1719 Tasting Notes

drank White Peony by teasenz
1719 tasting notes

This is the last sample I have provided by Teasenz. All of them have been very good quality at a reasonable price. They offer flat $5 worldwide shipping from China.

The aroma of this one is fresh field hay with soft floral notes. The dry leaf contains plenty of furry silver buds and light green to dark brown leaves. The taste of the first cup was like drinking fresh mountain stream water, filled with stone and mineral elements. Mid sip reminds me of damp forest leaves. Late sip has light floral elements that remind me of the namesake peony flowers. The second cup is much darker in flavor. It is a combination of stone, forest leaves, and fruit – like apricot with hints of plum. Second cup seems more syrupy.

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Yeah, so the first thing I want to say is unless you intentionally want the heat and cinnamon blast of Harney’s Cinnamon Spice, remove the bag after steeping. This will hold the cinnamon to a responsible level. This also has ginger in it, and although I can’t taste it, I am pretty sure it is helping build that awesome spicy blast.

Now if this stopped with the spice it could get boring in a hurry. That is where the orange fits in nicely. It adds a citrus zing. It also makes this very sweet. Do not add sugar until you taste. Even my Splenda monkey said, “Nope, not needed”, after tasting. I see no sugar or stevia in the ingredients. I don’t know how, except the orange, it is just sweet.

Basically, this is a teabag full of Redhots with an orange twist.

Terri HarpLady

;p I’ve never cared much for this one. Once year a friend gave me 3 boxes for my birthday. I didn’t have the heart to tell her.

Maddy Barone

I actually enjoy this one occasionally. Yes, it tastes exactly like liquid red hots candy.


I’ve had this Sweet & Spicy but only the herbal tea one (didn’t know they made it w/black tea). It’s a tea I enjoy~

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drank Strawberry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I love strawberry black tea, even (maybe, especially) the cheap stuff in bags. I was a little hesitant to try this one as a cold latte. I mean, it sounds good in theory, I was just afraid it would taste like the powdered stuff we added to milk when we were kids. The reality is this is totally awesome. The strawberry tastes so natural I looked to see if any of the green tops were floating in my mug. Move over strawberry black tea, strawberry matcha is moving in.

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drank Ginger and Lime Rooibos by Zhi Tea
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Dry this smells intensely of lime. Hot it is lime, lemon, and ginger. Once it cools it becomes more ginger, lemon/lime. The ginger packs some heat. I still don’t know what green rooibos tastes like. It seems to fill in all the flavor voids in the cup. I think I most detect it as a sweet grassy aftertaste. There is licorice root in this. It only adds a tiny amount of sweetness. Halfway through the cup I added a little sweetener to see how it would react. No problem, though it added nothing but sweetness. It is not something I would drink much of, but I can see this being fun for fans of lime and ginger.

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drank Matcha Maker by Good Earth
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Looks like most of the reviews on this are a couple years old. Most complained about the lack of matcha and the sweetness. Greanted, the name is confusing, matcha is the last ingredient, green tea the first. On the other hand, does anyone really expect a tea bag to be able to hold matcha? Well, not after I thought about it. The sweetness is from licorice root and stevia (I know almost as hated as hibiscus).

The dry bag has a vanilla orange scent. The steeped tea smells like root beer to me. The taste is orange creamsicle with a ginger finish. Personally, I like the sweetness. I like the creamsicle, and I like the light ginger bite. It is like drinking sugary orange soda without the calories. I would not want this everyday but find it kind of a fun drink. If I had another bag I would try it iced because I think it would be pretty neat that way.

Probably available at your Walmart. I’m going against the flow and giving a thumbs up for this bagged tea.

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drank Cocoa Tango by Good Earth
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Yep, its a tea bag. The however is there is 2.25g/bag. For reference Twinings has 2g. Stash generally has 1.7g and the last Republic of Tea I tried was a piddly 1.33g. This makes a nice milk chocolaty mug. I can’t single out the other ingredients except the chilis. I love hot and spicy but this really isn’t. After you sip chocolate the end sip has a warm glow. Definitely not melt your face. Just a little warmth. I left the bag in the mug and it never became bitter or overly strong. Is it the best tea ever? Of course not, but I did enjoy it. If you like a little heat. this is a good everyday bagged tea.

