4839 Tasting Notes


I think that this tisane is really better iced vs. hot. When hot I can taste the woody flavor of the rooibos, whereas when iced, the rooibos flavor becomes less distinct and the orange flavor really pops.

It’s good either way, but I prefer it iced.

Boiling 8 min or more

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Oh YUM! Of the six truffles in the box, this was the one for which I had the lowest expectations, since I am not a big fan of Lapsang Souchong. But… in a chocolate – IT WORKS. Awesomely!

Going to write a more in-depth review for the SororiTEA Sisters blog, but, I do want to say that this is really good. I love the caramel-y undertones of the Lapsang Souchong and how they complement the dark chocolate. I can taste the tea, and I love the smoky notes and how they integrate with the rich chocolate flavor. Delicious!


I had ManTeas’ Chocolate Bacon today and it was pretty amazing.


This sounds fantastic!

Paul M Tracy

chocolate AND lapsang?! You just found my perfect food!

Michelle Butler Hallett

THUD. (mbh swoons in bliss)


HAHA exactly Michelle! I’m hoping to have $ in my budget for these in Dec., but definitely by Feb!


OMG! Again!!!!

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea to try! Yummy!

As far as I’m concerned, you really can’t go wrong with chocolate. Of course, I’ve tasted a few disappointing chocolate blends, but they are few and far between. This is a really awesome chocolate blend, and I love the coconut.

This is smooth, rich and creamy. Positively decadent! YUMMMMMM!

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea!

I’ve reviewed this tea previously here:

This is a really bold, gutsy breakfast blend – and I am not exactly sure why I chose to drink it at 4:45 pm. But it is good as a late afternoon tea too! Deliciously malty. Brisk!

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea to try!

It smells yummy! My first sip – before any additions are made – it was a little weak in taste. But I found that a tiny drizzle of agave nectar really perked the flavor right up. The strawberry and orange make a delightful combination. I can even taste notes of jasmine in there. Delightful. One of the nicest strawberry teas I’ve encountered! I like this one very much!

165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 0 sec

I’ll have to remember about the agave nectar. :)

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Testing out my latest batch (and probably my last batch). Yummy – if I do say so myself. The caramel is sweet but not too sweet – the Assam malty.

I’ve really missed this blend!

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Would that batch be for sale?

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drank Masala Chai by Samovar
4839 tasting notes

I ordered this sample, I had heard some good things about this chai so I needed to find out for myself!

I split the brewed tea into two different cups so that I could have one for tasting without any additions and one for tasting as a latte.

Without Additions: Well, as most of you probably know, I’m pretty biased when it comes to chai, as I do believe that my own chai is the best ever. That being said, this chai lacks something. I was reading the label on the sample (which, may I say, I do have a tremendous appreciation for – the labels on these samples are very comprehensive), and it suggests adding a tbsp. of “your favorite black tea” – which suggests to me that this tea lacks a certain “umph” – and it does. The body of this tea – the base – seems relatively thin.

The spices, on the other hand, are delightful. Not too spicy, with a certain sweetness to it that I’m quite enjoying. This would really be an excellent masala chai if it had a stronger black tea base.

With honey and steamed milk: It is quite good as a latte, although, again, it suffers from a thin tea taste. The milk and honey do give it a little more consistency and a nice texture on the palate, as well as bring out some of the delicious spices. But the tea is still dreadfully thin on taste.

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I like yours much better than this one.


Oooh, please share! I have no idea how to make chai.


@CHAroma, I no longer sell my teas. Sorry.

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Enjoying another cup of this before I send it off to my SororiTEA Sister.

Rich, chocolate-y goodness. Delightful for my first cup of the day.

For my full-length review of this tea, click on this link:

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Delightful! Today has been a fantastic mail day – I got two packages of tea (and these orders arrived SO fast!) and a package of art goodies, as well as good news from my bank… and NO BILLS!

This is one of the teas I received today… and it’s delightful. It is a lighter version of Earl Grey, in my opinion, because the bergamot is a bit lighter. But along with that, it has a crisper, cleaner taste than some Earl Grey teas I’ve encountered. It doesn’t taste heavy or oily or soapy… just beautifully bergamot-y!


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Yay for good mail days! (I was a rural mail carrier’s daughter; the need for real letters goes deep in the DNA :)


My dad is a retired postmaster. So yeah, I get where you’re coming from there.


Yay for no bills!! :)


Orders??? From which companies?


I ordered from Teatulia and Samovar.

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drank Hawaii-Grown Black by Samovar
4839 tasting notes

Oh yum! Now I can see why everyone loves this tea. It’s amazing! Sweet, rich and flavorful! LOVE this!

Happy Happy Joy Joy!


Gotta get this on the wish list: I don’t think I’ve read anything but rave reviews!


It is so good… it is teagasmically amazing.


YES on the list!!


Bur I wish I could get that 25% off code from Samovar to work! Darn! Maybe I am just too late..


I think you’re too late… it was through yesterday, if I understand correctly.

Geoffrey Norman

Man…it’s pricy.


oh well!


I soooooo want some of this. Need to get drinking on my current stash though :(

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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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