4458 Tasting Notes



When I brewed this, I was looking to relax a little bit. Maybe not destress so much as just something to find a sense of inner calm and I have to admit that this tea did that. It’s a functional tea that does what it claims.

The cumin is strong in this but it isn’t overwhelming. It has a sort of curry-ish type of flavor, with notes of green tea and citrus. I taste the ginger and licorice but I don’t get a lot of lavender flavor.

Overall, a pleasant tea. Most functional teas I find to be quite medicinal, but I like that this is a little more like a savory broth rather than a medicine. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/22/ayurvedic-de-stress-tea-from-tea-of-life/

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Sitting here, enjoying a cup of this tea. I really like these tea drops. They have a really robust cardamom flavor but a good balance has been achieved between tea and cardamom.

As I’ve said before, I guess the only thing I wish these tea drops didn’t have was the sweetener, but they aren’t overly sweet, in my opinion, so even that works, although I’d prefer to decide if I wanted it sweet or not.

Still yummy though.

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Some time ago, in the forums, I commented on the thread that asked what Dragonwell people were going to get this spring. This is one that I recommended. It’s an OUTSTANDING dragonwell.

Then again, you can’t really go wrong with Teavivre.

This is a very fresh Dragon Well, and it’s a freshness that can be tasted. Sweet, mild, fresh, pure, clean, nutty and buttery are all words that come to mind when I sipped this tea. It’s an invigorating and refreshing green tea.

A delightful chestnut flavor with a hint of steamed veggies. As I continued to sip, I could pick up on some apple-like flavors. Savory notes toward mid-sip: a little salty. A really, really good Dragonwell!

here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/21/organic-nonpareil-qian-dragon-well-long-jing-green-tea-teavivre/


That’s an impressively long name for that tea.


This sounds great, I look forward to getting to the dragon well portion of my green tea project.


“You can’t go wrong with Teavivre.” One of the truest statements I have ever read.


They are a company that continues to impress me. I was blown away with how good this Dragon Well is.

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I was very excited to receive this in one of my past Steepster Select boxes. I love white pearls! These pearls were a little smaller than I remember the white tea pearls that I’ve had in the past being. These are closer to the size of a jasmine pearl, and I seem to remember the white tea pearls being a little larger than these.

The flavor is sweet like honey! A thinned honey. Light and crisp, subtle notes of melon, air, earth, and a hint of flower in the background. A really good tea for those who tend to shy away from white teas because they find that they are too subtle. This white tea has a well-pronounced flavor!

A really beautiful tea.

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I wasn’t incredibly impressed with this tea. It was quite tannic, and I only steeped it for 2 1/2 minutes in boiling water. That doesn’t seem like it’s long enough to produce such a tannic cup. Any longer, and I suspect that this might have been too bitter.

After a couple of sips, I was able to see past the tannic quality a little and notice some of the complexity in this tea: some fruit notes (stone fruit with citrus) and some sweetness. However, the tea is quite astringent, more than I like it to be, and too tannic for my liking.

I wish I had better things to say about it, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

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The hazelnut aroma was noticeable from the moment I opened the pouch.

A really tasty blend. I’m not big on pu-erh and I’ve never really made any big secret of that, although I find that as I continue to grow as a tea drinker, that my appreciation for pu-erh has grown too, and I don’t dislike it the way I once did.

This pu-erh blend has a nice balance of earthy pu-erh and sweet nutty and fruit notes. The way the earthiness of the pu-erh melds with the hazelnut flavor creates a really intense nutty flavor. I like it.

The strawberry is less obvious than the hazelnut but I notice them more toward the finish. I get that tingly berry note in the aftertaste.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/20/hazelberry-puer-blend-simple-loose-leaf/

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drank SBT: Pina Colada by 52teas
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As I mentioned at the start of the full-length review of this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/19/pina-colada-flavored-iced-tea-from-southern-boy-teas/ – I had become quite spoiled on my SBT iced teas after having an iced tea that … wasn’t SBT … and wasn’t good. I was glad to get the SBT back into my iced tea pitcher!

This one is pretty tasty. The pineapple and coconut come through well, with maybe just a wee bit more pineapple than coconut. There is a subdued rum note. And I can taste the black tea and it’s GOOD. Again … that’s probably my spoiled tea brat talking because that TAZO iced tea just … was bad. This was good. Yay for Frank!

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I love, LOVE, love these tins from Sugimoto America. They are absolutely gorgeous! And they were well crafted too, the patterns in the paper line up perfectly, these weren’t just slapped together haphazardly. I like the care that went into the tin.

Yeah, I’m a sucker for packaging. Especially when it’s a gorgeous tin like this.

And what makes it even better is that the tea inside is a great Sen Cha. Sweet, buttery, and notes of grass. Not overly vegetative and not quite as bitter as some Japanese Sen cha teas that I’ve encountered.

Fresh, vibrant, and a very lovely, appealing taste. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/19/sen-cha-green-tea-washi-gift-set-from-sugimoto-america/

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drank Wonderland by Custom-Adagio Teas
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I’m not usually a huge fan of Adagio teas, but, I find that I generally prefer the custom blends like this one over their flavored teas. Yeah, I know that the flavored teas are what are used to make the blends, but something about the teas being blended together seems to … make that Adagio harshness a little less so. I don’t know why.

And I didn’t really notice the harshness that I usually taste from Adagio’s flavored black teas with this blend. Bonus points for that.

It’s a tasty combination of cinnamon, candy cane, and spearmint teas.

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Pleasant. The Ceylon in this blend is rich and even a little malty. Smooth with notes of sweetness. It melds nicely with the floral notes of the Peony. I don’t know that the floral notes that I’m tasting I’d immediately identify as “Peony” but then … I can’t recall ever drinking a tea with the essence of the peony flower.

It’s a sweet, gentle floral note. Overall, a pleasant, mellow cuppa.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/18/lovers-leap-estate-indigo-black-tea-essence-peony-eden-grove/

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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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