410 Tasting Notes


My sleep got messed up this weekend because I was out until 3:00 in the morning on Thursday night (I should clarify that I have Thursdays and Fridays off, so that’s what I mean by “weekend”) and then only slept until 9:30 Friday morning. I slept well last night, but of course I had to get up and go to work.

I decided not to escalate my potential to tense up at work and opted for some loose-leaf tea this morning instead of coffee.

I’ve had better EG’s than this one, and I’ve had worse. I don’t have a strong opinion about it one way or the other. It’s heavy on the bergamot, but not to the point that it tastes soapy or floral. I think the black tea base is fairly mild, and that’s why the bergamot is the strongest flavor. I like my EG’s to have a bit of astringency from the base, to define the cocoa notes a bit more. The cocoa notes are there, but not very strong.

I can tell that it’s a reasonably high-quality tea and that the essence of bergamot oil is also good quality. It’s just overall not a very special or memorable EG.

Flavors: Bergamot, Cocoa, Tea

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The lavender was the appealing part for me. The lemon balm was a lovely surprise!

It tastes sweet and floral, like you’d expect. Helped me sleep after a very tiring few days off. Would probably be divine with honey.

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drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
410 tasting notes

I really kind of dig this one.

Don’t be afraid to let this one steep for a while. The black base is awesomely mild and doesn’t mind a little extra time in the water.

I’m getting a lot more of the chocolate this time. I think it’s because I let it sit longer. But the mint is definitely the stronger of the two flavor components. Nothing wrong with that! Mint is lovely and good for lots of things.

Soothing, flavorful, dessertlike.

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drank Chocolate Mint Rooibos by Téga
410 tasting notes

Oooooooooo damn, this is one delicious tea!

The chocolate is so rich, and then the mint is like a light gauzy shawl wrapped around it. The rooibos is very fine quality and not too aggressive.

The longer it steeps, the better it is! It has a decadent, creamy mouthfeel.

So, so so so so gooooooood…. I am gonna be so sad when this cup is gone. I will definitely make a second.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Creamy, Mint, Rice Pudding, Rooibos, Sweet, Wood

Boiling 8 min or more

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reviewed ingenuiTEA by Adagio Teas
410 tasting notes

Great idea in theory!

It brews tea well— My only objection is that it’s hard to clean. Some tea gets trapped in the chamber between the pot and the strainer part on the bottom, and the only way to flush it out is to push down on the bottom while running the faucet into the pot. Leaves cling to the plastic inside of the pot in the bottom crevices near the strainer and are not easy to get out, either.

The lid also pops off easily but then doesn’t snap back on nicely.

All in all, it’s good for when you’re in a rush, but not so good once you get around to cleaning it out.

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I love this mug! Hold the perfect amount of tea, and the strainer dips low into the cup so that the tea steeps evenly and quickly, and all the leaves are submerged.

The lid can be used as a saucer for the strainer once the tea is brewed, which is very ergonomic and elegant. Strainer, mug, and lid are all sturdy and easy to clean.

Perfect for work or for being lazy on weekends!

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drank Winter Spice by Numi Organic Tea
410 tasting notes


Would that the end of these teabags marked the end of winter! But alas. I must endure another month of depressing cold gloom.

I enjoyed this one quite a bit. One of the better bagged white teas I’ve had. It has a pleasant and fragrant aroma of warm spices and a nice surprising bite from the lime and made me think of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.

Would definitely buy again if it weren’t a seasonal blend!

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drank Ginger Tea by Harney & Sons
410 tasting notes

Super satisfying.

The large chunks of ginger inside the silk sachet are aesthetically pleasing, and then once it’s sat in the hot water for a good long time, it’s almost brothlike both in consistency and in how it made me feel after I drank it.

Ginger is a magical herb. It tastes good, but it also helps with sickness, both physical and spiritual. It’s helping me fight winter depression tremendously. This particular blend is extremely high-quality, with just the perfect twinge of lemon to neutralize the spicy edge. Warms the body and the soul.

Thank you for this wonderful experience, H & S!!

Flavors: Citrus, Ginger, Lemon, Spicy

Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
410 tasting notes

This one smells heavenly! I’m drinking it instead of coffee this morning because I need less caffeine and more comfort.

I get earth, snappy peppermint, and chocolate from the dry leaf smell and the steeped liquor smell. I can tell already that this is a very well-balanced blend.
Sipping… I taste mostly mint, with the chocolate kind of winding up in the undertones. I bet if I added milk and a bit of sugar next time, it would punch the chocolate up a bit more.

Still a highly enjoyable cup!

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint

Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

Oohh, I’ve never tried this with milk and sugar. What a good idea!


I have a Chocolate Mint Oolong from Stash Tea that’s pretty darn tasty with milk and sugar, so I’m imagining that this one would be good with them, too. :D

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drank Green Ginger by Tazo
410 tasting notes

For some reason, I really wanted ginger today… So I made a cup of this and had it with my steamed veggie dumplings. It was a match made in heaven! I get smooth green tea, a bite of ginger, lemongrass, pear, and steamed vegetables. Not bad at all!

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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, rooibos, and white teas, pu- erh, mate, and chamomile. 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.

Dislikes: Plain 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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