576 Tasting Notes

drank Cozy Chamomile by Bigelow
576 tasting notes

Sipdown! (108) Last night, I was hit with insomnia, so I took a nice, hot shower and tried to relax with this tea. Chamomile isn’t really my thing, but I know that it calms a lot of people and is included in a lot of bedtime teas, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I’m not sure if the insomnia gave up or if it was the tea or both, but I fell asleep pretty soon after, so yay!

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drank Corn Tea by Dong Suh
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I switched it up from my usual pitchers of barley tea to a fresh batch of this corn tea. I actually didn’t mean to (the packets look identical), so it was a nice surprise when I drank it. I love that roasty corn flavor (sound weird, but tastes good to me!).


The whole time I read I was thinking that sounds weird and then finished your note and laughed. I always find the ones that sound weird end up tasting amazing.

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Sadly, a sipdown. Well, technically I have a teeny bit left, but not enough for its own cup, so I’ll probably experiment with blending it with something else. Anyway, I brought it to keep me company on my first day of my last semester in school (probably ever). Today, it tasted a little sweeter than normal. Not sure if that is due to scent contamination in my tea drawer or just my sleepy state, but it was quite pleasant. Considering my love for EBs, and this one in particular, I will probably reorder this at some point when I allow myself to buy teas again.

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Today is not shaping up to be the best day (not the worst either, but still), so I wanted to go for something that would taste good guaranteed. I remembered this tea from the Steepster Select box, so I brewed it up and it is just as good (if not better) than I remembered. I think it might actually be my favorite oolong so far. It has the perfect balance of roasted and floral notes and is so creamy. I just checked their website, and it seems they only sell in 4 oz quantities. Normally, I wouldn’t get that much of one tea at once, but this is so delicious that I might just…

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I ordered an oolong sampler from Teavivre when ordering my new teapot, and this was the only one of them that was in super airtight packaging. So of course I was curious and decided to pop it open this morning. I gotta say that so far, this is competing to be one of my favorite oolongs! It’s sweet, floral, and so smooth. It looks like everyone else who reviewed this also thinks highly of it, so I will definitely be putting this back on my shopping list for when my tea buying hiatus is over.

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After having straight black tea earlier today, I was in the mood for something a little sweeter. This tea has become one of my go-to’s for when I’m in this kind of mood. Plus, it’s giving me the chance to break in my brand new mug!


Ooh, this is going on my shopping list! I’ve been looking for a good passion fruit tea.


I really liked the sample of this one, so I bought a bunch more. I can send you a sample if you’d like! Lemme send you a message.

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Threw a few balls into my new teapot and brewed up a nice black tea for the morning. After steeping, I realized I wanted something a little sweeter, so I added some creamer. It really brought out the subtle cocoa notes from this tea. This tea is nothing too special for a straight black, but seems to be reliable.

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Had this tea with dinner, which was heavy on beef. The meal really brought out the grassiness of the tea, and I did not notice the savory aspect as much until I was sipping on it afterward. Not my favorite Japanese green tea, but I will enjoy the sample while I have it.

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I was hesitant to try this one because “tobacco” and “honey” aren’t usually taste descriptions that appeal to me. The dry leaf smelled like damp earth, which is probably the tobacco part of it. The tea also tastes like damp earth that is mellowed out by the sweetness from the honey. It seems like a nice tea, but it doesn’t fit my tastes.

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Backlog from yesterday, so this will be a quick note. The first steep was sweet and smooth, delicious! Second and subsequent steeps got a little to vegetal for my preferences, but still very nice. After all the bagged teas I’ve had lately from vacation, it was extra nice to see the unfurled full leaves in my glass teapot. They seriously expanded like no other. Now I’m just sitting here wondering which tea I’ll steep up for this morning..

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I’m a California girl temporarily located in Boston for school (brrr). I only recently got into teas because I’ve never really liked coffee (too bitter), but I have been a daily barley tea drinker since I was little.

Through some timid tastings and exploring, I so far like:
-Japanese green teas (genmaicha, hojicha, sencha, etc)
-Oolongs! (Most kinds except formosa and dan cong so far)
-Straight black teas
-English Breakfast teas
-Fruity teas (peach, apple, strawberry, other berries)

NOT a huge fan of rooibos, matcha, heavily artificial tasting teas, or anything gingery or peppery, but I’m trying to keep an open mind and taste everything that I can!

I’m trying to sample more straight teas and have been having pretty awesome discoveries so far. Thank goodness for sample sizes!

My tentative rating system:
90-100: Woohoo! I’m loving it, and I’m definitely restocking when I get the chance and/or crying when I’m out.

80-90: Yum! I’ll try to restock if it fits in my budget when I run out.

70-80: Probably would not buy again, but it was nice enough to finish the cup.

50-70: Would not choose this tea for myself if given the situation, but would not reject it if someone offered it to me and would gulp down politely.

50 or less: Nope. Don’t care to taste that tea again, sorry!

I’m always down to swap, so send me a message if anything in my cupboard is calling your name!

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