4847 Tasting Notes

drank High Mountain Alishan by Drink T
4847 tasting notes

Ali Shan is my favorite Oolong. I love it so much, in fact, that I bought a Yixing mug strictly for my Ali Shan teas.

I took out my gaiwan for this (yes, my gaiwan is becoming less a gadget and more an essential brewing tool). This is a really lovely Ali Shan. The flavor is rich – pleasing mouthfeel, although it’s a little lighter (less) mouthfeel than in some other Ali Shan teas I’ve encountered. It’s still quite nice though. Buttery. Floral. Only a hint of vegetation.

A very nice Ali Shan!

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This is really good. The plantain tastes a lot like banana – but not quite… it has a starchier flavor – this is very true to a plantain taste… or at least, true to what I remember a plantain tastes like, it’s been a while! And the coconut is delightful in this blend … a very nice balance of the tropical flavors. The green rooibos is not strongly distinguishable, but I can taste it’s fresh, somewhat fruity, somewhat woodsy, sweet note that it imparts.

This is really good. It would be awesome iced too.

Boiling 8 min or more

That’s the 1st time I’ve seen a plantain tea.


Me too! Sounds interesting.


Me too(three)! I love plantains…hmmm

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drank WholeBerry by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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I don’t think I’ve ever tried this one before. The green tea flavor is quite light here… not completely indistinguishable, but, the fruity flavor does outweigh the green tea flavor.

The flavor is a delicious berry flavor though. I can taste blueberries and cranberries… the strawberry note seems to get lost amid these two stronger flavors. I am not getting a lot of licorice root either.

It’s tasty enough, though. Nice flavor.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Pirate's Chai by Pirate's Chai
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Yum Yum Yum! I decided to give myself a little treat today… Other than my own spiced chai (Masterpiece Chai) I think that this one is my favorite. Matcha + Masala spices = absolutely yummy.

This is one tea that I actually heat milk to make… I don’t usually go through the trouble, but it’s worth it for this tea…

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drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
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I’m nearing the end of my Dammann Freres teas from Doulton – I truly appreciate that you put these together for me. They all have been nothing short of divine! Thank you!

I really like this tea. It is a perfect balance of flavors – the tea and the fruit and the sweet all come together so well. The black tea tastes slightly earthy and has a nice astrigency and just a hint of bitterness – but it’s a good bitterness! The fruit is sweet and juicy, but it is a bit lighter than most fruit flavored black teas that I’ve encountered… it’s more like a touch of the fruit. The caramel and vanilla are seamless and there is a nice, burnt sugar note to the caramel that is not too sweet because of that bitter note I mentioned.

It’s really so very good!

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Strawberry Zabaglione by 52teas
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Enjoying a cup of this today. It’s been a little while since I’ve had some of this.

Lovely strawberry flavor, I love the creamy custard flavor with it… a really beautiful tasting tea! Even though the days are definitely getting cooler, and autumn is almost here (this past week, it seemed like it was here)… this tea reminds me of the best of summer!

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Finishing off the last that I have of this – because it was a Russian Caravan, I sent most of this one to TeaEqualsBliss.

Although I must say that this is one of the better Russian Caravan teas that I’ve tried… the smokiness is mild. I don’t know if it’s because of the fruity flavors or what… but, other Russian Caravan teas that I’ve encountered (and I’ve only encountered a few) have been entirely too smoky for my liking. But this one is alright.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank After 5 by Lupicia
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I received a sample of this tea in the Lupicia Newsletter that arrived in my mailbox this afternoon.

This is really very good – one of the better mint green teas I’ve come across. The green tea tastes buttery and smooth, it’s quite rich! I really like the combination of spearmint and peppermint. The crisp, minty taste with the buttery/vegetative taste of the green tea is really delicious.

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec
RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I just got mine today too can’t wait to try it. :-)

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The dry leaf smells quite nice, and there are great big dry blueberries in the mix.

The brewed liquor smells a little weird… kind of off-putting, but not enough to stop me from trying it.

The flavor of this tea is very unique… the combination of Ti Kuan Yin and berry is interesting as it hits the palate. I taste flower, vegetable, butter, and berries! It sounds strange and it is – but, I’m liking it. It’s a little difficult to get past the aroma, but the flavor is really working for me. Even with the hibiscus!

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Thank you to Doulton for sending me a bit of this tea!

My initial reaction when I took my first sip was “YUM!” This is really good. The chocolate is rich and the almond flavor is sweet and nutty and these two flavors meld perfectly with the Keemun tea. This is a yummy, robust cup of tea!

Those brothers Dammann sure know their tea!

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

Doulton sent me a sample of this a while back. Oh man, I loved it! It might be my favorite chocolate flavored tea. (Of course, I never got to try yours.) ;)

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:

I no longer write for the SororiTea Sisters but I am still the admin for the blog.


The reason I’m no longer writing for SororiTea Sisters is because I am now the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas:


I’ll still be posting occasional reviews on teas here on Steepster, mostly backlogged reviews because I’m way behind on getting reviews posted. That’s why I’m keeping two accounts active at the current time – so that I can get those backlogged reviews posted.


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, which is why I was very excited to be the Mad Tea Artist of 52Teas!


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