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4231 Tasting Notes


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
4231 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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drank Emperor's Gold by The Tao of Tea
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This is so good. So rich and flavorful. Rich with chocolate-y tones, caramel-y notes, a tone of earthiness that melds deliciously with the chocolate notes to create a very rich, inviting cup of tea.

So very good.


yum! might have to get some when I order from Tao of Tea again!


Wow, really high rating! I love chocolate and caramel, maybe I’ll give this one a shot.


I love the Tao of Tea and this is really an amazing tea

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I really like this one. Sweet and YUMMY! The blueberry tastes authentic, and it is sweet with just a little tartness. It tastes like sweet, juicy blueberries! The yogurt is a nice touch, giving it a little bit of creaminess and a delicious tangy note. I like that the rooibos isn’t an overwhelmingly strong flavor here, I taste just a little bit of earthiness to the cup from the rooibos, but none of those sometimes funky rooibos flavors.

Sweet and delicious!

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drank Almond Fondant by Kally Tea
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Wow, this is really good! I normally don’t care for the natural flavors of rooibos, but in this case, the natural nutty/woody tones of the rooibos work in this tisane’s favor. That natural nutty flavor melds well with the almond notes, giving it a deep, nutty flavor.

Overall, the cup is sweet, nutty, and has a pleasant creaminess to it. Very enjoyable.

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This is absolutely lovely. The milk tones are subtle compared to a manipulated (flavored) milk Oolong, but, I like that. It allows the natural tones of flower and nut to come forward, and gives it a subtle “warm milk” kind of flavor in the background that is remarkably soothing.

Truly a delicious Oolong. I’m on the combination of infusions three and four as I type this, and I think I’ll take it for a couple more.


I think this just went on my order!

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

This is a fantastic silver needle. The leaves are soft and fluffy, like one would expect a silver needle to be, and the flavor is quite rich! Surprisingly rich and full! Normally, I might expect a bit more of a subtle approach from a Silver Needle, but, this tea is delicate in its nuances and the way they present themselves to the palate, but not so much in the overall flavor. Sweet … juicy even! With a lovely savory spice tone toward the tail.

Quite lovely.

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Having another cup of this tea today so that I can finish my full-length review of it (the review will publish tomorrow evening on the SororiTea Sisters blog). I like that the tea flavor is the most prominent taste, followed by the cherry, then the coconut and almond. The result is a flavor that is robust and malty and flavorful first, and after the first couple of sips, the cherry emerges and it tastes sweet and juicy. By mid-cup, the coconut comes alive, tasting creamy and smooth, and a hint of nutty almond flavor sits in the background. A nice dimension of flavor.

I really like this one more with every sip!

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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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