141 Tasting Notes


Thank you LiberTEAS for this very pleasing sample!

Wow, this is a very interesting black tea!

The leaves are very dark and are tightly twisted along with plenty of loose small stems. The liquid is medium golden brown, which resembles a ground Curry powder in color.

Once you place your lips to the cup, you forget altogether that what you are drinking is a black tea. It is sweet and fruit-like, yet mystical with it’s faint floral flavor and delicious pastry ending notes. My lasting impression makes me imagine a freshly baked blueberry tart.

This tea makes me continue to discover my ignorance with black teas. Previously, all my encounters with black tea was from the Indian tea-producing regions, which are not bad at all…however, this opens up a whole new world! I have to say that I truly appreciate LiberTEAS in helping expose me to the other sides to this more oxidized variety!

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Thank you LiberTEAS for this terrific sample!

I’m guessing this one is charcoal roasted at a higher temperature. There is a lot of toasty notes that leaves me reminiscent of Houji-Cha. This may be partially because of my slightly higher than recommended brewing temperature; but is very enjoyable none-the-less.

Most of these tightly wound pellets are 40-60% larger than several of my most recent oolong tastings. This is very nice, because you still have plenty of unfurling action on your other infusions.

The overall cup is smooth, little astringency and gives you quite a rush of warm energy. It proves to be the perfect cup of choice for this early evening.

I will certainly be trying this one at multiple steepings, and am interested in finding if the sweeter notes emerge at a slightly lower water temperature.


Ok, this go around I lowered the water temp by 10 degrees and found the sweeter and slightly milder side of this tea. You can still taste the toastiness, but now the cup evolves into a tad more complex.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
141 tasting notes

Thank you LiberTEAS for this wonderful sample!

There is not much to add to the many others that have commented on this great tea. Plain and simple, it is a very delicious and delightful tea!

This tea is very smooth, even if you decide to steep it a couple extra minutes (of which I tried and found no strong bitterness; only a continued satisfying richness).

One finding however: It seems that a shorter steeping (2mins or less) produces an Assam-like flavored liquid – so I personally recommend steeping 4mins+.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Thank you LiberTEAS for this sample!

As previously mentioned, the leaves are slightly flatter than expected and not as tightly rolled, which seems to encourage the leaves to unfurl slightly faster. The quality of the liquid seems to make this a moot point, as it is produces a nice relaxing cuppa tea.

As many of the Milk Oolongs, there is plenty of the prominent floral and fruity notes, of which this particular one brings a very good balance of both. It seems to be a nice choice for one that is non-interested in a stronger fruity flavor.

There is a small amount of astringency, but not overbearingly bitter. I found this tea to work well shortly after breakfast, as this seemed to compliment my meal and smooth my palate.

The color in the cup is more of a melon to tangerine, but changes quickly to a darker persimmon juice visual. This doesn’t seem to change the taste and is still enjoyable, even if you aren’t able to finish the cup immediately.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Thank you LiberTEAS for this great sample!

This is my first tea from 52teas and I found it quite a treat! This is saying a lot, since I normally do not stray away from straight teas. I’m very pleased with my discoveries here, since this will open up more opportunities of experimentation and increase my tea options (as if I need more options or opportunities concerning my obsession of tea:)

The citrus fragrance is so powerful! You can smell it before you open the plastic sample baggie. I was prepared to embrace the full force of this pleasant smelling lemony Chun Mee, however the pour and cup was much more smoother than it’s fragrance indicated.

I found this tea to produce a very good cup even after multiple steeps (around 4 or 12 cups total) – think: liquid lemon creme cookie :) Also, it provides an excellent palate cleanser if you are having several different teas throughout the day.

After the first 4/5 cups of this hot, I decided to try it chilled as an mid afternoon drink for the family. It was a HUGE hit with the kiddos. I love it when it continues to be a family affair!

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Southern Boy Teas

I always LOVE hearing about it when folks discover our teas for the first time. I’m so glad you are enjoying this.


