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4227 Tasting Notes


Wow! OK… so as I was pouring this from my teapot to my mug, I could swear I was smelling cinnamon and sugar donuts! YES … donuts. That is what this smells like fresh from the teapot.

And it does have elements to it that give it a sort of cake-y, donut-ish flavor. It is cinnamon-y and sweet, and the chicory gives it a deep, roasted flavor and together with the honeybush it creates a savory, freshly baked cake kind of taste. It’s very satisfying … my sweet tooth approves!

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Wow! I like this a lot! I’ve tried Mauna Kea’s green and Oolong teas, but, I had not yet tried the sweet roast, and this is unlike any green tea I think I’ve tried. When I think of roasted tea, I immediately think of Houjicha, but this is not quite like Houjicha. This is more like a thin Matcha – not thick and creamy like Matcha but I taste more of a Matcha-like taste to it, but with a roasty-toasty quality to it too.

I like this a lot… and I think that this makes up for the other two less-than-exciting teas in the Steepster box this month. Excellent choice, Steepster!

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What an unbelievable taste this tea has! The first two infusions were indeed mineral-y, it was as if I could feel the minerals on my tongue! This was strongest with the first couple of sips, and then an apricot-y flavor began to emerge. This apricot flavor became stronger with the third and fourth infusion. Subsequent infusions bring flavors of wood and spice.

Quite an incredible Oolong. But then, this is Verdant we’re talking about here, and they offer nothing but the most incredible teas!

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I’ve wanted to try this tea for a while now. It’s one of those teas that I always seem to forget to put in my shopping cart when I’m shopping on Harney’s site, and after I’ve placed the order, I’m like “oh yeah! I wanted to order that!” This time, it was one of the first teas that I put in my cart so I wouldn’t forget.

After brewing this (but before tasting it) I was reading through some of the tasting notes, and I wish I would have lowered the temperature a little based upon what I read. But, let’s hope it will still turn out ok…

Wow! It’s so rich and full-flavored. Very nicely rounded.

I like this much better than I thought I would, and I was pretty sure I’d enjoy it!


It’s on my list as well. :)


when i cupped this I found it pleasant, flavorful, robust, clean and very drinkable


I bought the sample of this and really enjoyed it. I keep meaning to add it to my next order. It is about I do. :)

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I didn’t brew this quite the way the instructions suggested (by dropping a tea bag into a 20oz bottle of water), instead, I put five tea bags into my half gallon pitcher and added filtered water and allowed it to steep overnight.

This produced a strong flavored iced tea, but, I wouldn’t say it’s too strong, and certainly not bitter. Instead, it’s really tasty. I like that while the mango is a dominate flavor here, it does not overpower the flavor of the green tea, and the Matcha really comes through so deliciously. Sweet, slightly vegetative, and very restorative! Yummy!

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I haven’t been posting much lately because I had a slight case of the flu toward the end of last week, and my taste buds just haven’t been up to snuff. But I’m much better now, and I think my taste buds are in check too, as I can taste the wonderful complexity of this Keemun. Bold and smoky, but I don’t find the smokiness to be too aggressive. A hint of dark cocoa in the background, and a layer of sweetness that lingers into the aftertaste.

A very pleasant cuppa, one I’m glad to have in my stash again. Here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2011/12/06/premium-keemun-hao-ya-black-tea-from-teavivre-2/


Glad you are feeling better!


Sickness does seem to be making the Steepster rounds! Hoping I manage to avoid it; I don’t have time to be sick!


Welcome back to you and your very keen tastebuds : )

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This is a remarkable Oolong – quite floral but with a nice fruit tone in the background as well. The taste is like a combination of honeysuckle, orchid, apple, plum and peach. So sweet! The aftertaste lingers a long time after the sip, this is one of the longest lasting aftertastes I’ve yet to experience. A brothy kind of texture – thick and almost creamy … but not quite.

A really delightful Oolong.


sounds great

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Hmm… not bad. It has an earthiness to it. It has a slight medicinal quality, but, then, it’s an herbal tea and I kind of expected a bit of medicinal taste to it. But, it doesn’t taste so medicinal that I find myself not wanting to drink it. There is enough intriguing flavor to this that keeps me interested.

There are some wonderful spice notes to this, not really SPICY… but, warm. It smells spicier than it tastes. I think that the herbals seem to curb the cayenne pepper in this just enough to keep it from being spicy.

A very enjoyable cup, even for a female.

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I finally decided to create a couple of samples from Design a Tea. This is a green tea flavored with apple and hazelnut essences, and it is really good. The apple is like a green apple taste, a little tart, but also sweet and juicy. The hazelnut is a bit subtle but I think it would have gotten stronger had I allowed the tea to mingle a while, I was just so excited to try it that I forgot to allow it time to cure.

It’s yummy as it is though!


Hmm, do you think inadequate ‘curing’ time might be an issue with their custom teas not tasting all that great? I hadn’t thought of that, but have read more than once about flavoured teas needing some time, and given then the turnaround time from sample ordering to arrival is less than 2 weeks…


It can be. Before I started reviewing teas, I flavored and blended my own line of teas, and I found that a tea that I would flavor “today” would not taste the same today as it would three weeks from today. That’s why I would never just flavor a tea and sell it immediately, I would allow it to cure for three weeks, and then do a tasting to make sure the flavor was correct.

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drank SoHo Blend by Harney & Sons
4227 tasting notes

Mmm! I’ve been reading tasting notes on this tea and they never fail to make my mouth water when I read them … chocolate and coconut. YUM YUM YUM! So, when I placed an order with Harney, this was one of the samples I included in that order. Had to try it!

And it is every bit as tasty as expected it to be. Sweet and chocolate-y with a delicious creamy coconut flavor. The black tea base a good, solid base, robust but not so strong that it overwhelms the chocolate and coconut… these flavors really stand out.

I like this one a lot!

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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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