314 Tasting Notes

drank Vanilla Caramel by Bigelow
314 tasting notes

I like this one, it’s just… not as good as Lipton’s.

Woah, never thought I’d say that about another tea.

This base of this one is much more aggressive than Lipton’s, and it overpowers the vanilla. It ends up tasting a little like burnt kettle corn.

It’s not bad, it’s just more of a savory tea, whereas Lipton’s is more of a dessert tea. (I don’t know about everyone else, but when I reach for a tea with caramel in it, I’m usually looking for a dessert tea, and not so much savory.) Lipton’s apparently has “real caramel” in it, whereas this one just has caramel flavoring, so maybe that’s part of the difference, too.

Overall not bad, but since I like Lipton’s version better, and Lipton’s happens to be less expensive, I know which one I’ll be sticking with in the future.

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Drinking this to compliment my scrambled egg on an English muffin this morning. I enjoy it. It’s bready and rich. Very savory.

Such a strange concept, genmaicha, if you think about it. But somehow it works, and works well.

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drank Darjeeling by Twinings
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I don’t know what everybody means when they say this tea is bitter. I think it’s light and fragrant and fruity. If tea were a wine, this would be it.

I taste grapes and flowers. It’s almost like a white tea in its delicacy and mouthfeel. I only steep it for a few minutes, because that’s all it needs.

Flavors: Flowers, Grapes


I need to try it someday :)


You should! We can bring Darjeeling back to Steepster :D


where did it go? :-P

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drank Vanilla Caramel by Lipton
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I got a new box of this last night. I forgot how much I love it. It’s like having sweet, caramel-y dessert. But it’s healthy.

It’s amazing as a hot tea, and positively divine as an iced tea. I hope they never stop stocking this at my favorite stores.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Kettle Corn, Vanilla

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Soooooo this tea!

The honey flavoring tastes genuine, and the vanilla augments it. I also taste peach notes, but I may be crazy.

This is a very good application of lemongrass. It manages to not taste like soap for once.

Well played, Celestial Seasonings.

Flavors: Peach

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I tried this at work yesterday. I was expecting it to be fake-tasting and too sweet, but I was pleasantly surprised! It was smooth and tasty. The berry flavoring was authentic and had just the right bite of tartness that fresh juicy strawberries have.

Lipton is to black tea as Salada is to green- reliable for people on-the-go.

Flavors: Strawberry

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drank Dosha Chai Rooibos by Teavana
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A friend from work gave me some of this in exchange for some of my Kava Stress Relief tea.

Oh my gosh, is it delicious! It has pieces of real cinnamon stick in it. I taste coconut, apples, lots of warm cinnamon, and a sweet rooibos base. It’s warm and smooth and perfectly blended. Like liquid apple pie.

This tea is a game-changer for me. I was ready to write Teavana off as a bunch of overpriced hibiscus-lovers, but this made me reconsider them.

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Hello, Steepster! My gosh, it’s been a while! I just moved into my new apartment and got the WiFi set up today. I also haven’t had much time for tea-drinking because I’ve been adjusting to my new job (tech support… strange career move for an English major, but whatever) and have been insanely busy.

I drank this tea today. I forgot how much I love it. Burnt chocolate, bread, earth, and smoky yerba mate. Delicious! I also love that it makes me feel energized without being jittery. And the black tea knocks down some of the intensity of the mate.

I just updated and fixed my computer, and it’s running so much faster now. Now that I know more about computers and what they need to run properly, I can take better care of my own! Hooray!

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drank Eggnogg'n Tea by Bigelow
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I know this is random and not timely, but for some reason, there are these teabags in the break room where I work now. So I tried it. In August.

It’s actually really delicious. It’s smooth and creamy, like eggnog. But it doesn’t really taste like eggnog at all. I taste warm cinnamon, vanilla, and honey.

I’d drink this year round. I mean it. What a nice surprise!

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The earthiness of the mint counterbalanced the edginess of the mint actually quite nicely. This blend was better than I expected, but still not fabulous. It was… Surprisingly tolerable, I guess.

I’m still adjusting to my new workplace. I found a box of this in the breakroom and reached for it because I was needing something soothing. It certainly fulfilled that need, if nothing else.

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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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