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381 Tasting Notes


Oh, wow! I think I’ve already made it clear that I love spice teas, but this is really special. I wouldn’t have thought to put cinnamon with licorice but it works. It’s smooth and the sweetness of the licorice blends perfectly with the sharper cinnamon. I used to think I wasn’t a licorice fan but I’m finding I love it in teas. Definitely one for the to-buy list! A Butiki order may be in my future.

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I impulse-bought this the other day, mostly because I had never seen loose leaf at the grocery store. I’m glad I did, because this is way better than I would have guessed. It’s not as sweet as I expected, and the pineapple and rose both come through well. There’s just a touch of strawberry. The tea itself is the main flavor but it’s a great green-white mix so I don’t mind at all.


The name of this cracks me up.

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This smells strange when it’s brewing—like seawater, is the closest thing I can call it. Since this didn’t do so well last time I went with a lower temperature this time. I was hoping for a stronger cardamom taste but it’s more like a mineral oolong mixed with a black tea. Another one that’s not for me, it seems.

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drank Constant Comment by Bigelow
381 tasting notes

Somehow I’ve never tried this one, so mom insisted we pick up a box when we got the Lemon Lift. If I don’t like it, she does.

The orange in this is a little strong for my taste—orange rind isn’t my favorite ingredient in tea, but at least this version isn’t bitter. The spices are good, though, and the mouthfeel is creamy. I’m not in love with it but it’s pretty good!

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drank Lemon Lift by Bigelow
381 tasting notes

I liked this enough this morning to pick some up at the store later. I’m glad I did, because it still tastes just as good now that I’m having it at home. I think I just have a fondness for lemon teas.

There’s more spice in this cup than this morning’s, but I like it just as much. It’s less sweet than I remember but it still reminds me of baked goods—this time it’s like spice cookies with some lemon.

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drank Zen by Tazo
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Somehow I hit the sweet spot for this this morning: Recognizable as green tea, and both the spearmint and lemongrass were present. I was really liking the citrusy flavors this morning so this was perfect. Bumping the rating up just a little because it finally tasted as promised; now if only I could recreate it at home!

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drank Awake by Tazo Tea
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Huh. Much maltier than I was expecting for an English breakfast, but luckily I’m getting used to maltier teas and accepting them as something I don’t quite dislike. Aside from the maltiness it was pretty plain, and while it wasn’t bad I probably won’t reach for it again. As always breakfast blends are a little boring to me.

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drank Lemon Lift by Bigelow
381 tasting notes

This was out at breakfast today, and since I’m always up for trying teas I haven’t yet I decided, “why not?” I’m really glad I did, because this is actually delicious and I might never have tried it otherwise. The lemon is sweeter than I expected, which makes the cup very drinkable and gives the impression of a dense lemon cake. I nearly went back for seconds but there were others to try. I might pick some of this up for when I want bagged tea! Yum.

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drank Exotic Fruit by Jaf Tea
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I had a cup of this with dinner and it’s not bad. The smell is really good—I’m not sure what kind of fruit is in here but it smells and tastes good with the Ceylon. The cup is a little bit bitter but it’s not terrible. I’ll have to see if they have more of this set out at breakfast tomorrow.

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This is really good for a bagged chamomile. I’ve found that bagged ones especially can be harsh, but this one is sweet and mellow. It tastes like it should but it’s not sharp at all. Again, I’m impressed with these bags! Much better than I expected.

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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.


Indiana, U.S.



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