4366 Tasting Notes




Some time ago, in the forums, I commented on the thread that asked what Dragonwell people were going to get this spring. This is one that I recommended. It’s an OUTSTANDING dragonwell.

Then again, you can’t really go wrong with Teavivre.

This is a very fresh Dragon Well, and it’s a freshness that can be tasted. Sweet, mild, fresh, pure, clean, nutty and buttery are all words that come to mind when I sipped this tea. It’s an invigorating and refreshing green tea.

A delightful chestnut flavor with a hint of steamed veggies. As I continued to sip, I could pick up on some apple-like flavors. Savory notes toward mid-sip: a little salty. A really, really good Dragonwell!

here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/21/organic-nonpareil-qian-dragon-well-long-jing-green-tea-teavivre/


That’s an impressively long name for that tea.


This sounds great, I look forward to getting to the dragon well portion of my green tea project.


“You can’t go wrong with Teavivre.” One of the truest statements I have ever read.


They are a company that continues to impress me. I was blown away with how good this Dragon Well is.

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I was very excited to receive this in one of my past Steepster Select boxes. I love white pearls! These pearls were a little smaller than I remember the white tea pearls that I’ve had in the past being. These are closer to the size of a jasmine pearl, and I seem to remember the white tea pearls being a little larger than these.

The flavor is sweet like honey! A thinned honey. Light and crisp, subtle notes of melon, air, earth, and a hint of flower in the background. A really good tea for those who tend to shy away from white teas because they find that they are too subtle. This white tea has a well-pronounced flavor!

A really beautiful tea.

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I wasn’t incredibly impressed with this tea. It was quite tannic, and I only steeped it for 2 1/2 minutes in boiling water. That doesn’t seem like it’s long enough to produce such a tannic cup. Any longer, and I suspect that this might have been too bitter.

After a couple of sips, I was able to see past the tannic quality a little and notice some of the complexity in this tea: some fruit notes (stone fruit with citrus) and some sweetness. However, the tea is quite astringent, more than I like it to be, and too tannic for my liking.

I wish I had better things to say about it, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

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The hazelnut aroma was noticeable from the moment I opened the pouch.

A really tasty blend. I’m not big on pu-erh and I’ve never really made any big secret of that, although I find that as I continue to grow as a tea drinker, that my appreciation for pu-erh has grown too, and I don’t dislike it the way I once did.

This pu-erh blend has a nice balance of earthy pu-erh and sweet nutty and fruit notes. The way the earthiness of the pu-erh melds with the hazelnut flavor creates a really intense nutty flavor. I like it.

The strawberry is less obvious than the hazelnut but I notice them more toward the finish. I get that tingly berry note in the aftertaste.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/20/hazelberry-puer-blend-simple-loose-leaf/

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drank SBT: Pina Colada by 52teas
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As I mentioned at the start of the full-length review of this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/19/pina-colada-flavored-iced-tea-from-southern-boy-teas/ – I had become quite spoiled on my SBT iced teas after having an iced tea that … wasn’t SBT … and wasn’t good. I was glad to get the SBT back into my iced tea pitcher!

This one is pretty tasty. The pineapple and coconut come through well, with maybe just a wee bit more pineapple than coconut. There is a subdued rum note. And I can taste the black tea and it’s GOOD. Again … that’s probably my spoiled tea brat talking because that TAZO iced tea just … was bad. This was good. Yay for Frank!

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I love, LOVE, love these tins from Sugimoto America. They are absolutely gorgeous! And they were well crafted too, the patterns in the paper line up perfectly, these weren’t just slapped together haphazardly. I like the care that went into the tin.

Yeah, I’m a sucker for packaging. Especially when it’s a gorgeous tin like this.

And what makes it even better is that the tea inside is a great Sen Cha. Sweet, buttery, and notes of grass. Not overly vegetative and not quite as bitter as some Japanese Sen cha teas that I’ve encountered.

Fresh, vibrant, and a very lovely, appealing taste. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/19/sen-cha-green-tea-washi-gift-set-from-sugimoto-america/

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drank Wonderland by Custom-Adagio Teas
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I’m not usually a huge fan of Adagio teas, but, I find that I generally prefer the custom blends like this one over their flavored teas. Yeah, I know that the flavored teas are what are used to make the blends, but something about the teas being blended together seems to … make that Adagio harshness a little less so. I don’t know why.

And I didn’t really notice the harshness that I usually taste from Adagio’s flavored black teas with this blend. Bonus points for that.

It’s a tasty combination of cinnamon, candy cane, and spearmint teas.

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Pleasant. The Ceylon in this blend is rich and even a little malty. Smooth with notes of sweetness. It melds nicely with the floral notes of the Peony. I don’t know that the floral notes that I’m tasting I’d immediately identify as “Peony” but then … I can’t recall ever drinking a tea with the essence of the peony flower.

It’s a sweet, gentle floral note. Overall, a pleasant, mellow cuppa.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/18/lovers-leap-estate-indigo-black-tea-essence-peony-eden-grove/

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As I mentioned on today’s post: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/04/makaibari-first-flush-vintage-black-tea-from-tea-people/ I have recently suffered a loss. I broke the glass jar/carafe of my Breville One Touch, so at the moment, I’m using a stove top kettle. Gah!

Seriously, you don’t realize just how vital these tools are to you until you can’t use them. Don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone and all that stuff. I cried when it broke. Yes, I did. Seriously. I felt like I lost a dear friend. It was devastating. The following day, I did get good news about the broken kettle, and that’s news I’ll share with you as soon as what I have been promised comes to fruition, but, in the meantime, I’m using a stove top kettle. I went a few days without posting any reviews because … I didn’t have my tea maker! UGH!

Now that I’ve somehow come to terms with my loss, I’m able to brew tea and just deal.

So this was the tea that I had today to start things back in motion with the SororiTea Sisters blog. And what a lovely tea it was to start things off again.

A pleasantly crisp, light and refreshing Darjeeling. Uplifting! Sweet notes of fruit meld with notes of earth and bright floral tones. This tea has a light astringency to it, much less than what you might normally expect from a Darjeeling.

A very fine cuppa!


D: Ohh that sucks! I’m so sorry! :( I’d probably cry too.


I had my Breville for four years. It was the most used appliance in the house with the exception of the fridge which is constantly running. I was quite distraught.


I feel your pain! http://steepster.com/teaware/revere-ware/46814-classic-2-1-slash-3-quart-whistling-tea-kettle Imagine gongfu brewing a tea that requires < 212*F with your stove top kettle.

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drank Berber by Tay Tea
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A really minty blend. It smells like spearmint gum. But I’m happy to say that the flavor of the gunpowder green comes through, this isn’t so minty that I’m tasting toothpaste. It’s a strong mint note with a sweet, lightly vegetative taste of green tea. Very refreshing and smooth.

Clean and fresh tasting, it is a revitalizing tea. I enjoyed this one … I’m glad that Amoda included it in the April Box. sigh I’m going to miss my Amoda box!

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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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