398 Tasting Notes


I love this tea so so so so so much. It’s full of beautiful, warming spices, and it tastes like chocolate without being sweet, somehow. It’s delicious. It lingers on the tongue and warms the belly. The smoky taste characteristic of yerba mate is diminished, which is fine with me.

It has less caffeine per sachet than the Traditional Mate, but that doesn’t bother me any, because the taste is far better.

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Ooooo-eeeee, as a former coffee-drinker, I can say with utmost certainty that this is the closest thing to it that the tea world has to offer. High-test stuff. The flavor is a very strong and robust nutty-astringent combo that hits you like a brick wall. Personally, I like my teas straight-up, but adding a splash of milk and/ or some honey definitely doesn’t hurt this one.

I treat this tea like I would my boss. With respect.

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drank English Breakfast by Twinings
398 tasting notes

A yummy breakfast tea. Very smooth and reliable. Earthy, nutty, not obnoxiously bitter or astringent. I have yet to try a Twinings blend that has failed to meet my expectations.

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drank Earl Grey by Gloria Jean's
398 tasting notes

Ughhhhh freezing rain! Horrible.

I still maintain that this is the best wake-up tea in my collection. It’s so rich and warming. I’m getting chocolatey notes this morning, too, which complement the bergamot wonderfully.

Here’s to hoping this steaming mug of healthy glory helps chase away the cold!

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My first foray into the world of pu-erh! This is lovely. It has an earthy quality and smell to it, but at the same time is very sweet and very fragrant. No milk or sugar needed! The rooibos is there, but takes a bit of a backseat to the cloves and cinnamon. Very nice! This tea is ideal for helping me lose my post-holiday weight. Also- it’s certified organic! A+ for Lifestyle Awareness teas.

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Mmmm! I was expecting the coconut to be totally overpowered by the chai spices, but man was I wrong! The coconut is light and sweet and perfectly balanced with the cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Delicious!


I really like this one too. :))


I’m a huge fan of coconut!

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drank The Earl Grey by Twinings
398 tasting notes

A very nice bagged EG. I like to drink it with dinner. Perfectly balanced, and I think I’m getting licorice notes as well.

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drank Sweet Dreams by Bigelow
398 tasting notes

I think I’ve put a few holiday pounds on, so from now on I’m going to drink cups of tea whenever I feel the urge to snack.

This box was given to me as a gift a few weeks ago. It’s sweet and simple. Bigelow’s herbals are usually pretty failsafe, if unexciting. This one was good enough for tonight. I’ve been stressed to the max lately, so I’m going to reach for my stress-relieving blends first as I try to get my weight back to where it was before break.

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drank Green Tea Kombucha by Yogi Tea
398 tasting notes

This tea is simply beautiful. Sweet, light, fruity, and perfectly balanced. I can taste the plum flavoring very clearly, and I also detect notes of passion fruit as well.

Good for the taste buds, good for the soul. A+, Yogi. Easily the best blend I’ve ever tried from them.

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I was actually pleasantly surprised by this. It’s good! A nice black tea blend. I only added honey to it, but I could taste notes of cinnamon and an earthy quality which was lovely.

Maybe Tazo has stepped up their game a little.

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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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