4835 Tasting Notes


Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea to try! It’s one that I’ve been anxious to try for some time now! I mean, how could I resist? With Chocolate and Strawberry? YUM!

While I am very happy that I am having this opportunity to try it, I feel like this is a tea that I need to tinker around with a bit, because I am just not getting the flavor I thought I would. I can taste faint notes of chocolate, faint notes of strawberry, and even the black tea tastes rather indistinct. I will try using a little more leaf next time and see how I fair with it. For now, I’m just not that impressed.


Sorry you were kinda bummed. I did notice the more I tinkered the more I liked! I usually doubled the amount and went for 3 or more minutes to infuse…not sure if that advice would help a little or not…


Yes, it does help. I am going to try having a little more leaf next time. I am also noticing that the flavor develops slightly as it cools a little bit. It’s not a bad tea, it’s just not as impressive as I expected it to be.


It does morph as it cools! So sorry I pumped it up too much for ya! LOL :P Sorry you were a little bummed


It’s not your fault! :)

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drank Jasmine Blueberry by Art of Tea
4835 tasting notes

Another mystery tea from Jaime’s secret santa package!

It smells amazing. I haven’t even brewed it yet, just sniffing the dry leaf – and the blueberry and the jasmine really come together so beautifully in this blend. I’ve tried blueberry jasmine blends before, but, I don’t think I’ve tried this one yet. So, I look forward to trying it!

The green tea is light with a fresh, somewhat vegetable-like flavor and a bitter note toward the middle of the sip. Not an off-putting bitter, but a savory one. The blueberry is the strongest flavor here, but the jasmine has added her distinctive sweetness to the cup as well. A nicely balanced cup. I like it very much

Thank you Jaime!

165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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I reached for this as my first cuppa this morning. I woke up incredibly early this morning – I just couldn’t sleep. Bums me out because it is the holiday break, which means I don’t need to get up early to get the little one off to school… oh well.

At least I have something nice and warming to turn to! I love this tea. Strong, malty, slightly smoked, with a nice fruit quality in there too. Very wonderful flavor to this tea.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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Lovely. The lavender really comes through nicely here, and I like how the fruit flavors linger throughout the sip. It is deliciously fruit-flavored without being too fruity, and nicely floral without being too flowery. And the rooibos are barely discernible.

A delicious cuppa.

Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Strawberry Santiago by Art of Tea
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This is the first tea that I tried from the many, many teas that my secret santa (Jaime!) sent to me. She individually wrapped each tea, and sent just enough of each tea for me to taste it and review it. She knows me well! This is absolutely perfect for me, because as much as I like tea, I think what I like best is being able to drink tea and then write about it. Having just this much… is PERFECT, because then I don’t have to find a place to stash the rest of it. (there is no such thing as too much tea, but there is such a thing as too little room to keep tea)

So, since these are all individually wrapped, I don’t know what I’m going to be selecting until I’ve selected it and opened it… kind of like the 12 teas of christmas thing, which was a lot of fun for me. Jaime has allowed me to extend that excitement for many many more days! Thank you Jaime!

OK… on to the tea. This is delightful. Delicious. YUMMY even!

Sweet strawberry. I can taste the honey-esque tone to it, and I like that. A beautiful tea!

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

WOuld LOVE to try!!!

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drank Crimson Nectar by Tea Forte
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I am having the last pyramid that I have in my stash… This time around, I can taste more of the cinnamon, which I really like! This really isn’t terrible at all.

Why do I find that I enjoy something as I am sipping on the very last of it? It is still not something I am CRAZY about or anything, but, today’s cuppa is quite nice actually.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Candy Cane by 52teas
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This is a little unexpected, but in a very yummy way. What I expected was something more along the lines of a peppermint tea that has been jazzed up with a little bit of crushed candy cane. But, the vanilla adds a wonderful dimension to this tea that makes it more like a candy cane and less like a breath mint.

A very nice treat! I am glad that Frank found a few of these and added them to his inventory… because it is really YUM!

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

anxiously awaiting my order of this! :)


Nice review this sounds good I wonder how this would compare to candy cane land by celestial seasonings?


I would LOVE to try this one! You know my LOVE of mint!!!


@silvermage2000 ~ I was going to say the same thing! Sounds maybe a bit more flavourful than the CS blend but I’m curious how they compare.

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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
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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
4835 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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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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