411 Tasting Notes


Not bad. Bright or citrus high notes on a smooth oolong base. But the bright note was almost a little too bright for my preference. I’m glad I got to try it, but it’s not a re-order.

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drank Masala Chai II by TeaFrog
411 tasting notes

Steeped this in a semi-traditional method (i.e. I think I remember what Lena posted eons ago, and kind of made it up as I went along) and it turned out pretty well. The hubby loved it, and I thought it was pretty good, but I would have preferred some more spiciness.

However, as a soothing afternoon tea, it hit the spot.


lol…thanks for the shout out! Miss you girl! Wish you lived closer.

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Just made a Candy Cane Lane White Russian. Took a Candy Cane Lane tea bag and steeped in good helping of vodka for approx 10 minutes. Poured over ice, added simple syrup and half and half.

Wow. That was amazing. :)


Oh dang! Would do it w/o simple syrup for me, but that sounds AMAZING. Maybe add some Godiva liquor too?


That’s genius! I’ll have to give it a try.


Without the simple syrup it was a little.. overly vodka-y. But maybe peppermint schnapps?


Don’t get me wrong, I love peppermint schnapps… but I’m thinking that might make it too pepperminty since it’s a candy cane tea.. peppermint schnapps would be a great choice for another adult tea beverage though- maybe a chocolate tea?


I think I might have to try this later tonight!

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Wow. I didn’t think I’d drink up this sample so fast. Apparently I liked it more than I thought. I still want more orange from the tea, but it’s a nice blend with the pu-erh. :)


Pu-erh with orange in it is just SO addicting! I don’t know how I even managed to function before I tried it…


wow I thought it was mostly orange and no pu-erh – amazing how people’s tastebuds can be so different!

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Another It’s All About the Leaf review:

Jasmine has been scenting and flavoring tea for almost as long as tea has been grown in China. The aromatic qualities of the jasmine bloom and the aromatic qualities of the tea plant are one of nature’s perfect matches.

As you may be able to guess, I’m very fond of jasmine pearls – it’s my favorite way to have jasmine in tea.

(read more at http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/1503/tea-review-golden-moon-tea-jasmine-pearls/)

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Yum.. happy afternoon tea!

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Ack! I’m out! I’ll need to arrange for a trip to their shop soon. Yum…

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Yum. Something mellow for the morning. It’s a wonderful tea. I should probably have something a little more caffeniated, since I’m still kinda out of it, but I couldn’t resist the orange-y yumminess.

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I’m being silly – I have a personal rule of never drinking caffeinated tea after 5pm. But my new A&D order came in, and darn it! This means I have to break the rules.

So, even though I read the description of the tea, I for some reason thought this was a flavored tea. So, on opening the tin (with the most awesomeist at-ats ever!!!) i was a little surprised for it to be a blend of black teas rather than black tea with the seasonal spices.

So, flavor-wise. I would not be surprised to find out this is heavily yunnan. It’s very similar to Tiger. Which is a good thing! I’m out of Tiger and I liked Tiger. But, I’m not really thinking it’s very holiday. It’s a brighter blend, and I do taste the small amount of bitterness, almost cranberriness that the other tasters noted.

I tried 2 cups of this – straight and sweetened with cream. The above notes were for the straight tea. Sweetened and with milk? Wow. I love this tea. I can see sitting under the tree with cookies and this tea and being in holiday bliss. Yum. Love it.


Yunnan! I’m in. I was wondering what the tea base was. I’m glad it’s not darjeeling.


I missed out on Tiger and have been kicking myself ever since. Maybe I need to jump on this one! Love me some Yunnan!


Pst pst, Lena, sent you an email.

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I’ve got a lot of interests: sushi, science fiction/fantasy, medieval recreation, cooking (specifically medieval cooking), reading, British science fiction (Doctor Who!), hand sewing and now TEA!!

My favorites tend to be oolongs and flavored black teas. I like highly flavored teas more than delicate ones. Rooibos tends to taste like dirt to me, and hibiscus is very sour to my palate. But I’m always up to try all sorts of things, and will often find things that I really like which I thought I’d hate.


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