519 Tasting Notes


This is a shock! I made a cup of this while cleaning up my room, and within two minutes it smelled like I had been baking. The taste is warm and comforting too, and somehow this tea manages to be buttery, just like a cookie. I admit my reasoning for getting it was “hey, it’s on sale,” but I’m glad I went for it. Yum!

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This is surprisingly good! I got it mostly because teabags are convenient for dorm living and loose tea isn’t as much (oops), but I think I chose well. The pineapple is strong and sweet and makes an interesting contrast with the vegetal, almost spinachy green tea. The ginger is soft but there as an aftertaste, adding some spice and a savory herbal flavor. I like the combination a lot and will have to try it iced sometime.

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My RA put up a tea bulletin board for hot tea month, inviting us all to take a bag, try it, and share our thoughts. Sadly there were only one or two I hadn’t tried already (oops!) but I still think it’s a great idea.

This is the bag I chose from the board, and I actually like it pretty well. It tastes a bit like Hot Cinnamon Spice’s less-sweet cousin. It smells like Red Hots, and there’s a huge amount of cinnamon in the taste too. There’s also some fruitiness—not really identifiable as apple right away, but definitely fruit—and a slight aftertaste of rooibos. I love spice teas in winter, so this turned out to be just right for this afternoon.

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Sipdown! I’ve been making good use of my electric kettle since I’ve been in my room, and I think that’ll only continue if it stays as cold as it’s been. There’s an ice storm tonight and I’m hoping it won’t make getting to class difficult tomorrow.

This one is pretty mediocre for me, but it’s on the high end of mediocre. The fruit flavor is boring and generic, but the cinnamon is surprisingly subtle (a good thing!). I can also actually taste the base, which in my opinion is a plus for a flavored green.

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Well, I’m moved into my dorm (finally). It took way longer than I thought it would, and after all that stress I wish I had longer to relax before classes start tomorrow. As it is I’ve been drinking copious amounts of tea and catching up on comics. There are worse ways to spend a Sunday, I guess!

This is an interesting blend, and surprisingly I don’t mind it—usually I hate peppermint! It’s just minty enough to be minty, but for the most part this is a tea with a very strong licorice flavor. To me the licorice isn’t offensive, just strong, and it’s nice after dinner. I’d probably drink it again.

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drank Wuyi Ensemble by Adagio Teas
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Happy New Year! Still trying to sip down some older teas in the next few months, I think, and then I can go back and restock my favorites/try new things. I’ve pared down my collection by nearly half already in three months or so (wow!), so I’m nearly there! I can’t wait.

My review of this last time was accurate; I taste different things with each sip, and I think that makes it good for a new year. At the very least I find that roasty, woody quality soothing on a cold day after staying up too late. I get more of the fruitiness this time around, almost like something dried (prunes?). As always, I really do like Adagio’s oolongs. They surprise me, which is not something their other teas do.


I admire your ability to pare down your teas. I need to get better at that! Haha


As long as you’re not overwhelmed, you’re probably fine! I had way too many samples of things but now I’m nearly down to just full sizes.

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This is pretty much the same blend as Upton’s Mélange Nöel (minus a spice or two), but sadly it’s nowhere near as good. The tea in general is a little watery, and most of what I taste is orange, cinnamon, and rose. The almond isn’t noticeable, and neither is the tea! It tastes more like an herbal blend. If this were more intense I’d like it much better—maybe I should try extra tea in my next cup.

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drank Himalayan Green Tea by Allegro
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Backlog (last one!). On our last day we killed some time before dinner at that same café. Apparently in between the two times we went there, they got new tea, because this one wasn’t there before! This was interesting—I’ve never had a green Darjeeling before. The Chinese green is very vegetal but I do taste something that reminds me of the fruitiness of a black Darjeeling. It’s a little sweet and makes an interesting cup. Not bad!

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drank China Green Tips by Tazo
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Backlog. This was such a surprise! Up there with the Trescerro as one of the best teas of the trip. It’s vegetal, almost like a steamed green, and there’s a slight sweetness to the aftertaste. If I hadn’t read the name I would have guessed this was a sencha or a relative. This was not quite buttery, but it does have a fresh quality with no bitterness, rare for bagged unflavored greens. I must have had at least five cups of it over two days!

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Backlog. Had this and my longtime favorite Calm with a big lunch after walking around all morning. Unfortunately the peppermint in this is overwhelming, and peppermint is not really my favorite. There’s a touch of spearmint but I’d prefer more, and the tarragon is just not there. The description is better than the brew, but it was still nice enough.

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Elizabeth, college student, history/anthropology major. I love to read, travel, and try new foods.

I loved tea as a kid, didn’t drink it for about ten years, and then rediscovered it about a year ago. I’m still pretty new to the types and brands of tea out there, but I’m interested in trying some of everything! My favorites are earl greys, yunnans, medium-bodied oolongs, Japanese greens, and fruit flavors. My least favorites are teas that are overly smoked, bitter, or contain strong hibiscus or orange peel.

About Swaps: I am always willing to swap with anyone within continental North America! Just drop me a note. For anyone in the eastern half of the U.S. I’ll gladly swap small samples of things, but further away than that I would prefer if we dealt with larger amounts.


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