484 Tasting Notes

Made this English style with milk, and very strong on the leafing. It’s very smoky but also slightly floral in the aftertaste. Has a nice brisk bite of bitterness too. It’s the consummate breakfast tea, really— the kind of tea that you’d drink whilst preparing yourself for a busy or potentially stressful day. It’s reassuring and bracing and no-nonsense.

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drank Black Mango by The Tao of Tea
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Making this one at work because I have 8 oz of it and it will never get drunk otherwise.

I recently had a lateral move at work, so I’m in a new location, and of course not even a week into it, I get sick with a nasty cold. I’m in the “recovery” stage now, but I’m still congested and I can’t really taste this as well as I usually can.

I took it black, as usual, and steeped it Western style.

I can still taste the nuttiness of the base tea and the perfume from the calendula, and I can still appreciate the beauty of the CTC leaf pellets opening in the water, though, so that’s something! This is such a lovely blend.


8 oz is a lot! Good luck.

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I have this bad habit of letting my milk spoil… It’s a waste of food and money, so it needs to stop. I got this to motivate me to drink my milk.

It has the PERFECT amount of sweetness— I can still taste the black tea base, which is nice and mild. Lots of cinnamon and cloves, not much nutmeg, just a hint of ginger, bit of a perfumey quality in the aftertaste.

Yum yum yum! Problem solved.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Nutmeg, Perfume, Spices, Sweet

Chai (not Kai) Mera

I used to drink Oregon Chai inna box all the time when I was a student. Didn’t realize they still made this stuff.

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drank Tazo Chai by Tazo
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I made this one like an English person— brewed Western style, milk in first, no sweetener.

It was HEAVENLY. I have never drunk Earl Grey with milk before, but oh my God, I’m never drinking this one without it again! It gave it like this creamy, fruity, tannic, chocolatey, scrumptious dimension that has been previously untapped by me (I almost always take my tea black).

Bumping up the rating.

Flavors: Bergamot, Burnt, Citrusy, Cocoa, Creamy, Tannic


Dang, now I need to try this.


I am in firm agreement with you. Earl Grey is one of the very few teas to which I usually add milk. It is a known fact that Queen Elizabeth II takes her morning Earl Grey with a dash of milk. Earl Grey with milk is, quite literally, a tea fit for a queen! :)

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drank Earl Grey Decaf by Bigelow
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I’ve been craving black tea at night lately, for some weird reason…

I’m pretty sensitive to caffeine, so I needed a decaf option. This bagged EG is pretty inoffensive. It has that depressingly flat taste that decaffeinated tea leaves take on, but the bergamot makes it tolerable.

Nothing else to really say about it.

Flavors: Bergamot

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Scooped this up at Shaw’s because I wanted an herbal dessert tea.

This’ll do! It’s packed with flavor. Cinnamon, butterscotch, vanilla, non-cloying sweetness, ginger, chicory… Ooooooo, this is tasty! The hazelnut turns up in the aftertaste as a creamy, nutty note.

Every so often, Yogi gets it right. I think that’s why I keep buying their stuff.

9/10, would recommend.

Flavors: Butterscotch, Cinnamon, Creamy, Ginger, Hazelnut, Nutty, Sweet, Vanilla

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I like this one… I actually really like dandelion teas in general. The cocoa shells make this one special. And the lack of weird herbs that I’ve never heard of.

It’s light, toasty, relaxing, and healthy. I get burnt bread, cardamom, cinnamon, cocoa, and dandelion when I sip it.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Dandelion, Toast

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drank Chocolate Chai by Bigelow
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drank Chocolate Chai by Bigelow
484 tasting notes

This tea is meh. Watery cinnamon with a vague cocoa taste. Not terrible for a bagged tea, but not exactly setting the world on fire. At least it woke me up. It lends itself well to travel-mugs, so it makes a suitable companion on the drive to work, at least.

H & S whole-leaf silk sachets have spoiled me!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa, 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, 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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