521 Tasting Notes


I’ve been wanting to try this for a while now. I’ve read so many rave reviews about this blend. Thankfully, my book club swap buddy Josie Jade had some to share. :)

Heavy and earthy. Reminds me a bit of keemun and yunnan. Smokey and sweet. Like rock sugar and raisins. Savory umami flavor as well. This is an intriguing blend indeed. I have to say though, I don’t like it all too much. Too much savory for me. I’m still learning so much about black tea. :)

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This tastes much like a milk oolong, only roastier. Creamy fresh afternoon treat. :)

Thanks for the sample Sil!



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Meh. This green tea base seems to be the typical cheap Chinese sencha base that I don’t like. The oddly cooling mentholy and piney lavender is retry well balanced with the sweet fragrant rose. If you like rose and lavender, you’ll like this. And it’s all enhanced with berry flavoring. I’m tasting cherry.
I’m not too impressed with this but I’m grateful to have tried it, thanks to Dustin’s generosity. :)

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drank Gui Fei Oolong by Butiki Teas
521 tasting notes

Another tasty sample from SIl! Thanks! :)

Naturally honey flavored oolongs are a favorite of mine. This one smells very promising.
Mmm…yes. Honey dipped apples. Specifically, skin on green apples. Barely toasty. Floral sweet, like lychee. This is like a middle ground between green and dark oolongs. I like.

I think all those black teas I’ve been drinking are ruining my taste buds. The lighter teas I used to enjoy are tasting too light! Ack. How do I retrain my taste buds? :(


I am having the same problem! I used to love the lighter blacks and now I pass them over in favor of the strong ones. I suppose as long as I can find tea I love, it doesn’t matter what variation it is. :)


Glad you’re enjoying them :)

Terri HarpLady

I’m the same! I’m trying to make an effort to drink at least one green or white tea per day. Also, I’ve noticed that if I drink several steeping of sheng, it seems to reset my taste buds.
This is also why I made a tea inventory on my computer. I printed it out & put a mark next to each tea as I drink it. The idea is I have to either drink or serve every tea on the list before I can start over, LOL, which resulted in me buying more black teas so that I could be sure & start each day with one of them (at least).

Terri HarpLady

Of course, I’ve already cheated a couple of times…


haha terri!

Terri HarpLady

Ms Theresa is exceptional at setting up systems to organize things, parameters, etc. She’s very left brained that way. The problem is little terri talks her into wasting her talents on things like my tea collection, instead of the office, or the sheet music collection, etc…& then we never really follow her ‘systems’ (we have all kinds of them) for very long at a time, & soon they are forgotten.


I think I’ll stop black tea consumption for a while until my taste buds atop being silly.


oooh not sure i could do that. I don’t love a lot of greens heh, though i prefer them to whites and green oolongs


I think we might have opposite tea taste. For me, it’s green oolong, white, green and then black. I had only been drinking so much black lately because I just discovered that I don’t dislike it entirely. I’m going to slow down my experimentation now though.


haha i could use an opposite tea taster friend! lol I tend to seek out the notes from people who enjoy the things that i don’t typically like to see what i might want to try first.

I think it depends largely on the tea as well because i’ve found a few straight greens and oolongs that i love quite a bit. though not too many. mostly i find they’re sort of take it or leave it..though maybe summer will change that since i only really started down this path starting last august?

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Thank you, Sil, for a sample of this!

I can’t say I’m a fan of Indian teas. Maybe I’ve never had a great one, but they do not interest me. But Taiwanese teas, those are amazing. Love those. So let’s see what happens.

Hmmm… dark hint of cocoa. Mineraly. Veeery smooth. A hit of floral sweetness.

The taste is a like a cross between a dark oolong and Chinese black tea. Is this a result of where the tea was cultivated? I don’t think assam from India tastes like this.

Anyways, tasty but not too interesting. I do think my fascination of black tea is slowing down. I’m gonna go back to basics with some green teas. Maybe it’s a seasonal thing. :)


I feel the same about green, I should take more time to appreciate them now.

Terri HarpLady

I was actually thinking the same, or maybe of doing a green/white tea day once a week…still thinking about it.


yes, I am picky with green teas, they shouldn’t have any astringency…I can bear some in blacks but none in greens !

Terri HarpLady

Also, if I drink green tea on an empty stomach, I will throw up, but I can usually enjoy a cup of black tea before breakfast without nausea.


I really only truly enjoy Japanese greens. And it will be easy to drink them when it gets warm as they make fantastic cold brews. :)


hmmm i’ll have to pay attention to your tasting notes and see if any of them inspire me to try a green cold brew. I’m pretty sure i’ve never tried a straight green as a bold brew.


I might not log it since I’ve had them before, but anything from Den’s is a good bet.

