58 Tasting Notes

60
drank Earl Grey by Tazo
58 tasting notes

I do love bergamot, but the bergamot flavor in this tea is very strong, overpowering the tea. It almost tastes more like an herbal tea than a black! Not “bad,” but for a subtler taste in a similar price range, try Twinings.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus Zest, Floral

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67
drank English Breakfast by Twinings
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Archetypal black tea—a rich, mahogany liquid that’s hearty, substantial and warming like a bowl of oatmeal. Nothing unique to write home about, but does its job well; if you “could use A Cup of Tea™,” this is exactly what you’re looking for!

Flavors: Caramel, Grain, Malt, Roasted Barley, Vegetal

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Cinnamon Stick by Bigelow
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A very simple tea: darkly flavorful. If you like cinnamon, you’ll like it, and I imagine it would very nicely complement a plate of sugary pastries. I’m docking points because it’s a little boring and I can’t help compare it to other, more interesting blends (e.g., Harney & Sons’ “Hot Cinnamon Spice”).

Flavors: Bark, Cinnamon

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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75
drank Zen by Tazo
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All of the flavors shine through in this blend: fresh, grassy green tea, a little lemon sweetness, and a hint of mint in the aftertaste. Pleasant and refreshing! I wish the flavors were a little stronger, that’s all.

Flavors: Grass, Lemongrass, Mint, Vegetal

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec

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40
drank Wild Sweet Orange by Tazo
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What a polarizing tea! It’s easy to pinpoint why people either love it—or, in most cases, loathe it: the weird, warm spike of medicinal sour-sweetness that dominates any other flavors as you swallow. The reviewer who called the flavor “like warm [non-sugary] Tang” is absolutely right.

I must be one of the weird ones because I find this taste neither appealing nor particularly off-putting. Like most artificial things, It’s perfectly innocuous, even pleasing, until you start really homing in on it. (Which, to be fair, you’re supposed to do if you’re reviewing the tea…)

…Tang, anyone?

Flavors: Medicinal, Orange, Orange Zest, Tangy

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Raspberry Royale by Bigelow
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Served plain, this tastes like a standard, somewhat uninteresting black tea with a little bit of a sweet aftertaste. Unobtrusive, and pleasant enough, but not something I’d go out of my way to drink.

Though I should note that I’m drinking a backlogged bag; it seems Bigelow changed their formula in the fall (?) of 2015, and this new formula has everyone on their site up in arms about how terrible it is. Purchase at your own risk…!

Flavors: Berry

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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65
drank Passion by Tazo
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Quite potent! This is a zingy, busy tea that tastes like unsweetened fruit punch with a tart aftertaste. It might be delicious iced.

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec

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70
drank Darjeeling by Bigelow
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Granted, I’m not very well-versed in black teas, but I’m pleased with this one! Very light and sparkly; not too bitter. The finish is buttery, smooth and sweet. I wouldn’t call the flavor particularly “interesting”, but it’s certainly refreshing. A nice daily choice!

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74

Sleepytime is so mild and soothing. The flavors of lemongrass and spearmint are noticeably present, but their sting is completely eradicated by the flowery chamomile. The tea is light-bodied and faintly sweet—but it could definitely take honey if that’s, your, you know, cup of tea.

I’d recommend this for its stated purpose of winding down, especially for those who find Tension Tamer too strong.

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec

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55

This tea looks and smells fresh and inviting. It’s pretty, actually…made of dried fruits with delicate edges, all light tan or peach or deep red. It reminds me of potpourri.

When I hold the tea in my mouth and swirl it around, I find a very nice flavor that’s very fruity and a little bit tart, like a berry compote. In fact, I think this would be a great complement to mixed-berry tea bread. However, I am yet again disappointed that the flavor is so subtle. If I just swallow the stuff without any ceremony, I get a little tingle of orange in my throat, but no complexity.

To be fair: 1) I’m addicted to black coffee, so maybe my threshold for “strong” is a little higher than most people’s; 2) this tea is evidently great when mixed with a green or black tea and served iced; and 3) my batch is more than a year old, and for a while I was storing it in the original packaging (i.e., a paper bag) rather than in an airtight container. I cannot speak to how this would influence the flavor. Does anyone know?

Preparation
6 min, 30 sec

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