1107 Tasting Notes

drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
1107 tasting notes

To me, this is a tea for blending: by itself, it just makes me wrinkle my nose, but it makes an interesting addition to some of my other teas. This time, I added a pinch to my second steeping of Teavana’s MateVana and found the combination pleasant, though I can’t say exactly why.


I will have to try blending this! To me, this by itself is one of my all-time favorites. (But I’m a huge fan of earl greys so I’m probably biased.)


A lot of people seem to really love this one, so I wonder if earl grey just isn’t my thing. But I don’t know, I don’t think I’ve had any others aside from cheap dining hall teabags. I imagine it’s even better blended if you like it by itself!


I know this tasting is old, but I just wanted to add that Earl Grey is totally an acquired taste, in my humble opinion. It’s sort of like people who develop a taste for coffee. Earl Grey tends to be the “learned taste” of the tea world.

That being said, I think this particular Earl Grey is amazing when blended. I just made a blend of this with another Teavana tea (the Zingiber Ginger Coconut) and a little coconut milk and it is amazing. I also enjoy this Earl Grey very much as part of an iced tea mix. It adds just enough of that “tea” flavor but doesn’t overpower the fruity herbals I use to make iced tea.

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drank MateVana by Teavana
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It’s interesting how the chocolate and nuts can’t be tasted individually but instead make a flavor that’s very reminiscent of coffee. I always take this one with sweetener (just like I do with coffee) and I wish I had some milk or cream to make it a bit thicker.

I can’t think of any way to describe this besides “that coffee tea”, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing — I love the taste of coffee but not the way it makes my stomach feel or the over-the-top kick of caffeine it tends to give me. A good pick if you, too, want the taste of coffee but the effects of maté.

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This is what I drink before bed when I’m not feeling well, and it legitimately seems to not only help my throat but make me feel a little bit better (and sleepier!) all over. The downside? The taste is VILE. I admittedly can’t stand licorice and it’s very prominent in this, but I can’t imagine anybody finding the flavor anything more than tolerable. I put in lemon, a generous amount of honey, and a cough drop, and it’s still kind of gross.

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drank Rooibos Mango by Adagio Teas
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I probably oversteeped this, but I don’t taste any difference from the other times I’ve had it. The rooibos base isn’t bad, but the mango taste is pretty much non-existent. Drinkable, but disappointing… which is how I felt about all of Adagio’s flavored rooibos sample set, really.

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This one’s just all right. It smells nice before its made, but the flavor is unimpressive — you can’t taste the peach! I keep it around for when I’m not feeling well and want something with ginger.

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drank Green Tea With Brown Rice by Issine
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This one was a gift from my boss at my summer job — he bought some random cheap teas to figure out possible ways of making tea sorbet and completely rejected it. I have very low expectations for teabags that are this cheap ($2 for 20), but this one is surprisingly tasty! I haven’t tried any other teas with rice in them, but I certainly want to.

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I haven’t had this one in a while, and it’s better than I remember it being. The second infusion tasted almost as strong as the first!

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• green teas
• floral notes of all kinds
• dessert teas

• licorice
• heavy spice

Quick summary of ratings:

90s: Outstanding, definite rebuy
80s: Very good, doesn’t blow me away
70s: Good, but some type of flaw
60s: All right, worth a taste
50s: Not so great, but drinkable
40s and below: Various levels of dislike to hate. It just depends on how gross I think it is.



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