450 Tasting Notes

drank Chamomile Citron by Tea Forte
450 tasting notes

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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drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
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This is good stuff!

I love hazelnut flavored things, especially coffee and tea. The thing I love about the Adagio tea sampler that I got is how genuine the flavorings are. I feel like I’m really eating hazelnuts here. It’s earthy and perfect for the fall. My timing on ordering this sampler was just about perfect, if I do say so myself.

My only criticism is that the base is VERY strong, and can be oversteeped super easily, thereby becoming bitter and astringent very quickly.

A+ on the flavoring, B- on the base.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Obsessed… So delicious. This tea epitomizes what vanilla teas are supposed to be like.

Decaffeinated dream dessert in a cup! A calorie- free confection!

Okay, I’m done now. I just really like this tea.


This one is dreamy.


So good… Like eating cake.

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If I didn’t have a million other teas to drink, I would totally restock this one immediately. I loved it! So much better than the original Sleepytime. This was a stroke of brilliance by Celestial Seasonings, adding vanilla to this iconic blend.

The vanilla just adds another dimension to it— makes it feel like a treat.

I will be buying more of this— after I get my other teas sipped down.

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drank Vanilla by Adagio Teas
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Holy cow, is this a nutty tea!

I’m getting lots of vanilla, but also a coating like that almonds leave in your mouth. I’ve chewed actual vanilla bean before, so I can attest that the flavoring is authentic.

At first I didn’t quite understand what this was doing in my Nuts & Spice Sampler pack, but now I 100% get it.


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Tried this one again. Bumping up my rating.

I think I oversteeped it last time. I remember the raspberry and the black base being very acid-like and not pleasant, but today it was much mellower.

Still not getting much bergamot. It’s a nice idea in theory, but in practice, raspberry and bergamot tend to be two dominant flavors, so they don’t really play nice together. In this case, the raspberry tackles the bergamot and sits on its chest, wrestling-style.

This’ll never be a favorite, but it’s certainly accessible as a work tea.

Flavors: Raspberry

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This is my favorite from the sampler that I got. It’s light and sweet and well balanced. Exactly what you’d want from a mint flavored tea.

The green tea base is nice and not astringent, and the mint plays nice.

Good for a mid-morning cuppa, to supplement the morning java jolt.

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drank Vanilla Rooibos Parfait by Tazo
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This was a delightful surprise! Like warm apple pie with vanilla ice cream on top, but healthy and in a cup!

I don’t mind that the apple and cinnamon dominate— the vanilla rounds it all out and makes it sweet and delicate.

Delicious dessert tea for the fall!

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Okay, I actually do like this one. Phew!

It tastes sweet and fruity. I’m getting notes of toasted coconut, plum blossom, and licorice. Interesting.

Again, I’m glad I don’t have a whole canister of it, but I wouldn’t mind drinking this one again. It leaves a pleasant taste in the mouth. Good plain, excellent with a little honey.

Flavors: Coconut, Licorice, Plums

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I did not go into this one with great expectations. The dry teabag smelled revoltingly like cough syrup.

Once steeped, it smelled a lot like raspberry and not a lot like bergamot. But not unpleasantly so.

Sipping… Tastes like cough syrup.

Not impressed with this Zhena’s sampler so far.

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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. I work in the Information Technology field.

Favorites: Black, oolong, and rooibos. Blends that are vanilla, chocolate, nutty, or dessert-like are especially appealing to me.

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 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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