462 Tasting Notes
Picked this up because I realized that I have almost no caffeinated bagged delights to drink at work! How did that happen?
I wasn’t expecting it to be this good. But it is abundant in everything about chai that I love (cinnamon and cloves!), and lacks everything about chai that I hate (looking at YOU, nutmeg!). It’s smooth, full of delicious cinnamon, and the orange peel adds a nice bite of citrus. Num num num.
Only complaint is that the cuppa didn’t last long enough! Time for another.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Orange Zest
My very favorite H & S blend that I’ve tried thus far. Tastes like coconut and gingery, lemony lightness. The leaves are so big that they threaten to burst out of the sachet. It’s the very embodiment of springtime!
Flavors: Coconut, Ginger, Lemon Zest, Lemongrass, Pleasantly Sour, Vanilla
Dug this one out of the deep recesses of my tea cabinet (yes, I actually have dedicated an entire kitchen cupboard to my absurd tea collection). Brought it to work because I want to get rid of it.
It’s unique, and it sticks with you, certainly. But it’s not a great summer tea. The smokiness lingers in my mouth for a long time. Much better for winter.
Flavors: Bitter, Char, Smoke, Wood
The more I drink this one, the more I love it! I don’t even like mango usually— I like the initial taste of the fruit, but the aftertaste ruins it for me. I think the bitterness of the tea and the flowery calendula petals balance out that tangy, grassy aftertaste that I dislike in mangos, and just leaves the sweet, floral flavor that I DO enjoy. Masterfully made. Will be sad when this is gone, although I’m not remotely worried about that yet because I have an 8 oz bag of it to play with.
Got the last box of this at Shaw’s. It was half off— I think they’re not planning to stock it anymore. They had six or seven different varieties of Mighty Leaf there, so I’m not surprised that they’re making cuts with the company. For $9 a box regular price, Mighty Leaf teas have to be expensive to keep on the shelves, and I doubt they’re a big seller among the average American grocery shoppers. I know I don’t buy their stuff often due to the price.
$4.50 is a much more reasonable amount to pay for tea bags, even classy, sewn “silken satchet long-leaf” ones, in my opinion, so I went for it. I’m glad I did. The vanilla is very real and quality— it’s like I popped a whole vanilla bean in my mouth! Creamy, sweet without needing sugar or being cloying, pleasantly fragrant, and the base black tea is evenly matched against the power of the vanilla. You almost can’t tell that it came from a tea bag. Nice as a dessert (or anytime) tea.
Much better than Adagio’s Vanilla blend! I will enjoy these while they last. They’ll go well with my milk chocolate Hobnobs.
Flavors: Beany, Creamy, Nutty, Sweet, Vanilla
As far as medicinal teas go, the Celestial Seasonings blends work pretty well and don’t taste like punishments.
This allergy season has been atrocious. I don’t even HAVE allergies normally, but this season I apparently do. I enjoy tulsi and can safely identify all of the other ingredients in this tea, so even if it doesn’t help with the sinus irritation I’ve been dealing with for weeks now, it at least tastes familiar and is soothing to drink right before bed.