4550 Tasting Notes

drank Matador's Kiss by La Vida Java
4550 tasting notes

Thank you Jaime for sending me a bit of this tea!

This one definitely has some kick. The black tea is a smooth base and I can taste a bit of a caramel-y sweetness to it that tastes delightful with the spice in this blend… I like the contrast of sweet and spice.

Very nice!

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I’m very glad you like!!

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I am glad that I have time to be able to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea before the craziness that is my Monday ensues!

I wanted something strong and comforting… and this is what I grabbed… And it is indeed strong and comforting! The black tea is not as stout as some other teas that I have in my stash, but, it works well for this particular Earl Grey. The bergamot is very pleasant. Not a hint of perfume. Just delicious fruity bergamot with a hint of flowery sharpness in the background. I love it.

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The way you describe it makes it sound fantastic

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I am very pleased with this blend. I have been looking for a grapefruit GREEN tea to replace the grapefruit tea I fell in love with in Tucson but have been unable to find since. This one comes pretty darned close, even if it’s a white tea.

The grapefruit aroma and taste is authentic. It doesn’t taste sweetened, it smells like fresh, juicy grapefruit. The flavors are well balanced – the white tea is not overwhelmed, and the grapefruit tastes true.

An excellent tea!

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I LOVE this signature blend from Design a Tea. The blueberry flavor is sweet and juicy, the Oolong has that peach-y note – a nice complement to the blueberry. But what is really great about this blend is the NUTMEG. It doesn’t taste really strong at first, but as I continue to sip on the tea, I find the flavor becoming more intense.


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Ooo.. this sounds lovely!


What a yummy flavor combo! I love nutmeg!


Stephanie: me too, it is one of my favorite spices. I have to say, though, that I never really gave it much thought until I started grinding it fresh when I needed it. It tastes so much better!


mmm…I think I will have to check this one out!

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This is not one of their “signature” blends. To get this tea, you have to “design” it. But, this one is a fairly simple design… passion fruit and Koslanda black tea.

It’s very good. The passion fruit is rich and sweet. The black tea is a pleasant, even-toned tea. Not particularly robust, but with the delicious passion fruit flavor it works.

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drank Banana Matcha by 52teas
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Since I don’t generally eat runts, I can’t offer the same comparison to the Banana runts as others have. I do like this Matcha though. It’s sweet, banana-y and YUMMY.


And how quickly it disappears.

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drank Houji-Genmaicha by Den's Tea
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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a sampling of this tea. It is one that I’m really excited to try, because I am so fond of both Houjicha and Genmaicha.

This is really good. Definitely different, but different in the best way possible. The roasting of the Bancha as well as the popped rice gives this a really interesting depth of flavor. I like it!

I’m off to write a review for the Tea Review Blog!

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I am trying this today as a latte. The last time I tried it, I tried it sweetened but without the milk. This time, I went the whole 9 yards with it.

It’s very good. The steamed milk brings out the vanilla note nicely, and it is really creamy and delicious. Spices are well balanced with the other components in the blend and do not overwhelm the cup.

Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending this my way!

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Deliciously fruity. Enjoying this with my dinner – which is spicy – and I like how it soothes the palate.


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drank Da Hong Pao by Harney & Sons
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My second infusion (or set of infusions, as I’m brewing this in my gaiwan) is even tastier than the first. The complexity of this tea really expands with the subsequent infusions. The flavor is much more fruit and flower like with mere wisps of smoky notes. Still delightfully roasty-toasty. Delicious.

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:


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.


Vancouver, WA



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