Maddy Barone

I actually enjoy several Good Earth teas. Haven’t tried this one yet, but it sounds like it might be a nice one.


I’ve seen this one. Hmm. Maybe…?

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drank Taiwan No 18 by Sanne Tea
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You know you have too much tea when you find a Sun Moon Lake sample at the bottom of the stack boxes. I can understand losing a lesser tea but few teas hit all my buttons like Taiwan Sun Moon Lake black tea. Dry it smells of cocoa, honey, kind sweet potato, with a Darjeeling like muscatel. The whole mix has a baked quality to the scent. Mmmmm.

Tasting is similar to the scent. It is an easy sip that builds to what I am going to call a presence. It isn’t a hefty bite. Its more refined than the raw bite of some teas.

The second cup had me mentally thinking cinnamon candy. It is so sweet and feels syrupy on the lips. The cinnamon image is welcome but weird, in that there is not so much a cinnamon taste, and certainly no cinnamon burn, but the image remained after several sips. I love when a tea does that kind of magic trick. Even in the second cup I still catch grape notes under the cinnamon, honey, sweet potato.

Complex and delicious.


few teas are as good as Sun Moon Lake teas, fully agree KS


Yes, ditto here!

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drank Hibiscus Orange Nectar by Rosali Tea
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Rosali Tea is just launching a monthly subscription service. I received this and a milk oolong for review. When I opened the box and saw hibiscus on the label, I went eeuuuwww, hibiscus. When I opened the bag to sniff, I expected a tart blast. Instead I got this incredible vanilla orange scent. I poured out a spoon of leaf and immediately saw rooibos. That is often another red flag as it can be throat scratchy rough. I could not smell it until after I steeped. Even then it is light and its sweetness fills in around the orange and vanilla. I see hibiscus. I do not taste hibiscus. I added a little sweetener for science. Holy Wow! This is unquestionably the best blend I have ever tried with either hibiscus or rooibos. So very good.


I love it when teas pleasantly surprise us!


Especially when you are certain you won’t like it.


Yes especially then.

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drank Deluxe Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Having now sampled somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 unflavored matcha ranging from $20/lb to $48/oz, this one remains my favorite. Best part is, this is one of the least expensive. I can actually enjoy this straight without additives. It really shines as a cold milk latte. Today I added just a splash of vanilla and caramel syrup along with a packet of Splenda. It was out of this world good. I used my handy dandy battery operated frother which easily whipped this into a thick and creamy consistency. It was so thick the tumbler straw stood up straight. The taste is floral and kind of a green oolong with orchid notes. Maybe it was the syrups that brought this out or maybe I had just forgotten but this had a nutmeg flavor to it this morning. I am glad I have a pound of this in my freezer. So good.


That is great to know since I’ll admit I’ve been a sucker for their flavoured ones, and as such, always ignore their unflavoured options.


I’m working my way through a few flavored ones now.


Going on my wishlist…

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drank Fujian Silver Needle by teasenz
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This is very nice. The dry scent is typical of silver needle yet the taste is a little different. It is clean and crisp. It is sweet. Not at all bitter. Instead of a hay and cucumber profile, this one leans a little more towards green. It has floral/fruity notes. I also catch fast and light hints of minty. I steeped for the recommended 4 minutes at 175F. Had I gone short steeps at slightly higher temp, it would almost certainly turn out differently. As prepared the flavor is bold for a white tea and has plenty of depth. I feel refreshed and relaxed after sipping. Teasenz sells some pretty good tea.

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Having a passion for tea and living in rural America is a tough combination. The nearest tea vendor is 65 miles away. Joining Steepster has completely changed the direction of my tea journey.

My Rating System

90-100 Love it enough to keep around
80-90 Like a lot, would drink often
70-80 Above average
50-70 Average – take it or leave it
0-50 I don’t like it and don’t want to like it


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