488 Tasting Notes

This is not what I was expecting, but that is not a bad thing. This is very very smooth. I get almost a smokey flavor, a woody note and almost cherry like flavor to this. This is way more savory than I was expecting. It is one of those snuggle in a blanket on a cold day kinda teas. I am picking up no astringency. I could definitely sip this all afternoon.

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I bought some of this in one of my very first Butiki orders. I tried it once and though, meh. So it sat and it sat and it sat. I have been enjoying some flavored white tea before bed the last few weeks and thought I would give this another go. Wow, I am not sure what I was thinking the first time I tried it. This is delicious. Creamy for sure. Hints of juicy cantaloupe. This tea is also very naturally sweet. It was such a great cup last night. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. So sad that these teas are gone forever:(

After being gone from Steepster for so long while my kiddo was cooking, it is nice to be back and see some new companies making a go at blending tea. I am excited to try some of the new things out there, will just have to get my cupboard under control first.


There is very little I wouldn’t do to get this tea back. I’m so glad you fell in love with it!

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drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
488 tasting notes

Yum! I ordered a sample of this in my last H&S order in Feb. This is a nice afternoon cup. Creamy, sweet-ish. There are hints of Chocolate and coconut. I can see how the coconut could quickly take over this blend.

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I received a small sample of this from QueenOfTarts, Thank you!. A&D always impresses me with their blends. This is no exception. Fruity, flavorful and a full mouth taste. A yummy morning cup.

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drank Moroccan Mint by Tealated
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I received a sample of this from Roseanne at Tealated. I like mint teas, but had never really had the Moroccan Mint. The combination of the 3 ingredients in this tea works really well together and I have bee really been enjoying this as an afternoon cup. It is refreshing and almost sweet.


Love this one!

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drank Peach Melba by Lupicia
488 tasting notes

I received this sample in the mail this month. For some reason I wasn’t expecting it to be rooibos. It was a good cup. I added a little sugar and it was very peachy. I am not sure if it would be a tea I would purchase, but this was a decent cup.

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This was a fairly old sample I had sitting around. I have a cold this week so take my review with a grain of salt. It was a light, slightly fruity tea. The taste was pleasant, but nothing memorable for me. It was a nice cup to settle down to, last night.

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drank Organic Assam by Harney & Sons
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For the St. Patty’s day free shipping deal I picked up a few sample packs I had been eyeing for awhile. I figured it was a good way to get these without conning myself into ordering more tea. This is one of the free samples that Harney and Sons threw in for me to try. This is a no fuss, good cup of Assam. Nothing fancy about it. It hits some of the usual notes, malty and a tad fruity. This cup seems to add just the right about of astringency to make you remember you are drinking a strong cup. Well done! I would be interested in trying this in loose form at some point.


Hey! I got this as my free sample in the order I placed that day! XD For once I got a good sample!

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I have been so busy at work lately that I brew a cup of tea and by the time it is cooled enough for me to drink I completely forget about it as I am so deep into what I am working on again to even contemplate picking up the cup and turning away from what I am doing. This has been great for my work, but bad for my tea drinking. Today I have a foggy brain. It is Monday, I have come down with a cold, and what I SHOULD be working on today is maddening. So, here I sit with a cup of tea I plan to take a few minutes to fully enjoy.

Assam and I do not mingle often enough. The good assam’s I have had, have been wonderful yet I don’t find myself drawn to them like their friends from China. This cup is perfect for the morning. Lots of malt. A slight fruityness and it just taste like I am drinking good piece of baked goods. I really should spend more time with Assams’s. This cup makes me long for more and more and more. Thank you for the wonderful swap donkeytiera.

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I took my little one to see Grandma this weekend and Gong Fu Tea’s is less than 2 miles from her place so we stopped by. I picked up 2 oz of the milk oolong and then ordered a cup to go of this tea. This was awesome! I waited until we were well on our way home before I took the first sip knowing that if I liked it I would have ordered some and I didn’t want to go over my tea budget this month. There is a strong lemon flavor combined with oolong, and floral. I really like this one and will be getting 2oz of it the next time I am around. My sister and mom also tried it. They are not tea folks and they loved it as well. A win win.

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I started drinking tea while on a 4 month long cycling trip through South America. It seemed to always be a great way to warm up when I was cold and it was always available everywhere. Mate was the big tea of choice down there and it was also a great way to get to know people. When I returned home, my sister introduced me to Teavana and this launched me into the realm of loose leaf tea. I am still new to this wonderful world, but so far I am loving it.

I am open to swapping. If you see something in my cupboard just message me and we can try to work something out!

90-100 – love, love, love must have around always or as much as possible
80 – 90 – Like, could restock
70 – 80 – If some happened into my cupboard I would drink it but will probably never seek it out.
60 – 70 – Meh, will finish the sample but don’t need to drink this again.
Below 60 – Nope not for me.


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