371 Tasting Notes

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Mmmm I love this stuff… It’s vanilla custard-y like dessert, but you can also taste the healthy, herby goodness behind it.

I let it steep forever and suffer no consequences. The RoT really nailed this one.

I get mixed ideas as to what rooibos does. Some swear that it cures insomnia, some say it’s revitalizing and energizing. It’s completely caffeine-free, so I’m deeming it okay to drink before bed. Or anytime, really.

It’s like a nice hot shower, but in beverage form. Does that make sense?

Flavors: Custard, Earth, Herbaceous, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
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It [rooibos] definitely helps with my joint pain. I try to drink at least 1 mug of it a day and I can really feel it if I don’t.

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I think it’s just generally a good herb to drink for health. Personally, it makes me feel more relaxed than alert, and it certainly feels like good stuff while I’m drinking it.

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drank Almond by Adagio Teas
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I adore almond… So today I skipped the coffee and made a cup of this and added some almond milk to it for good measure.

The results? A delightful, very almond-y, sweet-smelling tea with bitter cocoa notes. Yum yum!

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75

This tastes herby and it has a peppery bite to it, and then the aftertaste tastes like those Lemonhead candies.

Functional more than pleasurable to drink, to be honest. It will relax you about as well as a small glass of wine— no exaggeration. But it’s not the yummiest thing ever.

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I was blown away by this one! It tastes exactly like a caramel apple. They managed to make it sweet without resorting to stevia (thank God) . The apple tastes genuine, and the caramel dances with it. The hibiscus and cinnamon were interesting choices, but upon sipping it, they work. The hibiscus works with the apple and brings in a tart note to counter the sweetness from the caramel and the cinnamon.

I hope they don’t stop making this one! It’s fabulous. Better than Bigelow’s seasonal Apple Cider flavor.

Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Cinnamon, Maple, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
371 tasting notes

Sipdown! I let this one get too old. I overleafed by about two and half times and the flavor is just about perfect.

As a rule, green tea isn’t my first choice. But I couldn’t resist ginger and strawberry together. It’s really nice, not astringent at all. Stacy is a boss at picking superior bases, and this is a dragonwell base I think. It’s buttery, which pairs awesomely with the sharpness of the strawberry and ginger, kind of like how wine and cheese go together.

So sad that someday in the not-so-distant future, Butiki Teas will be no more. They all have a certain kind of magic quality to them that is unmatched.

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Ginger, Strawberry

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Salted Caramel by Bigelow
371 tasting notes

This is divine! It tastes just like the candy. Caramel in the sip, base brings in some burnt sugar notes, and then salt in the aftertaste. The smell alone makes it worth trying.

Love love love!

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drank Apple Cider by Bigelow
371 tasting notes

Mmmmmmm this is a nice one. It’s apple cider without the sugar. Bit weird because the liquor is red, but it is still warming and seasonal and nice.

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drank Plantation Mint by Bigelow
371 tasting notes

I really enjoyed this one.

I was after a green tea/ mint blend, but I ended up with this one instead. (Numi Organics has an herbal mint blend that they’re calling “Moroccan Mint.” That’s extremely misleading and inaccurate. True, traditional Moroccan mint tea is usually gunpowder green tea blended with mint leaves, and is called touareg tea. Needless to say, I left Numi’s bagged cultural disgrace on the shelf.)

In fact, the only non-herbal mint blend I could find was this one. And like I said, it isn’t half bad. Extremely smooth and soothing, with the right kind of tea-leaf magic that herbal teas just don’t have. The base and the mint are balanced perfectly.

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Yum! Drinking this in order to avoid late-night cookie snacking.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Honey, Peach, Vanilla

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drank Vanilla Rooibos Parfait by Tazo
371 tasting notes

This is really a good, low-maintenance, anytime tea. It’s like a soothing apple pie flavor. Good for unwinding. I’m getting a lot of cinnamon and creamy vanilla today with an apple and rooibos backdrop. Extremely satisfying for a bagged tea.

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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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