4823 Tasting Notes



This is a good, affordable Matcha. Good for an everyday bowl of Matcha.

It froths up nicely but the froth doesn’t stay a long time. It stayed around for about five to ten minutes and then disappeared. Long enough to enjoy several sips with a frothy cap. A smooth, buttery flavor and texture. Creamy. Hints of raw cacao. Sweet with some bittersweet notes.

Like I said, a good Matcha, especially for the price. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/13/matcha-green-tea-powder-from-culinary-teas/


You should try out o-cha.com! The best and the most affordable matcha I have ever had came from them!

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drank North Pole Estate by Tippy's Tea
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I’m sipping on this tea now. I just received a package of samples from Tippy’s today, and this is the first that I’ve tried.

This tea benefits from a few minutes cool time (just as all flavored teas do, I think). The spices are gentle. This isn’t chai-like.

At first, I was a little disappointed that the flavors were so subtle, but then I started thinking about it. North Pole Estate Tea. Estate tea. The teas generally take on the flavors from the areas in which their grown. That’s how those flavors get absorbed into the leaves.

In the North Pole, I’d imagine the scent of spice, gingerbread and chocolate fill the air and get absorbed into the tea that is grown there. (Yeah, I know that tea doesn’t really grow there.)

This is a strong black tea with notes of cinnamon, a gentle touch of clove, hints of chocolate and cookies. Ginger. All the sweetness of the North Pole (Although some peppermint might be appropriate for it too, but, I don’t know how well peppermint would work with these other flavors.)

It’s really quite tasty.

carol who

I love your imagery of tea grown at the North Pole. :)


Me, too! It’s quite the fanciful picture.

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drank Tuk Tuk Chai by Tay Tea
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This chai has an interesting set of flavors. The rooibos is lightly honey-like with earthy/nutty notes. These flavors work with the chai spices well. The cinnamon, cardamom and ginger are warming and balanced. The lemongrass adds a bright note to the cup. The vanilla softens the edges. It’s a nice blend.

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I can’t say that I’ve ever had a tea with asparagus in it before trying this one because I don’t think that I have. If I have, I don’t recall and I think I would have recalled trying a tea with asparagus in it. It’s just one of those ingredients that seems to be … weird. At least when it comes to tea.

This isn’t a terrible tasting tea, it’s actually on the tasty side. I don’t know if I taste the asparagus, but there is a distinct “veggie” sort of taste to it that could just be the green tea in this and the asparagus in there just amplifies it. It has an herbaceous/medicinal sort of flavor too.

It’s not a bad drink and it does inspire a sense of calm when I drink it, so at least it does what it says it will do.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/11/ayurvedic-calming-tea-from-tea-of-life/

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A really nice tea. The black tea base is smooth and malty. It’s rich and flavorful but not overly aggressive. An excellent afternoon tea.

Soft floral notes. Delightful notes of strawberry and soft hints of citrus. The flavoring here is very delicate – this is a tea first and a flavored tea second, if you know what I mean. It focuses first on the tea, and then the tea is accented with soft flavors. The lemon is delicate but uplifting.

Not an overly astringent tea but it is slightly dry at the finish. Smooth and sweet until the finish where it becomes lightly dry.

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drank White pear by Simple Loose Leaf
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This is one of my favorite teas that I’ve tried from Simple Loose Leaf. The pear notes are well-defined and taste true to the fruit. The Shou Mei is sweet and hay-like and I like the way these notes play with the pear. It’s a smooth tea, no bitterness and no astringency. A very flavorful white tea – a really good pear tea! I’d highly recommend this one to those who are looking for the ‘right’ pear tea.

Sami Kelsh

Ooh, shiny. I love pear!

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drank Assam 2nd Flush Green by What-Cha
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I love to try other-than-black Assam teas. And this is a lovely Green Assam. It has an amazing dry leaf scent, notes of mango! Yes, mango! Once the tea is brewed, this fragrance softens but it’s still there. Nice.

The tea starts out rather delicate but the flavors develop as I continue to sip. Vegetal notes and notes of fruit. Tangy citrus. It’s a very refreshing and rewarding cuppa. I felt it soothing and calming me as I sipped.

Good for a resteep, the flavors intensify with the second infusion.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/09/assam-2nd-flush-2014-green-tea-from-what-cha-tea/


Assam green? Cool!

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The aroma is heavenly! Strong notes of bergamot with vanilla. I don’t smell a lot of rose in the dry leaf (nor do I smell a lot of rose with the brewed tea).

This is a tasty Earl Grey creme type of tea. The rose is the “different” ingredient here and I do taste it, it weaves its way in and out of the sip. It’s never a really strong or obvious presence in the tea, but every once in a while, I’d pick up on it. It would peek in and say, “hello, here I am!”

The black tea is brisk and medium-bodied. The bergamot is tangy and strong (I like my bergamot like that!) and the vanilla tempers the sharper notes of bergamot. It’s a really nice balance of flavors.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/09/avalon-blend-black-tea-from-the-secret-garden-tea-company/

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I will get caught up. I am determined.

The orange is a dominate ingredient, especially in the aroma. The moment I opened the pouch, the scent of orange filled the kitchen. After steeping for 10 minutes, the orange fragrance softened a bit, and I could pick up on notes of chocolate and the familiar nutty notes of honeybush.

This translates to the flavor, as I could taste all the components of the tea: I got a strong orange flavor. Sweet and juicy! The honeybush adds some sweetness and the nutty flavor to the cup and I like the way the nutty notes meld with both the orange and the chocolate. It’s a nice marriage of flavors.

I would like there to be more chocolate in this. Yeah, I know: I always want more chocolate.

It’s still a tasty blend. Definitely more orange than chocolate though. And it should be the other way around.

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This tea has a lot going on. It’s a white tea, a green tea, a rooibos and an herbal. But these all work very well together. It’s tasty.

The lavender is a lingering presence in every sip but it isn’t so strong that it ends up tasting soapy and I really like the way the lavender and the blueberry play together. It’s a nice flavor combination.

A nicely crafted blend. Sweet and nutty from the rooibos, a fresh and pleasing brothy texture from the teas, beautiful notes of lavender and sweet-tart notes of blueberry. The currant is especially noticeable at the tail and brings a little more tartness for contrast.

A really nice cuppa.

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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. I don’t always have sampler boxes available as it depends upon how much time I have as well as packaging supplies. 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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