537 Tasting Notes

45
drank White Moon by Basilur
537 tasting notes

The cooler the water temp, the better. The yucky latex taste is diminished somewhat and it tastes more like a normal green tea. A milky-sweet scent permeates the liquor. It’s a cheap tea, no doubt about it. But it is serviceable enough in a pinch.

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85

Absolutely divine. Tasted just like those chocolate orange slices that you can get around Christmas time. Perfect with milk. It was good as a dessert tea. The chocolate was very strong and the orange was kind of like an afternote. It was very very nice.

Flavors: Chocolate, Citrus, Dark Chocolate, Milk, Orange

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78

I really liked this one! The flavoring is the most genuine fruit flavoring I’ve ever tasted. I’m not sure which fruits are Brazilian, but this tasted like stone fruits and watermelon to me. Very sweet, but not cloyingly so. Very refreshing; must try it as an iced tea.

Flavors: Fruity, Melon, Stonefruits, Sweet

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50
drank Earl Grey by Red Rose
537 tasting notes

I’m craving more of my Mighty Leaf Pride of the Port with milk… but alas, I am at work, so this inexpensive bagged EG will have to hold me over for now. I have a cup of black tea, like, every two hours while I’m at work. My mug has become a security blanket of sorts.

The base of this one is very low-quality— not surprising. I like my EGs with a smooth, non-astringent, Chinese black base, and I’m 90% sure this one is just a run- of- the- mill Ceylon orange pekoe.

Bagged EG tastes very different than loose EG. I actually usually prefer the way that bagged EGs taste because I think they use stronger concentrations of bergamot oil in the bagged stuff, and I like the bergamot to be strong. Loose EG is much more delicate and has a more subtle, woody, sour-bitey flavor, at least in my experience.

Weirdly, this cheap bagged EG tastes very close to what Twinings [loose] EG tastes like— notes of sour cherry and lemon, and less bergamot-y and perfume— but it’s much weaker than Twinings. Like a faint echo of it.

Flavors: Cherry, Lemon

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68

I just don’t think rooibos holds flavorings as well as camellia sinensis leaves. That said, I did actually enjoy this one, despite the flavorings not being super strong. The chocolate was definitely the most elusive; it kind of cameo’d as a sweet note in the aftertaste. The mint was weak, too, but it was definitely there. I wanted more “truffle.”

It was just something nice to sip on while the wind howled outside.

I kind of agree with everyone else’s assessment of it— inoffensive, but not cupboard staple status. I prefer H & S’s Chocolate Mint offering, even though that one has a black tea base (and therefore caffeine).

Flavors: Mint, Rooibos, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80

I absolutely adore this one. It’s VERY bready, which makes it perfect as a breakfast tea. It has the smoothness of Chinese black tea with the robust flavor of Indian black tea. Steeps a gorgeous ruddy brown color and mixes famously with skim milk. Floral notes in addition to bread/ toast notes.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Floral, Toasty

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Sounds delicious.

teaqueen

It’s like the most perfectly blended breakfast tea. Would probably go very well with hot buttered toast or scones!

Fjellrev

Oh, I like that image! Haha.

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63
drank English Teatime by Bigelow
537 tasting notes

Needed a pick me up this afternoon. Had this with honey, made right at my desk by my trusty electric kettle. It’s a pretty standard bagged black English breakfast: floral, sharp, pleasantly sour, and a tad astringent. I usually prefer its malty, lemony, hearty Irish and Scottish counterparts. This afternoon, however, it’s hitting the spot.

Flavors: Astringent, Baked Bread, Floral, Pleasantly Sour

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75

I like this one. Fragrant, bready, caffeine free. Comforting.

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87

Very fragrant and pretty rooibos blend. Fruity in a non-cloying way. Gorgeous ruddy orange-red color. I don’t know what’s so African about the fruits that Mighty Leaf chose for this blend, but it’s certainly refreshing and tasty. Minimal metallic taste from the hibiscus.

Flavors: Fruity, Mango, Metallic, Passion Fruits, Peach, Perfume, Pleasantly Sour, Rose, Stonefruits, Wet Wood

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec

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50
drank Earl Grey by Red Rose
537 tasting notes

Very boring. Better than Lipton’s appalling attempt on an EG, but nothing to write home about. I like my EG to have a mild, smooth black base, and this one is astringent, which I find takes away from the bergamot oil. EG should be confectionlike and delightful, and this blend tastes like an English breakfast with a twist of something faintly citrus-y. A similar affect could be produced using a plain black Tetley teabag and a lemon wedge.

I’m officially a snob, I suppose.

Flavors: Artificial, Astringent, Citrus

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Hello! I love literature, politics, and tea. I work in the Information Technology field and am currently working toward an MA in English.

Favorites: Black, oolong, and rooibos. Blends that are vanilla, chocolate, nutty, or dessert-like are especially appealing to me. I also love ginger, citrus, and lemongrass.

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 and be heavy on the cinnamon and light on the nutmeg. Also iffy about mate and herbal teas in general, although chamomile and I are usually on speaking terms.

Dislikes: White tea, unflavored green teas, 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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