4421 Tasting Notes


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I hope I’m writing this note in the correct place – I’m writing about the 2014 spring harvest of this Dragonwell.

A seriously AWESOME dragonwell tea.

1st infusion: Sweet, nutty, toasty. The website suggests a ‘warm nutty cashew’ flavor and that’s what I tasted. Creamy. Nicely round. Delicious.
2nd infusion: Still tasting the warm nutty cashew, and with this infusion I experienced some browned butter notes. A hint of savory.
3rd infusion: More of a green tasting tea this time, the vegetal notes are emerging and there is less of the buttery/sweet/nutty flavors – oh they’re still there, but they’re a bit softer now and making room for an almost matcha like taste.
4th infusion: Still sweet and creamy! A really remarkable tea, this!

Read my full-length review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/13/mrs-lis-2014-shi-feng-dragonwell-green-tea-from-verdant-tea/

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for a white tea, this tea really took me by surprise at just how flavorful it was! Wow! This packs the peach flavor! But even though it’s a strong peach flavor, the white tea is still there. I can taste the sweet, earthy notes of the Shou Mei.

It’s not a fake tasting peach flavor. When consumed warm, the flavor reminds me of the peach filling of a peach cobbler (without the spice!) When iced (you’ve got to try this one iced!) it tastes so much like a fresh, tree-ripened peach that I could almost feel the juice running down my arm.


Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/12/sweet-peach-white-tea-blend-simple-loose-leaf/

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drank Apple Cinnamon by Zest Tea
4421 tasting notes


I really enjoyed the teas that I tried from Zest Tea. My favorite was, not surprisingly, the Earl Grey, but this one was good too. A good balance of apple and cinnamon flavors. The cinnamon isn’t aggressive and kick you in the face, but the extra ZEST of the extra caffeine does give me a nice kick in the pants when I need a little more invigoration than the typical cup will give me. I like that the extra caffeine doesn’t lead to a weird or off taste.

A very tasty Apple cinnamon black tea. The black tea is strong and brisk and flavorful, the apple is sweet and the cinnamon gives a nice warmth to the cup. Yum!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/12/apple-cinnamon-black-tea-zest-tea/

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Crisp … invigorating! A really lovely first flush Darjeeling. My preference for Darjeeling teas tend to be second flush because I love the muscatel of the second flush, but I’ve really enjoyed quite a few stunning first flush teas this year. This is one of them.

Smooth, sweet flavor with notes of fruit and flower. Not a strong muscatel (again, that’s not expected from a first flush), but this does have a slight wine-like quality to it that I enjoyed.

Nice round flavor. Sweet!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/11/organic-sungma-darjeeling-black-tea-first-flush-2014-from-happy-earth-tea/

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I’m always on the look out for a yummy grapefruit tea. I’ve tried quite a few as I’ve tried to find a tea that would help me recapture my experience that I had with a grapefruit green tea in Tohono Chul park in Tucson. As it turns out, I found the exact tea that tea was, but, it just doesn’t taste the same at home as it did in that charming little tea house.

Oh well.

Moving on to this tea, this is a very tasty tea. The Shou Mei is earthy and sweet and delicate. The grapefruit is juicy and bright with a nice balance of tart, bitter and sweet notes. The sweetness of the brown sugar softens some of the tartness, I think.

Nice for a second steep too: I tasted more grapefruit and less brown sugar.


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I love, LOVE, love Cameron Tea. This company has some exceptional Taiwanese teas.

I can’t remember ever having a “Sun Moon Lake Assam” before, I’ve had Sun Moon Lake, and I’ve had Assam … but I don’t think I’ve had an Assam tea from Sun Moon Lake before. I was a little confused by it because Assam generally means Indian tea … so I guess this is called an Assam because it’s from the Assamica variety of the Camellia Sinensis?

Despite my confusion, this is a LOVELY tea. It’s not quite as “Assam-ish” as I might have expected, since when I think of Assam, I think bold, rich, malty, and sometimes bitter. This tastes more like the Sun Moon Lake than an Assam. Sweet, lighter in body than a typical Assam, but with notes that remind me of Assam. This is a pleasant harmony of both teas: malty notes, honeyed caramel, cacao, earth and leather.

A warm and cozy kind of tea for the mornings when you don’t have to kick it into gear right away, you have time to lounge around in your bunny slippers and fluffy robe and enjoy a lovely cuppa.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/10/taiwan-sun-moon-lake-assam-black-tea-competition-grade-from-cameron-tea/

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I loved this pu-erh. It stands out as one of the sweetest pu-erh I’ve yet to taste.

1st infusion: sweet, honeyed, vegetal.
2nd infusion: sweet, creamy, vegetal – the combination of vegetal and creamy sort of gave this a creamed spinach taste only better, sweeter!
3rd infusion: still sweet but the sweetness is beginning to wane. Not so creamy, still vegetal.
4th infusion: Here’s where I stopped, because I found myself missing the sweetness of the first two cups. Still a delicious tea and would have gone on to deliver a lot more flavor, I’m sure, but, I just loved the sweetness so much that when it was gone, I missed it. More of a sweet vegetal note and less of the honeyed sweetness or creamy notes.

A really good pu-erh though, and one I’d recommend, because I loved those sweet notes!

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A really lovely Oolong! I can’t say that I had tried a Tsui Yu Oolong before I tried this one, but this one was absolutely lovely.

You can read about my different infusions and my experiences with those infusions here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/09/tsui-yu-jade-oolong-tea-from-eco-cha/

Eco Cha is one of my favorite companies because the teas stand out to me as being top-notch. This is a remarkable Oolong and one that should be explored! I highly recommend it.

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A very subtle peach note. The black tea is definitely the star of this show – which is the way it should be when it comes to tea, don’t you think?

The black tea is brisk and a bit more astringent than I would like it to be. It’s a pleasant black tea with peach flavors but it’s not the best peach flavored black tea I’ve encountered. It’s just alright.

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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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