4423 Tasting Notes

drank Elderberry Green Tea by 52teas
4423 tasting notes

This tea was not one that I immediately ordered when it was announced… I’ve never really tried an elderberry, but after reading the comparison of “something between a sour grape and a blueberry” – I wasn’t really that intrigued… I like blueberries ok, but generally, grape is just not my favorite flavor, especially sour grapes.

So, I figured, Hey, I could resist ordering this particular tea (a good thing, because I order MOST of Frank’s teas the day that they are announced, and I probably have more of his tea than he does)

But, then I read Meghann’s tasting notes of this tea, and I decided that I needed to try it.

And I’m really glad I did! I’m surprised at how much I really like this tea… although I really shouldn’t be surprised because I can’t think of a time when I’ve been disappointed in a tea that I’ve tried from 52Teas. (I still won’t try the peanut butter teas though, just won’t do it, and you can’t make me. I like peanut butter ok, but, it doesn’t belong in my tea.)

The flavor is nothing like a sour grape to me. I can taste the blueberry-ish note to it though. It’s like a slightly more tart blueberry… not a sour-tart… but, kind of a tingly tart that hits your tongue after you’ve eaten a fresh berry tart. It’s a very light, delicate kind of taste, and I like it.

The green tea base is perfect for this particular fruit, because it is not too aggressive so it allows the delicate berry flavors to come out a bit more. If this were a black tea, I think that some of the subtleties of the berry would be lost.

Very good!

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Meghann M

Yay, glad you enjoyed it. I think it is my favorite flavored green from 52teas. It just does the flavor so well!


Yet another one I will have to look into – oh my! My wishlist is hoppin’ today! LOL


@TeaEqualsBliss: I’m pretty sure I have some of this packaged up for you for the next box…


You are too good to me!

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After my horrid “Earl Grey” experience with my last cuppa, I decided to reach for something I was sure to enjoy. Even though I’ve not yet tried these particular jasmine pearls, I love jasmine pearls so I feel very confident I will like these.

Just for fun, I even got out one of my treasured (but seldom used) gaiwans.

Delicious. The jasmine is sweet, lovely and floral. Mellow and relaxing! The green tea tastes very spring-like to me – very fresh and lively, but at the same time quite soft.

This is what I expect from a jasmine pearl. And it delivered!

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looks like I will have to add these pearls to my list to try!

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drank Earl Grey by Hedley's
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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea to try!

I was leery of this tea immediately upon opening the package. I could NOT smell any bergamot! I cannot recall (at least, not in recent memory) of an Earl Grey tea where I’ve opened the package and I couldn’t smell any bergamot. Sometimes the aroma is softer than other times, but, I can’t remember ever encountering an Earl Grey where there was no bergamot fragrance in the dry leaf. Discouraging, to say the least.

The scent of the brewed aroma did very little to relieve my dismay. I still can’t smell bergamot. Maybe a faint… chemically… somewhat orange-like aroma… but certainly not the bold, citrus-y, floral-esque bergamot that I adore.

This tea makes me very sad. Very sad indeed. I feel like someone stabbed my beloved Earl Grey right in the heart. This tea is no Earl Grey. Not at all. It doesn’t deserve that title. I don’t think it even deserves to be called tea.


I am glad, however, that I got to try it. Why? I don’t know.

Just sad…

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Please note: the “2” rating is generous.

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drank Spring Serenade by Adagio Teas
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This tasting note has been made possible by Rachel – Thank you Rachel for sending me a sample of this blend to try!

I don’t have a lot of experience with the citron fruit, although I did have a citron marmalade once that was really quite delicious.

The flavor is really quite nice in this blend. The creamy vanilla dominates. The fruit flavors – apple and citron – aren’t as distinctive, its more like I can taste a fruity “medley” as opposed to a distinct apple and citrus flavor. The apple flavor does become more distinct in the sweet and smooth finish.

The green tea base is nice. I definitely prefer Adagio’s green tea base to their black tea base, which is a good thing in this particular blend, because the tea flavor is quite prominent. It has a pleasant fresh, vegetative flavor to it. Just slightly grassy, just slightly sweet, and I can detect no bitterness in it. Very enjoyable.

This is really a very tasty blend.