One of my faves! :D

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Thank you LiberTEAS for this Sample!

I find myself enjoying this one very much, as this being my first Keemun Black Tea. It certainly is a nice change from the traditional Darjeeling, Assam and Ceylon teas.

This leaf produces a pale brownish colored liquid with a nice smokey pine overtones, is coupled with some very nice buttery and faint citricy undertones. There is little to no astringency.

I’m very excited in trying other Keemun Black Teas, for this was a good experience. Thanks again, LiberTEAS for this great suggested sample!

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Thank you LiberTEAS for this Sample!

It is difficult for me to ignore the complete complexity of this tea. At first sip, you discover a very smooth liquid with no bitterness and a range of sweet fruity notes. Fresh sun-dried raspberries is my first impression, but this quickly changes to a very distinct fresh squeezed mango flavor.

I find this tea to be very delightful and refreshing. This will become one of my near future purchases, as I feel this would be a nice addition to my growing collection of oolongs.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This amazing tasting Premium Kenyan Kericho Black Tea was gifted to me by a Kericho Plantation Production Supervisor family member.

The actual plantation is unknown, however the donor stated that is the highest grade outside of the “Queen grade” that that is produced there. She has it directly shipped to her and uses it seculively in her Kenyan Cuisine Catering company.

All of the specifics of the grade and origin, outside of what was stated to me, I can’t confirm; however, I’m 100% certain on the unbelievable deliciousness of this wonderful tea!

The dry leaf is sweeter in fragrance and richly darker in color than any Kenyan tea I’ve sampled in the past 17 years.

After a shorter steeping time of 2mins 15sec @ 205 °F, the pour reminds me of a malty & very smooth liquid molasses beverage, with no noticeable bitter notes.

My only sadness here is that I have no such connections of a direct ship! I really love this tea!

One last thing, I also made a brew along with a little added turbinado sweetener to put in the fridge overnight. The result = the most satisfying and soothing cold drink that I’ve ever tasted (no exaggeration:) Yes, this is a celestial cuppa tea.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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Very engaging with it’s lingering essence of fresh cut grass flavor!

Smooth and a surprising cup of escape, that brings me back to some of my fondest childhood summer days.

This may not be for everyone, especially if you find yourself not liking some of the other grassier tasting green teas; however, it is an excellent leaf to have in the collection.

I’m still new to the Lung Ching green leaf(Drangon Well), but am very much a fan thus far.

*One discovery – I may have overheated the water on this pot @ 185°F. It produced a slightly darker brownish amber color after only 3mins steep. I will lower the temp a tad next time.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Pearl Green tea by Asian Taste
141 tasting notes

What a jewel of a tea, when you have the appropriate time needed to best serve this tightly hand-rolled leaf.

I find myself mesmerized by medium to premium quality artisan teas, especially whenever they are so delicately packaged for the pure beauty and entertainment of the audience.

Maybe it’s just the therapeutic qualities of watching these leave unfurl and release their distinctively vegetal, yet great floral notes that I love about this one. *(Not sure, somehow I feel I may need to continue my journey with this one to fully uncover and discover this drawing desire towards this tea:)

This is a very smooth and non-astringent green tea.

It’s also a great tea blended with Golden Jade Green Tea.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Thomas Edward(Toad)

Watching leaves unfurl can be very relaxing and therapeutic, the Agony of the Leaves.


Indeed! Although now I feel bad for the leaves the way Tommy put it lol.

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I’m a southern boy that relocated to the Mid-West and has an intense love for high quality loose leaf tea! This is no doubt, a passion I intend to enjoy and pursue for the rest of my life! I love the art of tea, and the expression of it’s culture in each cup.

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Typically, I’m a straight tea and loose-leaf type of drinker. Black teas (especially Taiwanese blacks), Greener Oolong and Sheng Pu-erhs are top on my list!

Don’t get me wrong though, I do like me some darker, roasted oolongs, shu puerhs, greens and whites are a must as well!



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