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drank Prince of Wales by Twinings
339 tasting notes

I’ve been itching to try this one for a while now. It says on the box that people who like Darjeeling would like it.

It doesn’t taste like Darjeeling to me at all! It has almost a smoky scent, and it has a very milky quality to it. I taste burnt corn and molasses.

Maybe I didn’t brew it correctly? I don’t hate it, it just doesn’t taste like what everyone else says it does, quite.

Flavors: Kettle Corn, Milk, Molasses

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drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
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Had an emergency appendectomy this past Wednesday. It went well, but I’m still in pain out sick from work until Monday.

I steeped this one perfectly. It’s the first tea I’ve had since the operation (I’ve stuck to uncomplicated coffee and water and Tylenol, but today, I felt good enough to prepare a cup of loose tea) and I steeped it perfectly. This is a good blend. Hazelnut is so soothing.


oh my… I’m glad you’re okay!


Glad you’re ok!


Thanks guys :) It wasn’t fun, but it’s over now at least!


Hope you have a speedy recovery!

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drank Caramel Vanilla by Lipton
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Yum yum, dessert tea.

One of my favorites! Good anytime of the year, anytime of the day.

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drank Chamomile Flowers by Davidson's
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Bought a pound of this.

A pound. Of chamomile. I must have rocks in my head instead of a brain.

It’s delicious though. Sweet, perfume-y, and very soothing. The flowers are whole, so it’s like drinking steeped daisies. An awesome companion tea for when I have to work from home (like this weekend).

Plus, the fact that I now have a pound of it means that I get to experiment with it, adding spices and sweeteners as desired.

Flavors: Flowers


hahaha a pound of a light fluffy thing… you’re going to be drinking that forever! :)


It must be a big bag! :-) It sounds beautiful though, and you’ll have lots of fun experimenting!


It’s a HUGE bag. I’m sure someday I’ll look back on this and laugh… At the very least, I shouldn’t have any trouble sleeping for a goodly long while. :D

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I get the sense (although admittedly, my palate is fairly unrefined) that this tea does not actually contain much saffron.

I know that saffron is the most expensive spice in the world, and considering that I got this whole box of teabags for $3 at TJ Maxx, I really shouldn’t expect much.

It’s a yummy, sweet chamomile, anyway. Helps with the motor-mouth side effect of my caffeine addiction.

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drank Darjeeling by Twinings
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Trying desperately to empty out my tea collection before my pound (!) of loose chamomile arrives in the mail from Amazon.

Is ordering a pound of organic chamomile flowers a bad decision? Remains to be seen.

I made a bunch of this tea iced, because I was thinking that the grape flavor would come out more if it were chilled. I wasn’t wrong! It tastes more like raisins when it’s iced and less like fresh grapes or wine, but it’s still refreshing and nice.

In other news, I got my first annoyed caller at the Help Desk for the first time in four days. It was a good run of pleasantness, but all good things must come to an end, alas.

Thankfully, I’m getting better at not taking it personally whenever people call and yell at me out of frustration. Drinking a lot of tea, doing yoga, remembering to breathe, and also remembering that these peoples’ problems are not my problems – my day will continue on smoothly after I hang up with them – helps.


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Sipdown, thank God.

This tastes a very medicinal. I’d rather drink pure chamomile, to be honest. I’m not a huge fan of fennel and licorice.

Needless to say, I shan’t be repurchasing either this tea or this Zhena’s sampler once I finish the other three flavors.

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drank Almond by Adagio Teas
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A yummy— albeit uninteresting— tea.

I have the exact same things to say about this one as I do the other three flavors in this Nut and Spice Sample Pack— Exactly what you’d expect from the names, but the base is a little too strong. Genuine flavoring. No surprises.

Well, at least they’re reliable. You know what you’re getting yourself into when you prepare a cup of any of these four flavors.

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drank Oriental Spice by Adagio Teas
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This one tastes like a high-quality chai masala.

I like it because the cinnamon is there without commandeering the cup. The nutmeg and cloves are the most prevalent, and I get just a bite of ginger. And the whole bouquet is strong enough to do battle with the very strong Adagio Ceylon base.

Very good!

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drank Chamomile Citron by Tea Forte
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All I can taste is mint and hibiscus. With a small whisper of chamomile in the aftertaste.

Hibiscus ruins everything, man. Total buzzkill.

This is good for a bedtime blend, because it has all the right ingredients to put someone right to sleep, but I wouldn’t drink it for the taste.

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Hello! I’m a recent college graduate, trying to find my way in the world. I love literature, politics, and tea.

Favorites: black, oolong, and white teas (anything with chocolate, vanilla, nutty, or spice notes!); pu- erh, yerba mate, chamomile, tulsi.

I like green teas as long as they are blended with fruit and/ or spices, and I LOVE them when they’re floral.

I have a love-hate relationship with kombucha, and I’m very picky about my chai- It has to have a high-quality black tea base for me to really enjoy it.

Dislikes: Plain green teas, rooibos, honeybush, fruity herbals, hibiscus in high quantities, plain peppermint. (Although I am not opposed to trying blends that cross into these neighborhoods if they come from reputable companies.)

I’m not a swapper, but I hope we can still be friends :)

90-100: Perfection and heaven and magic, all in one cup.

70-89: Good.

50-69: Meh.

49 and below: Blerg.


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