40 Tasting Notes


The gentle fruit flavor in this tea manages to be both invigorating and soothing at the same time. Peach is a very safe, comforting flavor, and Celestial Seasonings has done well to capture the sweetness in a hot tea…!

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drank Lemon Lift by Bigelow
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Hmm…I’m afraid my rating may not be fair. After sipping the tea black, I decided on a whim that a little sugar might bring out the lemon flavor. In fact, that lemony flavor was so subtle that the sugar merely masked it. This is what I get for fiddling with perfectly good black tea!

With sweetener, Lemon Lift is still rather good, but the lemon is masked and dampened so as to be barely perceptible. I think I would give this tea an even higher rating left on its own; I think one would be better off actually trying to appreciating the subtlety of the flavor rather than trying to enhance it artificially.

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drank Te Med Blåbärssmak by IKEA
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The blueberry flavor of this tea is certainly subtle—unfortunately, I think, a bit too subtle. It’s inoffensive…but it’s barely a whisper. The flavor might be heightened with milk and/or sugar, but on its own its flavor is not really a good approximation for—for example—Tealuxe’s Blueberry White.

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drank Raspberry Red by Good Earth Teas
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I’m admittedly a bit of a noob when it comes to judging rooibos teas, so any of my comments should be taken with several grains of salt. My impression of this tea is that it has a “medicinal” quality that is alternately soothing and irritating. The aftertaste, to me, is a little bit like alcohol…!

It’s an interesting flavor…not sweet at all; it paired well with a gingerbread lebkuchen…

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It’s not bad for a generic green! I didn’t have any problems with the bitterness, but I also tend to use a little more water than suggested (and actually to enjoy pungent aftertastes…). I agree with other reviewers—this is a solid “everyday” tea.

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drank Mango Black Tea by Trader Joe's
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Very smooth! The actual mango taste is not too subtle nor too pronounced, and it melts softly into the taste of the black tea. I drank it without sweetener or milk as usual, but adding those (especially the former) would probably heighten the experience by bringing out the sweetness of the mango…otherwise, the flavor might just be a bit too weak.

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This beats the pants off of the “Bremer” brand honey-lemon-ginseng-green tea. It smells very sweet and appetizing, like a honey-lemon scone, with an appetizing taste to match. I think I also really enjoy the addition of eleuthero—the ingredient in “Tension Tamer”, which I think is fabulous. What a great “winter”-variety green tea!

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The ultimate in “meh”, Kroger doesn’t even bother to name its tea. Its official title, emblazoned in flowery script on the box, is “Tea Bags”, but that seemed an inappropriate label for Steepster. Fittingly, this nameless tea is also odorless and tasteless. If you steep it to death, stare at it long enough, and concentrate real hard, it’s possible to believe that the beverage in front of you is in fact something other than hot water. I guess I should give it credit for testing my imagination?

Why did I drink this when my tea cabinet is full of other, much more alluring things? I think I had some sort of masochistic drive to see just “how bad” generic tea is. Or maybe I was actually hopeful that this humble-looking tea box might be disguising some exquisite surprise, like in fairytales?

Agh. What a disappointing experience…After that, I think I need a cup of tea.

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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
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This tea is good! Not quite so good as Hot Cinnamon Spice, but that’s almost an unfair standard of comparison.

The blend of flavors is simple, but very well-balanced….it seems to me that the flavors cooperate rather than compete. And the blend is definitely reminiscent of warm, joyful holiday scents…it puts me in a festive mood!

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Update: this tea just got even better.

I prepared it more “properly” this time. I used only 1 cup of water, rather than stretching the capacities of teabag with nearly 2 cups as I usually do. I steeped it for only 5 minutes, as is recommended. And, reluctantly, I did something that I almost never do—namely, added two tablespoons of unsweetened hemp milk to the tea.

Wow—even better! The milk really did eliminate the “sequential flavor” phenomenon. I’m sure any sort of milk (dairy or non-) would work just as well. Everything was much more blended and balanced…! Delicious _.

5 min, 15 sec

make sure you only steep your tea bag in 6oz purified water. or 3 if it’s a chai to make room to add 3oz milk w/o diluting it.

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Be it winter or summer, I love warm beverages of all kinds. There are few things more soothing than sinking into a soft chair with a good book and a big mug of tea or coffee. I’ve been manually logging my tea-drinking experiences for some time, so I’m very excited to find that there’s actually a website dedicated to it!


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