414 Tasting Notes


This smells wonderful and tastes…not so wonderful. I’m not sure what it is about this but I’m really not liking it. It’s too herbal. The blackberry isn’t assertive enough at all despite being very present in the scent, and oddly the sage isn’t taking over either. What I’m left with is a sort of watery, fake-grape flavor that I have no intention of drinking again.

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drank Earl Grey by St. Dalfour
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This tea seems to be one that tastes completely different when drunk at different temperatures. Last time I had it when it was lukewarm, and this time I tried it before it cooled completely. There’s some citrus to it, but mostly it’s like clover honey, with a strong scent of sweetgrass. I’m still not getting much EG out of it, but this tea is really unique and delicious.

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drank Milord's Grey by Kally Tea
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Sipdown! I grabbed this because it was an earl grey, and yet this doesn’t taste much like an earl grey at all. It’s more like a breakfast tea with a sweet burnt sugar/apple aftertaste. It’s actually kind of watery, and I’m having trouble thinking of it as an EG at all. It’s fine, but I don’t think I’d reach for it again.

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drank Earl Grey by Tazo
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I’m slowly working my way through all the earl grey bags my grocery store has to offer, because I like to take a few with me whenever I travel and I want to figure out what I like best. I think it’s safe to say that this is not it. The bergamot is way too floral for me and the tea itself gets bitter fast. It’s really hard not to oversteep this one, which is a shame because it’s not too bad when it’s done right. I can only seem to get a good cup out of it about 1/3 of the time, though, usually because I’m distracted. Since it’s so sensitive I might try brewing it at a lower temperature next time.

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This is an okay earl grey. After the last cup I wanted one that actually tasted like EG, but sadly this one isn’t as fruity as I’d like. The tea base is assertive and the bergamot is floral without being too much, but there’s something missing and I think it’s the fruitiness that I associate with my favorite EGs. In this case it’s completely a personal taste thing and nothing wrong with the tea itself; it’s drinkable and smooth, and I’ll have no trouble finishing off what I have. It’s doubtful this will go on the list to buy, though.

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drank Earl Grey by St. Dalfour
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My dad got me this as a surprise a couple of days ago, and since I’m generally open to trying any and all earl greys that cross my path I didn’t turn it down. This one is interesting, because the taste doesn’t scream “earl grey” to me at all. It’s a little spicy in a peppery way and there’s a darker, almost chocolatey note to it that reminds me of mocha instead of tea. Definitely good but not at all what I was expecting!

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drank Vanilla Mint by Golden Moon Tea
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For whatever reason this really hits the spot today. I brewed it for less time than before and it’s mellower and the flavors blend better. I’ve been under the weather for a few days and this is pleasant without feeling like it’s keying me up too much. It’s enough for me to up the rating.

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This one is a really nice fruit blend, but for whatever reason I don’t think it’s ever going to make its way onto my to-buy list. The pineapple flavor in this shines and makes the tea creamy, and the oolong isn’t lost under the fruit, but despite the good mix it feels like it’s lacking something. It might be better iced, but unfortunately I’m out as of this pot.

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This one is very earthy, just a little fruity but not sweet enough to be to my taste. There are some peaty and tobacco notes that I don’t tend to like, either, and while the overall flavor isn’t bad it’s just not my thing. It’s a sipdown and I don’t think I’ll restock.

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Another sipdown. I think I’ll continue making small pots of tea for a while because it’s a great way to use up small samples and I can easily barrel through a two-cup pot in an hour or two.

This is much nicer than my impression of it last time. I think my best description of it would be the tea version of a strawberry milkshake: fruity and creamy. The coconut doesn’t lend much flavor to it, instead adding to the strawberry and letting it shine. There’s also not much tea flavor to it, but that’s okay because the fruit is true to flavor. It’s not one I think I’ll restock, but it was nice to try.


I have this one in my cupboard too and this note makes me want to bust it out for a light afternoon tea.

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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! Currently:

-comfortable and experimenting with black teas
-enthusiastically embracing oolongs
-cautiously trying chai, greens, and whites
-adoring herbals (without hibiscus)
-neutral to rooibos
-afraid of pu-erhs (but willing to try!)

My rating system:

95-100: I would cross oceans for this tea. Drinking it is an amazing experience. If I don’t currently have it in my cabinet I’m probably very sad about that.

80-94: A very good tea. I would probably buy it again if I had the money/room in my cabinet.

65-79: Decent. I might buy it on sale or pass it by depending on my mood.

40-64: I’d accept a cup of this if it was served to me, but not buy it.

below 40: Ugh! Never again!

Keep in mind that bitterness is the worst thing that can happen to a tea for me, followed closely by hibiscus; I also have food allergies that rarely influence my tea habit, but please check with me before sending anything!

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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