455 Tasting Notes

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
455 tasting notes

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.

Cheers!

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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
455 tasting notes

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
455 tasting notes

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
455 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
455 tasting notes

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
455 tasting notes

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.

Rosehips

This one is dreamy.

teaqueen

So good… Like eating cake.

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Sipdown!

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
455 tasting notes

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.

YUMMMMM!

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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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