581 Tasting Notes


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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Cold brewed this one for the first time in the fridge overnight. I mentioned in previous tasting notes how the peach flavor is more of a gummy candy peach flavor. That candy flavor really works well in the iced form of this tea. I think I may even prefer it iced over hot. Anyway, it’s a nice refreshing iced tea! (I’m clearly a little insane for drinking iced tea while there is a snow storm raging outside, oh well).

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drank Zen by Tazo
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Ordered this at Starbucks this morning to have something warm to hold onto and sip on while walking around outside doing touristy things. I didn’t realize when ordering “green tea” that this had such a prominent lemongrass flavor. I don’t really like lemons or lemongrass in general, so I will not be reordering this again, but it was a nice hand warmer at the very least!

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I had to grab a bagel while I’m in New York, so we walked to a cute little bagel place around the corner from our hotel. To my surprise, they had Mighty Leaf! This breakfast tea was so much better than the cardboardy Tazo one I had yesterday. I may pick some of this up at the grocery when I get back home.

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drank China Green Tips by Tazo
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Another tea from my hotel’s 24 hour coffee and tea station. This tea was actually quite nice and soothing. It was vegetal but not grassy or bitter. A good choice for the afternoon, though I wouldn’t buy a box to enjoy at home.

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drank English Breakfast by Tazo
581 tasting notes

I’m on vacation in New York, hooray! Anyway, this was one of the teas offered at my hotel, so I grabbed it with breakfast. Maybe it was because it was in a paper cup, but it tasted really cardboard-y today. Ah well, I will take my caffeine where I can get it!


New York is the best!

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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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