559 Tasting Notes

drank Calm Me by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
559 tasting notes

This wasn’t TOO terrible, but honestly, I like Sleepytime Extra better.

It certainly made me sleepy (yay Valerian) but I didn’t get much coconut. I got kind of an artificial vanilla taste followed by some natural herbal-y sweetness, probably from the chamomile. Tasted a bit like a Lip Smacker— anyone remember those?

Kind of lackluster and not that yummy overall flavor-wise, but for $5, what did I really expect. At least it fulfills its intended purpose, which is to help me sleep when I’m anxious.

Flavors: Artificial, Herbaceous, Sweet, Vanilla

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It seems like most of the reviews of this tea are from people who don’t like rooibos, so I don’t think it’s been given a fair shake.
This is a nice tea. Perfectly balanced, fruity but not cloying, very high quality. I taste mango, peach, and papaya. Nice woodsy finish from the rooibos.
Also worth noting is the amount of labor that must go into producing these tea sachets! They’re sewn with string, almost like embroidery work along the edges.

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Just a yummy, easy herbal blend for work. Cinnamon is pretty potent.

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drank Ginger Tea by Harney & Sons
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I think I’m getting sick, so I’m drinking this down in the hopes that it will chase away my tickly throat and stuffiness. I wish I had honey at work.

This was nice for convenience, but nothing beats boiling fresh ginger and drinking the broth.

Shan’t be restocking— there are better and more extraordinary H & S blends to be had.

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drank Plantation Mint by Bigelow
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This is a nice little breakfast tea for work. Smooth, perfectly balanced, energizing and refreshing. 100% reliable and low-maintenance. That’s what we aim for at work.

Flavors: Spearmint, Tea

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I enjoyed this one a lot. I will probably buy it again as soon as my tea collection is under control.

Coconut, cinnamon, and cloves… who knew?


I miss this one! I drank like 3 tins of it one summer.


haha, surprisingly easy to do! It’s a simple pleasure. :)

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This one has a surprisingly long shelf life. I’ve had it for a year and it still tastes good.

Buttery green base, bite of tartness from the strawberry and pineapple. Doesn’t taste medicinal or like a punishment, which is good for a diet. Also, thank God it doesn’t taste like the actual Fruity Pebbles cereal, because I would gag and then throw it out if it did.

I still maintain that Tiesta has the best deal going in loose tea. 4 oz of tea for $9? That’s crazy, considering that the quality is better than decent. Not too shabby for an American grocery store purchase.

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Mmmmm! Chocolate and cinnamon. It tastes like a fresh-baked cookie. I can’t get enough of the Zhena chais lately. This one is my favorite rooibos blend. Chocolate and vanilla both work well with rooibos. I don’t get much ginger, which is a little sad, but it’s still tasty. I double-bagged it for good measure.

I want to try their hazelnut chai next.

Chai (not Kai) Mera

Wishlisting this one, thanks for the recommendation.


No problem! Glad I inspired you :)

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Still not getting a lot of the flavoring in this one. I think chai masalas just work better with black tea. It’s a nice idea in theory, and it does make for a nice bedtime cuppa, and there is a faint hint of caramel and cinnamon and maybe vanilla in the aftertaste, but it’s pretty underwhelming, by and large.

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Hit a deer with my car the other night. I’m perfectly fine, thankfully, but it did mean two days out of work while I waited for the insurance to inspect it and get me an estimate.

Car is now in the shop, getting fixed, and I am driving a nicer rental car than the one the deer’s butt broke, so I should thank my lucky stars that my insurance came through for me in my hour of need. Also that these last two days have been unspeakably gorgeous weather-wise.

Treated myself to this tea as a way to wind down from the hectic insanity that car accidents always entail. My expectations weren’t high— maybe I just haven’t been trying the nicer H&S blends? But this is one helluva cuppa. It tastes like something Stacey from Butiki Teas would have blended. The coconut, vanilla, and lemongrass all give it a sweet, spring-y, fine- tea-shop scent and taste. The green tea base is very high quality— I’m guessing it’s a dragon’s well from the brilliant yellow-green color and buttery taste.

It’s delightful, it’s delicious, it’s de-lovely…

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Ginger, Lemongrass, Sweet, Vanilla

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

OMG, so glad you’re ok!


Thanks! I’m just relieved that: 1.) I wasn’t hurt and that I was the only one in the car; 2.) I have good insurance and 3.) That my car is in good hands while it’s in the shop.


Seriously! I just hope it’ll never happen again. I’m always worried about this very thing happening when I’m driving in the countryside, especially in hilly areas. :/


Me too! No more back-roading for me for a while!

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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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