4788 Tasting Notes


This is a decent rooibos blend, but of the four in the Festive Medley package from Suffuse, I would have to say that this one is probably my least favorite. The reason: I can taste the rooibos a little too much here, including that funky aftertaste that I get from rooibos sometimes. I don’t really like that aftertaste, and with many of the rooibos blends out there, the flavors added manage to conceal that funkiness… but somehow this one missed the mark.

But, a little bit of brown sugar does fix this, and also enhances the apple pie-like flavor. Not my favorite rooibos blend, but, not horrible.

Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Royal Courtesan by Zhi Tea
4788 tasting notes

Oh wow! This is SO GOOD. This is honestly one of the very best Oolongs I’ve ever tasted. Better than Milk Oolong, maybe better than Ali Shan! And I LOVE Ali Shan!

I really love this one. The flavor is rich with buttery notes and honeysuckle! Honey tones! Beautiful!

LOVE it!


You’re so well-tasted, this one must be superlative!


Ooo.. i need to find this one then!


I’ve never had this one! Sounds great!


it is good, isn’t it!

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drank Christmas Cookie by Compass Teas
4788 tasting notes

Finishing off the last that I have on hand of this lovely tea. As much as I love this tea without any addition (it is really yummy straight), I have discovered that it is EVEN better with a splash of dark chocolate breve creme… OMG. It’s like chocolate-gasm. YUM….


PS: just noticed that my full length review of this published this morning:


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drank Gingerbread Chai by 52teas
4788 tasting notes

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope everyone has lots of whatever it is that makes you happy on this special day (and every day).

On to the tea that sits before me!

Um… YUM!

This is delightful. You can read my full-length review of it here:


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And the same to you! I just made a 52 teas order, but it looks like I have to do another – I love gingerbread and this sounds so good.


Second Infusion – even BETTER than the first. More of the gingerBREAD cake-y taste. YUM! Love this one!


Another one I haven’t tried! :P

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Yum! A really nice strawberry and vanilla green tea. The Sencha is very smooth and rich.

Such a delicious tea.

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Yay! New Teas!

The pear flavor is sweet and strong, and the buttery sencha melds beautifully with the pear. I can even taste a very faint note of mint to this tea. Very faint, but it is there. I thought that my taste buds might be off a little bit when I first tasted it, but then I checked the info on partridgeberry and I found that its flavor vaguely resembles that of wintergreen.

Delicious! I just wrote a review for this tea to be published on the Tea Review Blog soon!

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

I think this one actually improves as an iced tea. The partridgeberry kind of rounds out the pear. I can’t really describe it, but it’s good.


would like to try this one too! LOL

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Finishing off the last I have of this tea. Interestingly enough, it would seem that the last cuppa is the best one! It’s perfectly chocolate-y and mint-y. YUM!

And I highly recommend a splash of dark chocolate breve creme in this! It turns the simple YUM into SUPER-DUPER-NUMMY-YUMMY!

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This is very nice. I was a little nervous to try it as herbals tend to make me a little nervous, but it doesn’t taste medicinal. It has a pleasant, calm flavor that will hopefully help me rest, since tomorrow is going to be a very busy day!

Soothing – tranquil. A very nice cup.

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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This is one that needs a little sweetening for me… otherwise I find the flavors are a bit too harsh (overwhelmingly so) and it is a little off-putting to me. But I find that a drizzle of honey helps to soften the edge and it is pretty good like that.

A sweet cup with a strong licorice flavor and a nice minty aftertaste.

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Another note: I had a bit of heart burn before I started drinking this tisane, and that is gone now. This tisane is better than antacids!

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This is completely YUM! I like that it is honeybush/rooibos rather than just rooibos, because the honeybush cancels out the rooibos taste and just leaves a pleasant honey sweetness and slight nutty undertone.

The apples and caramel are very strong in this blend – it is sweet, juicy and delicious. A very yummy dessert.

Boiling 8 min or more

I don’t think I have ever tried any of their teas!

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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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