Terri HarpLady

Hmmm…I’ve never done a green cold brew, or really even tried green tea over ice


It’s good! All smooth and sweet without the astringency people fear from greens. :)

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drank Pot O' Gold by 52teas
521 tasting notes

I approve! Tastes like those candies in the neon yellow wrappers on a malty black base. Only lightly astringent. It has the same flavor that’s used in the Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake but without the tasty spices. For that reason, I prefer the pumpkin version as I looove my spices.


oooh that sounds delicious. I love their caramel pumpkin cheesecake


Jealous. Why can’t mind taste that good.

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Need more tea! I love toasted rice! And I think Houjicha is a bit underappreciated. This is a good combo! Roasted and savory. It’s also a bit sweet. Very comforting tea. I do feel like classic genmaicha tastes better though.

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I’ve got a bunch of unopened 52 Teas cause I bought a bunch a while back where there were sales. Recently, someone asked for some of this one is a swap so I ripped it open and took a big whiff. Mmmm…maple syrup. Decided to have a cup this morning. So tasty. Syrupy sweet. Like there’s actual maple in there! Yummy!

A second steep yielded less flavor. Tasted like just a regular tea with a bit of sweet flavor.

I don’t detect much in the way of butter or pancakes, but I did not think too much about the flavor while I was drinking because I was taking care of my husband who’s sick with a chest cold. Lots of ginger and lemon tea for that guy. I’m gonna have lots of vitamin C now so I don’t catch his cough.
Terri HarpLady

Hopefully he’ll feel better soon, & you’ll remain unscathed!

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drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
521 tasting notes

So I got an ounce of this hoping it would taste like Golden Moon’s version. It kinda does! I do think GM’s was better, but I don’t know if this is because I had it near the beginning of my true tea obsession and everything tasted amazing or because it’s actually better. But in any case, it’s close enough if not exactly the same. Creamy sweet coconut and lightly vegetal green oolong. Very nice. It tasted like those coconut dusted mochi balls made with coconut milk that you can buy in Chinese bakeries. Hmm…I haven’t had one of those in a while….Must seek this out…

So yeah! Good tea! I need to start keeping a stock of cold brewed teas in my fridge! Lovely warm weather today! I can also feel the beginning of a very humid summer. ugh, NYC summers are gross.

Rachel J

I second your UGH from a fellow NYC-er. Straight from too cold to too hot. :(


I never thought about it that way, but it’s true! Today was one of those rare days where the temperature is pretty perfect. It’s really the humidity that bothers me most.

Rachel J

Anything over 70 is too hot for me, lol… I wear a tshirt when the temp is 60. :) But you are right, the humidity is the worst part of it.

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drank GABA Tea by Tea from Taiwan
521 tasting notes

Okay, I’ve had this sample for over a year. I’ve been afraid to try it. The other notes on this tea have been terribly discouraging. But I just have to do this once and for all.

The leaves are balled up but pretty dark. I find that the dark oolongs tend to be long and twisty and the green ones are balled up like tiny wads of spit balls. (Maybe I should have used a better example…) But these are dark and balled up. It’s a crazy upside down world.

First, the the smell of the brewed tea is like roasted brussels sprouts. It also tastes like brussels sprouts only it’s weird at first because of that honeyed fruity flavor on the front of the tongue. This also reminds me a bit of chrysanthemum tea. The flavors in this tea clash for sure, but I don’t hate it like I feared. I wouldn’t say I liked it either though.

Will have to try a few more steeps. You never know an oolong unless you infuse it a few times. But first, I’ll take my pups out for a walk before the sun goes down. They didn’t go out much in the winter cause they are so tiny that they’d get too cold, even with coats. They are loving this warmer weather. :)

EDIT: Okay, no resteep because I’m an idiot. Took the cup and infuser basket into the kitchen area so that I could pour the hot water over the leaves. Except when I got to the kitchen, I dumped the leaves and started washing out the tea ware. Half way through scrubbing the infuser basket my brain went, “….wait…wasn’t I supposed to do another steep with those leaves? …those leaves that are sitting in the garbage can? …I suck.” I’ve got enough leaf to try again, but that will have to wait for another time. It’s time to move on to herbals and other decaf/noncaf teas.


Argh! I feel your pain!

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I came from a tea drinking family, but I never appreciated the different qualities and varieties of tea until older. All that time wasted! But I guess I needed to be mature enough to appreciate the tea experience. :)

My favorite teas are green oolongs and white tea. I also love greens, especially gyokuro. I have a huge appreciation for rooibos and honeybush as they are often that only thing I can drink in the evening. I am a relatively new convert to black teas. This is unfortunate for my wallet but extremely wonderful for my palate. :)

In any case, I have a love for both flavored and unflavored teas. They are different experiences for sure, but both enjoyable. I find that it often depends on my mood.

I am on a quest to find a tea that will win my husband over. I think I’m making some headway…

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