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I had to consult wikipedia on the topic of ‘citron’ here. You see in danish citron=lemon and I had the hardest time ever believing you had never had anything with lemon (and I also wondered why on earth you refused to just say lemon)
Great was my astonishment to learn that in english citron=whole other fruit! O.O They’re called ‘cedrat’ in danish. Never heard of them before.

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drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
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I am running very low on one of my favorite Earl Grey teas… this Earl Grey tea. And, I have so much tea, I don’t know if I can justify ordering more right now (like that will stop me)

So I am enjoying every single sip in my cup this morning.


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Lupicia does make good teas, I think. So far they have never disappointed me.


I have been pretty impressed thus far with them. I just… don’t need to be ordering more tea. LOL I am going to need a second house just to store my tea soon.

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A strong ginger flavor – very strong! I can taste the cinnamon and cardamom notes too, but, they are significantly softer than the ginger.

I really like how the ginger cuts through some of the flavor of the green yerba mate. I am not usually a big fan of green yerba mate, because I find the flavor to be a little too much for me – too vegetative, too earthy… just too much. But the green yerba mate is actually quite nice in this blend because the ginger offsets some of that vegetative earthiness and gives this a very palatable flavor.

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This is a very nice Sencha with a smooth, sweet flavor. A nice vegetative taste – a bit like steamed vegetables … spinach, perhaps? – but without the prominent buttery notes that I often associate with Sencha tea. Yes, I’m definitely getting a spinach like taste here, although the flavor of the cup is really quite gentle.

Very nice!

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A very good blend. The peppermint is fresh and exhilarating and the black tea base is smooth and unassuming, but neither one overpowers the other.

This is a great tea to drink in the afternoon – a lovely pick-me-up. I’m liking it!

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Thank you to my SororiTEA Sister TeaEqualsBliss for sending this tea my way.

This is a very mild, pleasantly smooth Ceylon. I love the aroma of this tea – I keep finding myself holding my cup up to my nose and just inhaling the fragrance as the steam wafts from the cup.

While it is mild, it has a lot of flavor – and I am enjoying its complex layers of flavor. I taste a rich, fruity flavor – almost peach/plum -ish. I can also taste piquant floral notes and even a honey-esque note which tastes quite indulgent.

A very nice afternoon tea.

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drank Cherry Cola by 52teas
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My order from My Sweet Honeybush arrived just a short time ago, I had to immediately brew some… this is one that I was really looking forward to trying because I really loved the Cherry Vanilla Cola from 52Teas and I’m hoping that Frank blended this one with similar finesse.

The aroma is very much like the fragrance (as I remember it) from the Cherry Vanilla Cola.

And yummmmmm! It tastes SO GOOD. It tastes very much like Cherry Coke. I don’t drink a lot of soda except when I happen to be eating out, and if the restaurant has Cherry Coke that is what I’ll choose.

This has a nice sweetness to it (although the flavor is greatly enhanced with a little bit of raw sugar) and the cherry and cola flavors work well with the honeybush. I don’t get a lot of the woodsy flavor that sometimes comes with honeybush – just a nice, sweet flavor.

I like this one… I like it a lot. And I’m betting this is going to be amazing iced!

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RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I think I need this one. I too prefer Cherry Coke if I happen to drink pop.


This is really good. I had my youngest daughter try it too, she really liked it also, although she did say that it didn’t really taste like cherry coke to her, it tasted like cherries and honey.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

That’s good too. :-)


sounds great! glad to hear it lives up to the name.


You beat me to it. I’m hoping mine is at the Post Office and will come home with my husband Mike this evening!


I will have to try this at some point! :) You and Kristin have me sold!


You’ll try it the next time I send you a box. LOL!




@LiberTeas Ha, you are so nice. The 52teas bags look small to me and I have a hard time parting with any of the ones that I truly love. shifty eyes


Kristen: yes, but, even though I love these teas, I have so much tea that the truth is that there really is no way that I can consume all that I have all by myself before they’d expire. So, why not share a little with a friend? :)

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:

I also review teas for the Tea Review Blog:

In addition to my passion for tea, I am also a mixed media/altered arts artist. You can see some of my art here: http://eccentricpastiche.blogspot.com

I am also a self-proclaimed foodie. I review local restaurants and the food I buy online here: http://hungryinportland.wordpress.com


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 here: http://liberteas.teatra.de/ I don’t always have sampler boxes available as it depends upon how much time I have as well as packaging supplies. I usually post at least one or two sampler boxes per month, though, so 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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