4840 Tasting Notes


I love this tea. Robust and rich and delicious. A nice way to start the day!

I noticed that my full-length review of this tea will be published tonight on the Tea Review Blog! http://www.teareviewblog.com

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Backlog: I finished off the last I had of this in my stash this evening with my Dim Sum. Yum! A really delicious Oolong.

Here is my full-length review for this tea:


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I am enjoying a mug of this, brewed in my new Libre Mug! The flavor of the tea is sweet and delicious. Light-bodied, with a clean finish. It has a fresh, vegetative taste – a little grassy but not overwhelming… and reminds me more of vegetables than it does of grass, but there is a little bit of the grass taste in there too. As it cools a little, I am noticing a little bit of hay-like flavor to it too.

Nice. I like this very much. And I LOVE my libre mug!

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drank Wild Rose Bai Mudan by Samovar
4840 tasting notes

Wonderful! This is delicious and fragrant and tastes absolutely exquisite. Smooth, sweet, and beautiful. The white tea is light and fresh, with hints of a peppery quality. The rose is distinctive and flavorful… but doesn’t taste perfume-y. It is really quite wonderful.

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I’m the first to log this? OK…

I got this in my package that arrived on Christmas Eve (along with a few others from 52Teas that I just had to try!) and this is the last of them that I’m trying out… I have to admit I was a little scared of Guayusa. I’m not sure why, except that it is something new to me.

But this is REALLY good. I shouldn’t be surprised by now, because Frank knows his stuff. Lemon-y deliciousness, slightly sweet, not very tart at all. I am trying to pick out the guayusa “flavor” but I guess I’m at a disadvantage simply because I haven’t tried it by itself. There is a smooth, rich earthiness in the background that I would describe as a flavor that sits somewhere between pu-erh and yerba mate, but leaning more toward the yerba mate.

It is definitely worth more exploration, and I think I may have to order the plain Guayusa the next time I place an order.

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RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I ordered this and Lemon Aid on Dec. 20th and have yet to receive it :-(


:( Sorry to hear that. I think that the mail is just a bit slow – perhaps in some areas more than others. Hopefully it will arrive soon. I have really enjoyed this.


I would love to try this one!


I just dropped Ricky a note about guayusa asking if he thought Steepster would be making it a separate category of it’s own or if we are to include it as an Herbal like we are so far. I really think this is going to gain popularity much like Yerba Mate and this it would be neat to have it’s own cat – but I do understand if they want us to just put it in with the Herbals, too…


Fascinating. It goes to show how important conservation is. One has to wonder what other amazing teas/tisanes lurk for discovery in the rainforests. I definately would put guyasa in its own catagory; I’m getting some as soon as the chance arises.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I still haven’t received my package. So very sad. I hope the mail gets things sorted. I really wanted to try this.

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drank Tangerine Blossom by Shang Tea
4840 tasting notes

This tea perplexes me. In reading the bit of information on the sample package, it would be easy to think that this is a white tea, but it is not. I brewed it according to package directions, using boiling water that has cooled for 1 minute, and then steeping for 2 minutes.

The flavor is excellent. The tangerine is strong here, but there is a nice balance between tea and fruit. It tastes sweet, juicy and citrus-y but not overwhelming. I like this very much.

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Sounds great!


2nd infusion is just as lovely as the first!

Shang Tea

Hello! Thanks for reviewing our tea and I’m glad you liked it! Just to clarify about the white tea/black tea question that you had, we make this tea by scenting oxidized white tea leaves with tangerine blossoms. It is a black tea, but since we make it using white tea leaves from our farm, it is a smoother, milder black tea.


Thank you for that clarification! It makes much more sense to me now! This was a fantastic tea!

Geoffrey Norman

This has my attention. All of it. Granted that isn’t much…but – wow – I want this!

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I am enjoying this tea this evening, and pairing it with a new cheese that I discovered at my local grocer … Wasabi Cheddar! Oh YUM! This is the perfect pairing. The HOT wasabi with the sweet, smooth Sencha … delightful.

My full-length review of this tea will publish on SororiTea Sisters soon!

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sounds like a stellar combo!


Holy moly – I want me some Wasabi Cheddar!


XD Sounds like the perfect Japanese savory “dessert.” Wasabi and sencha infused nutritional yeast cheese sauce is one of my favorite culinary uses for leftover sencha. Given your claim to have encountered a delicious bagged sencha, I’m going to have to try this one ASAP.


WOW – that does sound good – wasabi cheddar with sencha …!

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drank Earl Grey by Bentley's
4840 tasting notes

This is a good Earl Grey. Not the best I’ve had, but certainly no where near the worst. It has a pleasant black tea base, and the bergamot is strong and flavorful. The aroma is strong in the dry leaf, but it is considerably softer in the brewed tea, although it still smells delicious.

A good, basic Earl Grey. One of the better bagged Earl Grey teas that I’ve encountered.

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I love yellow tea. I love it so much that I bought a designated yixing mug just for when I have yellow tea.

This yellow tea is lovely. Complex. Delicious. Sweet and refreshing. Nice mouthfeel. Nutty character to it. Very pleasant indeed.


I hope yellow teas become more popular…and soon! I hope there will be a more readily available selection on many more tea companies websites in the new year!!! :) I would LOVE to try this one!

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Oh YUM! I’ve tried several of the cheesecake flavored teas from 52Teas, but this one may just be the best one!

The apricot is sweet and juicy, the cheesecake flavor is tangy. The black tea base is brisk and delicious. A very nicely balanced cup of tea that I am really loving. YUMMMMM!

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I could see an apricot cream cheese danish tea being even better. A nice bakey texture would be amazing.


That sounds so good! Tempting!


I just missed getting some of this one. Now I’m kicking myself for not being faster!


Heaven! I would LOVE to try this one, too! LiberTEAs! You’re killin’ me! LOL jk

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:

I no longer write for the SororiTea Sisters but I am still the admin for the blog.


The reason I’m no longer writing for SororiTea Sisters is because I am now the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas:


I’ll still be posting occasional reviews on teas here on Steepster, mostly backlogged reviews because I’m way behind on getting reviews posted. That’s why I’m keeping two accounts active at the current time – so that I can get those backlogged reviews posted.


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, which is why I was very excited to be the Mad Tea Artist of 52Teas!


Vancouver, WA



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