expect, but, based upon my previous experience with Fong Mong’s tea I was pretty sure I’d like it. And I do.

This reminds me a little bit of a magnolia scented Oolong, it has that delightful floral note to it, but there is more to it too. There is a fruit note to this … Tea Pantheon describes is as an apple-like flavor, and I can see that comparison, it makes me think of a dry, sweet-and-sour apple wine … if there is such a thing.

Where this tea differs from the typical magnolia scented Oolong is that it doesn’t have that very buttery-creamy kind of taste to it. It has a light softness to it, but, it isn’t overwhelmingly creamy. It has more of a spring flower taste to me: light, crisp and fragrant, with hints of greener vegetation in the background.

Very nice.


MMMMMMM Can’t wait to try more!


I got this sample as well – I can’t wait to try it! Waiting for when I can sit with it. :)

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drank Chai Indienne by Sands Of Thyme
4315 tasting notes

This is one that I came across after organizing my stash recently. It is a little old, but I’m not one for wanting to waste tea so I decided to brew it up today.

Hmm… it is really still quite flavorful, I can taste each of the notes – the spices, the vanilla, and the rose. Even the black tea. It’s a tasty chai, although when compared to the Vanilla Rose Chai from Tea Chai Te that I had a couple of weeks ago, I prefer the Vanilla Rose Chai. This may not be the fault of the tea, though, given the fact that it is a rather old sampling. Because of that, I’m not going to rate this one numerically, I don’t think it would be fair.

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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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