4391 Tasting Notes

drank Osmanthus Green by The Tea Table
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Backlog: I had some of this last night, and I found it to be a little disappointing, really. I suspect it is because it’s a rather old sampling. The tea, overall, tasted rather dull and lackluster. I didn’t taste much from the osmanthus, and the green tea just kind of was meh. I didn’t even finish the cup.

And because the sample was a little aged, I won’t rate this numerically, as I don’t think it would be a fair representation of what this tea might be like fresh.

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drank Asian Pear by Tin Roof Teas
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A big thanks to Ashmanra for sending me some of this tea!

This is splendid! It has a lovely flavor – tasting very much of Asian pear! Crisp, a little tart, and pleasantly sweet. I taste the floral tones from the orange blossom too. What I’m really digging, though, is how well the Asian Pear flavor shines through. So often, fruit flavors like this one tend to be added too lightly and are not tasted properly, or they’re overdone and taste artificial. Here, the flavor tastes authentic, It tastes like I’ve just bitten into a fresh, juicy Asian Pear! YUM!

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drank Black & Blue by 52teas
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Backlog: I had this tea iced throughout the day yesterday and today, whenever I was in need of cool refreshment. This is really a delicious iced tea.


Wow never heard of this one!

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This is a very pleasing Charcoal roasted tea, not overwhelmingly charcoal-ish, the charcoal seems to stand out mostly in the aftertaste. The sip has a warm, toasted note to it, which brings out the nutty undertones of the tea. The cup is both savory and sweet, with thirst-quenching fruit notes, a slight vegetative taste, and a light herbaceous tone that is very refreshing.

Very nice.

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This is very nice. I was a little afraid when I saw “rose essential oil” as I tend to prefer floral teas that have been scented with the flowers by layering the leaves and petals. I tend to find the floral teas that have been flavored with oils to be a little on the perfume-y side … a little TOO on the perfume-y side. But, this is not what I expected. This is delicate, not nearly so perfume-y as I would have expected.

It does have a slight perfume-ish taste toward mid-sip, but, it doesn’t linger, and it isn’t strong so it doesn’t become off-putting. There is a nice balance between rose and black tea, and I find the overall cup to taste sweet, floral and pleasant.

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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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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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