484 Tasting Notes


In a word, disgusting.

In several words, it smelled like Lemon Pledge, and it tasted like water with a hint of tea that might have had bergamot passed over it at some point… The slightest dash of skim milk completely overpowered it and rendered it absolutely worthless. No wonder the store I got this at was hawking it on clearance for $1.50 a box. Normally the pyramid bag blends are far superior to anything else this company produces, but in this case, I’d rather drink the regular orange pekoe swill that they peddle than this witch’s brew of cheap nastiness.

0/10; would not recommend to my worst enemy.

Flavors: Artificial


So I’m guessing you didn’t like this tea? ;)


Ugh, makes me think of a Tea I got at a Sri Lankan shop. It was loose leaf and it wasn’t until later that I found out that it was flavoured. It too tasted like cleaner.


Just so uncalled for :(

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drank PG Tips by PG Tips
484 tasting notes

I’ve been meaning to try this one for a while now. I have seen enough BBC television show sets and read enough modern British lit to know that this is the working Englishman’s go-to tea. Also, my boyfriend works with a Scot, an Irishman, and several English people and they have all introduced him to it. “It’s the OG tea,” he told me. “You’ll like it.”

I brewed it up this morning in my purple butterfly fine china teacup with a dash of skim milk. I like the uniqueness of the sachets— it’s a pyramid shape made of meshlike paper— ideal for allowing the water to hit the leaves completely.

The tea liquor was a reddish-brown color, which looked delicious mingled with the opaqueness of the milk. It almost looked pink!

It held its own against the milk very well, flavor-wise. It tasted… strong. Like, it tasted like it could bench 450 lbs. Smooth, not astringent, lots of room to add whatever you want to it— milk, sugar, honey, lemon, etc.

Found my new go-to for Builder’s Tea.


Oh yeah, everyone needs a non-fussy strong tea in their life, that’s for sure.


Plus we found it in the English Food section of the store, so I felt all worldly and stuff buying it. :D

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I found this at Shaw’s last night!! I couldn’t believe they had it— I thought sure I was going to have to order it online.

It’s a chai latte concentrate, and it is every bit as amazing as it sounds.

I will admit to having fallen off the wagon lately with my coffee addiction. I started grad school at the end of September, and it’s very different than what I’m used to— online vs traditional classroom setting, APA style vs MLA, and so on. I don’t handle making mistakes and learning curves very well when it comes to school, because for my whole life, that is what I’ve been good at. So I have been procrastinating on assignments and wasting a whole lot of time telling myself that it’s no use and I’m stupid for even doing this, and so I wind up needing coffee to get my butt in gear in the mornings.

My guilt from forsaking tea has been pretty strong, so what a relief that products like this exist! The sweetness from the cane sugar, cinnamon , and cocoa make this a treat, not a staple, but what a treat it is! The espresso and black tea play surprisingly well together, neither overpowering the other, and the cocoa augments the chocolatey notes from the tea and the coffee. Plus, you still get all of the cinnamon-y, gingery, clove-aliciousness that we know and love from chai!

My boyfriend and I made it cold, with skim milk, and we both sucked it down . I’m going to play with it some more and try making it hot next.

I’ll be purchasing this again whenever I feel my spirit getting low!!

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Coffee, Spices, Sweet, Tea

Chai (not Kai) Mera

One of the most useful things I learned in grad school was how to go into a new field/job/setting and learn the rules “on the fly,” as it were. (Slightly less useful was how to find the free leftovers from department events.) What you’re going through now isn’t “stupidity” or “useless” it’s really good training that will give you an advantage over other students who didn’t have to make that adjustment. Still frustrating, of course, but that’s what the tea is for. Good luck!

Also, I had to read your review and the tea description twice — this is tea with COFFEE in it? Seriously? That sounds amazing and dangerous.


Thank you for the encouraging words :D I’m working full-time while chipping away at this degree one class at a time, so I do need to learn how to not be so hard on myself. You’re so right about learning the rules on the fly!

And yes, tea and coffee mixed! It’s absolutely divine! But yeah, I wouldn’t exceed one serving per day. Haha.

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drank Irish Breakfast Tea by Twinings
484 tasting notes

Mmmm, I like this a lot! English breakfast teas tend to be almost floral, which is not a quality I enjoy in black tea (although I adore floral greens) and Scottish breakfast tea is so astringent and malty and tough to take. This strikes a nice balance between the two. Nicely blended, no floral quality, strong and malty without feeling like an assault on the senses. Also takes milk rather nicely — maintained a lovely ambery color and strong flavor even after a splash was added.

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I finally figured out what it is about this tea that bugs me: It tastes like carrot juice.


Yeah. It’s disappointing :(

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The lemon flavoring is a little fake-tasting, but the honey flavoring makes it bearable. The green/ white combo base is smooth and light. The ginseng and eleuthero are very calming to me, and the little tiny punch of caffeine balances everything out nicely.

Celestial Seasonings recently redesigned their packaging, making the box art more minimalist and dull, not unlike Google’s recent logo “update.” That’s a bit of a bummer, but won’t deter me from purchasing CS products in the future. Or from using Google, for that matter.

Flavors: Green, Honey, Lemon, Sweet

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drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
484 tasting notes

Sipdown… drank hot, with milk.

I overleafed in my excitement to be rid of this blend, and it turned out bitter. Alas.

It’s not a terrible blend, and the price is very good for the quality. I’d just rather try something a little more daring from Adagio.

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“This is my fight [tea]
Take back my life [tea]
Prove I’m all right [tea]”

The busy-ness of my work these past few weeks has been out of control. Thank goodness for good ol’ earthy, chocolatey, slightly-burnt and energizing Morning Thunder to get me motivated to work through today and tomorrow before my glorious weekend.

Flavors: Burnt, Chocolate, Earth


Ha! Love that song.


Hahaha! Too funny!

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Phew… after that nightmarish work week, I got a nice three-day weekend. Back in the saddle tomorrow, although I get to work my regular hours instead of being strong-armed into working overtime and giving up my weekend.

Picked this up because the flavor combo is fairly unique and I haven’t had oolong in a while.

It’s fairly unimpressive. The mango totally overpowers everything else. I may be wrong (both blends say that it’s wuyi oolong) but I still think this oolong leans more toward the green side than the black, so the flavor is much lighter and more subtle than Stash’s Chocolate Mint Oolong blend.

Not bad, not wonderful.

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drank Organic Peach Cobbler by Tazo
484 tasting notes

Steeped it with a bag of Higher Living’s Ginger Kick. It transforms this tea from being just meh to being absolutely delish.

This tea is icky plain and hot. I’ve had the best luck either cold-steeping it plain or steeping it with something else hot.

I won’t be restocking when I’m out of it. It was too expensive and too underwhelming. If a bagged tea forces the drinker to get creative in order to make it drinkable, it’s officially not worth its asking price.

Flavors: Bitter, Pastries, Peach

Liquid Proust

I cold steeped this and my family drank it

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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 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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